Reunited ONSLAUGHT Play First Gig In 15 Years: Photos, Review Available

November 26, 2005

The reformed lineup of the classic U.K. thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT played their first gig in almost fifteen years Friday night (November 25) in Bristol, England. The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Let There Be Death
02. Angels Of Death
03. Metal Forces
04. Destroyer Of Worlds
05. Shellshock
06. Demoniac
07. (New Song)
08. Flame Of The Antichrist
09. Tested To Destruction
10. Killing Peace
11. Lightning War
12. Seeds Of Hate
13. Onslaught (Power From Hell)

Check out photos and a review of last night's performance at

In a recent interview with, bassist James Hinder spoke about the band's decision to reunite and their future plans. With regards to what made the band want to reform, Hinder said, "Nige [Rockett, guitar] and Steven [Grice, drums] have known each other for years, they've known each other for 20-plus years and they were friends after the band split up and they live very close to one another in Bristol. They became aware of the fact that a label had released, unbeknown to ourselves, 'Power from Hell' and 'The Force' and they were selling. They weren't selling huge quantities, probably selling a couple of thousand copies a year whatever, but obviously somebody was making some remuneration from that. So they were scratching their heads as to what was going on with this. Anyway, Steven received a royalty statement, I can't remember which company, but he received a royalty statement for five pence! He sat and thought, 'This is silly,' because somebody somewhere is taking the piss here. So he got together with Nige and they thought about it for a while and thought, 'Why don't we ask Simon [Keeler, vocals] and Jim?' So with Sy, apparently there was one of these classic moments. Steven used to do some printing work for Sy. So they were at Sy's place of work and Steve asked, 'Can you do this job for me? And by the way, do you fancy getting ONSLAUGHT back together?' Simon apparently got up and made a cup of tea and came back and said, 'Course I would, you f**king idiot!'

"Steven rang me, I was up in the flat living in Cheltenham at the time and I received this call one day expecting someone harassing me from work or whatever, slammed my laptop down, picked the phone up and shouted 'Yes!' And it was Gricey. He said 'Hello, you alright? How do you fancy getting the band back together? And I said 'What the f**k are you on, you twat?' but he said, 'No, seriously.'

"Anyway, we got together in a pub, we all sat round a table the four of us, we laid down the ground rules for what we were trying to achieve. And the great contrast of what we have now is that this band is a 100% democracy. None of us need it, with a capital N, we do it because we want to do it and we do it because we love it. But nobody in the band needs it or, I don't know, everything that goes with being on a major label, you know, all the kind of idiots that are telling you you're the greatest thing since sliced bread and all the rest of it. There's a difference, a shift now, more of an inner confidence and I think it's reflecting on the new tunes we are coming out with. They're very, I think, representative of the genre and very competent I believe. I'll leave for other people to say what they're like, but I'm very happy with what we're doing and I'll leave it at that. I get my own internal satisfaction out of it."

Read the entire interview at

ONSLAUGHT recorded three albums in the late 1980s — including the underrated "In Search of Sanity" (1989, Polydor),featuring ex-GRIM REAPER frontman Steve Grimmett — before calling it a day.

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