When Joel Grind first got the idea to start Toxic Holocaust in 1999, the Portland based drummer had just picked up the guitar. That year he would release his first demo, “Radiation Sickness”. Fast forward a dozen years, and Joel, who has always been something of a one man holocaust, finally has some worthy brethren to help in the toxic cause.
With the release of the band’s fourth studio effort, Conjure And Command, Grind welcomes drummer Nick Bellmore (Kingdom of Sorrow) and bassist Phil Zeller. The trio recorded the new record in Bellmore’s Connecticut studio.
Conjure and Command continues to see Grind progress from 2008’s An Overdose of Death…. The band has spent much of the summer on our in North America in support of the new album, and this winter the trio heads to Europe for a tour with Kvelertak.
While hanging at home enjoying some much needed downtime, Joel rang me up to talk about all things Toxic. We spoke about the new album, and the impact of Nick and Phil, as well as the darker more occultish lyrical themes on the record. Grind reveals one of his favorite up and coming bands, what he likes to do in his spare time, what person from history he’d like to hang with for a day and even his favorite beer.