The vocals here are matured, and so is the sound. I know for thrashers this is a sell-out, but I know you all tell me to have an open mind. Well here’s my open mind. I used to have this album, but never had the courage to play it, and now I have sampled it, and say “This really rocks hard”. Mind you it’s not classic Overkill like “Taking Over”, or “Feel The Fire”, but it’s still good. Some of the highlights here are: “Dreaming In Colombian”, “Spiritual Void”, “Feel The Hurt”, “Ghost Dance”, and “Ignorance and Innocence”. They get a little funky with some of these songs I guess they were trying to copy Testament’s “The Ritual”. Mind you as far as hearing black I would say go to the “Years Of Decay” album, and play “Playing With Spiders/Skullkrusher”. That’s about the blackest these guys ever got.
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve and includes four bonus tracks. EMI. 2008.Megadeth is one of the few metal bands to have successfully handled the transition to the ’90s, and Countdown to Extinction is proof positive; although considerably more streamlined and commercially oriented than their previous efforts, it’s still a fine album, and arguably one of their best. Lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine’s lyric-writing has improved, and the results can be heard on ”Countdown to Extinction,” ”Symphony of Destruction,” ”Architecture of Aggression” (it’s a rare songwriter who can make a line like that fit in a chorus), and ”Foreclosure of a Dream”. This is arena metal at its best; Countdown to Extinction (a reference not to genocide, as one might assume, but to endangered species) manages the difficult trick of being commercially appealing and musically sound at the same time. – Genevieve Williams
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If you’ve ever taken a “RISK” through purchasing a “LOAD” of albums, which don’t quite exhibit the “X-FAcTOR”, then you could continue this “FORCE OF HABIT”, or start a new “RITUAL” by getting Overkill’s I Hear Black. Overkill’s tempo here is often slower than their prior releases. However, the album is still saturated in good old fashioned heavy metal. great guitar sounds and Bobby’s vocals are just right for the job at hand. Just the ideal disc to spin, when you are looking to take a breather from headbanging to all those other Overkill discs you own!
i have few of there albums this one happens to be my fave right from the song i hear black which is bout the son of sam killer .to the song shades of grey .and its true you don’t hear the metal like this no more .do yourself a favor you want to hear a true metal band pick up this cd by overkill .every metal head needs to have at least one overkill in there collection if not then do get one not pass up overkill they are way to much a superior metal band and i hear black is a excellent album to start with for the new comers to this band.thanks.cya outta here ..
This album was about 5 bucks when I bought it, so I thought I couldn’t leave the store without getting it.’I Hear Black’ was often criticized for being too “grungy” or not Thrash enough. Though I understand people saying that, I wouldn’t say that it’s a bad thing. The desperate Heavy Metal of ‘World Of Hurt’ and the ultra heavy blues of ‘Spiritual Void’ still are on the OverKill-set today, but the album has other great songs, take ‘Dreaming In Columbian’ or the sensitive ‘Shades Of Grey’ for instance.For the Thrash fans there still are songs like ‘Weight Of The World’, ‘Just Like You’ or the Sabbath-like ‘Ignorance And Innocence’ (which are all at the end of the album).’I Hear Black’ is maybe not what many fans expected from it, but it’s the most varied album they released.
This was the first Overkill album I ever bought. I heard From The Underground before but didn’t get into it because of Bobby’s voice. After finding a used copy of I Hear Black at the Wherehouse for 5 bucks, I’d have to say this is the best record I’ve heard in a long time. I’ve grown to get used to Bobby’s vocals, and downright love the combination of him with the best metal I’ve heard in years.If you’ve heard of Overkill and like hard driving metal that is filled with talent, lots of time changes and emotion to spare, pick this up and prepare to get run over. World of Hurt and Spiritual Void are my picks for this album.