to the hell is.....? The older metal fans under us know very well who
this English rock export is. Even it gets on your tits, you readers out
there, however, I have
to stretch out a again a bit further into the past, when I’ve seen
this lot supporting Motörhead in a small village in Tyrol in 1986.
was a long time ago indeed and the world has changed. But not only this
but also we ourselves have changed. And thanks to my habit of taking
pictures everywhere I am and I go during the past 25 years, many
memories got stuck in my brain. Over all it's funny, confronting all
those guys visually with the past. Oh how we laughed. Best example: view
Diary at the aftershow pics.
However, Onlslaught were founded in
1983, and released their debutalbum 'Power From Hell' two years later.
Stylistically the band leans on groups like Slayer and Venom. And they
wrote lyrics concerning dark and satanic topics. With the song 'Death
Metal' they created next to Possessed kind of a new image. And the 80s
thrashmetal scene took them well off. With new singer Sy Keeler the
second album 'the Force' came out in 1986. Onslaught went on tour
supporting Exiter, Girlschool and Anthrax. The same year they played at
the Dynamo Festival and went with it's headliner Motörhead on tour
In 1987 an EP with a coverversion of AC/DCs 'Let There Be Rock' was
released, and the album 'In Search of Sanity' came 2 years later, with a
new singer again. In 1991 the band seperated, and it took 13 years until
drummer Steve Grice, guitarist Nige Rockett and singer Sy Keller got
back together. This march the reunionalbum 'Killing Peace' has been
released. And now wr finally got them back including the fact, that the
traditional thrashmetl is not dead yet.
Like so often, three supportacts are opening up the evening. the first
, who I missed,
because of time reasons.But I'm at the spot for the number two Hateful
and three who is Zerfetzer’
three of them are young and energetic, trying their best to put on this
kinda music to the next generation. I have to admit, those youngstern
have got some potential, though it ain't fully developed yet, and it
still needs tons of experience and practice. But the will is there and
the pleasure to play. And of course the chance for a live gig, even it's
just vor about 150 fans, like tonight.
Onslaught hit the stage you finally realize the difference between a
beginner and a professionell. But like I said before, these supportacts
are young and just trying to break free. And like we use to say so: what
ain't right now, can still be one day. Main thing is the fun aspect.
Onslaught don't hesitate and start off with the title track of the new
CD 'Killing Peace'. And yes, it shoots off into the system. Great, and
it seems like time stands still, - yeah not quite..... Because Onslaught
do not sound outta fashion at all compared to so many other old bands
from the past. In opposite to other musical trends, thrashmetal always
has stand the test of time, ready to continue.
Next to the founder members Steve Grice and Nige Rockett and singer Sy
Keller, there is Jeff Williams on bass and Al Jordan on leadguitar. And
although they are all round their early 40s they seem fitter as some
twenty year olds.
feel the magic, which came back straight away after beeing reunited and
also the fact, that this here is true thrashmetal and not some weird
noise polution. The program includes some new stuff, but also the old
classic tunes (see setlist) which go hand in hand with not exeptional
breaks. It sweeps you away. And that's my dear friends, - that's how it
should be. Everything else would be boring.
I for my part are nicely surprised. The only minus, I have to complain
about, is the short stage time of just about over an hour. But having
four bands on the bill, it probably doesn't allow any more space. The
headliner went on stage at 10.30 p.m.
Anyway, at least I know, it won't take another 21 years to see Onslaught
live on stage, because they will be back in December with some other
acts for the Xmass Festival tour in Germany. And I'm truly lookiing
forward to that one as well.....
for Aftershow Snapshots
Some more Live Pics here