:: Interview with Onslaught
Interview with OnslaughtOnslaught
are the UK's leading Thrash metal band. They have released 5 killer albums and are known all over the world for their, fast, violent appraoch to the music genre. Guitarist Nige talks about how the band started, why they are looking forward to their upcmoing UK tour, the new album and why he loves Chelsea Football club!
Metalship : Can you tell us a bit about yourself first, like what hobbies you have as well as playing your music?
That’s tough man.. Haha.
Jeez, where do I start..? I’m Nige Rockett, the founder member of Onslaught
… as you can imagine music takes up most of my life right now, so there is never really too much spare time for hobbies… But when we are at home Football is my main passion. I used to play the game lot and also manage 2 teams before Onslaught
returned and kinda forced me to give it all up.. Now its just a spectator sport for me, I am a season ticket holder at Chelsea F.C and get to as many matches home and away as our touring possibly allows… and it’s another good way for me to release lots of aggression hahaha…
Metalship : Tell us what position you are in the band?
Me, I am guitarist and songwriter within Onslaught
, I tend to help out with a lot of management stuff too..
Metalship : As a child what music did you grow up on?
Well I was told I was mad fan of ‘The Kinks’ when I was very little, which looking back was kinda neat.. The Kinks were definitely one of the heaviest and coolest bands around in their day.. Some of the earliest bands I can actually remember being interested in were ‘The Osmonds’ who had some real heavy shit for a bunch of bible bashers and also ‘The Sweet’… Then as I seriously got into music at around 11 years old the Punk explosion happened and that played a big role in my life for many years after... Every style of music I have ever been into has always been heavily guitar based….
Metalship : When and how did all the guys from Onslaught meet?
The very first incarnation of Onslaught
in 82 (albeit un-named at the time of conception) was with myself, Paul Hill & Jase Pope, we were all buddies at the same school for many years, we all loved the same music, made our first band together and wrote the first Onslaught
song ‘Thermonuclear Devastation of the Planet Earth‘ together... Which we still play live in 2011..
Metalship : Who came up with the name Onslaught?
I came up with the name ‘Onslaught
’… it wasn’t a highly technical process of thought, I simply sat down one evening and started to read through the dictionary, I was looking for something aggressive and to the point, as soon as I hit the word ‘ Onslaught
’ and read the meaning (Furious Attack) I knew I didn’t need to look any further, it was the perfect name for the band and the music we were gonna create..
Metalship : Who are the main influences of Onslaught?
Our influences have always been the same, from day 1 upto this very day in 2011 and that will never change.. Discharge
and Motorhead are the two bands that have really inspired us all throughout our career, both bands in their prime were totally immense, everything they did was just so full of ‘energy and attitude’ and that’s something we always try to purvey in every single thing we do..
Metalship : Onslaught is obviously one of the leading UK thrash metal bands. Did you ever think you would get as big as you are?
When the band was formed it was not something that was really thought about and we never have done since.. Its always been one step at a time for us, whatever happens happens. We never set ourselves goals or have dreams of grandeur, cos that way you only set yourself up for disappointment, we have been very fortunate as a band throughout our career, although we’ve had some big downers they have been far outweighed by the awesome highlights.. Over the next year or so we will have had the honor to play in every continent (exc Antartctica haha) and virtually ‘every’ metal loving country in the world and the demand for Onslaught
is still amazing, so we have to consider ourselves reasonably successful all in all.. And long may it continue..!!!
Metalship : If you could say anything to new bands who are inspired by your sound, what would it be?
Thank you, of course.. Its an honor for Onslaught
to be an influence on your music and I hope you get as much fun and pleasure out of your band as we have done with Onslaught
.. We wish you every success that you work so hard for…
Metalship : What would you define as the highlight of Onslaughts career?
We have been real fortunate in our career to have many many highlights and of course a few lowlights along the way too haha..
I think the release of every album we make is always a great highlight for us and especially the new album with the awesome response it has received..
