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


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.

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Onslaught Announces First Ever North American Tour

U.K. thrashers Onslaught announced that they will tour the U.S. and Canada in support of the latest LP "Sounds Of Violence" (reviewed here) for the first time in the band's 28 year career.

The tour will feature M-Pire Of Evil, featuring Ex-Venom members Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, Antton Lant and Jeff "Mantas" Dunn. The band will present original and Venom material. In addition, the reunited EvilDead will join the tour for the U.S. west coast dates.

The first confirmed dates are as follows:

March 2012:

19 - Seattle, WA - Studio 7
20 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
21 - Oakland, CA - The Pound
22 - Los Angeles, CA - Ecoplex
23 - San Diego, CA - Jumping Turtle
24 - Tempe, AZ - 910 Live
26 - San Antonio, TX - The Korova
27 - Laredo, TX - TBA
29 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
30 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
31 - Dayton, OH - House of Rock

April 2012:

1 - Detroit, MI - Blondies
3 - Toronto, ON - Wrek Room
4 - Montreal, QC - The Katacombs
6 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
7 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar

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Onslaught Reveals New Drummer

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have confirmed that Desecration drummer Mic Hourihan, (also formerly of Extreme Noise Terror,) has joined the band on a permanent basis, replacing founding member Steve Grice, who left the band in March of this year, shortly after the release of the groups fifth studio album, "Sounds Of Violence." Despite joining Onslaught, Hourihan will continue to be a member of Desecration.

Onslaught bassist Jeff Williams comments: "I have to say I am so fucking happy to have Mic playing full time in Onslaught. Not only is he a really cool guy and a real pleasure to spend time with, but also without doubt the finest drummer that I have ever had the pleasure to play along side, everyone who came along to the Scream For Violence European, UK, Ireland or South American tours and saw Mic in action will certainly testify to this, the guy is a fucking machine! The Onslaught lineup is so powerful, focused and harmonious right now and the new album is going to completely fucking destroy! Bring it on!"

Mic Hourihan comments: "Its such a pleasure to be part of Onslaught, I am so looking forward to making the next record and of course all the touring that comes with being in such a great band!"

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Onslaught Posts Pro-Shot Footage Online

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have posted a video online, containing professionally filmed footage of their November 6th concert in Lima, Peru. You can check it out below. The band recently completed a full tour of South America which was in promotion of their fifth studio album, "Sounds Of Violence," which was released in January of this year through AFM Records. More...

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Powerwolf Added To Winterfire Festival

German band Powerwolf has been added to the Winterfire Festival in Osnabrück, Germany (Eventhalle Neulandstr. 26 - ex-Ballroom/ex-NB) on March 3, 2012.

The lineup for the festival is as follows:

In Solitude
Bitter Piece

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Onslaught Announces South American Shows

British Thrashers Onslaught are currently on tour with Gama Bomb and Fallen Fate across Ireland and the U.K. The band will also embark on a South American tour including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Guitarist Nige Rockett comments:

"We're really honoured to be invited back to South America once again to promote our recent 'SoV' album, it was real fucking crazy last time around and we're expecting a whole lot more of the same on this tour and then some!

"We're heading to Peru for the first time in our career to play 2 shows and for the show in Santiago / Chile we will be joining U.S. Thrashers 'Overkill' which I'm sure is gonna be a riot… Brasil & Argentina, cant fucking wait!"

Manager Tommy Morriello also commented, "Mic Hourihan (Extreme Noise Terror / Desecration) is once again the drummer, he brings a whole new dynamic to the Onslaught live performance, this band is a completely different beast with Mic on board. It really is now a brutally violent machine!"

