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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All hell broke loose on March 26th, 2012. Hell didn’t exactly break loose considering Korova club in San Antonio ushered a guestimated fifty people through their doors. Shows held at the beginning of the work week may produce dismal ticket sales, but south Texas must not have gotten the memo: Mpire of Evil contains ex-Venom members, who play Venom classic Venom numbers.
Mpire of Evil isn’t exactly Venom and without a blurb explaining their lineup, the name Mpire of Evil may elicit a “never heard ‘em before” type response. The night’s headliners, Mpire of Evil and fellow Brits Onslaught were both American tour circuit noobs. Onslaught took nearly thirty years to make an American appearance, which has hindered them from gaining the fame they so badly deserve. One can’t fault the level of devotion possessed by Onslaught’s small cult of American followers. Some of the fans at Korova’s had waited three decades, figuring to never see the thrashers. For most of us, this was the closest we had ever been to witnessing Venom, so this was a night not to be missed. More...
The first ever North American tour for England’s thrash commanders Onslaught finally begins tonight, erupting in the city of Seattle. Following the kickoff this evening, the tour will blast its way through nineteen other metal havens across the continent towards the East Coast, wrapping up in Brooklyn in three weeks, with direct support from all ex-Venom supergroup M-pire Of Evil.
Onslaught’s exclusive 90-minute set for the Scream For Violence 2012 North American tour spans the band's back catalog, including the classic "Power from Hell," "The Force," and "In Search of Sanity" LPs, in addition to the band's crushing comeback albums "Killing Peace" and "Sounds of Violence."
Onslaught is also amassing as much video footage as possible from this tour for an upcoming release. Dates are as follows:
3/19/2012 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
3/20/2012 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/21/2012 The Pound – Oakland, CA
3/22/2012 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
3/23/2012 Jumping Turtle – San Diego, CA
3/24/2012 910 Live – Tempe, AZ
3/26/2012 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
3/27/2012 *TBA – Laredo, TX
3/29/2012 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
3/30/2012 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
3/31/2012 House of Rock – Dayton, OH
4/01/2012 Blondies – Detroit, MI
4/03/2012 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
4/04/2012 The Katacombs – Montreal, QC
4/06/2012 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/07/2012 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
Onslaught's fifth studio album "Sounds Of Violence" was released in North American in February 2011 via AFM Records.
Connecticut/New York thrash metal band Indestructible Noise Command has just added brand new U.S. dates to the group's upcoming performance schedule. I.N.C. will make appearances on April 7th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY, April 14th at WJRR’s Earthday Birthday at Tinker Field in Orlando, FL, and on April 19th at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ as part of Jose Mangin's Hard Attack Thursdayz. Details are as follows:
4/7 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar w/ Onslaught – Doors @ 8pm
4/14 Orlando, FL @ WJRR’s Earthday Birthday at Tinker Field w/ Godsmack, Trivium, and more
4/19 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz w/ M-16 “Jose Mangin's Hard Attack Thursdayz”
I.N.C. recently signed with Extreme Management Group (EMG), also known for representing Suffocation, Origin, and more. I.N.C. is currently in the studio recording new material and recently tapped ex-Chimaira drummer Kevin Talley to crush behind the kit on the upcoming release.
The band released the new album, "Heaven Sent… Hellbound," on August 23rd, 2011 with Rising Records with distribution through Candlelight Records. The album is produced by world-famous record producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth) and the artwork is illustrated by artist Sam Shearon (Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory).
For more information on I.N.C. head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Onslaught has checked in with the following message to fans about the passing of 2011 into the new year:
"Here we are again as another New Year arrives. 2011 was a truly amazing time for Onslaught and we really do owe you, our fans / friends / business partners a huge debt of gratitude for your immense love and support over the past year.
"It was one of the best periods in our history for many different reasons and definitely the most enjoyable, it also looks like 2012 is shaping up to be just as special...!!
"Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and we wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Successful 2012 and may all your dreams come true!"
Onslaught also has the following upcoming North American tour dates with M-Pire of Evil: More...
Three decades of waiting are finally over! British thrash masters Onslaught will cross the Atlantic for their first ever North American tour. The band is scheduled for a three-week tour performing an exclusive set list spanning through all studio albums such as "Power From Hell," "The Force," "In Search Of Sanity," "Killing Peace," and the latest release "Sounds Of Violence."
Coming along on tour is the new black/thrash metal outfit M-Pire of Evil, an all ex-Venom supergroup featuring Demolition man, Antton Lant and Venom's founding member Jeff "Mantas" Dunn. M-Pire will be presenting its own material as well as performing classic Venom songs. Bay area thrashers Evil Dead will joining this unholy package for some devastating dates on the US West Coast.
Onslaught's Nige Rockett comments: "Good Morning America. Here we are at very long last! Onslaught are super fucking stoked to announce our début tour of the mighty USofA and Canada. It's been one hell of a long time coming, but we are now finally bringing the Scream For Violence tour to North America for 20 shows in March and April 2012. Just as we did in Europe, the UK and South America, we'll be thrashing it up with a brutal 90 minute set featuring tracks off all five Onslaught studio albums. We can't fucking wait guys. This is the Sound of Violence!"
These are the first confirmed dates: More...
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:
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
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
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!"
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...
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:
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
28/10 Venue TBA RECIFE 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
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)
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!"
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...
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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!"
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...