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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 Confirmed For Caosemergente Festival

Reunited British thrashers Onslaught have posted the following message online:

"Onslaught are proud to announce their appearance at Caosemergente Festival on Sunday, September 15th in Porto, Portugal. It's great news and very important for us to land a slot on this cool festival as we were so disappointed when the Lagoa Burning Live Festival' in Portugal was cancelled recently. Everyone had such an awesome time on our last visit and we just had to come back to and play once again. See you all real soon for a slaughter in the sun."

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Onslaught Working On New Album

UK thrash band Onslaught has announced they are working on a new album which they state will be "666% Pure Thrash." The band issued the following statement on their MySpace page:

Just to let you all know, Onslaught will now begin work on writing the follow up album to last years thrash assault 'Killing Peace'.......First track was written and completed early last year, but now over the next few months we will forge ahead to write the remaining slabs of 666% Pure Thrash....We have a choice of 3 titles for the new album and all of the basic song outlines are firmly in place...

We're all real excited about making this album, we have our own studio set-up and a whole new outlook on how to make this next record a screaming fucking monster...!!!! with Andy Rosser-Davies now in the band there's gonna be lots of fresh input and a slightly different slant to the 'Slaught'...He's a very aggressive player, very much like me, so the musical violence is gonna be increased considerably...with serious amounts of shredding.......!!!!!

We'll keep you all updated as we progress with each song and all other album related info...

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Onslaught Reports From Bang Your Head Festival

UK thrash metal legends Onslaught have posted the following message:

"What another awesome weekend we've had in Germany at Bang Your Head!!! Festival... Huge crowd, great weather and 2 days of pure fuckin metal!!

"We hit the stage at just after midday on Saturday which was by far the heavier day of the two, with JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON, OBITUARY and TANKARD sharing the billing with us. More...

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Onslaught To Re-Issue Early Material On Vinyl

UK thrash metallers ONSLAUGHT have issued the following update:

"Due to popular demand, Back on Black records have recently released four Onslaught albums on vinyl (coloured) complete with gatefold sleeves.. The albums available are: Killing Peace (2007), Power From Hell (1985), The Force (1986) and one purely for the fans of the embryonic Onslaught, a collection of early hardcore punk demos from 1983 entitled Shadow Of Death. Time to dig out the decks folks."

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Onslaught Announce More Summer Tour Dates

Legendary reactivated UK thrashers ONSLAUGHT have updated their summer tour itinerary with the following dates:

May
1 - Club 2 - Tudor, Baia Mare, Romania
2 - Club Rolland - Garos Cluj, Romania
3 - Live Metal Club - Bucharest, Romania
4 - Hristo Botev Community Center - Sofia, Bulgaria
5 - Open Theater - Komotini, Germany
8 - Metalbox Club - Timisoara, Romania
9 - Castro Club - Skopje, Macedonia
10 - Avalon Club - Budapest, Hungary

June
21 - Queens Of Metal Festival - Kleinwenkheim, Germany
28 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany

July
8 - Metalcamp Festival, Tolmin, Slovenia
27 - Lagoa, Burning Live Festival - Estombar, Portugal

August 1
4 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbuhl, Germany

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Onslaught To Tour South America This Summer

Reactivated British thrashers ONSLAUGHT have issued the following update:

"ONSLAUGHT are currently working on the final details for a South American tour provisionally due to kick off with two shows in Venezuela on August 27-28 and working its way through Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina and Peru. Dates are being scheduled to run through to September 14."

ONSLAUGHT's "Horns Up" European tour with Sweden's CARNAL FORGE and Greece's SUICIDAL ANGELS was cancelled last month"due to poor management and organization."

ONSLAUGHT recently confirmed the departure of guitarist Alan Jordan. A replacement axeman has already been recruited in the shape of "awesome new shredder" Andy Rosser-Davies.

