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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 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:

Accuser
Alberlour's
Apocalyptica
As I Lay Dying
Avantasia
Battle Beast
Blaas Of Glory
Blind Guardian
Blowsight
Bulent Ceylan
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Devildriver
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Hail Of Bullets
The Haunted
Hayseed Dixie
Heaven Shall Burn
Hellsaw
Horch
Iced Earth
In Solitude
Judas Priest
Khold
Knorkator
Kreator More...

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Onslaught Posts Another New Song Online

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has posted another new song online from their forthcoming new studio album. You can check out the song, "Rest In Pieces" by heading to their official Facebook page. The new album will be the group's fifth studio effort and is entitled, "Sounds Of Violence." It will be released in Europe on January 28th and in North America on February 8th.

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Onslaught Posts New Song Online

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have posted a new song online entitled, "Godhead." You can check it out by heading to the band's official Facebook page.

The new song "Godhead" will appear on the group's forthcoming fifth studio album, "Sounds Of Violence," which is currently scheduled to be released in Europe on January 28th and in North America on February 8th, 2011.

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Onslaught Announces European Tour

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe at the end of March in support of their forthcoming new studio album, "Sounds Of Violence." The trek is being dubbed the "Scream For Violence Tour," and will feature supporting performances from Suidakra and Debauchery.

The tour dates are as follows:

March 31 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
April 1 - Arhus, Denmark - Voxhall
April 2 - Göteborg, Sweden - Parken
April 3 - Stockholm, Sweden - Huset
April 6 - Turku, Finland - Klubi
April 7 - Helsinki, Finland - DOM
April 8 - Tampere, Finland - tba
April 9 - Tallin, Estonia - Tapper
April 10 - Riga, Latvia - Melna Piektdiena
April 11 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Club New York
April 16 - München, Germany - Backstage
April 17 - Prattlen, Switzerland - Z7
April 19 - Darmstadt, Germany - Steinbruch Theater
April 20 - Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club
April 21 - Essen, Germany - Turock

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Suidakra Updates Tour Schedule

Suidakra has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates:

"Hey friends, this year, we will promote the new album 'Book Of Dowth' live, check out our first confirmed dates for 2011. Additional dates will follow! Hope to see you!"

The upcoming Suidakra dates are as follows:

05.02.2011 Moers (DE) - Torture Fest III im Bollwerk 107

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
16.04.2011 GER München - Backstage
17.04.2011 CH Prattlen - 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

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Onslaught Posts New Music Video Online

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has posted their new music video online, for their cover of the classic Motorhead song, "Bomber." You can check it out below. The song features guest appearances from Sodom frontman Tom Angelripper and Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. The track is expected to appear on the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Sounds Of Violence." More...

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Onslaught Streaming Music From New Album

Onslaught is set to release the new album "Sounds Of Violence" through AFM Records on January 28th in Europe and February 8th in North America. The band has now issued the following update about streaming new songs from the album online:

"Hi people. Hope you are all well and feeling very metal! Just like to let you know that samples of the 2 new single tracks 'The Sound of Violence / Bomber' are now streaming here on our Myspace page. Release date is Dec 17th, The tracks are now available for pre-order from: here."

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Onslaught Reveals New Album Tracklisting

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming fifth studio album, "Sounds Of Violence." You can check it out below. The album will be released through AFM Records on January 28th in Europe and February 8th in North America. A special single from the album is to be released for digital download on December 17th, which will feature a cover of the Motorhead classic, "Bomber," as well as the title track from the new album. Money made from the single will go to the Help The Heroes charity, which helps wounded soldiers who are returning from the Middle East.

Speaking on the decision, guitarist and founder Nige Rockett stated: "The demand and advance pre-orders for the 'Bomber' / 'The Sound of Violence' single have been so totally amazing that we have decided that all our profits from this release should be well worthwhile donating to a very special charity, namely Help For Heroes.

"As many of you will have read previously, there is a Battalion fighting out in Afghanistan that use Onslaught as their official combat call sign. Over the past months we have been in regular communication and feel extremely proud of these guys and all the other brave troops that put their lives on the line every day to try and make this world a safer place to live in... it was definitely an easy choice of charity for us to make."

"Help For Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in October 2007 out of a desire to help the wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The message of the charity is simple: We are strictly non political and non critical; we simply want to help. We believe that anyone who volunteers to serve in time of war, knowing that they may risk all, is a hero. These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and some of them are living with the consequences of their service for life. We may not be able to prevent our soldiers from being wounded, but together we can help them get better."

The tracklisting for the album is as follows: More...

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Onslaught Reveals New Single Guests

In a recent update, Onslaught founder and guitarist Nige Rockett revealed that the band's forthcoming new single release, "The Sound Of Violence/Bomber" will feature guest appearances from Sodom frontman Tom Angelripper and Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. The message reads as follows:

"We're really stoked to finally be getting some new material out in the public domain, its been such a long time since the Killing Peace album and this will be a great little sampler for the upcoming album release in early 2011. The Sound Of Violence' track is a cool representation of things to come, its got a real old school Onslaught feel but its very contemporary at the same time. A real angry no nonsense thrasher.

"Regarding the 'Bomber' cover: "Motörhead have always been a huge influence on Onslaught and our relationship goes back a long long way. So when we decided to have some fun and do a cover song in the studio, this track immediately sprang to mind, especially as its relative to the theme of the new album. We've given it a pretty aggressive Onslaught slant and thrashed it up little, but still very much retaining the original identity of the song. To make things a little more interesting, we thought we would like to add some very special guests into the mix. We asked Phil (Campbell) if he would like to come and thrash out with us and play some guitar on the track - the answer was an undoubted 'Yes'. Things we're sounding pretty cool in rehearsal but just missing that tiny piece of magic/the icing on the cake. Then Phil came in and played that awesome riff in his style and everything just fell right into place.

"We also had the idea that our friend Tom Angelripper (Sodom) would sound perfect sharing the vocal duties with our own Mr Keeler, we knew Tom Was in the studio recording the new Sodom record so the timing was perfect. We sent over the tracks and Tom did the rest, he laid down some great fucking vocals as you will hear and its really added something special to the final result.

"As you can tell really I'm buzzing about all this... its an exciting time to be in Onslaught right now." More...

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Onslaught Reveals New Album Release Dates And Art

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has announced that they will be releasing their fifth studio album, "Sounds Of Violence" in Europe on January 28th, with a North American release of February 8th to follow. You can also check out the album's artwork below.

Speaking on the news, guitarist and founder Nige Rockett stated: "It's great to finally be releasing some news from the upcoming new album. We decided on 'The Sound Of Violence' will be the first single from the album, purely because its so fucking raw and angry, its a very immediate song... No frills, no nonsense just pure bludgeoning thrash metal. We have also recorded cover song on the release, complete with two very special Guests. It's been a real long time since we covered another band and thought it would be a cool thing for bonus tracks etc... more info will come soon, very soon! We will be posting some of the news on our Facebook profile so check it out from time to time!" More...

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