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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 Posts New Album Update

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has posted a new message online which discusses the bands forthcoming new studio album, as well as a recap of the previous year. The message reads as follows:

"We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very successful / happy and healthy year for 2010 and of course send out a massive thank you for all the amazing support we have received from you guys / girls in 2009. It is so very much appreciated.

"For us it's been an exceptional year in the face of such a global recession. We have seen the release of our first ever live album Live Damnation and once again taken in many new territories on the live front (South America in particular). More...

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Onslaught Guitarist Checks In

British thrash metal legends Onslaught are currently half-way through their first ever headlining tour of South America and the band has made sure to give South American fans a real treat by performing their 1986 album, "The Force" from start to finish. A message from guitarist Nige Rockett reads as follows:

"Just got in from the Campinas, Brazil show.. F'ing great night, hottest show so far. 3 hours sleep, off to the airport for the next venue...

"Regarding record companies as some people were speculating about it, we can only say that nothing is decided yet."

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Onslaught Checks In From Brazil

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has checked in from their first headlining tour of South America after finishing their shows in Brazil. The message reads as follows:

"Well here we are for our first time in Brazil, I've been looking forward to this for many years and what an eventful start we got off to...

"First show was in Manaus, a city in the middle of the Amazon jungle with no roads in or out, truly amazing. We arrive at the venue to be greeted by hordes of thrash metal maniacs hanging out around this, I must say gargantuan venue, its a really cool scene... I think within an hour we managed to get our photo taken with everyone there... ha ha ha ha.

"The equipment is not the best and it takes some huge compromises to get things together but with the help of William our sound tech, everything works and he gets a crushing front of house sound. The Force album seems to be order of the day, so we try to play it in its entirity, unfortunately our show is brought to a very abrupt end by the local Police (this is a big problem over here) and we are several songs short which was a huge disappointment at our first appearance here. More...

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Onslaught Speaks On Recent Shows

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has posted a new message online which discusses the bands recent shows in Holland and Belgium. It reads as follows:

"Holland, Belgium! You still know how to fucking mosh like it was fucking 1984 don't you! Thank you so much! Fucking crazy motherfuckers! Damn that was fun, and the stage invasions during 'Power From Hell' were spectacular! Hahaha!!!! See you all again soon!"

The band will be heading to South America for a headlining tour this wednesday (November 4th) before returning home to Britain to commence work on their fifth studio album.

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Onslaught Speaks On Rock Area Festival

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has checked in with a report on Germany's Rock Area Festival, after the band recently performed at the event. The message reads as follows:

"Hi Ladies / Lunatics

"Just got back from a gargantuan but sunny drive from Germany, only to be welcomed by the fucking English rain.

"I am somewhat lost for words about this festival because it was simply breathtaking. We have had the honour to play at so many great festivals in stunning settings but this really did eclipse them all in my opinion. More...

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Rock City Open Air Cancelled

Romania's forthcoming metal festival, Rock City Open Air, appears to have either cancelled or postponed. A message from black metal legends Mayhem reads as follows:

"Unfortunately, Mayhem will not perform in Romania next week as the whole festival has been canceled (or apparently postponed). We are deeply sorry for the fans who wanted to see us performing there. This is of course totally out of our control.

"A statement regarding the reason of the cancellation should be posted on the festival's MySpace page soon."

This news come after the recent news that Immortal, Blood Red Throne, Macbeth and Trail Of Tears have all pulled out of the event. The festival was scheduled to be held from August 20-23rd in Fetesti, Romania.

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Onslaught Posts Alcatraz Festival Report

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has checked in with a message regarding their recent performance at the Alcatraz Metal Festival in Deinze, Belgium. The message reads as follows:

"What a fucking brilliant festival! Seriously, a huge thank you to everyone involved in the organization of this, and and even bigger thank you to all the fucking lunatics that crashed the barriers and rocked out like the old school bastard motherfuckers that you are!

"Thank you so much... did I mention this festival was fucking brilliant?!!!!!!!!" More...

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Onslaught Planning North American Tour

British thrash metal legends Onslaught are apparantly in the planning stages of a headlining tour of North America which will take place later this year. The tour will see the band headlining clubs across the continent as well as performing a special show for fan club members, which will be filmed and made available to fan club members only.

