This band is incredible. Since “W.F.O.,” Overkill has churned out some of the greatest metal CDs the world will ever bestow. Picking up where “Necroshine” left off, “Bloodletting” is a steady exercise in what heavy metal is all about. Great riffs, great lyrics, great vocals, and a great headache to everyone within a mile of this CD, which begs to test the limits of your speakers. Stand out tracks include “Let It Burn” and “Left Hand Man,” which is to say that these songs have played the most on my CD player, while the other eight remain close behind. You’ll live a shameful existence without putting Overkill in your metal collection. “Bloodletting” is a fine place to start.
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For pure meat and potatoes, in your face, by the books power metal, one can turn no further than Overkill. Whipping out albums like bands should put them (that’s right, these boys ain’t lazy!), Overkill has no intention of slowing down. Veterans of the Eighties speed metal faction, Bloodletting is pure aggression. Only a couple of iffy songs on this album, but the shining moments far outweigh the dull ones. “Thunderhead” pretty much describes itself. “What I’m Missing” isn’t missing anything. “I, Hurricane”, “Death Comes Out To Play”, and “Bleed Me” are classic Overtunes. D.D. loves that 8 string bass, as well as he should, he’s a great bassist in my opinion. The line-up has changed once again however, but by now, no one cares, because this band just flows no matter what. I’m not sure if anything will stop these guys. Pure crunch from a pure metal band, these guys are worthy of their own star on the metal walk of fame. Head stomping guitars and echoing bass lines are Overkill signature trademarks. Combine that with straight ahead lyrics and Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth’s electrified caterwaul, and you have yourself another fine piece of Overkill craftmanship.
It’s been a while since I’ve listened to Overkill, and I’m amazed at how evolution has changed them very little. This cd just blew me away. I loved everything in this cd and picking a favorite is tough. Well the one song that really put the hook in me is When Death comes out to play. Even though they lost Dave to Anniahlator, Overkill is still strong. And might I mention that D.D. Verni is one of my favorite bassist of all time. If you like Hard Core Knuckle Grinding Metal, than I would definitely recommend this album.
Unlike other bands, Overkill continues to pound out hard hitting heavy metal. This album is raw and hard, Blitz and D.D. have changed but not changed Overkill’s sound again. It starts with Thunderhead, chugs full steam into Bleeding Me and keeps punching with What I’m Missin’. I don’t want to go over every song but this album simply does not relent in it’s neck-snapping, ear pounding groove. I will say this, Can’t Kill a Dead Man has “the sound”. Dave Linsk does something that sends shivers down my spine and the song itself just keeps coming. My favorite album is still From the Undeground and Below but I’m going to recommend this album to heavy metal fans, because Overkill fans already have it.It’s going to be awhile before this album leaves the disc changer.
I’ve been listening to hard rock/heavy metal since I was 11 years old and my 1st album was “Van Halen II”. Since then, there have been some epic album releases in the rock/metal genre. Among them are Megadeth, “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying”, Machinehead, “Burn My Eyes”, and many, many others. I’ve been listening to Overkill since 1986’s “Taking Over” was released, usually with indifference. That was until the album “W.F.O.” was released. Since then, Overkill has ruled the metal roost, at least in my opinion. On the latest effort, Overkill prove to be as heavy as ever, and there seems to be the intangible of “more enthusiasm” on this release. I feel we can thank Dave Lensk for this renewed feeling. Anyhow, this newest CD, simply stated is “brutally wonderful”. The guitars crunch, the rhythm section pounds and Blitz just sounds great. There’s no techno-junk on this CD, just straight ahead metal. Believe me, I know there is a market out there for this stuff. The “heavy metal bands of today” like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, etc. all could learn a valuable lesson from Overkill. But I hope they don’t. Overkill has found a niche in the metal scene, and they are taking advantage of it with their loyal, large fan base. By the way, those above-mentioned bands all suck. Preferred selections on this CD are “Thunderhead”, “What I’m Missing”, “I, Hurricane” and “Left Hand Man”. Not to mention the rest of the tunes. You can put this CD in your player, and leave the remote on the desk, there’s never a need to stop and forward past a song. By the way, if you haven’t seen this band live, you are missing something great. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Blitz and the Boys 5 times, and just like their CD’s, the live shows NEVER DISAPPOINT. Thanks Overkill for recognizing that TRUE HEAVY METAL is alive and well!!!