The Bottom Line
- Solid blending of '80s thrash with modern elements.
- Full of attitude and endless energy.
- Occasional use of duel vocals works well.
- Relentless guitar work fits the music perfectly.
- Monotonous at times.
- Released March 3, 2009 on Metal Blade Records.
- This is a re-release of their 2007 debut album.
- Remixed and remastered by James Murphy.
Guide Review - Lazarus A.D. - 'The Onslaught'
The Onslaught is a perfect blend of 80’s Bay Area and modern thrash, with a sound that can be described as both retro and fresh at the same time. The band evokes memories of Bonded By Blood and The Ultra-Violence, but keeps the music from sounding out-of-date by incorporating elements such as blast beats, mid-paced melodies, and a clean production.
The Onslaught gets off to an explosive start with “Last Breath,” and keeps the momentum strong throughout the album. Songs like the epic thrasher “Revolution,” the wild soloing in closer “Who I Really Am,” and the sudden sonic assault of “Thou Shall Not Fear” showcase songwriting abilities usually reserved for metal’s elder statesmen.
While at the starting point in their career, Lazarus A.D has talent in its rank. Vocalist Jeff Paulick has a harsh bark that is tough and powerful, and his interactions with lead guitarist/backup vocalist Dan Gapen are compelling and enjoyable, if all too brief. While Paulick’s bass is relegated to the back of the mix, drummer Ryan Shutler is a constant presence, keeping the music grounded, with a pummeling stream of double bass work.
The Onslaught is an excellent debut album that has a nice balance of old and current to make it accessible to a wide range of metal fans. While leaning towards the repetitive side near the end, Lazarus A.D gets by with their youthful energy and gritty attitude that demands your attention at every corner.