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Onslaught Announces South American Tour

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has announced that they will be heading to South America for the first time in October. A message from guitarist Nige Rockett reads as follows:

"Here it is... the news we have been waiting so long to release.... We are so fuckin' stoked to announce that Onslaught will be touring South America this coming October.

"It's gonna be a killer tour and it'll be awesome for us to meet up with the legions of die hard 'Slaught fans over there and cause some major chaos together.

"The tour will begin in Brazil on October 8th closing with 3 shows in Colombia on October 16th/17th/18th. There are still a few dates / countries to be announced but we should have all the final details real soon."

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Onslaught Issues Post-Tour Update

British thrash metal legends recently completed a short tour in the United Kingdom as special guests to veteran Bay Area thrash outfit Testament. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Just got back fromt the Testament UK tour... fuckin Killer!!!

"We had a blast and the shows we're totally fuckin awesome for us, if this tour proved one thing, it was that thrash metal is well and truly back at the forefront of the UK metal scene once more. Great line up/sold out shows with real old school attitudes, the future is bright!

"It was real cool to be out with all The Testament guys once more and a pleasure to have on board new upcoming American thrashers WARBRINGER.. check em out :) This was one of the most enjoyable tours we have ever been involved in, no egos & attitudes, just one big machine that ran like clockwork... very rare in this business!
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Testament And Onslaught Unleash A Thrash Assault

Testament are currently on tour in the United Kingdom promoting their latest studio album, "The Formation Of Damnation" which was released last year to much critical acclaim. They made the wise choice to bring British thrash metal legends Onslaught along for the trek as well as young American thrashers Warbringer. Needless to say, no-one left disappointed.

I unfortunately arrived too late to see most of Warbringer's set but I saw the last song and they seemed like a good band. I'll make a point of seeing them in the future. It was a special show for Onslaught as the concert was being held in their home city of Bristol and the venue, (the Bristol Academy) was the only venue in the city the band hadn't played yet. The band opened their set with a thunderous response from the crowd as they ripped into the title track from their 2007 masterpiece, "Killing Peace." They continued on with a set that mainly consisted of songs from "Killing Peace" and their 1986 classic, "The Force" including staple songs, "Let There Be Death" and "Metal Forces" before finishing with "Power From Hell," the title track of their debut album. Onslaught showed ferocious energy from start to finish and seemed like they were having just as much fun as the whole crowd were. The only thing that seemed to let their set down was that alot of people complained about the sound, claiming the drums were louder than the vocals and guitars. It sounded fine to me though. After their set members from the band were hanging around talking to the fans at the merchandise stand, which is always nice!

Testament have been on a roll since releasing "The Formation of Damnation" and they're showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. They opened their set with "The Preacher" and continued to give unleash a high energy, sonic assault from there. Chuck Billy cemented his repuatation as one of the best frontmen in Thrash Metal by connecting well with the audience and keeping his voice as intense as ever before, and with the guitar team of Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson behind him, in addition to the awesome rhythm section that is Greg Christian on bass and veteran thrash drummer Paul Bostaph, you can't go wrong. They performed the majority of their classic songs including, "Into The Pit," "Over The Wall" and "Disciples Of The Watch" as well as newer songs such as "More Than Meets The Eye" and "The Persecuted Won't Forget." A personal favourite moment of mine was when they began their encore with the excellent, "D.N.R." from the 1999 album, "The Gathering" before ending the show with the unusual choice of "The Formation Of Damnation." They left the stage to a great show of respect from the crowd after promising to return to Britain next year with a brand new album to support.

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Onslaught Posts Live "Metal Forces" Track Online

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has posted a live version of their classic song, "Metal Forces" on their Myspace page. You can check it out by clicking here. The track comes from the bands first ever live album, "Live Damnation" which will be released worldwide on July 20th through Candlelight Records. The album also contains a bonus DVD which features live footage and interviews.

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Testament Announces More U.K. Shows

Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament has announced some more shows in the United Kingdom for this month. Supporting them on these shows will be British thrash metal veterans Onslaught.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 20 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
July 21 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
July 22 - Newcastle, UK - 02 Academy
July 23 - Bristol, UK - 02 Academy
July 25 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfren Hall

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Onslaught To Support Testament In The U.K.

