In 1986, the English of ONSLAUGHT started an ultimative assault against all wimps and posers with their "The Force" titled second record. Seven Thrash Metal hymns at its best!
At first, the guys had with Sy Keeler a new vocalist while their former vocalist Paul Mahoney plays the bass now and the former bass player took the rhythm guitar. You got it? Fine!
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 80s extreme Metal.
But also the other songs are great, take the very fast neckwrecking "Fight With The Beast" with its great breaks, or take "Demoniac" which is very interestedly structured and introduced by a gloomy organ part or take especially "Flame Of The Antichrist": gloomy, frightening beginning, made by keyboards and slow strokes of a bell and then it's turning out into a great headbanger. Not to forget is "Contract In Blood", which reminds me of elder METALLICA and this crusher is nearly Power Metal like.
Every song is Thrash with class!!! (Online November 21, 2002)