The dates are as follows:

21/10 Venue: Casa Babylon CÓRDOBA – ARGENTINA
22/10 Venue: Asbury Club BUENOS AIRES – ARGENTINA
23/10 Venue: Tribos Bar MARINGÁ – BRAZIL
27/10 Venue: Sebastian Bar CAMPINAS – BRAZIL
29/10 Venue: Armazén do Café CATANDÚVA – BRAZIL
30/10 Venue: Manifesto Bar SÃO PAULO BRAZIL
02/11 Venue:Central Bar Santo Andre - BRAZIL
03/11 Venue: Golden Active RANCÁGUA - CHILE
04/11 Venue: Club ChocolateSANTIAGO – CHILE w/ Overkill
05/11 Venue: Las Boveda AREQUIPA – PERU
06/10 Venue: Voce LIMA – PERU

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Onslaught Updates U.K. Tour Schedule

Onslaught is set to bulldoze its way through the U.K. with Irish maniacs Gama Bomb on a Terrorizer-sponsored tour later this month. The updated tour itinerary is now as follows:

Sep. 21st - Cardiff - The Globe
Sep. 22nd - Maidstone - Babylon Lounge
Sep. 23rd - London - The Garage
Sep. 24th - Nottingham - MG Ballroom
Sep. 25th - Swansea - The Garage
Sep. 26th - Liverpool - The Masque
Sep. 27th - Newcastle - Legends
Sep. 28th - Edinburgh - Studio 24
Sep. 29th - Belfast - Spring & Airbreak
Sep. 30th - Cork - An Cruiscin Lan
Oct. 01st - Dublin - The Pint* (*not with Gama Bomb)

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Dawn Of Disease To Play Turock Open Air

Germany's Dawn of Disease will be playing at the upcoming Turock Open Air, which also includes performances from Onslaught, Whiplash, Hate, and more. The band commented on the upcoming festival:

"Hey everyone! We have good news for you! Beside our concert at the Bloodline Festival on 3rd September with Asphyx, Disbelief, Loudblast and Fallen Saints in our hometown Osnabrück we have another show confirmed.

"We will play at the Turock Open Air in Essen! In front of the famous metal club at the Viehofer Platz there will be an Open Air stage where the festival takes place. The date is 16th and 17th September. We will play on Saturday, 17th September.

"We are very much looking forward to it because we will share the stage with Vesania, Hate and again Disbelief. You are all invited to join us in a great day of extreme metal! And now comes the best: THE ENTRY IS FREE! You do not have to pay for this show!

"Take this great opportunity to visit an open air festival for free! See you there!"

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Onslaught Announces U.K. Tour Dates

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of their native United Kingdom this September, where they will be joined by Irish thrashers Gama Bomb, as well as Fallen Fate.

"However you think of it, it's gonna be an historic tour - a Barrage of the finest British and Irish thrash," says Onslaught's Sy Keeler.

"We think it's great that we'll finally get to tour with these guys," adds Gama Bomb frontman Philly Byrne. "It'll be like when people take their old and infirm family members on holiday, but a metal holiday."

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Band Lineup Announced For Eisenwahn Festival

Germany's Eisenwahn Festival will take place from July 29th until July 30th at the motocross racetrack of Obersinn.

Legion of the Damned will perform along with bands such as Sepultura, Amagortis, Benediction, Bigball, Clitsplit, Cripper, Debauchery, Die Grauen Herren, Heretic Soul, Hour Of Penance, Jack Slater, Kraanium, Negator, Onslaught, Tankard, The Crown, The Sickening, Torture Squad, and Trinity Site.

For further information on the Eisenwahn festival navigate over to this location.

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Onslaught To Appear At Rock Hard Festival

Onslaught, which recently canceled the band's Metalfest appearances, has now issued the following update about playing the Rock Hard festival:

"Onslaught are stoked to announce their appearance at this years 'Rock Hard Festival' at 'Live Music Club' via Mazzini 58, Trezzo s/Adda, Milan, Italy on Saturday 17th September.

"We're so looking forward to returning to Italy once again, its been almost 3 years since our last visit and the 'Rock Hard Festival' is gonna be a fantastic opportunity to unleash the Sounds of Violence on our Italian friends for the first time...

"Have a great summer guys / see you all in September."

In other Onslaught news, the band also recently split with drummer Steve Grice. A statement from the band can be found here.

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Onslaught Cancels Metalfest Appearances

Onslaught has checked in with the following brief announcement about missing the band's previously announced Metalfest appearances due to vocalist Sy Keeler becoming ill:

"Unfortunately Onslaught vocalist Sy Keeler has been diagnosed with Laryngitis, and doctors have told him he cannot sing for at least one week. This means that very regrettably Onslaught will not be able to perform at this years Metalfests in Germany and Austria."

