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Review: Onslaught - Sounds of Violence
Sounds of Violence

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 47:53
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: January 31, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Rated 4.21/5 (84.29%) (28 Votes)

I’ve never been the biggest Onslaught fan. I always felt they were a passable, if not good thrash band. That would all change when I caught them live. The band proceeded to rip my face off and very nearly upstaged the mighty Testament. A fine show that was, and afterwards I thought I’d give their studio output a little more attention, however I still felt a little uninspired, maybe I just didn’t get Onslaught. However, with the advent of their latest studio album Sounds of Violence Onslaught have finally managed to kick my ass with their studio output.

Sounding like the amalgamation of modern era Exodus, and Testament, with a healthy dosage of good old Slayer, Onslaught’s Sounds of Violence is the sound of a band on fucking fire. While thrash metal might be a genre easily done, it is all the more easy to gum up the works. As countless dinosaurs rising from their premature graves have shown us you can easily go wrong, the inclusion of groove and modernisms can be the death of many a great band, and I’m not going to lie, Onslaught have these elements to their sound. They just happened to hit the proverbial nail bang smack on the head.

Onslaught have never sounded as good as they do here, with an excellent recording and mixing job courtesy of the ever-awesome Jacob Hansen. Sounds of Violence has a massive sound that will knock you to the floor once the massive "Born For War" slaps you in the face. Wasting no time, Onslaught put the pedal to the metal and from this moment onwards it’s headbang city. I’m particularly impressed with the lead guitar work throughout the album, numerous times my jaw crashed into the ground salivating like the obese man at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Each member of the band delivers a superb performance here, although special mention should go to Sy Keeler whose vocals are maybe the best they’ve ever been, dripping acidic venom with a ton of bite.

Thrashers, this is a great start to 2011 and the only problem anyone is going to have here are the modernisms. With standouts such as the furious "Rest in Pieces", the aforementioned ass-kicking opener "Born For War" or the skull-crushing madness of "Suicideology" there is a lot of fun to be had on Sounds of Violence. For my money this is the best I’ve heard from Onslaught, and even the mere thought of catching these firecrackers live has my blood pumping into overdrive. Color me impressed.

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