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Onslaught Tour Postponed Due To Poor Management

Greek thrashers SUICIDAL ANGELS have issued the following update:

"Unfortunately, due to some management problems that occured, the Horns Up tour had to be postponed for a few weeks. We’d really like to apologize to all our friends / fans that intended to come to the concerts, especially those that their country won’t be included in the new tour schedule. We promise to do our best to visit your country in the near future! The tour booking is now handled by the Romanian agency Metal Masters, and hopefully the rescheduled dates will be announced very soon."

The official ONSLAUGHT announcement about that issue:

"Unfortunately due to poor management and organization from the persons involved in the booking of the ’Horns Up’ tour, we have decided to postpone the majority of the dates for a few weeks. The entire logistic plan was a total mess, this included no flights being booked only two days before the tour was due to start , Onslaught also did not receive any guarantees that some of the shows would happen and unfortunately had no confidence that this tour, as it stood, would have seen it through to the end. The new rescheduled dates will be booked by Metal Masters Romania, and the new tour announced very shortly with hopefully no delay longer than three to four weeks of the original shows."

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Onslaught's European Tour Cancelled?

According to the Italian concert promotion agency Black Dahlia, the previously announced European tour featuring reactivated British thrashers ONSLAUGHT, Sweden's CARNAL FORGE and Greece's SUICIDAL ANGELS has been cancelled.

The trek was scheduled to kick off on March 31 in Romania.

ONSLAUGHT recently confirmed the departure of guitarist Alan Jordan. A replacement axeman has already been recruited in the shape of "awesome new shredder" Andy Rosser-Davies.

ONSLAUGHT's new album, "Killing Peace", was released in March 2007 via Candlelight Records. The CD was recorded at Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE).

Metal Mind Productions released ONSLAUGHT's "Live Polish Assault" DVD in a special DVD+CD limited swing case edition on March 3 in Europe (May 13 in the U.S. via MVD).

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Onslaught Announces New Guitarist

Onslaught have posted the following message on their Myspace page:

"Onslaught have replaced departed guitarist Al Jordan with awesome new shredder Andy Rosser-Davies..
Nige Rockett comments.'Unfortunately Al was unable to commit to any touring with the band as from late last year due to personal circumstances, live shows are what we are all about, so the situation was unworkable.
As many of our German fans will know Andy came in at very short notice to play on the tour with Ektomorf and did a fantastic job..He is phenemenol guitar player with a very aggressive style which suits Onslaught perfectly, we were stoked when he accepted our offer.
It was a pity Al had to go at such a positive time, but sometimes i guess these things happen and we will move on to bigger and better things.. we all wish him and his family all the best with his new career at Asda Walmart..."

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Onslaught Guitarist Alan Jordan Quits

Guitarist Alan Jordan of the reactivated British thrashers ONSLAUGHT has released the following statement:

"It is with immediate effect that I will no longer be a part of ONSLAUGHT. I had the best part of three very happy years with the band and recorded what I considered to be a great album and DVD, both of which I'm very proud to be a part of."

"Some internal circumstances within ONSLAUGHT changed and certain ideas were moving in a very different direction to what I envisaged."

"I have no long-term plans at this moment in time, but would like to thank all the fans across the globe that I have met and spent time with. Respect to you all." More...

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Onslaught Confirmed For Inferno Festival

The following message has been posted via Onslaught's official myspace:

"Onslaught are pleased to announce that they will be appearing at 'Inferno Festival' (Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway) on Thursday 20th March....

This will be the Slaughts first Norwegian show for 21 years, the last time appearing with Motorhead on the Orgasmatron tour in 87 at the same venue...."

