Written by Alex Stojanovic
The Sound Of Violence
Chaos Is King
Let There Be Death
Children Of The Sand
Rest In Pieces
Destroyer Of Worlds
In Search Of Sanity
Fight With The Beast
Onslaught (Power From Hell)
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Label: AFM Records
Sy Keeler - Vocals Nige Rockett - Rhythm guitars Leigh Chambers - Lead guitars Jeff Williams - Bass Mic Hourihan - Drums
Back in 2007, the band released their first ever live DVD titled Live Polish Assault which was well-received. Ever since then, fans have been wondering if we'll see another live DVD from the band. In 2014, we got the answer that another live DVD was on its way. After several delays, the new live CD/DVD combo entitled Live At The Slaughterhouse is ready to rise from the depths of hell and see the light of day. I don't review live albums too often, but this album was too tough to resist because a), it's the first live offering from Onslaught in a while and b), it's Onslaught. Playing faster and heavier than before, Onslaught deliver a blistering 13-song set full of recent tracks and classics touching on all six studio albums of the band's career over the course of two shows shot and recorded in Bristol and London in July 2014. Sy Keeler's vocals are in top form, Nige Rockett and Leigh Chambers' guitar tone is crushing and the rhythm section of bassist Jeff Williams and drummer Mic Hourihan is thunderous.
Everything begins with the warning siren as the band enters the stage and the set begins with "The Sound Of Violence" as a warm-up before increasing in speed and intensity with the warp-speed thrash of "Killing Peace", "Chaos Is King" and "Let There Be Death". As if the studio version of "Chaos Is King" wasn't fast enough, it's even faster on this live recording. Mic Hourihan is a machine. The first half of the set is tracks from the recent albums, excluding "Let There Be Death", and the second half is classics. Songs that follow include "Children Of The Sand", "Rest In Pieces", "Destroyer Of Worlds" and "66'Fucking'6".
A nice surprise is when the band play "In Search Of Sanity", which according to Sy, he hasn't sung with the band since 1988, even though he wasn't featured on the final album released in 1989. Plus, they only play songs from that album on occasion. This is also the start of the remainder of the set consisting of classics, which are "Fight With The Beast", "Metal Forces", "Power From Hell" and ending with "Thermonuclear Devastation". Onslaught aren't one of those bands that like to put twists on the tracks in a live setting, they keep it true to form. Two songs I wish the band performed are "Burn" and "Angels Of Death", but that's just me.
After hearing how well the songs sound on audio, I'm looking forward to seeing the video result, and with the sneak preview we have on the "66'Fucking'6" music video, it's going to look insane. It's amazing that after 30 years, Onslaught are playing and sounding more aggressive than many up and coming bands today. Pick up Live At The Slaughterhouse when released and prepare for some pure sonic violence.
Highs: Great production, great setlist and tight performances.
Lows: "Burn" and "Angels Of Death" would have been nice additions to the set.