Thrash is Revived at the Regent: The thrash revival of the mid-to-late 2000’s threw some great bands into the metal-loving public’s ears, some of which had already been touring like dogs for years and were finally able to seize their opportunity.
Municipal Waste is a great example; They formed in 2001, and by the middle of the decade they were household names (in niche households, admittedly). Two other names that enjoyed a similar trajectory are Denver’s Havok and Portland’s Toxic Holocaust.
Putting the two of them on a bill together is a perfect, if low-hanging, idea. The fanbase here in L.A. is pretty much the same people and, most importantly, both have a string of fucking awesome records in their arsenals. Oh, and both have magnificent metal logos, which means a ton of impressive merch and some cool backdrops.
Led by Joel Grind, the sole founder of the band, Toxic Holocaust raised hell, perhaps literally, in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The packed crowd responded to every song, including “War is Hell” and “Death Brings Death,” like this was the last concert they’d ever be attending and they had to make the last mosh count. Closing tune “The Lords of the Wasteland” brought the whole thing to a gloriously adrenalin-fueled conclusion.
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