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Onslaught: VI

I'm going to go straight in for the kill…The last time an album gave me this feeling of pure Thrash Infused Fury was when I heard Master Of Puppets for the first time! That is how important this album, by veteran thrashers Onslaught is, an album with magnitude and gravitas, an album with 'classic' written all over it. After an atmospheric intro, VI kicks off with the 1000mph 'Chaos Is King', Onslaught stamping their authority from the start. Progressing forward with the relentless force and power of a dominating military attack, 'Fuel For My Fire' sees Sy Keeler going right for the jugular with violent a presence. The albums standout track has to be the magnificent 'Children Of The Sand', as the title suggests an Eastern flavoured affair filled with six minutes of sheer metallic delight.

Let's be honest, Onslaught's last outing, 2011's Sounds Of Violence, was a mighty fine release for a band who've always been on the verge of great things, but VI eclipses that with the darkest shade of black known to man. O.K, so '66 Fuckin' 6' is sure not going to get them any radio airplay soon but it's a hell of a track for the live arena and sure to get people chanting it, fists aloft. A combination of twisted, furious guitar shredding from Nige Rockett and Andy Rosser-Davies accentuates the elements of hate injected into the albums genes. However it's the new man behind the drum kit that gives VI its sonic aggression from the start, Michael Hourihan is a revelation, even inhuman.

Onslaught has produced possibly the Thrash album of 2013, which is no mean feat. An album of calculated, controlled aggression, providing the listener with enough variety and edge which will guarantee you'll be hearing a lot more from these boys in 2014. And deservedly so, this is the album Onslaught have been threatening to make for years….the wait is finally over!

Track Listing:-
01. A New World Order
02. Chaos is King
03. Fuel For My Fire
04. Children of the Sand
05. Slaughterize
06. 66 Fucking' 6
07. Cruci-Fiction
08. Dead Man Walking
09. Enemy of My Enemy

Added: October 14th 2013
Reviewer: Mark Davies
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Onslaught: VI
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-10-14 08:21:34
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Expertly produced and literally kicking ass all over the place, VI, the latest from thrash veterans Onslaught, is perhaps the crowning achievement to date for this UK band. With Jacob Hansen sitting at the production desk, you just assume that this one is going to sound hot as hell, and he doesn't disappoint, getting the best out of Onslaught with 9 tracks of trash metal mayhem. The guitars are bludgeoning on such songs as "Slaughterize" and the brutal "Cruci-Fiction", while the gruff vocals of Sy Keeler have never sounded better.

With a history that goes all the way back to 1985, Onslaught have never really had that 'breakout' album that catapults them to the upper echelon of thrash acts...until now. This is the real deal folks, and if you think that the Bay Area & Germany are the 'be all, end all' when it comes to thrash metal, think again.

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