In 1983 Nige Rockett and Paul Hill started up a band in Bristol, England, that began as a hardcore punk band however swiftly moved more toward the heavier side of life as their love for Motorhead drove this urge for faster and harder music and in 1985 the band released Power From Hell. His was followed by the 1986 release of The Force and then 1989 saw In Search Of Sanity. This was the last album before a lengthy hiatus but 2007 saw the return with Killing Peace and 2011 was the time of Sounds of Violence before 2013 was the time of VI. Now, with a new vocalist, Onslaught are about to unleash their 7th studio album – Generation Antichrist.
As the sound of the radio being tuned in welcomes us to the return of the legendary band, the guitars soon start to really get things going, they sound utterly monstrous and create a sinister sound before the drum join the party and a growl from the microphone that leads to the true vocal, already this sounds like an old school masterpiece and then ‘Strike Hard Strike Fast’ does exactly what it says on the tin, this is thrash music at is finest.
As you chant along with the chorus, the drums are like a machine gun and the guitars provide both slashing riffs and chunky chords that the just carry around the circle pit, and then the solos come along and take it all that step further.
As the album progresses, the tracks are one rager after another and by the time you reach ‘Addicted To The Smell Of Death’ you will be knackered but completed hooked by this absolute stunner of an album that has everything that anyone could want in a Thrash album.
Generation Antichrist is a real top drawer gem of aggression and frustration hat will speak to the masses and provides the perfect outlet for so many people who have use music as their coping mechanism. Even if you do not feel the ned to vent, put this on, turn it and just let yourself go, trust me you wont regret it.
Onslaught have created an album that can be listened to over and over again, something that some Thrash albums struggle with- they are about to release a modern-day classic.
Generation Antichrist is released Friday August 7th 2020 via AFM Records
1. Rise to Power
2. Strike Fast Strike Hard
3. Bow Down To The Clowns
4. Generation Antichrist
5. All Seeing Eye
6. Addicted To The Smell Of Death
7. Empires Fall
9. A Perfect Day To Die