"In Search Of Sanity" is the third studio album by English thrash metal band Onslaught, released in 1989. With several changes in the band's line up, including the addition of "Grim Reaper" vocalist Steve Grimmett, the album contains a more polished sound than previous Onslaught albums, meeting mixed views by their fans. It is Onslaught's last album before they disbanded in 1991


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"In Search Of Sanity" Album Description:

In the vibrant landscape of 1980s thrash metal, Onslaught emerged as a formidable force, delivering intense and powerful music that left an indelible mark on the genre. Their third studio album, "In Search Of Sanity," released in 1989, stands as a testament to the band's evolution and the dynamic changes in the thrash metal scene during that period.

The Shifting Landscape of Thrash Metal:

The late '80s were a pivotal time for thrash metal, with bands pushing the boundaries of the genre and experimenting with diverse elements. Onslaught, formed in Bristol, England, in 1982, had already established themselves with their early releases, but "In Search Of Sanity" marked a significant departure from their previous works.

Lineup Changes and Sonic Evolution:

One of the notable aspects of "In Search Of Sanity" was the revamped lineup, featuring the addition of Steve Grimmett, known for his work with "Grim Reaper," as the vocalist. This alteration brought a new dimension to Onslaught's sound, injecting a polished and melodic quality into their music. The album's production reflected the band's commitment to refining their sonic identity.

Musical Dynamics: The tracks on "In Search Of Sanity" showcase a diverse range of musical elements, blending the aggression of thrash metal with nuanced melodies and intricate compositions. The guitar work, led by Nige Rockett and Steve Grice's precise drumming, contributed to the album's dynamic and well-crafted sound. Songs like "Shellshock" and "Lightning War" exemplify the band's ability to balance intensity with musicality. Reception and Fan Response:

The release of "In Search Of Sanity" elicited mixed reactions from fans and critics alike. While some appreciated the band's venture into a more refined sound, others yearned for the raw aggression of Onslaught's earlier works. This diversity of opinion highlights the challenges faced by bands navigating the evolving landscape of metal during this era.

Album Production Information:

The album: "ONSLAUGHT - In Search of Sanity" was produced by:
Stefan Galfas

Record Label Information:

London 828 142
Packaging: This album "ONSLAUGHT - In Search of Sanity" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos.

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1989 Made in Holland
Band Members and Musicians on: ONSLAUGHT - In Search of Sanity
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Steve Grimmett - Vocals
  • Nige Rockett - Guitar
  • Rob Trottman - Guitar
  • James Hinder - Bass
  • Steve Grice - Drums
  • Stephan Galfas - Backing Vocals
  • Jody Gray - Backing Vocals
  • Dave Taggart - Backing Vocals
  • Phil Caffrey - Backing Vocals
  • Mazaki Yamada - Backing Vocals
Track Listing of: "ONSLAUGHT - In Search of Sanity"

The Songs/tracks on "ONSLAUGHT - In Search of Sanity" are

  1. Asylum (5:16)
  2. In Search of Sanity (7:13)
  3. Shellshock (6:46)
  4. Lightning War (6:57)
  5. Let There Be Rock (4:03)
  6. Blood Upon the Ice (8:22)
  7. Welcome to Dying (12:41)
  8. Power Play (6:25)
Album cover photos of : ONSLAUGHT - In Search of Sanity

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Photo's of the five ONSLAUGHT band-members on the album back cover of "In Search Of Sanity" 

Photo's of the five ONSLAUGHT band-members on the album back cover of "In Search Of Sanity" 

Photo of the custom inner sleeve with lots of "Thank You" notes

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Close-up of the "LONDON Recordings" Record Label

Close-up of the "LONDON Recordings" Record Label

Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash.
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