“It’s very bizarre that some of these songs were written last year before the pandemic hit; it is really freaky.”
Lyrics were written last year.
Unlike other albums, Onslaught features a new vocalist Dave Garnett, who replaced Sy Keller.
Together since 1983 (with a small hiatus over the years), ONSLAUGHT has not lost any of the ferocity that propelled them to the forefront of the thrash metal scene with their debut album, Power From Hell.
“When Dave came, I didn’t have to change it because it was all set for him and he did a great performance. There was a slight concern on how it was going to turn out right before the recording and losing someone like Sy I was kind of worried, but everyone sat back and we were wowed; it was new energy.”
Rockett was more concerned about Garnett performing the old material.
“It fell into place. The back catalogue is important to us. We have had problems in the past with vocalist who can’t handle the old material like Steve Grimmett. He is a great vocalist but he couldn’t do it.”
He later added, “Sy has a huge voice thick and Dave has an aggressive voice. We have a new version of with Dave and they are not a million miles a part.”
Although the new album drops next month, Rockett said he Is already working on new material.
“I started compiling ideas for the next album. We have plenty of time and I have put things together and it is based on what we are living.”
Britain’s Rockett said the material he is working on is aggressive.
Coronavirus has put the breaks on tours, but when Rockett said when concerts return Onslaught would like to visit Australia and India, two places the band have not performed in.