ONSLAUGHT lit up some lights with their heinously awesome comeback album. The band threw up a ‘new’ more modern Thrash sound that focused on structure and Groove like rhythms to compliment their harsh hate filled and aggressive style and it worked to almost crazy perfection. So with the follow up album, “Sounds Of Violence," ONSLAUGHT has some seriously big shoes to fill.
To an extent, “Sounds Of Violence” doesn’t change the formula. If you enjoyed “Killing Peace” then this album is guaranteed to hit that sweet spot again. It’s got great catchy rhythms to it and some killer Thrash riffs that vary from mid tempo headbangers like “Code Black” to more standard ONSLAUGHT material like “Godhead” with its seething lyrics hissed and screamed over rapid fire drum work. The band is not out to bewilder the listener with complex chaos, but the structure and catchiness of the tracks certainly plays its role in modernizing the band.
Of course, the fact that it replicates the previous album also lends to the flawed carbon copy existence of the album. It’s simply not quite as tight in its writing. There are certain songs meant to be upcoming classics like the killer opener “Born For War” or the anthem like “Hatebox," but the overall quality of the album is a step down even if it’s still a killer release.
ONSLAUGHT is out to impress and “Sounds Of Violence” is another great release for the underrated British Thrashers. Although in comparison to “Killing Peace” it’s shadowed over, but it’s a catchy modern Thrash touched album that will catch many fans with its consistency.
Songs to check out: “Born For War," “Godhead," “Hatebox."
(Online September 24, 2011)