Guesting on the Metal Command podcast, Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett discussed the departure of vocalist Sy Keeler, which was announced back in April.
Rockett: “Sy’s kind of struggled with tours for the last couple of years, and he’s got a new job which he’s head first into and he’s really enjoying the kind of work he’s doing. He was unable to take lots of time off, and, as I said, he wasn’t really enjoying the whole touring thing like the rest of us. So we kind of made a mutual decision that he was gonna go, as sad as it is, obviously, for us, because he’s been with us a long time, and he’s a fucking great vocalist. At first, it was a kind of worry what was gonna happen, but then we found Dave Garnett.”
Onslaught have since announced Keeler’s replacement, Dave Garnett, along with a new album track teaser.
Says the band: “We’re extremely proud to now have Dave within the Onslaught ranks, Please give him a big ‘THRASH METAL’ welcome!”
Dave Garnett comments: “Naturally, like everyone, I was gutted to hear about the departure of Sy Keeler’ Onslaught’s music and Sy’s vocal style has been an influence of mine for many years, so it was a great honour for me to be asked by the band to fill these very BIG shoes. As the new voice of Onslaught, I want to honour Sy for his amazing performances over the years, while at the same time as bringing a new sound and energy to the band. With a new album set for release and so many live shows / festivals in the works, I will be extremely excited to step out on to the stage with great anticipation and give the fans what they deserve!!!”