REVIEW: Onslaught @ The Live Rooms, Chester 16/11/16

The Live Rooms have been on a mission to bring great Heavy Metal to Chester over the last twelve months, and although the city’s large alternative crowd seem to magically disappear every time somebody not from the Nu Metal/Pop Punk era is booked the venue have continued on with their quest. That leads us to now and the arrival of Thrash titans Onslaught. We’ve seen them play to giant crowds at various festivals over the years so we were relishing the chance to be able to enjoy what they do in the kind of intimate environment that The Live Rooms has to offer.

As willing subjects to what was likely Onslaught’s warm up show before Titanfest later that week, the areas loyal brothers and sisters packed in for a night of Thrash from one of the true greats of the genre both locally and internationally. Wasting no time at all the band ripped into ‘Let There Be Death’ and followed it swiftly with ‘Metal Forces’ to make their intent known to all in attendance. Next a pattern started to form as ‘Fight With the Beast’ and ‘Demoniac’ suggested that we were being treated to 1986 classic The Force in full. This probably wasn’t news to a lot of people in there but I had no idea so it was a pleasant surprise. Seeing a Thrash band perform an album is full with such a relentlessly polished disposition is a real thing of beauty, and it was this that allowed the performance to stand out from our previous outings with Onslaught in the live arena.

The second half was veered more towards newer material, largely 2007’s Killing Peace as ‘Destroyer of Worlds’ and the title track made an appearance early on. Nearly ten years on from its release, the material slots in nicely into the live set. Moving further forward to the band's most recent release VI, Onslaught brought what has become a firm crowd favourite in the few year’s it has been around and really upped the tempo of the room with ‘66 Fucking 6’. It was time to go way back for the finale, though for a double finisher courtesy of 1985’s Power From Hell, starting with ‘Onslaught(Power From Hell)’ itself before one final assault with ‘Thermonuclear Devastation’.

And just like that they were gone; Chester merely another ruin left in the wake of true legends of their craft. Onslaught will probably keep playing shows until they drop dead, and we’re happy to oblige them until we start doing the same. Big shout out to The Live Rooms as always for managing these unbelievable bookings, hopefully 2017 will be home to many more.

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