Metal Blade Records
02 March 2009
by Luke Morton
Originally released in 2007, The Onslaught is so far the metal re-release of the year. Limited to only 1,000 copies first time round, this release should be the big break thrash metallers Lazarus A.D. surely deserve.
Judging by their motto of “Thrash or die”, the band chose to thrash – with force. The album title itself is exactly what happens to your senses from the carnage of blast beats and snarls emanating from your speakers. Sure the album isn’t 100% gold but no true thrash albums are, Lazarus A.D. though have given it a good go.
Tracks like ‘Thou Shall Not Fear’ and ‘Lust’ are prime examples of what the thrash quartet are capable of. With obvious influences of the titans such as Slayer and Venom, this album is exactly what the metal scene needs at the minute; hard, heavy and fast mayhem. As well as the older generation of thrash artists, Lazarus A.D. have certain sound qualities which are comparable to Mastodon, Killswitch Engage and Mendeed.
With the exception of one or two tracks, The Onslaught is a great metal album. Not perfect, but worth listening to many times. Which should lead into an even better second album and hopefully third. If this is what’s on offer first time round, who knows what they’re capable of next time?
Sounds Like: Slayer, Mastodon, Exodus
Top Tracks: Thou Shall Not Fear, Lust, Absolute Power
Lazarus A.D. – The Onslaught tracklisting
Thou Shall Not Fear
Damnation For The Weak
Forged In Blood
Every Word Unheard
Who I Really Am