The European tour with Motorhead was a fantastic time in particular and will always stay strong in my memory, it was a whirlwind of insanity and excess and many of the best shows we have ever played..
Metalship : Sounds of Violence is your 5th album and is actually out on AFM records. Why did you make the switch from Candlelight to AFM?
Lets just say ‘our contract was only for one album with an option for a 2nd release, that we chose not to accept’ We wanted to work with an ‘ambitious & hard working’ German based label, so that’s exactly why we signed to AFM Records..
Metalship : Is there any satanic element to your music as your album artwork consists on: Pentagrams, devils and demons?
No, we tend not tread the satanic path any longer, we have been there, done it and do not want to keep repeating ourselves over and over, at least not in a similar way.. The music is still very dark and evil, as are the lyrics but the symbolism is more representative of immense Power & our Anti Christian stance .. The lyrics are more reflective of true life events these days, which I guess can be seen to involve certain devils and demons but in a very human way…
Metalship : When did the song writing process of this album begin and how long did it take till it was finally mastered?
We actually began writing ‘Sounds of Violence’ even before the ‘Killing Peace’ album was released, spreading the writing over quite a long period. I guess if we totalled up the actual writing hours, it was a very short writing period in real terms.. Maybe 4 months maximum…
The recording process was very intense and very short because of the time we spent focusing on pre-production, this allowed us to record the whole album in just 12 days..
Metalship : What is the best gig you have ever played and why?
There really have been too many cool shows to try and pick just one out in particular.. The first ‘Dynamo Festival’ in Holland was very special, as was our first trip to Ireland (North & South), Hammersmith Odeon - London /Bristol - Colston Hall / Bristol - Hippodrome.. I really cant choose, we’ve been real lucky to have played so many great places, we always feel very honoured…
Metalship : Can we be expecting any UK dates soon if so when?
There is a full UK tour coming in late September where we’ll be taking along Gama Bomb and Fallen Fate as the main supports.. We’re really looking forward to it, its been a long time since we hit the UK, so it’ll be cool to catch up with some old and new friends…
Metalship : What is your favourite song to play live and why?
I think my favourite song to play live has to be ‘Killing Peace’ its always our opening track, I can bang my head like fuckin crazy to it and I love hear the crowd screaming.. ‘Spitting Blood in the Face of God’ right in our faces.. it’s a real huge buzz…
Metalship : Who would you say is the most underrated Thrash Metal band and why?
I would say it has to be ‘Exodus
’… them guys were really at the forefront in the very early days of Thrash, but unfortunately got left behind by some very average, far lesser bands in my opinion.. I think they deserved much better, they have made some cool records and are a great live band.. Sometimes these things happen but ya just cant figure out exactly why.. Right place / right time / bad breaks, who knows..
Metalship : What upcoming recent bands would you say could be the future of metal?
Another toughie.. I honestly don’t see anyone that’s gonna be the next Metallica
/ Judas Priest
or Motley Crue.. Its just not gonna happen anymore.. I truly believe we are witnessing the end of huge super groups, there’s too many genres / sub genres, too much illegal downloading, scene kid trends, the list goes on.. When this generation of 80’s bands finally hang up their axes, sadly there’s nobody coming along to fill the void….
Metalship : Thanks for your time guys; it’s been an honour speaking to you. Could you give our readers out there a brief summary of your new album entitled ‘Sounds of Violence’?
Well, the new album ‘Sounds of Violence’ contains exactly what it says on the tin.. Musically it’s the most aggressive album we have ever made, very raw, full of energy with a huge production.. Lyrically its very dark and thought provoking if you care to look deep into the themes. All the subject matter is factually based on real life events and horrors of the present day and of years gone by…
If you like your Thrash Metal hard hitting / violent with lots of riffs and hooks, you hopefully wont be disappointed.
added by The Dark Lord, on July 7, 2011 for Metalship