|Classic Review: Onslaught - The Force|
Label: Music For Nations
Year released: 1986
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 10, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.85/5 (97.07%) (41 Votes)
I never really got why people bitched about Onslaught's third album In Search Of Sanity until I heard the total thrashing insanity of this one, their second and best by far. And it makes me wonder: what in the fuck did PolyGram think they were getting when they signed this band? Quiet Riot? Seriously, what coke-fizzled record exec heard this and thought it could ever be made even remotely radio-friendly without completely retooling it?
Well, that's what they had to do, because The Force is seven long tracks of balls-out, pedal-down, hammers-up, throw-the-fucking-horns Satanic Thrash from Hell. Think Show No Mercy crossbred with In The Sign Of Evil and Black Metal and you're in the right neighborhood. If you are not flailing your head like an idiot halfway through "Let There Be Death" then you are just fucked up. And there are no dead spots on this disc, right through "Metal Forces", the awesome "Fight With The Beast" and the terrific "Flame Of The Antichrist". No bad riffs, no boring parts, no fucking ballads, just pure steel ownage. Oh, and no clean vocals either. Sy Keeler is no Steve Grimmet, no, he sounds like Cronos ate Tom Araya alive and is spewing him back out.
This came out the same years as Slayer's mighty Reign In Blood, and of the two, I think I have to give the edge to The Force, because it's just as good, and almost twice as long. Who cares if Onslaught sold out later? They left us this before they went: a blood-encrusted sacrificial dagger stabbed right into the heart of false fucking metal. The Force rules.
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