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Onslaught Confirmed For Queens Of Metal Festival

Reactivated British thrashers ONSLAUGHT have been confirmed for the Queens of Metal Open Air 2008 festival, set to take place June 19-21, 2008 in Kleinwenkheim, Germany. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

DELIRIOUS
DYING FETUS
ELENSIS
END OF GREEN
FLESHCRAWL
FLESHLESS
GOREFEST
GRAILKNIGHTS
HATRED
KNORKATOR
KRWTH
LENG TCH'E
MORT
ONSLAUGHT
PERZONAL WAR
RUNAMOK
SABATON
VAN CANTO

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Onslaught Talk About Cancelled Shows

MetalHead.ro has issued a new interview with UK thrashers ONSLAUGHT. The following is an excerpt:

Q: So what's new in the Onslaught camp? I've heard that you've canceled the European X-Mass Festival Tour..

A: "Lots going on right now, it's been total chaos over the past few months. Yeah the X-mass festival tour got cancelled, but we've never really been given a reason why, it would have been an awesome tour if it would have went ahead."

Q: Speaking of recent events, what happened with your show at Hellflame - South Side Of Hell? I know that there's been some problems for you and BENEDICTION.

A: "Again another show cancelled. I think four bands got pulled from the bill in total. I believe it was due to finance problems, because all the bands who were cancelled had to fly in. We were told it was to do with objections from local government."

Read the full article at MetalHead.ro.

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Onslaught To Play Lagoa Burning Live Festival

The following message has been posted by Onslaught's official Myspace account:

"We are very proud to announce that we have just been confirmed to appear at the 'LAGOA BURNING LIVE FESTIVAL' At Estombar, Algarve in Portugal,on 27th July 2008 alongside our good friends Obituary..
also appearing at the festival will be:
Tankard
Grave Digger
Cruachan
Dark Moon
Dionysus
+ others tbc

Slaught guitarist Nige Rockett comments: We cant fuckin wait to return to
Portugal especially to such a great festival as this one..It really is gonna be awesome with the Obituary guys there too..
Our last visit was amazing and we met so many cool people, this one promises to be every bit as special......."

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Onslaught Forced To Cancel German Shows

The following message has been posted on Onslaught's official Myspace page:

"Onslaught have regrettably been forced to cancel the final 5 shows of their current German tour with 'Ektomorf' due to continuing breaches of contract by ROCKFALLS PROMOTIONS (Stefan Freund).

"Sy Keeler says 'the organisation behind the tour has again been nothing short of shambolic from day 1. The problems started with transportation and equipment and ended with non payment of our fees and expenses. The Night liner company has not been paid and the tour is being kept afloat at this time by the Tour Managers' own personal finances. We had persevered with the difficulties for the first 9 shows but felt it was impossible for us to continue in the circumstances and have been forced to make this very difficult and sad decision...

"We deeply apologise to our fans in Germany for any disappointment and inconvenience they may encounter because of Mr Freund's disgraceful behaviour. We will return to your great country in February for 3 shows with our good friends 'Sabbat' which will be organised and promoted in a totally professional manner..
This matter is now in the hands of our legal team...

"See you all soon…..'
Danke Schoen
ONSLAUGHT"

"PS - We would like to say a massive 'Thank You' to Frank & Steffen from the great band 'Days of Grace' who took time out to drive us back to the U.K... Your friendship and your thoughtfulness was awesome guys .. Danke. We owe you..!!! "

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Gama Bomb Complete Thrash Assault 2 Lineup

The billing for Thrash Assault 2 (myspace.com/metalonmetal) is now complete with the addition of Ireland's GAMA BOMB from Ireland. The event will also be the first time ever that SABBAT and ONSLAUGHT appear on the same bill for a show.

Here is the final billing: SABBAT, ONSLAUGHT (Very Special Old School Show), PROTECTORS (feat. Martin Missy), AT WAR, DESASTER, GAMA BOMB, RUNAMOK, NOCTURNAL.

The event is scheduled for February 23rd in Wuerzburg, Germany at Soundpark-Ost (ex-Rockpalast).

