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Appreciation Thread - Onslaught's The Force

Discussion in 'Old School Metal Discussion' started by Vicious Robbie, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Vicious Robbie

    Vicious Robbie Faithful Neon Dreamer

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    I decided to go back to 1986 to bring back this thrash gem and easily this band's best record. Coincidentally, this is the same year that Reign in Blood was released but that's where the comparison ends. The band decided to change singers and upped the production a bit from their debut, Power From Hell. What really happened is that the songwriting improved a hundred times fold and even though it only has seven songs, they make them count with great riffs and wonderful changes. I remember listening to the record and being afraid of the imagery and the lyrics but once I was by the second song i found myself singing along to the lyrics...it was that good! I don't know if being british made a difference in their sound at the time but Bay Area thrash this was not. I only have one weak track in the whole thing, Demoniac, as the rest just doesn't let up. The fast tracks are a highlight since the tempo changes are really sweet like Fight with the Beast and Flame of the Antichrist. The midpacer Metal Forces is fantastic with that screamed chorus by Keeler.

    Still, one of my favorites in my collection and one of the first great UK thrash bands.:headbang:

    "Cursed are the mortals who dare...to fight with the Beast!":kickass:

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  2. Caveman Ninja

    Caveman Ninja It's a carnival... of monsters!

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    Saw them last year supporting Testament with Warbringer... Also spoke to Nige Rocket for a while afterwards, he's a nice guy. They were pretty good, but to be honest they aren't one of my favourite UK thrash bands. I much prefer Xentrix. Actually the band I'm in did a cover of Angels of Death from the first album for an Onslaught tribute...
     
  3. Wyvern

    Wyvern Master of Disaster
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    I'm with Cave, I prefer Xentrix by miles. Onslaught definitively is not my cup of tea.
     
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    Thrash 'til the Death!
    Onslaught were awesome (second only to Sabbat in the UK IMO), pretty much only because of The Force. Power From Hell had its moments.. but as you said.. the songwriting improved immensly on this one. In Search of Sanity was a bit too polished.. and I don't think Grimmett was the right vocalist for the band.
    This is definitely their masterpiece. One of my favorite thrash albums period.. and a huge inspiration on my own song-writing.
     
  5. Vicious Robbie

    Vicious Robbie Faithful Neon Dreamer

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    +1

    I actually enjoy Grimmet's performance on the ISOS album but...there's no denying The Force!:devil:
     
  6. Priest of Evil

    Priest of Evil Adores the Number 666

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    Gets the horns up from me. And I love the new one, they're kicking Slayers ass!
     

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