Toxic Holocaust

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Toxic Holocaust
Toxic Holocaust performing in 2014
Toxic Holocaust performing in 2014
Background information
OriginPortland, Oregon, U.S.
Years active1999–present
LabelsRelapse, eOne
Associated actsMunicipal Waste, Zeke, Rammer, Barbatos, Tiger Junkies
MembersJoel Grind
Tyler Becker
Robert Gray
Past membersAl Positions
Phil Zeller
Nick Bellmore

Toxic Holocaust is an American thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon.


Toxic Holocaust at Wacken Open Air 2018

Joel Grind founded Toxic Holocaust in 1999. He originally wrote and recorded all of the band's music himself, and after a couple of demo releases (Radiation Sickness, 1999; Critical Mass, 2002), he made his official album debut as Toxic Holocaust with Evil Never Dies (2003).

Two years later, after some touring with a hired backing band, Grind released the second Toxic Holocaust album, Hell on Earth (2005), which once again he wrote and recorded by himself. The album notably features cover art by Ed Repka, known for having created iconic covers for albums by Megadeth, Death and others. Extensive touring followed, along with a recording contract with Relapse Records.

In addition to releasing the third Toxic Holocaust album, An Overdose of Death... (2008), Relapse reissued Evil Never Dies and Hell on Earth. Toxic Holocaust also recorded and released a number of other recordings: Gravelord (2009, EP), Conjure and Command (2011), and Chemistry of Consciousness (2013).

In 2019 Joel Grind signed to Entertainment One, and released Primal Future: 2019 later that year. Tours were planned but halted due to the spread of COVID-19.

Joel Grind[edit]

Joel Grind is the front man and main songwriter of Toxic Holocaust.[2] He now lives in Oregon.[3] Joel began his musical career at a young age,[4] first playing drums. His musical influences included bands such as Metallica, Bathory, Venom, and Sodom. As a teen, Joel ran a home recording and mixing business for local bands. In 1999, He started Toxic Holocaust. Around this time he picked up guitar.

Joel now works as a music producer, and has been involved in side projects other than Toxic Holocaust. He has released synth tracks, as well as metal albums for his solo projects War Ripper and the Yellowgoat Sessions. Grind is known for being social with his fans and can often be seen at the merchandise table before a Toxic Holocaust show.


Current members
  • Joel Grind – lead vocals (1999–present), bass (1999–2008, 2015–present), guitars (1999–2015), drums (1999–2008)
  • Tyler Becker – drums (2018–present)
  • Robert Gray – guitars, backing vocals (2019–present)
Touring musicians
Joel Grind around the release of Evil Never Dies
  • Charlie Bellmore – guitars, backing vocals (2015–2018)
Past members
  • Al Positions – drums (2008–2009)
  • Phil Zeller – bass, backing vocals (2008–2015)
  • Nick Bellmore – drums (2009–2018)
  • Eric Eisenhauer – guitars, backing vocals (2018–2019)
A male with shoulder-length hair, a black sleeveless t-shirt and black jeans playing a bass guitar during a performance
Joel Grind at Party.San Open Air 2015


Studio albums
  • Death Master (2003, EP Gloom Records)
  • Power from Hell (2004, EP)
  • Reaper's Grave (2006, EP Gloom Records)
  • Gravelord (2009, EP)
Live and video albums
  • Thrashing Like a Maniac (2007, CD)
  • In the Sign of Sodom - Sodomaniac Tribute (2008, 12")
  • Power Trip - Nightmare Logic (2017, CD) [mastering]
  • "Wild Dogs"
  • "Nuke the Cross"
  • "Lord of the Wasteland"
  • "Judgement Awaits"
  • "666"
  • "Agony of the Damned"
  • "Acid Fuzz"


  1. ^ Schreurs, Jason (October 30, 2013). "Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind Talks 'Chemistry of Consciousness,' Shaking "Thrash Revival" Tag". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  2. ^ "Joel Grind". Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "Joel Grind - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "Joel Grind : Master Of His Domain". June 2, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "TOXIC HOLOCAUST Announces Primal Future: 2019 With New Song "Chemical Warlords"". August 13, 2019. Retrieved August 13, 2019.

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