UK Thrashers Onslaught have become one of the bands that are now synonymous with the brilliance of and endurance of today’s ‘Thrash Metal’ movement and it is always to the delight of fans and critics around the world when the band announces the release of a new record. Time once again to prepare! Onslaught led by founding member Nige Rockett is primed to set the world on fire once again with one of the most ferocious Thrash Metal albums ever made: “Generation Antichrist”!
Put simply, if you like your Metal music brutal and extreme, then this is definitely the album for you!
Back in 2019 Onslaught amazingly had been touring for 5 years with the promotion for the latest studio album “VI” and the 30th Anniversary tours for their “The Force” album (which actually lasted for 2 years due to demand). By that point a new album was definitely a priority!
The work on the seventh record has been really enjoyable with lots of cool ideas in the bank, so it’s come together very fast. And everyone in Onslaught are very proud to finally present “Generation Antichrist,” an album inspired by a world, so full of hatred, megalomaniacs & political madness.
Nige Rockett comments: “We wanted this album to sound like an audio backdrop for the lyrics contained within, dark and brutal in the extreme – which is why we invited producer Daniel Bergstrand to come in and deliver what I think is an absolutely awesome mix!
This is also a real perfect time for our new vocalist Dave Garnett to make his name within Onslaught. He’s stepped up to the mark in a big way over the past year, having stood in for some live shows when Sy Keeler was unavailable. So when the full time position became available, he really couldn’t wait to get in the studio and do the business!”
On first listen tracks such as “Strike Fast Strike Hard” (the vicious opener), “Bow Down To The Clowns,” and “Religiousuicide” pin ears to the speakers and prove that a move to involve the Swedish Grammy Award winning producer Bergstrand (Behemoth / In Flames / Meshuggah) has given Onslaught an edge that even their definitive 80’s years couldn’t quite capture. With a groove that is dominant, Onslaught are storming upwards to where they should be, and ripping up the form book along the way!
“Even at this early, early stage,” says guitarist Rockett, “everyone who has heard “Generation Antichrist” has a variety of favourite tracks. ‘Strike Fast Strike Hard’ is a banging opening track for an Onslaught album, it’s right up there with ‘Let There Be Death’ and ‘Chaos is King.’ It has real punky edge to the chorus, which I love, it’s so fucking raw – it’s a truly relentless thrash album from start to finish that really pushed the boundaries of our playing to the maximum once again.
Onslaught were formed in Bristol, England by Nige Rockett (guitar) & Paul Hill (bass) in 1983 and began life under the influence of second generation hardcore punk bands, but exploiting a strong desire for a more metallic sound and the love of Motörhead, they would quickly search out a more defined and original style. The result are albums such as “Power From Hell” (1985), “The Force” (1986), “In Search Of Sanity” (1989) and after a long hiatus also releases like “Killing Peace” (2007), “Sounds Of Violence” (2011) and their latest studio effort “VI” (2013). Now it is time to add another gem to their legacy – Onslaught are ready to unleash a new beast with “Generation Antichrist”!
David Garnett (Vocals)
Nige Rockett (Guitars)
Wayne Dorman (Guitars)
Jeff Williams (Bass)
James Perry (Drums)
Read our review here.