33 Years Ago: ONSLAUGHT release What Lies Ahead demo (Protest… but who said you’ll survive?)

No idea how valid this is, but at least one source gives today as the date this demo was “released” in 1983. Sold by the band through zines, tape trading etc. Known as What Lies Ahead, the demo was a collection of rehearsals and live recordings.
Anyway, a chance to remember the punk roots of ONSLAUGHT – DISCHARGE, GBH, EXPLOITED all clear comparisons.
Despite the image and lyrical changes on the first album Power From Hell, ONSLAUGHT continued the sound you hear on this demo. Getting faster and heavier in the way bands like BROKEN BONES were around the same time.
Early ONSLAUGHT is killer, and they continued to kill as they became the black thrash cult heard on The Force with new vocalist Sy Keeler. Throughout that period Nige Rockett on guitar and Steve Grice on drums.

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34 Years Ago: THE EXPLOITED release Troops of Tomorrow (UK 82)

Fuck Disco. Fuck Fashion. Fuck You.

It’s the same ideas but musically it’s better. We had more time to work on it than we did the first LP. Better conditions to record it in. Like, the first LP we done in three and a half days and it cost six hundred pounds. It wasn’t very good.

– Big John, New Mania #6 1982

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Record of the Week: Icons of Filth – Onward Christian Soldier

Four concerned individuals. Acidic anarcho-punk with a sound and passion that aligned them instantly with CONFLICT. They were also aligned in support of the ALF, and Not On Her Majesty’s Service was the first release on Mortarhate!
We have this album on CD and the compilation “The Mortarhate Projects” in stock on CD and LP. The compilation includes this album and their EPs including the incredible Brain Dead!

…with their assurance of life after death
Have convinced me that my shitty life will be compensated
For when I’ve finished feeding their mouths & lining
their pockets & fighting their wars & believing their lies
I will live peacefully ever after in some imaginary christian utopia
In heaven with god
In harmony

Onward Christian Soldiers!
Another life awaits……