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Onslaught

Formed: 1982
From: Bristol, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Onslaught was formed in 1982 by Nige Rockett (guitar) and Steve Grice (drums). The band began life under the influence of the second generation of hard-core punk bands like Discharge, G.B.H, & The Exploited and the more metal influence of Motorhead. After 2 years of writing and hard gigging a deal was secured with underground label Children of the Revolution, and the band released its first album, Power From Hell, in 1985 with the lineup of Nige Rockett (Guitars), Steve Grice (Drums), Paul Mahoney (Vocals) and Jason Stellard on bass. The album was fervently received by the nascent thrash underground and contained a number of tracks that were to grow to become considered as thrash metal anthems, including the eponymous Onslaught (Power From Hell), Angels of Death and Death Metal (itself the subject of some conjecture – was this tune the first usage of the term ’Death Metal’ anywhere?) In 1986, Onslaught with the addition of new vocalist Sy Keeler signed to the mighty ’Music for Nations’ records which saw the release of the highly acclaimed ’The Force’ album, for many this is the definitive Onslaught record, containing more thrash classics like ’Let There Be Death, Metal Forces and Fight with the Beast’, the album received rave reviews across the world and catapulted Onslaught in to the higher circles of thrash metal and were seen by many as Europes hopefuls to end the American domination of the metal scene.. Touring with Motorhead, a legendary appearance at the 1st Dynamo Festival and shows with Anthrax and Nuclear Assault, simply added more firepower to Onslaughts evergrowing arsenal.. The huge success of ‘The Force’ album saw a wealth of major labels chasing Onslaughts signatures for the release of the 3rd album ‘In Search Of Sanity’. Onslaught eventually signed with ‘London records’ before releasing ISOS in 1989, but this was not to be without controversy.. Sy Keeler was unceremoniously sacked by the record company and Steve Grimmett was brought in as his replacement. The album was the bands biggest selling album to date, containing blistering thrashers like ‘Lightning War’ ‘Powerplay’ and the epic ‘Welcome To Dying’.. but die-hard Onslaught fans found the album too much of a departure from previous releases, due to the over-polished production and the replacement of Sy Keeler… Was this Onslaughts ’Final Moment’….? No, 15 years pass, Power From Hell & The Force are re-released on cd through the ’Blackened’ label, the interest in Onslaught is still strong, little did people know the band had reformed and had been secretly writing / rehearsing for 6 months at a hideaway outside Bristol.. Onslaught are returned with Sy Keeler once again at the mic. They then signed a worldwide deal with the impressive ’Candlelight’ label and the band entered ‘Backstage Studios’ Derbyshire, with long time friend Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Exodus) at the production / mixing helm..to record their 4th studio album ’Killing Peace’ The album was released to much critical acclaim in March 2007.

Latest Onslaught News

Below is our complete Onslaught news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Onslaught Drops Off Eindhoven Bill

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting organization has announced that due to scheduling issues Onslaught has cancelled the band's previously planned performance at the festival.

Recently reunited U.K. thrashers Xentrix will replace Onslaught on Saturday December 13th, 2014.

Xentrix has released four albums through Roadrunner Records: 1989’s "Shattered Existence," 1990’s "For Whose Advantage," 1991’s "Dilute to Taste," and 1992’s "Kin." Heavy Metal Records also released a 1996 LP called "Scourge."

The currently announced lineup for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2014 is as follows: More...

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Onslaught Releases New Music Video

As a preview of what to expect on the upcoming "Thrash Invasion" North American tour, Onslaught today releases a music video for "66 Fucking 6," which comes off the "VI" album and can be seen below.

It was also recently announced that Onslaught vocalist Sy Keeler will sit out the US / Canada tour due to his son’s health issues, and Neil Turbin - known for his vocal work on the Anthrax album "Fistful of Metal" - will fill in for Sy during this tour. Dates for the trek are as follows:

23-oct Brooklyn, New York, Saint Vitus
24-oct Cambridge, Massachusetts, Middle East Club
25-oct Long Branch, New Jersey, The Brighton Bar
26-oct Peterborough, New Hampshire, The Wreck Room
28-oct Chicago, Illinois, Reggie's
29-oct Indianapolis, Indiana, The Headquarters
30-oct Lakewood, Ohio, The Foundry
31-oct Columbus, Ohio, The Alrosa Villa
01-nov Rochester, New York, The Bug Jar
02-nov Trenton, New Jersey, The Backstage at The Championship Bar
03-nov Springfield, Virginia, Empire
04-nov Hartford, Connecticut, Webster Underground
05-nov Albany, New York, Bogie's
06-nov Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, La Salle Multi
07-nov Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Hard Luck
08-nov Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mavericks
09-nov Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Petit Campus
11-nov Kingston, Canada, Mansion
12-nov Detroit, Michigan, The Token Lounge
13-nov Cudahy, Wisconsin, The Metal Grill
14-nov Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, Pov's 65
15-nov Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Zoo Cabaret
16-nov Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Palomino's
17-nov Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, The Pawn Shop
18-nov Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Red Room
19-nov Seattle, Washington, Studio Seven
20-nov Spokane, Washington, The Hop
21-nov Victoria, B.C., Canada, The V-Lounge
22-nov Portland, Oregon, Tonic Lounge
23-nov San Francisco, California, The DNA Lounge
24-nov Anaheim, California, Orange County Music Hall
25-nov Mesa, Arizona, Club Red
26-nov Hollywood, California, Whisky a Go Go More...

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Onslaught Frontman To Sit Out Upcoming Tours

Onslaught vocalist Sy Keeler will sit out the band's upcoming "THRASH INVASION TOUR" of the U.S., Canada, and South America, featuring Artillery and VX36, due to health issues with his son.

Sy Keeler comments:

"I know you are going to be disappointed with my decision as am I, but I sincerely hope you can understand our situation.

"My reason for this is the ongoing health issues with my son who has been suffering with a debilitating illness for some time, he is still on a downward path with no sign of any recovery on the horizon, therefore to be away for 2 months will put a lot of pressure on the family and increased anxiety on my son. We also have regular visits to specialists coming up during the next 6 months.
Therefore at this time I am having to think of my family first and sadly I am unable to be away in the Americas for the duration intended.."

Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett adds:

"We’re extremely gutted that Sy cannot make this tour and of course we wish Sy’s family all the best in this difficult time, we are positive things will improve in the very near future and look forward to having Sy with us back real soon...

"It was a really tough decision for us to make also, but Sy was very supportive that we take out a replacement vocalist to make this tour happen.

"So much work had already been carried out by our management, booking agents, and promoters behind the scenes. It would have been unfair to let our team down, the other bands down and most importantly our fans.

"On a positive note, It’s gonna be awesome to have Neil Turbin on board for the tour, for me he’s always been one of the best Thrash Metal vocalists out there no question, his work on the Anthrax album ‘Fistful of Metal’ was simply amazing and I believe he’s one of the only guys in the genre who could step into Sy’s shoes. I think It brings a unique edge to this tour and I’m sure the fans will really dig what they hear..!!"

Onslaught & Artillery "Thrash Invasion" U.S./Canada Tour dates:

10/23 Brooklyn, New York, Saint Vitus
10/24 Cambridge, Massachusetts, Middle East Club
10/25 Long Branch, New Jersey, The Brighton Bar
10/26 Peterborough, New Hampshire, The Wreck Room
10/28 Chicago, Illinois, Reggie's
10/29 Indianapolis, Indiana, The Headquarters
10/30 Lakewood, Ohio, The Foundry
10/31 Columbus, Ohio, The Alrosa Villa
11/1 Rochester, New York, The Bug Jar
11/2 Trenton, New Jersey, The Backstage at The Championship Bar
11/3 Springfield, Virginia, Empire
11/4 Hartford, Connecticut, Webster Underground
11/5 Albany, New York, Bogie's
11/6 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, La Salle Multi
11/7 Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Hard Luck
11/8 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mavericks
11/9 Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Petit Campus
11/11 Kingston, Canada, Mansion
11/12 Detroit, Michigan, The Token Lounge
11/13 Cudahy, Wisconsin, The Metal Grill
11/14 Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, Pov's 65
11/15 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Zoo Cabaret
11/16 Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Palomino's
11/17 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, The Pawn Shop
11/18 Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Red Room
11/19 Seattle, Washington, Studio Seven
11/20 Spokane, Washington, The Hop
11/21 Victoria, B.C., Canada, The V-Lounge
11/22 Portland, Oregon, Tonic Lounge
11/23 San Francisco, California, The DNA Lounge
11/24 Anaheim, California, Orange County Music Hall
11/25 Mesa, Arizona, Club Red
11/26 Hollywood, California, Whisky a Go Go

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Striker Drops Off North American Tour

Striker has issued the following brief announcement about cancelling upcoming North American tour dates:

"We are extremely disappointed to announce that due to reasons beyond our control, we are forced to drop off of the Onslaught/Artillery North American tour.