At this time it appears the band's OST Mountainfest appearance is still on as scheduled. In other Onslaught news, the band also parted ways with drummer Steve Grice back in March.

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Onslaught Comments On OST Mountainfest

Onslaught has issued the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming OST Mountainfest in Romania:

"Hi Ladies and Luntaics Hope you're all doing great right now!

"We are extremely stoked to announce that Onslaught will be appearing at the 3 day open air OST Mountainfest in Brasov, Romania on 24th July 2011 along with Samael / Keep of Kalessin / Paradox and 23 other bands.

"Its been a few years since we last visited Romania and we're so looking forward to returning to this fantastic country. We had such an amazing experience and met some truly wonderful people last time around, it was a real blast. Bring it on!"

A list of upcoming Onslaught tour dates can be found at this location.

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Onslaught Announces New Tour Dates

Onslaught, which recently parted ways with drummer Steve Grice, has now announced upcoming European shows dubbed the "Sounds of Violence" 2011 tour. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more to be announced shortly:

2011-05-25, Pandemonium Club, Maidstone, UK
2011-05-27, MetalFest Open Air, Pratteln, CH
2011-05-28, MetalFest Open Air, Dessau, DE
2011-05-29, MetalFest Open Air, Minning, AT
2011-06-11, Metal GDL Festival, Grandola, PT
2011-07-24, Ost mountainfest, Rasnov, RO
2011-07-30, Eisenwahn Festival, Obersinn, DE
2011-08-06, Wacken Open Air, Wacken, DE
2011-09-03, Occulfest, Drenthe, NL
2011-11-25, Salamandra, Barcelona, ES
2011-11-26, Heineken, Madrid, ES

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Onslaught Speaks On Drummer's Departure

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has posted a message online regarding the departure of drummer and founding member Steve Grice, who will be replaced on the band's upcoming tour dates by Desecration/former Extreme Noise Terror drummer, Michael Hourihan. The message reads as follows:

"Steve Grice's contribution to Onslaught was priceless, From it's original inception And subsequent rebirth. We're sad to see Steve leave over what we felt was a genuinely Small issue and on the eve of one of the longest tours in the bands history. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for his tireless work and wish him every success In whatever path he chooses for the future, and just to say, as Steve moves on, so does Onslaught! See you all on the Scream For Violence tour!"

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Onslaught Drummer Quits The Band

Onslaught drummer and founding member Steve Grice has announced that he has quit the band. In a statement released to Blabbermouth.net, Grice stated:

"With great reluctance and sadness, I must announce that I am no longer prepared to fulfill the role of drummer for Onslaught, the band that I helped found in 1983, and which I brought back together in 2005. This has been a very difficult and painful decision to make, and follows a series of events that, in my opinion, have seen the recurrence of old patterns of behavior that fuelled the band's original demise in 1991.

"This culmination of occurrences came to a head when I learned through a third party that the band had booked a series of shows without my knowledge, and with the intention of using another drummer, during a period of time reserved for family commitments. Be very clear — the temporary use of another drummer does not present me with a problem. My issue is with the fact that at no point did anyone from the band let me know that these decisions had been made. More...

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Onslaught Posts "Sounds Of Violence" Video

Metalinjection.net has posted a new music video online from U.K. thrash act Onslaught. The title track to the band's new studio album, the video for "Sounds Of Violence" is Onslaught's first official video in twenty years, the last being from the band's 1990 full-length "In Search Of Sanity."

"The Sound Of Violence," stated Onslaught vocalist Sy Keeler "was inspired by the horrendous loss of over 150,000,000 souls throughout the 20th Century, instigated by religious tyranny and dictatorial madness of humankind. The lyrics echo the horrific realities of war and remarkable resistance endured by our fellow men and women which continues to this day. Wake up world; welcome to a land of devastating brutality where conflict is a part of everyday life. This is the Sound Of Violence."

The video was filmed and edited By Lukas Hambach of Bloodwork Entertainment (Destruction, Gamma Ray) and produced by Tommy Morriello and Thosten Lütje.

Click Here To Watch The Video

The "making-of" clip from the recording of the video can also be found at this location.

