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Album Review

This live album, recorded in 2008 after Onslaught had reunited the previous year, finds the second-tier U.K. thrash act in what was probably the strongest shape of their careers. They were just never all that great in the '80s, which is why their careers never took off the way those of truly path-breaking acts like Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth did — or even European acts like Kreator and Destruction. The latter band is probably the one with whom Onslaught share the most sonic DNA; vocalist Sy Keeler, who sang on the group's second album, 1986'sThe Force, and on 2007's Killing Peace, is a raspy shrieker much like Destruction's Marcel Shirmer, and the group's primitive riffing and minimalist beats have the same rawness of the German group. The set list includes four tracks from the reunion album, as expected. They also play three tracks from The Force and one from 1985's debut album, Power from Hell. No songs from the group's third album, 1989's In Search of Sanity — possibly because Keeler's vocals were rumored to have been overdubbed by his replacement at the time, possibly because the album just wasn't very good. In any case, this is a decent performance by a thoroughly also-ran thrash band. For diehards only.

Customer Reviews


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, and The Exploited and the more metallic 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. 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 and we 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..


How can a record company allow such a negative review of a band / album to grace the main album review for this fantastic album. 2007's Killing Peace was a fine comeback album from these very underated English metalheads, but this live album, recorded as the title suggests at the 2008 Damnation festival in Leeds, UK, is a fine piece of work, mixed by Andy Sneap, he who has recorded & mixed the likes of Megadeth, Testament & Arch Enemy, brings this performance to a different level.
An AWESOME album from an AWESOME band, a must hear for any self respecting metal head. Enjoy.


Formed: England

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Onslaught was put together by Bristol, England, guitarist Nige Rockettand drummer Steve Grice in the early '80s. The two musicians were working to forge an ultra-aggressive, speedy metal sound that was becoming more and more popular in the days of early Slayer and Metallica. In 1985, the duo were joined by bass player Jase Stallard and vocalist Paul Mahoney. The quartet quickly worked up enough material for a record and later that year, the debut Power From Hell was recorded and released on U.K....
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  • £6.32
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 20 July 2009

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