Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust Talks Recording, Touring, And Doing It Yourself

There’s a kind of unwritten history of heavy music over the last decade and a half, which operates alongside, but separate to, the more scene-y aspects of the metal underground. Bands like Toxic Holocaust, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Rosetta, Nails, and many more, who through nothing more than passion and a pull-yourself-up-by-the-boostraps work ethic, managed to carve out independent paths that engaged equally with the mainstream as well as with the underground, on their own terms.

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Joel Grind, lead singer, guitarist, songwriter, and more for Toxic Holocaust, has been cranking out bangers since the late 1990’s, when he was a teenager who recorded the first Toxic album entirely on his own (on which he played every instrument). He’s since gone on to build a formidable discography, with Toxic and numerous side projects, and over the last few years has been honing his recording chops, most recently alongside mastering great Brad Boatright (Nails, Baptists, High on Fire, etc) at Audiosiege studios.

Joel recently amicably “parted ways” with Audiosiege to strike out and form his own recording/mixing/mastering business, which he has been building up in between his schedule with Toxic Holocaust. Joel is one of the few musicians who I feel has his best work in front of him, so I was excited to talk to him about his multifaceted career in metal. Check out the interview below:

Toxic Holocaust are currently out on the road in the U.S. with Lord Dying. Do not miss these shows. Dates are below:

09/15 Asheville, NC – The Odditorium
09/16 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
09/17 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
09/18 St. Petersburg, FL – Local 662
09/19 Miami, FL – Churchill’s Pub
09/20 Orlando, FL – The Haven
09/21 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
09/23 Austin, TX – Red 7
09/24 San Antonio, TX – Korova
09/25 Dallas, TX – Trees
09/26 Houston, TX – Walter’s
09/27 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
09/28 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
09/29 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
09/30 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos
10/01 San Diego, CA – Til Two Club
10/02 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room (late show)
10/03 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro

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Max is managing editor of Gear Gods.