"We'd like to apologize to our Canadian and American fans and are working to rebook something as soon as possible."

Striker also just released new album "City Of Gold," which can be heard in full via the SoundCloud player below. More...

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Reveals Full Band Lineup

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very proud to announce that with the addition of In Solitude, Valkyrja, Thanatos, Skyforger, Dust Bolt, The Committee, and Miasmal, the line-up for this year's edition - set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands - is now complete.

The Dutch all-female death metal band Sisters Of Suffocation will also perform on Friday, December 12th at the official after party at the Dynamo Club together with the cover-bands Mercyfull Fake and Forever Twisted. Entrance is free with an Eindhoven Metal Meeting ticket!

The full festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Asphyx And Carach Angren To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome Asphyx, Carach Angren, Cripper, and Funeral Whore to lineup for this year's edition, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
Asphyx
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Bölzer
Carach Angren
Cripper
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Funeral Whore
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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Artillery Announces North American Tour Dates

The Denmark thrash metal veterans in Artillery will return to North America this fall for their first ever North American tour.

Artillery will join Onslaught and Striker beginning on October 23rd at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY. The tour will weave its way throughout North America before coming to a close at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, CA on November 26th.

Guitarist Michael Stützer comments: "One of Artillery's biggest goals way back since the early demo days in 1982 has been to tour USA/Canada. After a few shows in the USA, playing at Maryland Deathfest, Barge to Hell and Saint Vitus Club (in New York) we are finally doing our first full North American tour! We can't wait to play songs from our new album 'Legions' together with old classic songs like 'Terror Squad' and 'Khomaniac!' JOIN THE LEGIONS!" More...

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Demonic Resurrection Announces U.K. Shows

Demonic Resurrection is gearing up to release new album "The Demon King" on July 13th (India), July 14th (EU/UK), and July 15th (USA) via Candlelight Records.

With the album release looming, the India-based band has now announced several upcoming U.K. tour dates with Onslaught and Artillery. Details are as follows:

16.07.14 - O2 Academy, Newcastle
17.07.14 - O2 ABC2, Glasgow
18.07.14 - O2 Academy2, Sheffield
19.07.14 - O2 Academy, Bristol
21.07.14 - O2 Academy2, Birmingham

You can also hear the "Trail of Devastation" album taken off "The Demon King" over at this location. More...

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Hatriot Comments On Tour Cancellation

Bad news, Hatriot fans: the band won't go on tour with Onslaught and Artillery in Europe next month. Hatriot issued the following statement about the cancellation:

"Due to circumstances out of our control Hatriot is not going to be able to do the tour with Onslaught and Artillery next month. Thank you and sorry to all the fans out in Europe that were looking forward to seeing us. We will be back in due time."

You can also read Onslaught's statement about the European leg of the Thrash Invasion tour being cancelled here. More...

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Onslaught Cancels European Shows

Onslaught has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming European dates:

"Ladies and gents, sometimes no matter how hard you try and no matter how much you want something to happen, at times events and other circumstances that are completely out of your control unfortunately conspire to prevent those things happening.

"So it's with great regret that we have to announce that the European leg of the 'Thrash Invasion' tour has been cancelled. Its a shitty situation but things were always out of our hands on this tour!

"Needless to say ourselves and the other bands involved are gutted. We will, however, be looking to reschedule the shows at a later date.

"The UK tour is still going ahead as planned with Onslaught and Artillery and believe me it's going to be pretty damn epic!

"We would like to thank and wish Zetro all the very best with Exodus and hope to hook up with him and the rest of the guys from Hatriot very soon." More...