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Onslaught Films New Music Video

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have filmed a new music video for the song "The Sound Of Violence." A making-of video has been posted online via YouTube and can be viewed below. The song comes from the band's latest record, "Sounds Of Violence" which is out now and is the group's first studio album since the 2007 comeback record, "Killing Peace."

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Suidakra Updates Tour Schedule

Suidakra will be embarking on the "Scream For Violence" tour alongside Onslaught and Debauchery at the end of March and throughout April. The finalized tour dates are as follows:

31.03.11 GER Hamburg - Markthalle
01.04.11 DK Arhus - Voxhall
02.04.11 SE Göteborg - Parken
03.04.11 SE Stockholm - Huset
06.04.11 FI Turku - Klubi
07.04.11 FI Helsinki - DOM
08.04.11 FI Tampere - tba
09.04.11 ET Tallin - Tapper
10.04.11 LW Riga - Melna Piektdiena
11.04.11 LT Vilnius - Club New York
13.04.11 PL Katowice - Megaclub tickets
14.04.11 CZ Prag - Exit Chmelnice
15.04.11 AT Vienna - Escape Metalcorner
16.04.11 GER München - Backstage
17.04.11 CH Pratteln - Z7
19.04.11 GER Darmstadt - Steinbruch Theater
20.04.11 GER Osnabrück - Bastard Club
21.04.11 GER Essen - Turock
22.04.11 BL Vosselar - Biebob
23.04.11 NL Estrado - Harderwijk

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Suidakra Announces New Tour Dates

Suidakra recently posted a music video online for the song "Dowth 2059," which is off the band's forthcoming album "Book of Dowth." The group has now announced the following upcoming tour dates in support of the album:

Spain Mini-Tour 2011 with Equilibrium, support: Northland
04.03.2011 Barcelona (ES) - Mephisto
05.03.2011 Bilbao (ES) - Bilborock
06.03.2011 Madrid (ES) - Caracol

12.03.2011 Würzburg (DE) - Triskhellion Festkvällar I / Posthalle

Scream For Violence European Tour 2011 with Onslaught, Debauchery
31.03.2011 GER Hamburg - Markthalle
01.04.2011 DK Arhus - Voxhall
02.04.2011 SE Göteborg - Parken
03.04.2011 SE Stockholm - Huset
06.04.2011 FI Turku - Klubi
07.04.2011 FI Helsinki - DOM
08.04.2011 FI Tampere - tba
09.04.2011 ET Tallin - Tapper
10.04.2011 LW Riga - Melna Piektdiena
11.04.2011 LT Vilnius - Club New York
13.04.2011 PL Katowice - Megaclub tickets
14.04.2011 CZ Prag - Exit Chmelnice
15.04.2011 AT Vienna - Escape Metalcorner
16.04.2011 GER München - Backstage
17.04.2011 CH Pratteln - Z7
19.04.2011 GER Darmstadt - Steinbruch Theater
20.04.2011 GER Osnabrück - Bastard Club
21.04.2011 GER Essen - Turock
22.04.2011 BL Vosselar - Biebob

Summer Festivals
17.06.2011 Ahnsbeck / Celle (DE) - Break the Ground 3
25.06.2011 Duisburg (DE) - Rage against Racism Open Air
22./23.07.2011 GER Bexbach - Utopion Gelände - Feuerfänger Festival
04.-06.08.2011 Wacken (DE) - Wacken Open Air 2011
13./14.08.2011 BY Rechytsa, Metal Crowd Festival
17.09.2011 Fürth (DE) - Fimbul Festival 2011 / Stadthalle

Ireland Mini-Tour 2011 with Sirocco
22.09.2011 Cork (IRE) - An Cruiscin Lan
23.09.2011 Dublin (IRE) - Fibber Magees
24.09.2011 Belfast (IRE) - tba

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Onslaught Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have been added to the bill for this year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Also newly confirmed is Venomin James. The event will take place in the town of Wacken, Germany from August 4th-6th 2011.

The lineup is now as follows:

As I Lay Dying
Battle Beast
Blaas Of Glory
Blind Guardian
Bulent Ceylan
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hail Of Bullets
The Haunted
Hayseed Dixie
Heaven Shall Burn
Iced Earth
In Solitude
Judas Priest
Kreator More...

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