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.
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:
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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.."
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!"
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!"
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."
Nige Rockett, guitarist with the reunited British thrash metal legends Onslaught, has posted a message informing Irish fans of the bands plans to play there. The post reads as follows:
"Hi Ladies / Guys,
"Onslaught are coming back to Ireland!! We will be visiting all our friends in the North and the South on the weekend of August 28th / 29th.
"Firstly we play Belfast for the first time in 18 years at The Spring & Airbrake on Friday, August 28th. Then on Saturday, August 29th we head South to play at the Low End Festival in Waterford. More...
Nige Rockett, guitarist for reunited legendary British thrash metal band Onslaught has posted the following message online: "Onslaught will return to Greece on May 29th to play a show at the On Stage Club in Athens (support acts to be announced soon).
"This one we really cannot wait for, our last visit to Greece, two years back with NAPALM DEATH, was totally fucking insane, so we're looking forward to much more of the same.
"Real old school thrash crowds, with huge amounts of stage diving / circle pits and lots of blood... haha.... bring it on.
"And awesome food too ;)"
British thrash band Onslaught has issued the following statement about playing a show with Testament:
"Hi Metalheads... Hope you're all doing well in the new year...
"We're real stoked to announce ONSLAUGHT will be appearing as guests to 'TESTAMENT' at Oxford 'Academy' on Thurs 19th Feb...
"This will be our first show of 2009, as we take a short break from writing the new album.. It's gonna be an awesome night of classic Thrash Metal... and one definately not to miss... Take care / See you at the bar"
Nige Rockett, guitarist of reunited British thrash metal legends Onslaught has posted the following update online:
"Hi Ladies / Gentlemen
"Hope you are all having a great Xmas holiday.
"Onslaught are stoked to announce the first confirmed festival for 2009. We will be appearing at the ROCKAREA FESTIVAL at Losheim, Germany on August 28th. Also appearing will be AMON AMARTH, BOLT THROWERBolt + many more. More...
Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett has posted the following message online regarding the bands performance at the Damnation Festival which was held last weekend in Leeds, England:
"Hi Ladies / Gentlemen,
"Well, what can we say? What an awesome festival Damnation was this weekend. It is right up there with the best UK shows we have ever played. The crowd was immense from start to finish with some real cool pits. There was a few problems with the PA but that never dampened anyone's enthusiasm and it was a great show all round for us. More...
Nige Rockett, guitarist with legendary British thrash metallers Onslaught has posted the following message online:
"Onslaught will record their performance at this years Damnation Festival on Saturday, November 22nd, (Leeds, UK) for a future live album release through Candlelight Records in early 2009. (Onslaught will be appearing on the main stage - showtime tbc).
"We're really looking forward to playing at this year's Damnation Festival, its gonna be a real crazy day... what a way to wind up our European promotion for the Killing Peace release and now we've got the added bonus of recording what will be our first official live album. This will keep things ticking over nicely while we complete the writing of the new opus... and dont forget to make some fucking noise for the boys."
Onslaught will finish up the touring with a small U.K. tour, after which they will concentrate on writing and recording their fifth studio album. The tour dates are as follows:
14 - Birmingham, UK - Asylum
15 - Nuneaton, UK - Queens Hall
21 - Swansea, UK - Sin City
22 - Leeds, UK - Damnation Festival
28 - Kingston, UK - The Peel
UK metallers ONSLAUGHT have issued the following update from guitarist Nige Rockett:
"We would just like to inform everyone that we will be playing seven shows in the UK this November. Everything is kinda geared towards our appearance at Damnation Festival on November 22nd, with the rest of the shows acting as our warm ups. We will play the following:"
1 - Gloucester, UK - Brunswick (this will be a free entry show as a favour to a long time friend of ours, who has followed us through thick and thin, to hell and back)
14 - Birmingham, UK - Asylum
15 - Nuneaton, UK - Queens Hall
21 - Swansea, UK - Sin City
22 - Leeds, UK - Damnation Festival
28 - Kingston, UK - The Peel" More...
Reactivated British thrashers Onslaught has checked in with the following update:
"Just returned from another fantastic venture into Holland at Baroeg Open Air Festival....= and yet again our Guardian made sure the weather was dry for us... Its quite a bizarre fact that we have (luckily) never played an outdoor show in the rain.
"A really cool festival with a 4,000 + crowd in the middle of Rotterdam, made for a fucking great day of thrash metal, beer drinking and catching up with lots of friends. We played a 50 minute set and believe me the pit did not stop from the beginning of the show thru to the end. The Dutch really do know how to party hard... So we kicked ass even more... hahaha.
"Sadly this was our last appearance in Holland until 2009, but we have so many great memories to keep us burning until next time."
NWOBHM veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has posted the following message online:
"Although we are awaiting some more confirmed dates, we wanted to let you all know as soon as possible about the upcoming UK tour. This will be a three band bill with the Tygers Of Pan Tang as headliners and the fantastic Steve Grimmett of GRIM REAPER/ONSLAUGHT as Special Guest. The main tour support will be CRIMES OF PASSION, who are one of the best new UK Rock bands around so it promises to be a great night of music. Tickets will be very reasonably priced at all venues as we wanted to make this tour great value for money especially due to the economic climate in the UK at the moment. Please check out the individual venues for further details which are listed on MySpace and the website www.tygersofpantang.com.
We hope to see you all on this tour so we could thank you for your support of the Tygers during 2008. The sales of Animal Instinct have passed our own expectations and with the help of Geoff Bartons quote and 8/10 review in Classic Rock magazine we have a lot of older fans returning. Please spread the word and bring along your friends, and be part of the Tygers 2008.
Guitarist Nige Rockett of British thrash metallers Onslaught has posted the following message regarding the bands appearance at the festival:
"This is gonna be a fucking killer show and definitely the best UK festival for 2008. The line-up is truly awesome, boasting the Premier, most Extreme Metal bands from all genres this country (UK) has had to offer over the past 25 years...Hats off to the promoters for getting this one together. This could well be our last UK appearance before we wind up the Killing Peace' promotion, so hope to see you all there.......... for what I guarantee will be one insane fucking day."
The lineup for Damnation festival is as follows:
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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."
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...
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...
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."
Legendary reactivated UK thrashers ONSLAUGHT have updated their summer tour itinerary with the following dates:
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
21 - Queens Of Metal Festival - Kleinwenkheim, Germany
28 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany
8 - Metalcamp Festival, Tolmin, Slovenia
27 - Lagoa, Burning Live Festival - Estombar, Portugal
4 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbuhl, Germany