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has confirmed that they will be opening for Bay Area legends Testament when they tour the United Kingdom later this year. A message from guitar player Nige Rockett reads as follows:

"We're holed up in our studio working on the new album tracks, so I'm not getting to see much of it, but which ever way I look at it, its a fucking lovely day for creating aggressively heavy thrash metal. Anyway, we are stoked to announce we have been added to at least three shows on the upcoming TESTAMENT UK tour.

Confirmed dates as follows:

July 22 - Newcastle, UK - 02 Academy
July 23 - Bristol, UK - 02 Academy
July 25 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfren Hall

"It'll be cool to catch up with the Testament guys once again and play our first hometown show for almost four years... especially at the O2 Academy, as its the only venue we have never destroyed in Bristol."

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Onslaught Posts "Live Damnation" E-card Online

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has posted an E-card online for their forthcoming new live album, "Live Damnation." You can check it out by visiting Candlelight Records official website. The album will be the first official live album in Onslaught's career and will be released by Candlelight Records on July 20th.

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Onslaught And More Added To Hard Rock Hell III

The third edition of the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales has added some more bands to the current bill. The event will now feature performances from British thrash metal legends Onslaught as well as Evile, Toxic Holocaust and Susperia. The festival will be held between December 4th - 6th in Prestatyn in North Wales.

The lineup is now as follows:

ANGEL WITCH
CLOVEN HOOF
DEMON
EVILE
GIRLSCHOOL
LAUREN HARRIS
HYDROGYN
MARYA ROXX
NEW YORK DOLLS
ONSLAUGHT
QUEENSRŸCHE
THE QUIREBOYS
ROCK GODDESS
SONATA ARCTICA
SUSPERIA
TERRORVISION
TIGERTAILZ
TOXIC HOLOCAUST
W.A.S.P
WITCHFYNDE
WRATHCHILD

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Onslaught Issues Athens Show Report

U.K. thrashers Onslaught have issued the following statement about a recent show in Athens:

"Just got back from another fantastic journey visiting our crazy Greek friends.. And we were not disappointed :) Great weather, food, beer and most importantly great old school show...

"It was one of the hottest gigs we have ever played, no air con at the venue meant it was gonna be a real sweat fest... we weren't wrong.. Not a bad thing, because it meant we would sweat out the enormous amounts of alcohol that our promoter Xigas had plied us with until 5am the previous night.. haha

"From the very first song Killing Peace right thru til the last Thermonuclear Devastation the stage diving was relentless and some real cool pits going off... fucking awesome, bodies everywhere and luckily no serious injuries... You guys 'AND' ladies really know how to Thrash it up... We had a fucking blast...!!!! We have been promised a return to Athens in 2010 after the release of the new album which we once again, we cannot wait for.... :)

"Take care all / see you someday soon, Nige + Onslaught

"ps, We would like to give special thanks to Nick & Orfeas from Greek Thrashers Suicidal Angels for their invaluable help Tech-ing for us at the show.. we owe you one guys.."

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Onslaught Announces Live Album Release Date

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has announced that they will be releasing their first live album, "Live Damnation" on July 20th through Candlelight Records. The show was recorded in November of last year in Leeds, England at the Damnaton Festival.

In other news, bass player Jeff Williams has given an update regarding the bands new studio album. It reads: "Regarding the next studio album, things are coming along very nicely indeed. The aggression has been turned right up to 11 with the new songs and I can't wait for you to hear these motherfuckers!"

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Onslaught Drummer Posts Live Album Update

Steve Grice, drummer of reunited British thrash metal legends Onslaught, has checked in with an update on the bands first official live album which was recorded in Leeds at the Damnation Festival last year. His post reads as follows:

"Just to let you lovely people know that the live album has been mixed and approved and is now heading its way to record company HQ to go to press. We are kind of hoping to get this out in the summer, a more accurate date will be released soon.......sounds pretty good though!"

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Onslaught Confirmed For Rock City Open Air 2009

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has added a performance at the Rock City Open Air festival in Romania this year to their growing list of festival appearances. Guitarist Nige Rockett comments: "We're very pleased to announce Onslaught have been confirmed to play at Rock City Open Air festival at Fetesti, Romania on Friday, August 21st. This is gonna be an awesome and crazy event if our last visit to Romania was anything to go by. We met some wonderful people and made some real good friends, definately one of my most memorable and special experiences with Onslaught and I really cant wait to return."

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