"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 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:


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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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Onslaught Heading To Ireland This Summer

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...

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Onslaught Announces Show In Athens, Greece

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 ;)"

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Onslaught Announces Show Date With Testament

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"

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Onslaught Guitarist Nige Rockett Checks In

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...

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Onslaught Guitarist Speaks On Damnation Festival

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...

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Onslaught To Record Live Album

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

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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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