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Morbid Angel To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome U.S. death metal band Morbid Angel again at this year's edition, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The band will play the "Covenant' album in its entirety, followed by a shorter best-of set list. Also exclusively confirmed are Swiss atmospheric black metallers Bolzer! A few more bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Blasphemy
Bölzer
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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Thyrfing, Ensiferum, And More Playing Eindhoven

Ensiferum, Blasphemy, Thyrfing, Aborted, Onslaught, Exhumed, Origin, Attic, and Woland are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

The 2014 edition is set to take place December 12th & 13th at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Ensiferum
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbus Chron
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Urfaust
Woland

Further details and ticketing information can be see at the festival's official website here. More...

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Artillery Announces Tour With Onslaught

The Danish masters of the riff in Artillery have announced a summer tour in support of U.K. thrash act Onslaught. Artillery comments:

"Artillery is very anxious to hit the road with Onslaught and Hatriot, to support the overwhelming reception of Legions. We can't wait to play some of the new songs together with some of the old classics. Looking forward to meet the best and most dedicated melodic thrashers out there!"

Artillery's latest album, "Legions," was released on November 26th, 2013 via Metal Blade Records. Catch the band live: More...

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Master Posts Tour Dates

Death metal pioneers Master have released their landmark 12th album, "The Witchhunt," on German death metal label FDA Rekotz. The album features 11 brand new tracks of classic and catchy death metal.

Next week, Master will hit the road with MPire Of Evil and Onslaught as part of the Slaughterfest European Tour. The tour kicks off on October 9th in the UK with Master playing an October 5th one-off gig at Portugal's Mosh Fest. Dates are as follows:

October 5 @ Mosh Fest Side B, Benavente, Portugal
October 9 @ Blyth and Tyne, Northumberland, UK
October 10 @ Institute (The Temple), Birmingham UK
October 11 @ Bierkeller, Bristol, UK
October 12 @ The Garage, London, UK
October 13 @ Ieper, JOC Ieper, Belgium
October 14 @ Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
October 15 @ Steinbruchtheater, Darmstadt, Germany
October 16 @ Rockfabrig, Ludwigsburg, Germany
October 17 @ Bastard Club, Osnabrück, Germany
October 18 @ Nova Chmelnice, Prag, Czech Republic
October 19 @ Messehalle, Straubing, Germany
October 20 @ Dynamo, Eindhoven, Holland
October 21 @ Vortex Club, Siegen, Germany
October 22 @ Matrix, Bochum, Germany
October 23 @ Stengade, Copenhagen, Denmark
October 24 @ John Dee, Oslo, Norway
October 25 @ Kick, Kristiansand, Norway
October 26 @ Sandes Kulturhus, Sandes/Stavenger, Norway
October 27 @ TBA
October 28 @ Day Off
October 29 @ Klubbi, Tampere, Finland
October 30 @ Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
October 31 @ NEW YORK, Vilnius, Lithuania
November 1 @ Day Off
November 2 @ Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
November 3 @ Kwadrat, Cracow, Poland

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Pit Stories: Chile Rips The Doors Down!

Every week metal bands from across the globe check in with Metalunderground.com to share their favorite stories from live shows. Today Nige Rockett, guitarist from the legendary U.K. thrash band Onslaught, reminisced about a show in Chile a couple of years ago where the crowd literally ripped the doors down to see the band:

We were down in Chile two years ago and we’ve just come on stage and there was a huge crowd there. All of a sudden, about 150 guys just came piling through this audience….split everybody open and surged to the front and went berserk…massive circle pit going. I was like ‘wow, that’s kinda weird.’ We finished the show and we decided – ‘cause it was so hot…it must have been over 100 degrees in the venue – we decided to go hang at a bar across the road before the next band came on. We went through the doors….which were kind of left on the floor – there was these massive steel doors about ten foot high and about 8 foot - 10 foot wide. There is police outside and all these doors are on the floor and there is blood everywhere. I said ‘what happened here?’ He said, ‘well, when you guys started playin’ – none of these guys had tickets, so they just ripped the doors off and beat their way into the venue. And that was the surge that came in and it was absolutely crazy. These were huge doors and they were just ripped off their hinges. It was absolutely insane. Yeah, there is some crazy guys in Chile!
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Onslaught Streaming New Track "66 'Fuckin' 6"

U.K. thrash legends Onslaught are streaming the new track "66 'Fuckin' 6." The song appears on the upcoming release "IV," which is set for North American release on September 24th (UK on September 23rd) via AFM Records.

