Another bullet train ride from these thrash masters

Toxic Holocaust are back with their fifth studio album, Chemistry of Consciousness. Frenetic as always, the band continue with their basic formula of speed, creating another thrash metal gem in the process.

Opening with ‘Awaken the Serpent’ and ‘Silence’, both immediately provide a streaming run of mosh-made mayhem. It’s fast and yet somehow Joel Grind manages to sneak in a finger-bleeding solo within each two minute escapade. ‘Rat Eater’ introduces a churning riff that lingers into the track and provides one of the highlights. ‘Acid Fuzz’ kicks off with a whirl of guitar before exploding to an almost Motorhead vibe. ‘Deny the Truth’ and ‘Mkultra’ continue tapping into the same thrash vein before ‘I Serve…’ expels any pent-up rage still left, with Grind spitting out the chorus in disgust. Grind’s vocals are the coarse and guttural kind that leave a vile stain upon an audience. While never reaching any great heights vocally, Grind’s style suits the velocity of music.

The title track rounds off the album, kicking back into fourth gear and ending another bullet train ride from these thrash masters. All up, Chemistry of Consciousness is a relentless release from beginning to end. There is no in-between with these guys. Elements of punk and thrash combine seamlessly providing a raw and energetic result. The only downfall, perhaps, is the band’s determination to not breathe at any point, with a veil of similarity creeping into the album causing a gigantic ball of haze by its conclusion. But would you have it any other way?

1. Awaken The Serpent
2. Silence
3. Rat Eater
4. Salvation is Waiting
5. Out of the Fire
6. Acid Fuzz
7. Deny the Truth
8. Mkultra
9. I Serve…
10. International Conspiracy
11. Chemistry of Consciousness