November 10, 2019

Onslaught - In Search of Sanity (1989)

Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Thrash Metal
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© 1989 London Records
AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia
The third Onslaught album to be released on as many labels, In Search of Sanity also featured the band's third vocalist, former Grim Reaper screamer Steve Grimmett. Not that the experienced Grimmett manages to lend any more personality to the band's predictable metal arsenal. "Shellshock" and the title track are competent, if rather long, examples of the band's unbearably average classic/thrash metal hybrid. The blunt riffing of "Blood Upon the Ice" and "Power Play" display a noticeable Exodus crunch and "Welcome to Dying" (clocking in at an absurd 12 minutes) sounds like a Metal Church outtake. Surprises? Well, they do knock out a thrashy take on AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock," but the results are interesting at best. And opener "Asylum" is the kind of generic not-as-creepy-as-you-think instrumental that gives metal a bad name.

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