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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.

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 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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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

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."

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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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More Bands Confirmed For U.K.'s Hammerfest

The organisers of the British festival, Hammerfest has announced some more names for next year's edition of the event. British thrash metal legends Onslaught will be taking to the stage to promote their new album, "Sounds Of Violence," and they will be joined by fellow British thrashers, Evile. Also confirmed for the festival are Northern Irish thrash metal outfit Gama Bomb and American group, My Ruin. The festival will take place at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales on March 18th and 19th.

The current lineup is as follows:

Municipal Waste
Gama Bomb
Attica Rage

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Onslaught Finishes Recording New Album

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has announced that they have completed recording their fifth studio album, "Sounds Of Violence" and will shortly be mixing and mastering the record. This will be the band's first studio album to feature guitarist Andy Rosser-Davies and bass player Jeff Williams, as well as their first release through AFM Records.

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Onslaught Finishes Recording Drums And Vocals

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has announced that they have completed recording all of the drum and vocal tracks for their new studio album, "Sounds Of Violence," which is expected to be released by the beginning of next year. This will be the band's first studio album since 2007's comeback record, "Killing Peace."

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Onslaught Reveals New Album Title

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has revealed that their forthcoming new studio album will be entitled, "Sounds Of Violence." This will be their fifth studio album, and first to be released through their new record label AFM. A message from guitarist Nige Rockett reads as follows:

"Sounds Of Violence is a very fitting title for the new recording, musically and lyrically this is definately the most brutal and intense Onslaught album to date. It's full of machine gun riffs / ferocious drum patterns and some pretty fucked up lyrical content..

"This album was never meant to be pretty, it's not a concept album by any measure but there's a definite theme to the whole package, right thru from the sleeve design to the music and on to the words, its violence all the way. There's a lot of hate in Sounds Of Violence and a whole lot of reality in there too, much of it straight from the heart."

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Onslaught Posts New Demo Track Online

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has posted a new demo track online entitled, "Born For War." You can check it out by heading to the band's official Myspace page. The song is expected to appear on the group's next studio album, which the band will begin recording on August 16th. Onslaught has also announced that Danish producer Jacob Hansen will be working with them on the album. A message from guitarist Nige Rockett reads:

"We’re so stoked to be working with Jacob Hansen on the new album, Jacob has done some stunning work in the past, his production skills are really gonna suit the style of the new album, his mixes are so heavy and lively which is exactly what we are looking for.. It’ll be real cool to capture the live energy of the band in these recordings. Steve and Sy are leaving for the studio immediately after our appearance at Bloodstock Festival, where we should be, if all goes to plan,debuting a track entitled ‘Born For War’ taken from the new album….it’s a violent beast, very fast and heavy with lots of twists and turns."

Jacob Hansen says about the recordings: "This is one of the more exciting productions this year for me! Since their very first albums (Power From Hell + The Force), which made quite an impression on me back in my teenage years, I've loved this dark and heavy band. Working with these guys is gonna be awesome!"

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Onslaught Guitarist Posts New Album Update

Nige Rockett, one of the guitarists and co-founders of legendary British thrash metal outfit Onslaught, has posted another message online regarding the band's forthcoming new studio album, which is expected to be released later this year through AFM Records. The message reads as follows:

"I can't give you any precise details about the album right now, but the basic tracks are sounding totally immense as we demo each one in pre-production," Rockett reveals . "It's extremely violent and back to our roots in many ways, but also sounding very contemporary in its entirety. We just can't wait to get it out there and play these fuckers live, cuz that's what this record has been written for; crushing skulls. We will be updating very soon with news of the album title, track listing, producer, release date etc. Until then keep on thrashing till the death."

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Onslaught Signs To AFM Records

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has announced that they have signed a new record deal with AFM Records. The label will be releasing the band's fifth studio album which is expected to hit the shelves later this year. Guitarist Nige Rockett says about the signing:

"We're so very stoked to be joining the AFM Records roster, our deal with Candlelight had expired and as always Onslaught were looking for a new challenge. There were several labels interested in signing the band, but AFM said all the right things and made all the right moves so it wasn’t a hard choice. Also seeing what the label did with the latest Fear Factory album backed up our decision. It kinda feels like when we were signed to Music For Nations, very personal and very friendly on every level right up to the label owner. We have a real good feeling about the new album release and a very distinctive vision, AFM are right behind this 110%, we’re gonna make a great team and together we're gonna deliver some kick ass new tunes!"

