Monday, October 19, 2009

TOXIC HOLOCAUST-reaper's grave 5"

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1.reaper's grave
2.death brings death

I met Joel grind, the man behind Toxic Holocaust through Yosuke of Nuclear War Now Records. Yosuke had released the "evil never dies" LP, and knew that I'd be interested in releasing a 7" from the one man band. I was totally into the idea and started talking to Joel about releasing the death master 7" on my label Gloom. I can recall talking to him, and being pretty shocked that he was only 21, as he'd pretty much been able to nail the metal sound of the 80's better than some oldies had been trying to do again. The stuff seriously sounded genuine and real.
I think Joel was really happy with how the death master 7" turned out, and the fact that my distribution was able to have it reach people he'd never reached before(mainly hardcore/punk kids)made him happy.
We later decided to release a 5" ep... A strange format that we were both super excited in putting out. Joel wrote the songs specifically for this ep, as they couldn't be over 2 minutes a side. Both songs he wrote were short, but you'd never really know it.
My favorite story from him was the night he'd gotten home from recording the vocals for the ep. He told me he was staying with his folks, and didn't wanna freak them out to much by recording them in their condo or whatever, so he drove out to an Applebees parking lot, and recorded the vocals there, in his car. The recording, and songs sorta are a throwback to the T.H. demo roots... raw and primitive. The 5" sold out immediately, as there were only 500 copies pressed.
I really loved working with Joel Grind... a great dude indeed. I was sorta bummed to get a cease and desist order from the people over at Relapse after he signed to the label. I'm happy that he's doing well, and getting to do what he loves to do in a larger scale.
I saw him twice last year, once opening for Gwar, the other time opening for Napalm Death


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33 comments:

  1. thanks Nate! Its really cool that the vocals were recorded in his car at Applebee's. Hilarious.
    Fuck Relapse! I loved that label as a kid, but have learned to despise it over the years.

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  2. holy shit i just found this blog through metal inquisition... you're using the back cover image from stalag 13's album for your header?

    FUCK YEAH.

    i've never even met anyone who had heard of them. NARDCORE all the way. I know this comment has nothing to do with Toxic Holocaust's new 5" (which kicks ass) but fuck yeah. I'm so stoked on this blog right now.

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  3. Nick
    glad to see you found the blog...great to have you here. Metal Inquisition is one of about 5 blogs that I actually read on a reg basis. Glad you got pointed here through them.
    check the archives or use the search tool in the upper left to find other Nardcore releases i've uploaded here, including Stalag 13, RKL, and Rat Pack.

    Nate

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  4. i love the blog, but please.. post some punk.

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  5. What did they want you to cease and desist doing?

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  6. thanks Nate
    seen the name but hadn't heard them til you posted "death master".killer ep's i especially love how dirty & spontaneous this one is and the part about the vox being recorded in a parking lot is awesome!!

    the sleeve's/vinyl look rad also.think i'll have to check out "evil never dies" now.

    thanks again, this is my favorite blog along with GoodBadMusic.
    mr. anonymous

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  7. sorry, shoulda been a little more clear.
    I'd put out the "evil never dies" CD version for joel... either 2-3 pressings, I forget. When he later signed to Relapse, he signed away the rights to that record as well.
    I hadn't repressed the CD in a long time, and wasn't planning on it. I did however have a few boxes and I was still selling copies through my web site.
    Nate

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  8. Just found this blog earlier today. Glad to see a fellow person with the same taste in equal parts punk and metal! Great blog, and now the only blog in my bookmarks; keep up the good work!

    Also, maybe you should turn some of your followers on to Legion Of Parasites!

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  9. fuck yeah toxic holocaust kick ass
    i love blog download you can find a lot rare stuff
    can i send you the links to upload my hc band?please let me know at zanillegalrecords@katamail.com

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  10. Hell yeah. I was actually talking to Joel two nights ago. Toxic played here with Skeleton Witch and The Black Dahlia Murder. It was pretty sick. My drummer wants to play drums for Joel on tour and won't stop bugging the shit out of him about it haha.

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  11. thanks for posting this. i scanned the cover of reaper's grave and put "may the doom be with you" and used it for a avatar for a time.

    i've enjoyed many a fine gloom release and hope it gets back to it's rightful place

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  12. Nice, i´m going to download the 5" later.
    i´m going to see TH in december for the first time (i´m from germany) and i am so fucking excited...

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  13. Terrific stuff. Vocals and everything were top notch (even for a dude that records in his car.... let alone in the parking lot of an Applebee's!)
    Thanks!

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  14. relapse has sucked donkey dick for 10 years now. I wonder if Joel is happy with the label?

    thank you for this. I love early Tox Holo

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  15. Last time I saw him he seemed like he loved the label and tour support he got from them. that was a while ago. I know he used to look at this blog, maybe he'll chime in.

    Nate

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  16. You released Evil Never Dies? Holy shit, that's awesome.

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  17. really awesome blog!!
    thanks for all your posts! jajajajaja

    precious things here...
    grettings since mexico city!
    keep on this way!

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  18. Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post "No teme" in your blog with the link to you?

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  19. thanks for sharing this! def a singlke I never would half heard otherwise! I've had a great time seeing TH twice and listening to the tunes I bought at the shows, so this is rad. Thanks bro!

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  20. thanks for sharing this! def a singlke I never would half heard otherwise! I've had a great time seeing TH twice and listening to the tunes I bought at the shows, so this is rad. Thanks bro!

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  21. fuck this overrated dumb band, and this sell out loser for signing to such a crap label.

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  22. ha ha... Anonymous speaks anonymously. wack

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  23. i'm glad I got my limited edition from Gloom. Pure vinyl treasure

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  24. dude is brilliant. best metal band to come out in decades. thank you for making it available.

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  25. indeed, relapse sucks.
    i love this recording.

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  26. thank you for this! I had never heard this release. i luv Toxic holocaust.

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  27. thanks for posting this. still not sure why i slept on the vinyl version of this.

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  28. yeah...long out of print. thanks for visiting Brett

    Nate

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  29. Relapse is doing the same thing any other label with a vigilant lawyer would do-it's kind of standard practice for many labels to get their hands on the artists' entire works if possible. Obviously there are exceptions. Instead of a cease and desist if they would have offered to buy your remaining stock everyone would have been happier with the situation. Did Relapse re release the tracks? Either way great post and screw the dude who claimed this band is overrated.

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  30. It's good to know that you did your part on helping him reach more people than he ever thought. This is the type of efforts all in the underground really appreciate.

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  31. I suppose the album notably features cover art by Ed Repka, known for having created iconic covers for albums by Megadeth, Death and others.

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  32. Aw man, I didn't know about the cease and desist dude, that fucking sucks. What was it even for??

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  33. the CD! Hope you are well brother!

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