Onslaught's Nige Rockett: ”I was consumed with right-hand speed… I was always more interested in the rhythmic side of things”

(Image credit: Onslaught / AFM)

Onslaught's Nige Rockett is not one to let a good riff go to waste. Though songwriting sessions for the Bristol, UK, thrash veterans’ new Generation Antichrist officially began in 2018, Rockett reached deep into the vaults to find the scrappy, power-chord-heavy chorus to Strike Fast Strike Hard, recalling a time when the band was trafficking in the adrenalized efficiency of early Eighties d-beat.

“The chorus on that song is something I stole from myself, a riff I’d actually written in 1983. It never got demoed,” Rockett says of its hardcore origins, offering that its straightforward slam syncs up with Generation Antichrist’s overall M.O. – “shorter songs, fewer layers, and go for raw power.”

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.