Classic thrashers are unleashed in Cardiff
The glorious stench of B.O, beer and unwashed denim can only mean one thing – thrash night at Cardiff’s number one rock bar, Fuel. Though the rain is pissing it down in biblical fashion in the capitol, a handful of metal’s most faithful come surging into the venue to witness a very furiously heavy night of classic, fist to your face metal.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about Beholder [4.5]. Considering their mixed power-doom-stoner sound, this foursome would have served the night better as the show’s opener.
Over complicated drumming and bombast vocals are one of the dragging points of the band that left a big question mark over our heads. For such heavy, doom-laden riffs that yearn for a dirty, grittier sound, it all seemed a little out of place. There is some chemistry between the band and their audience, but ultimately don’t quite make the mark as well as their counterparts.
Riding in on their chariot of hellfire, Onslaught  punch the living life out of the audience with a sonic dose of adrenaline that takes the venue by force. Looking a little grey around the edges, however don’t be fooled, vocalist Sy Keeler has lost no
ne of his tenacity or spirit for his passion for metal. His presence as a metal frontman is a window into the past of British thrash as he nails every operatic screech, vicious bark and growl without breaking a sweat. Ten minutes into the set and the pits are flying in quick, fast and flailing in a whirlwind of beer drenched chaos. Long-serving axeman Nige Rockett with fellow shredder Iain GT Davies, charge through the entirety of 1986’s classic, The Force, with relative ease and unbridled fury. After about an hour of playing old school bangers, classics in their repertoire such as the mighty Power From Hell, it sends the veterans in the back into absolute frenzy. An awesome sight for anyone to witness on a Tuesday night.
Words: Hywel Davies
Photo Credit: Sadie Roseanne Griffiths