"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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.

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Onslaught Confirms UK Tour Dates

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...

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Onslaught Checks In From Holland

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."

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Announces U.K. Tour Dates

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.


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Onslaught Guitarist Speaks On Damnation Festival

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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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:

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

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:


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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:
Grave Digger
Dark Moon
+ 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

"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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