The track listing for "IV" is:

1. A New World Order
2. Chaos Is King (see lyric video)
3. Fuel For My Fire
4. Children Of The Sand
5. Slaughterize
6. 66 'Fuckin' 6
7. Cruci-Fiction
8. Dead Man Walking
9. Enemy Of My Enemy
10. Shellshock (Bonus Track)

Check out "66 'Fuckin' 6" here: More...

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Onslaught Posts New Lyric Video

U.K. thrash pioneers Onslaught will release new album "VI" this coming September 20th. The successor to 2011’s "Sounds Of Violence" will be available as CD, limited digipak, and limited vinyl editions (black and military green).

Check out the new lyric video for the "Chaos Is King" below. The track listing for the album is:

1. A New World Order
2. Chaos Is King
3. Fuel For My Fire
4. Children Of The Sand
5. Slaughterize
6. 6 6 'Fuckin' 6
7. Cruci-Fiction
8. Dead Man Walking
9. Enemy Of My Enemy
10. Shellshock (Bonus Track)

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Exumer Drops Off Slaughterfest European Tour

German thrash act Exumer has dropped off the upcoming Slaughterfest Tour in Europe with Onslaught, MPire of Evil and Master, citing logistical reasons as the cause.

The announcement reads:

"The logistical circumstances that preceded this tour made it impossible to commit to the tour, even if it meant giving up our co/ headlining spot on the bill. We are just as disappointed as everyone else who wanted to check out this killer tour package but we had to make a decision and as difficult it was, we opted to pull out of the tour. Anyone who has seen us live in the past knows that we try to play energetic and exciting shows possible. Unfortunately, the logistical problems surrounding the tour would've made it impossible to guarantee the fans a 100% of what we are capable of and to deliver what they expect every night.

"We refuse to shortchange our fans and ultimately tarnish the EXUMER brand just for some profit. Our withdraw[al] from the tour has nothing to do with the rest of the bands on the tour package and we wish them a great run with loads of success, as we have nothing but respect for each of the remaining bands on the bill.

"We will do our best to put together a string of shows in Europe next year to make up for this cancellation and ask for everyone to consider our apologies and hopefully see you at one of the next Exumer shows!!"

The tour will proceed with the remaining acts, beginning on October 9th in the U.K. (see dates here). More...

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Onslaught Details New LP "VI"

Less than a day after the artwork and title hit the web, Onslaught provided full details on the forthcoming new LP "VI." The album drops on September 23rd via AFM Records.

Recorded by the band at the band's own facility in Wales, "VI" was mixed by Thomas 'Plec' Johansson and is the first album to feature new drummer Michael Hourihan in all his glory. The album artwork was created by Par Oloffson, who has done many a cover for bands like Immortal and Immolation. The album is augmented by a new version of "Shellshock", (originally released on the 1989 album "In Search Of Sanity").

"We really pushed ourselves to the limits in making this record," says guitarist Nige Rockett..., "and I think that truly shines through in the final results. 'VI' is the most brutal and technical album Onslaught has ever made; no question, it's ‘Old School, but it's contemporary and it's fucking aggressive in the extreme, with a few big surprises thrown in for good measure..! We’ve gone about the whole album making process with a completely different approach and mind set this time, ranging from the artwork (by Par Oloffson) through to the final mixes with Thomas ‘Plec’ Johansson, who I must single out for mention along with our drummer Michael Hourihan; he was really upping the ante in the ass kicking stakes! We’re feeling kinda proud right now and pretty confident the fans are gonna dig it too!"

The track listing for the album is:

1. A New World Order
2. Chaos Is King
3. Fuel For My Fire
4. Children Of The Sand
5. Slaughterize
6. 6 6 'Fuckin' 6
7. Cruci-Fiction
8. Dead Man Walking
9. Enemy Of My Enemy
10. Shellshock (Bonus Track) More...

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Onslaught Unveils Album Art & Title Of New LP

U.K. thrash act Onslaught have unveiled the title and artwork for the band's follow up to the 2011 release "Sounds of Violence." The new album will be entitled "VI" and is scheduled for release on September 20th via AFM Records.

More news on the album is expected shortly. Check out the artwork here:

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