Event: The Unholy Trinity tour
: Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch
: The Underworld’, London. England.
: 2nd December, 2009.

The ongoing Unholy Trinity tour is a unique opportunity for fans of brutal Thrash Metal to witness 3 highly respected bands of the underground scene while celebrating the end of 2009 in style. Belgium, Scotland, the Uk, and Switzerland were some of the countries earmarked for aural abuse in a tour without any real headliners (all bands performing for equal time and the order of performance changing from gig to gig). And now, while London prepares to host Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and Skeletonwitch, yours truly descends into the ‘Underworld’ to submit himself to this infernal triumvirate …..


The set-list of Goatwhore was methodically drawn up. Particular attention, as expected, was paid to their most recent “Carving Out The Eyes Of God” album, songs from which opened and closed the show. Apart from that, there were 2 songs from each of their other 3 albums.

Goatwhore put on an impressive performance that certainly exceeded my expectations. In particular, the double-bass drumming of Zack Simmons was sharp but stunningly powerful. Contributing to a great overall experience was an excellent sound quality. Set closer ‘Apocalyptic Havoc’ was the cherry on the cake of Goatwhore’s performance.

Before ‘The Unholy Trinity’ tour kicked off, Goatwhore had just finished 2 successive North American mini-tours – one with Obituary as headliners and another with Municipal Waste. In January 2010, after the current tour ends, the band is scheduled to tour U.S.A. with Devildriver and Suffocation. There’s no stopping the band, it seems.


The All Destroying
Provoking The Ritual Of Death
Desolate Path To Apocalyptic Ruin
Shadow Of A Rising Knife
The Black Art Of Deception
Forever Consumed Oblivion
Carving Out The Eyes Of God
Nocturnal Holocaust
Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult
In Legions, I Am Wars Of Wrath
The Serpent That Enslaves What Is Worshipped
Apocalyptic Havoc


My Rating:  87/100

Toxic Holocaust

The Thrash of Toxic Holocaust is heavily bent on Punk, which after all is at the roots of all Thrash. It was no surprise, therefore, that the vocals of Joel Grind kept reminding me of Lemmy. In particular, ‘The Lord Of The Wasteland’ at times had me reminiscing Motorhead’s classic ‘Orgasmatron’.

Toxic Holocaust’s show was great furious fun with the band’s feet constantly on the accelerator pedal. The downside of this was an illusion that their whole setlist contained just one song – a factor that limited the band’s appeal.

Highlights (for want of a better word) of TH’s set were ‘In The Name Of Science’ and the aforementioned ‘The Lord Of The Wasteland’. I stand to be corrected but at the end of their show, on detecting a burning smell I noticed smoke coming out of one of their amps. Ah well, I did mention they had a ‘furious’ set.


March From Hell
Death Brings
In The Name Of Science
Hell On Earth
Wild Dogs
War Is Hell
Endless Armageddon
Lord Of The Wasteland
Nuke The Cross


My Rating:  79/100


The philosophy of Skeletonwitch is all about celebrating Metal and tonight’s show was a reflection of this. Their music is often pigeon-holed into the Thrash compartment but in reality there are also strong elements of Melodic Death Metal as well as Black Metal.

Fearsome vocalist Chance Garnette bounced around the stage like a raging bull making this performance a memorable one for all the right reasons. ‘Fearsome’ is here used sparingly as Mr Garnette had opportunities to expose his emphatic side. “When somebody falls make sure you pick them up. We stand up for each other here ‘cause we’re a community” he warned a wild moshpit. It was clear that the band was determined to give a particularly convincing show, especially in light of their increasing popularity here in England.

There were hardly any songs that stood out, as was the case with Toxic Holocaust, but the performance of Skeletonwitch was more engaging and I’m sure this won’t be the last time the band crosses the pond to perform in this country.

I noticed the presence of professional film cameras at some points during tonight’s event – it was not clear whether it was the whole gig or just 1 specific band that was being filmed. In any case I reckon that all the bands’ performances as well as the general vibe amongst the audience could potentially make for some highly interesting footage.


Submit To The Suffering
Upon Wings Of Black
Beyond The Permafrost
The Despoiler Of Human Life
Blinding Black Rage
Remains Of The Defeated
Vengeance Will Be Mine
Repulsive Salvation
Fire From The Sky
Where The Light Has Failed
Crushed Beyond Dust
Within My Blood


My Rating:  84/100


Pictures from the Event

Attending: Chris Galea