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Sunday Old School: Onslaught

When one thinks of thrash metal, the two countries that come to mine are the United States and Germany. However thrash had it's scenes all over the world. From Canada to Australia to Brazil and beyond, there was no country that thrash didn't touch and of course, Great Britain was no exception. Although the British thrash scene is largely overlooked, those who bother to explore it will find some of the best thrash of it's time and most were in agreement, that the best of these was Onslaught. Onslaught was founded as a punk band in the vein of Discharge and The Exploited by Nige Rockett in Bristol, England in 1983, being quickly joined by drummer Steve Grice. The band released a demo later that year before releasing an EP entitled, "What Lies Ahead" in the same year, which featured new members Jase Pope and Paul Hill.

Hill was soon to be replaced by Jase Stallard and the group took on a more metal orientated approach to songwriting and signed to Children Of The Revolution Records, under whom they released their debut album, "Power From Hell" in 1985. The album contained lyrics which were satanic in nature and also featured a song entitled, "Death Metal," leading to some metal fans crediting the band with coining the term, along with Possessed. That same year, vocalist Paul Mahoney moved to the position of second guitarist, when the band hired vocalist Sy Keeler. This lineup travelled to London to record their second album, "The Force" in 1986, which is now regarded as one of the genre's true classic albums, containing such thrash anthems as "Let There Be Death" and "Flame Of The Antichrist." After the release of "The Force," the band signed to major label London Records for their next album, though things did not go as well as they had hoped. Under pressure from the label, the band let Keeler go and hired Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett, in an attempt to help the band reach a more mainstream fan base. The subsequent album, "In Search Of Sanity" was released in 1989 but proved to be a disappointment for hardcore fans, oweing to the change in vocals and more polished production. Grimmett left the band soon after and the band was dropped from their label, before deciding to call it a day in 1991.

Key members Steve Grice and Nige Rockett remained good friends throughout the inactivity of Onslaught, and upon finding out that a record label had been selling Onslaught albums without permission, the two decided to reform the band. They contacted Sy Keeler who soon agreed to rejoin the band, along with bassist Jim Hinder, who had performed with the group during the "In Search Of Sanity" era. The band performed some low key gigs, along with supporting slots to the likes of Venom, before releasing a new studio album entitled, "Killing Peace" in 2007. The album was regarded as a natural follow up to "The Force" and was extremely well received from fans and critics alike. Since the release of the album, Onslaught have been touring relentlessly to take their rightful place as one thrash metal's true greats, performing all over the world and releasing a live album entitled, "Live Damnation" in the process. The band are currently working on their fifth studio album, which is expected to be released later this year. More...

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Onslaught Announces Mexican Tour Dates

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has announced that they will be heading to Mexico for two shows next month. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we are so fucking happy to announce our first ever gigs in Mexico!!!! Bring on the chaos, lets see how you folks thrash the fuck out and see you in the pit!!!"

The tour dates are as follows:

July 30 - San Luis Potosi, Mexico - Huerta del STIC
July 31 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador

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Onslaught Guitarist Posts New Album Update

Nige Rockett, guitarist and co-founder of British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has posted a message online updating fans on the status of the bands forthcoming fifth studio album. The posting reads as follows:

"Yes we have an album title. Yes we have a release date. Yes we have a producer. Yes we have studio time booked and yes we have a new. Hahahahaha not telling ya.

"It's certainly not gonna be Killing Peace 2 that's for sure. It's old school, It's contemporary, its Onslaught. It's gonna be faster at times, definitely heavier with some songs having their more intricate moments, but not too intricate, cuz that means compromising the violence which this album is really gonna be all about: pure unadulterated musical violence.

"We're gonna be using several different guitar tunings to add some sonic variety and lots of truly stunning solos coming your way from Mr Rosser-Davies. He's on fire at the moment and being pushed to the limits in terms of creativity and originality. More...

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