Album Reviews

Onslaught – VI Review

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Released by: AFM Records

Release Date: September 20th, 2013

Genre: Trash Metal

Links: https://www.facebook.com/onslaughtuk

 

Line Up:

Sy Keeler (V)

Nige Rockett (G)

Jeff Williams (B)

Andy Rosser-Davies (G)

Mic Hourihan (D)

 

Tracklist:

1. A New World Order

2. Chaos Is King

3. Fuel For My Fire

4. Children Of The Sand

5. Slaughterize

6. 66’Fucking’6

7. Cruci-Fiction

8. Dead Man Walking

9. Enemy Of My Enemy

 

The thrash metal world is full of many success stories. Just as significant a movement in the 80’s as the hard rock scene was, thrash took the opposite direction of their pretty boy glammed up bands and went for a more bare bones, denim and heavy metal t-shirts and a heavier sound than most people were accustomed to. Bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax are now virtually household names as the “Big Four” of thrash, but back then they were originators in this brash, in your face, and raucous sound. And not to dissimilar from the glam scene there was a glut of so many bands trying to achieve the same levels of success as the aforementioned bands- some did it right (Overkill, Testament, Exodus just to name a couple) and some did it wrong. One of the bands that got it right, yet never really achieved much recognition outside the genre’s fans is a band called Onslaught. Hailed as one of the finest bands of it’s type (and justifiably so) the band etched out a legacy that is held in high regard by it’s fans, but never cracked through to gain the level of popularity as the others.

After well over a decade of releasing no new music, the band reunited and came back full force in 2007 and has pumped out three masterful recordings, including their upcoming CD simply entitled VI. This album continues their metal assault on the world and is yet another representation as to why they should be held in higher regard than they have been. The songs contained within are some of the most devastatingly brutal tracks in the bands career including “Slaughterize,” “Fuel For My Fire,” and “Dead Man Walking.” Sy Keeler’s sneering and angry vocals, the duel guitar attack of Nige Rockett and Andy Rosser, the face melting bass of Jeff Williams, and the controlled chaos of drummer Mic Mourihan create a seismic sonic quake that is so heavy and so brilliant it’s like a punch to the gut. Without a doubt this is Onslaught at their finest

The new thrash elite need to stop and take notice that Onslaught are holding no punches and are continuing on the path of total domination. The old guard still has some tricks up its sleeve and aren’t quite ready to step back and pass the torch on. If thrash fucking metal is your passion then you must add this one to your collection. It even got my old bones in the mood for some time in the pit.

 

Written by Chris Martin

Ratings    Chris    9/10

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