Thrash Metal / Hardcore Punk • United Kingdom
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Onslaught are a British thrash metal band, formed in 1983 by Bristol rockers, guitarist Nige Rockett and drummer Steve Grice. Joined by Jase Pope and Paul Hill on vocals and bass respectively, the band initially drew influence from the second wave of Punk bands such as Discharge and The Exploited. A demo was recorded by this line up.

Jase Pope and Paul Hill were soon to be replaced by Roge Davies and Paul Davies and the subsequent line-up recorded single "What Lies Ahead."

In 1984, Paul Mahoney and Jase Stallard joined to replace Roge Davies and Paul Davies. The band started to write more heavy metal songs than their original punk sound. This was mainly influenced by the early releases of thrash metal bands. The output of this was the 1985 release of Power From Hell on the Children of the Revolution record label.

Late 1985 saw the introduction of
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ONSLAUGHT albums / top albums

ONSLAUGHT Power From Hell album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Power From Hell
Thrash Metal 1985
ONSLAUGHT The Force album cover 3.71 | 7 ratings
The Force
Thrash Metal 1986
ONSLAUGHT In Search of Sanity album cover 3.94 | 8 ratings
In Search of Sanity
Thrash Metal 1989
ONSLAUGHT Killing Peace album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Killing Peace
Thrash Metal 2007
ONSLAUGHT Sounds of Violence album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Sounds of Violence
Thrash Metal 2011
ONSLAUGHT VI album cover 2.90 | 5 ratings
Thrash Metal 2013
ONSLAUGHT Generation Antichrist album cover 3.92 | 3 ratings
Generation Antichrist
Thrash Metal 2020

ONSLAUGHT EPs & splits

ONSLAUGHT Let There Be Rock album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Let There Be Rock
Thrash Metal 1987
ONSLAUGHT Shellshock album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Thrash Metal 1988
ONSLAUGHT Welcome To Dying album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Welcome To Dying
Thrash Metal 1989

ONSLAUGHT live albums

ONSLAUGHT Live Polish Assault 2007 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Polish Assault 2007
Thrash Metal 2007
ONSLAUGHT Live Damnation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Damnation
Thrash Metal 2009
ONSLAUGHT Live at the Slaughterhouse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Slaughterhouse
Thrash Metal 2016

ONSLAUGHT demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ONSLAUGHT Demo 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 1
Hardcore Punk 1983
ONSLAUGHT Demo 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 2
Hardcore Punk 1983
ONSLAUGHT What Lies Ahead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What Lies Ahead
Hardcore Punk 1983
ONSLAUGHT Demo 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 5
Hardcore Punk 1984
ONSLAUGHT Demo 6 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 6
Hardcore Punk 1984
ONSLAUGHT Hatred Towards the System album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hatred Towards the System
Hardcore Punk 1984
ONSLAUGHT Foxhole album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hardcore Punk 1984

ONSLAUGHT re-issues & compilations

ONSLAUGHT The Shadow of Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Shadow of Death
Thrash Metal 2008

ONSLAUGHT singles (4)

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Let There Be Rock
Thrash Metal 1989
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Shadow of Death
Thrash Metal 2006
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Power From Hell / Angels of Death
Thrash Metal 2006
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Thrash Metal 2010

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ONSLAUGHT Generation Antichrist

Album · 2020 · Thrash Metal
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Despite being at the forefront of all things metal in the early 80’s with the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” the UK was lagging behind, the USA in particular, when thrash metal broke through with bands like Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth and Anthrax to name the obvious contenders taking metal into faster and heavier extremes. One of the few acts around at the time that showed the UK could compete was Onslaught. I first came across them on their second album The Force, when I bought it on vinyl, as far as I remember, based on a review in Kerrang! magazine. I was immediately blown away by opener Let There Be Death from its slow burn opening before exploding full pelt into ferocious riffing and drumming. The album was raw and heavy with a great guitar tone. By the follow up the band had recruited former Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimett for 1989’s In Search Of Sanity. It was a slicker affair but lacked the ferocious impact of The Force but still contained some strong material. The band split up in the early 90’s, reforming in the mid 00’s. I must admit to not paying a lot of attention to the bands output from 2007’s Killing Peace, their first since reforming but early indications suggested Generation Antichrist, their fourth since reforming was going to be worth checking out.

I’m glad I did as Generation Antichrist shows the band still have what it takes to make a great thrash metal record. Not surprising, down to modern recording techniques, the album is sharper and tighter than their 80’s output. Thankfully the modern production doesn’t rob the album of its ferocity and they’ve released a thrash metal album stuffed with breakneck speed riffs and drumming. From opener (proper) Strike Fast Strike Hard after the short intro Rise To Power the pace rarely lets up. The quality of song writing is strong throughout as is the playing. These days only guitarist Nige Rockett remains from the original line up and bassist Jeff Williams is the only member who played on their last studio album, 2013’s VI. Rockett has recruited a strong band however including vocalist David Garnett who delivers a convincingly raw and aggressive performance and a special mention to new drummer James Perry who is relentlessly fast, tight, powerful and skilful in equal measures. Musically there’s nothing ground-breaking here, and you wouldn’t particularly expect it, but Onslaught have made a totally convincing album with no shortage of killer riffs equal to the new kids on the block and their 80’s contemporaries still in the game alike.

Generation Antichrist is a very welcome return from Onslaught and put me in the mood for checking out those other post-reformation albums more fully. They’ll have to go some to be better than this though. This might just be the best album of their career.

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