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Queensryche Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's instalment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place on June 27-28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany. The band will deliver a very special three-hour performance with the full "Operation: Mindcrime" sets along with a huge stage production including stage actors, dialogue intermissions, video screens and other audio-visual effects.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGE OF EVIL
AGENT STEEL
BREAKER
CONTRACRASH
ENSIFERUM
FORBIDDEN
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
KORPIKLAANI
LIZZY BORDEN
OBITUARY
ONSLAUGHT
QUEENSRŸCHE
RAGE
SAXON
SECRECY
TANKARD
TRAMP'S WHITE LION
TYR

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Destruction Slam U.K. Booking Agent

Germany's DESTRUCTION have released the following statement in the wake of their the recent UK tour:

All three bands really want to thank all of the fans who turned out to support us on our recent Tour of the UK., but we also wish with hindsight, to apologise to some of you that you had to see us in circumstances that were not ideal, at some venues which sometimes should not have even been included on the schedule. This is solely down to the work undertaken by the booking agent we opted to use, Jon Knight of HAGP Music and we would like to draw the attention of all other bands and the fans to this person because we are most disappointed that charlatans like this continue to be in positions of power in the industry we all love – that of Metal!

Destruction frontman Schmier comments: “After 24 years of playing Metal on a professional level, working with this concert agency was the worst and most unprofessional experience we’ve ever had in Europe! I wanna thank all the faithful fans that made this tour a success. Our loyal crew and our brothers in ONSLAUGHT and AMENTI who suffered the same circumstances as well, (Sorry mates!!) but, we all really deserve better than this HAGP Music guy, surely?! No catering on most of the gigs, no posters and advertisement for the shows and the technical rider, which we did send to the UK several months ago, all just seemed to have evaporated or been ignored!

Some of this tour was an insult to METAL! A bloody fuckin´ shame, but because the fans had waited so fuckin´ long, we did not want to disappoint any of you. I really hope that the of the lack of professional equipment at some of the venues will not harm any of the bands in the future or take away from the fact that we know many of you supported us to the hilt on this tour. We found solutions to go on and did not lose a single show on this chaotic horror trip! The replacement gig (Nottingham, Old Angel) for the cancelled show (in Liverpool) came with local assistance and from within the touring family, not from HAGP Music, who then decided also to stop talking to our management and ignoring our email requests for assistance.

Realistically, several shows on this tour should never have been booked in the first place. HAGP Music didn’t care about contracts, venues, the fans, the bands, not even his local guys who were making the best of it sometimes. To have shows announced as being cancelled without our knowledge, to not have the right equipment or have even researched the venues at all etc., caused dreadful tumult to everyone on the tour and required us ourselves to go on to metal forums telling people that the gigs would go ahead. How unprofessional is that? Without the long held experience of our combined band and crew and the great support shown by the Onslaught and Amenti blokes, this tour wouldn’t have survived! I publicly thank every single one!

It’s scary how losers like this guy, Jon Knight, can be in charge of representing us to the fans. I’m posting this to warn othert bands, DO NOT work with this liar! He calls himself a concert agent, but he is no more than a shady amateur!

Thanks again to the fantastic UK & Irish fans; Onslaught, Amenti and the locals that made the gigs possible! Metal doesn’t need this guy, and I can only discourage everybody to not work with him if you don’t wanna lose your ass! Be warned!!!”

Destruction’s European Booking Agent, Dragon Productions add: “In the beginning, Jon Knight (HAGP Music) left a great and professional impression on us. His offer was good so we decided to commit to this tour. Then, when time came to fix the contracts etc., the original offer broke down to only 50%. And this left the band without income, only payments for crew, flights etc. covered.

The band decided to do the tour anyway; they didn't want to let their fans down, but our feelings got worse and worse. The closer the tour became, the more questions we had, and the less Jon responded. He brought in a tour manager who tried to save the chaos, but of course, this guy was fighting a losing battle as the tour progressed because this was a disaster just waiting to happen caused by the lack of professionalism at its base. That tour manager left during the tour and Destruction’s sound engineer took this job on as well. If band and crew hadn’t been such a brilliant team this tour could never have been finished. No one should work with dreamers like HAGP Music, simply look for the professionals.
We will not make this mistake again as I’m sure won’t others who we are told have also worked with HAGP Music. We’re hopefully the last who will suffer this.”

