From the Archives: Onslaught, London Hammersmith Clarendon, sometime in 1986...

It's sometime in the drunken depths of 1986, and cub reporter Scott Adams is prowling the London streets looking for metal. Luckily he found some before he had to get the last train home...

So, Hideous Destructor hits London again! This time its for those force-ful Bristolians Onslaught and it seems like everyone who's anyone in the South of England's mosh circles is here including Potrsmouth 'there's only three of us' Hardcore!

Here we all are, then, pressed against the Klub Foot's rather low stage, being swamped by the acrid stench of the dry ice which spurts forth intermittently from behind one of the two banks of Marshalls placed strategically either side of Steve Grice's rather tasty looking kit. And then it is upon us - the majestic power that is Let There be Death. The support band-sized audience becomes immediately animated... heads bang, fists and boots fly, bodies writhe, systematically twitching in time to the crashing downbeat of Hoare's sticks. The two guitarists, Nige Rockett and Jason Stallard are now meshing (or should that be moshing?) together better than ever before, backed up by Grice's dynamic drumming and Paul Mahoney's Burtonesque basslines, the lot melding together to provide the perfect backdrop to Sy Keeler's still Araya-like vocals.

All the old faves are here - you know the titles by now- as well as a new tune, quaintly entitled Blood Upon the Ice, which finds the band turning towards a more Metallica/Anthrax orientated approach. In fact Onslaught onstage is nowhere near as Slayeresque as on vinyl, with songs that appear on disc as a little one dimensional like Demoniac becoming bona fide killers live, as is the gonzoid but classic Metal Forces, which closes the set alongside the titanic Flame of the Antichrist. Their work done, the lads tumble off the stage, tired but triumphant, and we at the front call them back for one last effort, one last Thrash til the Death.

A great set, a great night, and a great future lies ahead for Onslaught...