England's thrash metal warriors Onslaught are back with their fifth release and fans of the band should be thrilled. Others will find a very good disc filled with vintage thrash but has very little new or exciting to offer. What they do give you is excellent headbanging fodder that will serve its purpose but will just as easily be forgotten once it is over.
Don't get me wrong, this is an album filled with a great retro thrash feel to it and is as intense from start to finish as any disc you are going to find but it doesn't offer anything new to the listener. The riffs are old tried and true, the message of war, rebellion and anti-Christian ranting has been beaten to death over the years and really only makes you once more say I have heard it all before.
Onslaught is at their best when delivering anthem like metal that has the ability to whip up a crowd into a headbanging frenzy and they do give you plenty of this on the disc. "Born For War", "The Sound Of Violence" and "Rest In Pieces will fuel the mosh pits for sure. They are at their worst when they return to their punk roots like on "Godhead"or their cover of Motorhead's "Bomber". It is still very listenable but just does not get you moving like their real heavy thrashing tunes.
This one will not be a disappointment to add to your library but like many books in my personal book depository, they do not come out often after having read them once. It is the same with this disc. Nothing bad about it, just one that gives me no reason to pull off the shelf with any regularity.
1. Into The Abyss (Intro)
2. Born For War
3. The Sound Of Violence
4. Code Black
5. Rest In Pieces
10. End Of The Storm (Outro)
11. Bomber (Motorhead Cover bonus track)