J. Dusedau (Dragon Productions)
Schmier (on behalf of Destruction)
Mike Exley (UK Press Representative to AFM)

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Destruction Deny Cancelled U.K. Tour

Long-running German thrashers DESTRUCTION have issued the following update:

"To allay the confusion about the rumours of cancelled UK tour dates, we have a statement from DESTRUCTION/ONSLAUGHT tour manager Baz Barett that will clear up everything."

Commented Barett: "All shows as shown on the official DESTRUCTION and ONSLAUGHT websites are definately still going ahead! Leeds and Manchester events are definitely on! An unreliable promoter has caused confusion but this situation is now rectifed. Any questions please call the venues! All the shows have been outstanding and we hope to see you all!!!"

DESTRUCTION's "Thrash Anthems" album, a collection of reworked/re-recorded versions of the band's classic tracks, was released in January via AFM Records. The CD was recorded at House of Music Studio in Germany) and Little Creek Studio in Switzerland with almost the same team that worked on the group's "Inventor of Evil" CD: DESTRUCTION's live sound engineers Gerd Krenz, Franky Winkelmann and GURD/POLTERGEIST mastermind VO Pulver. The tracks were mixed by one of the best metal producers in Europe — Jacob Hansen, the Danish producer and INVOCATOR singer and guitarist.

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Onslaught Announce European Headlining Tour

Reactivated British thrashers ONSLAUGHT will embark on a European headlining tour in late March. Support on the trek will come from Sweden's CARNAL FORGE, Greece's SUICIDAL ANGELS and one more as-yet-unconfirmed act.

Commented ONSLAUGHT guitarist Nige Rockett: "This is gonna be a fucking awesome tour. It really is a great package. Four cool thrash bands, but with such varying styles. We're gonna be visiting 11 different countries in 19 days, and kicking a lot of asses on the way..."

The dates are as follows:

Mar. 26 - Budapest (HUN) - Trafo Club
Mar. 27 - Cluj (ROM) - venue to be announced
Mar. 28 - Bucharest (ROM) - Live Metal Club
Mar. 29 - Thessaloniki (GRE) - venue to be announced
Mar. 30 - Athens (GRE) - venue to be announced
Mar. 31 - Xanthi (GRE) - venue to be announced
Apr. 01 - Sofia (BG) - Hristo Botev Community Center
Apr. 02 - Skopje (MAC) - Castro Club
Apr. 03 - Sarajevo (BiH) - AG
Apr. 04 - Vienna (AUT) - The Viper Room
Apr. 05 - Cervia (IT) - Rock Planet
Apr. 06 - Pescara (IT) - Rockhouse
Apr. 07 - Milan (IT) - Musicdrome
Apr. 08 - Padova (IT) - Unvault
Apr. 09 - Uster (CH) - Rock City
Apr. 10 - Essen (GER) - Turock
Apr. 11 - Eindhoven (NL) - Dynamo
Apr. 12 - Enschede (NL) - Atak
Apr. 13 - Leeuwarden (NL) - Romein

ONSLAUGHT released its first live DVD, "Live Polish Assault 2007", in July via Metal Mind Productions. The disc contains more than an hour of veritable thrash mayhem filmed during the band's gig on February 12, 2007 at the Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland. The DVD also includes an interview with guitarist Nige Rockett and vocalist Sy Keeler, bonus live video footage from the band's gigs in Japan and Holland, as also bonus audio tracks from the gig at Bristol Colston Hall in 1987 (featuring ONSLAUGHT's very first live performance of "Let There Be Rock")!

ONSLAUGHT's new album, "Killing Peace", was released in March via Candlelight Records. The CD was recorded at Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE).

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