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In 1986, the English of Onslaught started an ultimate assault against all wimps and posers with their "The Force" titled second record. The songs had been more matured than on the debut, but the songs didn't lose any brutality, heaviness or speed. On the contrary, songs like the rhythmic opener "Let There Be Death", the midtempo hammer "Metal Forces" or the speed massacre "Thrash Till the Death" with its great break are the best of 80's extreme Metal.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B0007YH74Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Onslaught was one of those bands from the '80s that will forever be engrained as masters of the death metal genre. Their first album "Power From Hell" was as vicious as anything that had been released up to that point--Sodom's "In The Sign Of Evil", Celtic Frost's "Morbid Tales" and Slayer's "Hell Awaits". "Power From Hell" was pure evil.....

The second album "The Force" was more thrashy, but still 100% evil. Starting with the album cover (a pentagram) and with song titles such as "Fight With The Beast", "Demoniac", and the godly "Let There Be Death", how can anybody think that this was Stryper?

If you claim to be a metalhead and are into '80s Death/Speed/Black/Thrash/HEAVY metal, GET THIS!

Caution: May cause whiplash!!!
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Can you name all of the great British thrash metal that came along in the 1980's? Well, there was Motorhead (not really a true thrash band, but they certainly influenced the scene). Then you had Venom, the band that started the Black Metal movement. Venom also made the Sex Pistols sound like Donny & Marie. Discharge and Broken Bones? They were more punk than metal. Then there was.......uh......hmmmm. It seems that all of the truly great thrash albums of the '80s either came from America or continental Europe.

One of the few exceptions was Onslaught's THE FORCE. When I was a teenager back in the mid-80's I used to listen to this radio show in New York call Midnight Metal. Imagine, six hours of heavy metal on the radio every Saturday night. Anyway, one night in the Spring of '86 they played "Let There Be Death". I was instantly hooked. The guitar riffs were insane. The song was so unbelievably vicious, yet at the same time, it didn't fly completely off the rails. Their vocalist had a decent voice. I had to go out and get the album. The whole thing is very good. This is working-man's thrash metal. The best songs are "Let There Be Death", "Demoniac", and "Flame Of The Antichrist". I'm giving the album four stars instead of five because of the silly Satanic lyrics. If you can get past that, this album is a gem. The editorial review for THE FORCE compared it to early Slayer. Don't worry about that. Every thrash metal band ends up being compared to Slayer. Onslaught stood up on their own with this album.
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In between their raw, punk-sounding 1985 debut Power From Hell and their “love it or hate it 1989 album In Search of Sanity, UK thrashers Onslaught issued what is arguably the finest collection of thrash metal of British thrash metal. They gave us…The Force.

OK, that sounded cheesy and Star Wars-ish. The Force is a pretty killer album though, and was one of the bolder thrash metal albums to emerge outside of the Bay Area. The lessons of Metallica and Slayer were not lost on Onslaught, so The Force reflects that intensity of riffs, the energy and the pure metal aggression that made thrash so exciting in 1986.

The Force had just seven tracks, but they’re all longer than usual pure headbanging songs. “Let There Be Death,” “Demoniac” and “Contract in Blood” shows just how much they were digging on Slayer, and “Metal Forces” and “Thrash ‘til the Death” are killer thrash anthems.

The Force remains Onslaught’s most classic album, and one that any serious fan of ‘80s thrash metal needs to own. Fans of Slayer, Exodus, Deathwish and D.A.M. in particular will want to hear this one.

Edition Notes: Candlelight reissued The Force on CD in 2008. It seems to have been remastered, but any changes are minor. And it did not include any bonus material. It did put this album back into circulation, which was a plus.
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Well, I finally acquired The Force by Onslaught and I must say it's now my favorite album of theirs. Onslaught like Possessed are one of those somewhat overlooked leaders of the mid-80's power thrash death metal movement. In Search of Sanity was the first Onslaught album I owned and it's a solid slab of generic polished thrash metal. Later I bought Power From Hell and it is a raw, but powerful thrash album similar to Slayer's debut. Finally with the Force I've heard Onslaught at the peak of their powers. While only 7 songs, they average just a bit over 6-minutes each, so there's plenty of music here. The recording quality is much better then their debut and very much reminds me of the sound of Exodus/Slayer and other frentic thrash titans. Just being honest here, but this is one of the best and most energetic thrash albums of the 80's. I also like the new vocalist who has a good mix of that Exodus/Overkill/Slayer style. I very rarely give out 5 stars, but since this album is so good and the best by this band I'm going for it!
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Wow, this CD is awesome.

As a kid growing up in the 80's I was a huge fan of the big 4 and bands like Exodus and Testament, but never heard of Onslaught. The thrash revival of the last decade has brought me back full circle and I am now discovering great bands like this.

This CD is awesome. Riff after riff after riff. The production is good, and while the singer is not the greatest, I actually kind of like his voice. His screams are fairly lame, but beyond that his delivery is a cut above most of the singers from that day.

Demoniac and Fight With the Beast are my personal favorites.

I also recommend Torture-Storm Alert, Coroner, Vio-Lence, Dark Angel, Xentrix, Sabbat, Exhorder, Annihilator, Exumer, Atheist, Forced Entry, Invocator, Wargasm, Heathen, Atrophy, Believer, Coroner, Carnivore, Kublai Khan, Mordred, Sanctuary, Watchtower
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