THE SANITY DAYS — the project featuring four former members of legendary Bristol, England thrash metallers ONSLAUGHT who have teamed up to play music from the band’s most commercially successful album, “In Search of Sanity” — has recruited ONSLAUGHT‘s first vocalist, Paul “Mo” Mahoney (who sang on the band’s very first record, “Power From Hell”, and bass guitar on ONSLAUGHT‘s second album, “The Force”) to play some limited shows in 2012. Paul will make his comeback debut at Hammerfest in March, where THE SANITY DAYS will now play most of the “Power From Hell” album along with Steve Grimmett on vocals playing the entire “In Search of Sanity” LP. This now means THE SANITY DAYS has three of the original four members from “Power From Hell”on stage and four original members in total!
Commented THE SANITY DAYS drummer Steve Grice: “We had our first rehearsal last week, this is the first time Mo has sang these songs for 25 years or so and I have to say they sounded just like they did in 1985. We will be looking to play a handful of festivals and maybe even a few headline shows this year with Mo at the helm alongside Steve Grimmett singing the ‘In Search Of Sanity’ stuff.”
THE SANITY DAYS performed at the Metal Assault II Festival on January 14 at Posthalle in Würzburg, Germany.
The group’s setlist was as follows:
01. In Search Of Sanity (ONSLAUGHT song)
02. Shellshock (ONSLAUGHT song)
03. Blood Upon The Ice (ONSLAUGHT song)
04. Welcome To Dying (ONSLAUGHT song)
05. Lightning War (ONSLAUGHT song)
06. Rock You To Hell (GRIM REAPER cover)
07. Atomic Punk (VAN HALEN cover)
08. See You In Hell (GRIM REAPER cover)
09. Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
THE SANITY DAYS is intended as a bit of fun for the musicians and an opportunity for fans to hear music that no longer features in ONSLAUGHT‘s live repertoire.
THE SANITY DAYS was launched by Steve Grice, former drummer and founding member of the ONSLAUGHT, who played on all ONSLAUGHT albums thus far. He is joined in the new project by former ONSLAUGHT guitarist Alan Jordan (2007’s “Killing Peace”), bassist Jase Stallard (1985’s “Power From Hell” and 1986’s “The Force”), and ex-GRIM REAPER singer Steve Grimmett, who fronted ONSLAUGHT for the 1989 album “In Search Of Sanity”.
Released on London Records in 1989, “In Search Of Sanity” was the last album ONSLAUGHT recorded before it disbanded. Despite reaching the U.K. Top 50, its mainstream production proved controversial among bandmembers and fans alike. “We were always pleased with the songs, though,” states Grice. “Over the past few years, people have nagged me to play tracks from the ‘Sanity’ album, but we always struggled to get them sounding right without Steve Grimmett‘s involvement.”
Former GRIM REAPER frontman Grimmett lent his powerful voice to ONSLAUGHT for just this one album and now returns as a member of THE SANITY DAYS. “It’s been a long time since I sang any songs from ‘In Search of Sanity’, but this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” he says. “I have also been asked to play these songs, but it never seemed the right thing to do after ONSLAUGHT got back together.”
“I’m really excited to be involved with Steve Grice again, and playing with Al and Steve Grimmett makes it extra special to me,” says Stallard. “For the past six years I have been watching ONSLAUGHT‘s progress, thinking to myself how much I would love to get out and play again. Now this chance has arisen, I intend to enjoy every second of it.”