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The Venom Box Set – “Here Lies Venom” 1985 Combat Records

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We got a few copies of the very rare and hard to find Venom Box Set that was issued by Combat Records in 1985. Click below to check it out.

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Forced Entry – Recorded “Uncertain Future” – Very Underrated Thrash Band – Where Are They Now?

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Forced Entry Thrash Metal Band They Could Have Been HUGE: Why Didn’t They Get There?

I can remember when I first heard “Forced Entry” in 1989. The first some I heard was “Bludgeon” and it ripped my head off. I was sure they would get to be as big as Testament or Exodus, but it never happened. even though they were as good or better than most bands at the time.

Why didn’t they hit it big? They were in the right place at the right time their first demo were straight thrash in 1986. Was it a shitty manager, nagging girlfriend, drug problems, or egos? With most rock band it’s one of the 4 that kept them out of The Big 4.

Let’s try to figure it out…

To Find Out Where They Are Now Lets First See Some History

  • The formed in 1984 in Seattle, Washington as Critical Condition
  • The founding member are vocalist/bassist Tony Benjamins, guitarist Brad Hull, and drummer Colin Mattson.
  •  in 1986, released two demos, All Fucked Up and Thrashing Helpless Down and won Northwest Music Award for “Best Metal Band” in 1987. Shortly after the signed to Combat Records.
  • Uncertain Future was released that June 1987 and was well received by metalhead and critics alike.
  • They toured with Coroner, Sacred Reich and Obituary in support of it.
  • The follow up As Above, So Below album was released in June 1991 never achieved neither the success nor the critical acclaim of Uncertain Future. Forced Entry was later dropped from Relativity and never toured in support of their sophomore effort
  • In 1995 they released The Shore EP and played their farewell show in August.

Listen To Bludgeon (Best Forced Entry Song)


Forced Entry Where Are They Now?

All Forced Entry Members

Photo Of The Inset In Compilation Reissue

Members of Forced Entry…

Brad Hull
Tony Benjamins
Colin Mattson
Doug Ramm

Forced Entry – Uncertain Future / The Shore Vinyl (Floga Records – Greek Reissue)


1 Bludgeon
2 Kaleidoscope Of Pain
3 A Look Through Glass
4 Anaconda
5 Octoclops
6 Unrest They Find
7 Morgulan
8 Foreign Policy
9 Miasma
10 Sore
11 Sole Train
12 Licking My Wound

This is a Greek reissue/compilation of 2 Forced Entry albums. They originally came out on Combat Records starting in 1989 and now are out of print. Even this reissue is VERY DIFFICULT to fine. Uncertain Future is a little known thrash classic that should have made the band huge, but for whatever reason, it never happened. The follow-up “The Shore” also came out on Combat and was shelved.

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Nuclear Assault – Game Over 1986 Combat Records

Game Over is the debut album by Nuclear Assault. Most fans consider it their best. Nuclear Assault came into being after Anthrax bassist Danny Lilker was fired from Anthrax because he wanted to pursue more aggressive forms of music. After recording a handful of demos and doing some heavy touring the band signed to Comat Records and released Game Over. The album received a lot of critical acclaims and is considered by many to be the band’s best album.

Nuclear Assault - Game Over ORIGINAL 1986 VINYL First Pressing Combat Records
Nuclear Assault – Game Over ORIGINAL 1986 VINYL First Pressing Combat Records

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  1. Live, Suffer, Die:
  2. Sin:
  3. Cold Steel:
  4. Betrayal:
  5. Radiation Sickness:
  6. Hang the Pope:
  7. After the Holocaust:
  8. Mr. Softee Theme:
  9. Stranded in Hell:
  10. Nuclear War:
  11. My America:
  12. Vengeance:
  13. Brain Death:


John Connelly – Guitar/Vocals
Anthony Bramante – Lead Guitar
Dan Lilker – Bass
Glenn Evans – Drums

Country: United States
Nuclear Assualt Is From New York City, New York
Formed in: 1984
Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date: October 7th, 1986 (Original), 1999 (Reissue)
Label: Combat (Original), Century Media Records (Reissue)
Recorded May 1986 at Pyramid Sound, Ithaca, New York
Produced by Alex Perialas and Nuclear Assault
Mastered by Tom Coyne

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ONSLAUGHT – Power From Hell LP 1985 (Combat Records)

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UK-based thrash metal band Onslaught original release “Power From Hell” had a hard-core punk sound as compared to their follow-up in 1987 “The Force“. this was mainly due to the more guttural vocal sound of original singer Paul Mahoney. In late 1985, Paul Mahoney was replaced by Sy Keeler joined the band as the new lead singer. The released “The Force” in 1986. The band has a much more Slayer-influenced sound than the early Discharge sounding material.

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Sy Keeler’s vocal style was more akin to Rob Alford — a typical high-pitched 80’s singing style popular in 1985. That is why fans and critics alike consider “Power from Hell” to be superior to any of the band subsequent work band’s subsequent work.

The Death Metal Controversy

The Power From Hell LP was released in February 1985. It is disputed whether Onslaught or Possessed (San Fransisco) coined the term “Death Metal.” Onslaught had a demo ‘Death Metal’ in 1984, Possessed has a song of the same name a Seven Churches.

Reunion In 2006

In 2005 the band reformed and continues to release albums and play shows sporadically, mostly at metal festivals in Europe

ONSLAUGHT – Power From Hell 1985 Vinyl LP Thrash Metal ORIGINAL PRESSING Combat

Side A – Death

  1. Damnation – 0:36
  2. Onslaught (Power from Hell) – 4:48
  3. Thermonuclear Devastation – 1:31
  4. Skullcrusher I – 4:39
  5. Lord of Evil – 7:07
  6. Death Metal 3:42

Side B – Metal

  1. Angels of Death – 3:21
  2. The Devil’s Legion – 4:07
  3. Steel Meets Steel – 3:55
  4. Skullcrusher II – 3:46
  5. Witch Hunt – 3:45
  6. Mighty Empress – 0:58

Total Playing Time – 42:15

Onslaught Line-Up

Paul “Mo” Mahoney – Vocals
Nige Rockett – Vocals, Guitars
Jase Stallard – Bass
Steve Grice – Drums

Power From Hell Release Info

Label: Combat Records
Licensed From – Under One Flag
Copyright (c) – Under One Flag
Distributed By – Important Record Distributors, Inc.
Recorded At – AVM Studios