Onslaught Interview

We caught up with Onslaught‘s Nige Rockett. Check out the interview below:


1. What was the recording process for ‘VI’ like?

Very straightforward actually without too much drama..!! We recorded in 3 different studios in South Wales and did the final mix in Skara, Sweden, which was the best part for me. To hear the record finally come together in such a cool way and make a great new friend in Thomas Johansson gave the 2 year process a perfect ending.

2. Was it different to the recording of ‘Sound of Violence’?

No, not really.. We found a formula when we made the ‘SoV’ album that really worked for us, so it was a case of ‘if it aint broke don’t fix it’… so I think we’ll continue that way of working for the foreseeable future, it fast, very productive and gets great results.

3. What are you favourite tracks on the album and why?

Wow that’s a toughy…! It actually changes every day for me which is a good thing I guess.

But personally, I think my stand out tracks are ‘Chaos is King’ and ‘Children of the Sand’:

A. for the pure energy / anger and aggression and B. because we pulled off something that’s very unique and meaningful for Onslaught, to actually incorporate the live strings and beautiful female vocals into such a heavy track makes me feel very proud.

4. You are about to embark on a huge UK/European Tour. What cities/countries are you most looking forward to playing and why?

Yeah, really looking forward to the whole tour it’s going to be a blast and we’re playing some real nice places too.

We’re going back to Copenhagen for the first time in 27 years which will be fantastic and also once again visiting Prague and Krakow, which I love for the sightseeing of course.. But there are so many cool places we will be hitting all through the tour every days going to be a pleasure.

5. What are the best and worst parts about touring?

Shows every night are amazing of course and then meeting all the crazy fans and visiting so many great places makes touring a really special experience for me.. The downsides are being away from the family and missing some ‘Chelsea’ matches. That can be tough especially on long tours.

6. Are there any crazy fan/road stories you are willing to talk about?

Haha there are so many crazy stories I can recall but not too many that I can tell you about if I’m perfectly honest..! 99.9% of it is fuelled by serious amounts of alcohol and we all know where that can lead..!!

Stolen hair-pieces / drunken fights / Vocalists set alight / fire hoses unleashed on board ferries / Mafia  / terrorists / war zones / gang shoot outs, we’ve been there and got the t-shirts believe me… there’s never a dull moment in this band.

7. After the tour what are Onslaught’s plans for the rest of 2013 and early 2014?

After the European leg of the tour we are off to South America and Mexico for 14 shows, which is always real special, its probably my favourite continent in the world for touring and the fans are insane…

In 2014 we are looking to plan a 2nd leg of the ‘Slaughterfest’ tour in Europe to take in the more Southern countries such as Spain / Italy / Portugal / France etc. before we head off to the US / Canada in April / May..

Got to start the writing for the next record too..!!