Opening for Hatebreed at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, Toxic Holocaust are a punk-inflected thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon. Very much influenced by all that is black and demonic. Now you might ask yourself, now Cody, what is dat der Thrash Metal stuff anyways? Well, technically Thrash Metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that is characterized by its fast tempo and aggression. Thrash metal songs typically use fast, percussive and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. You could put Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeath, and Slayer within this genre, although each has their unique sound in my opinion. Nonetheless, Toxic Holocaust is a little too heavy for my taste, but you gotta love that double bass pedal that makes your ears bleed.
All images copyright 2009 Cody Mulcahy / Middle Gray Studios / DCF Concerts.