Overkill is back and blazing in 1999 with “Necroshine”, a heavy piece of work. As Overkill continues through the years and into the next millenium, one would think they might slow down. Never fear- they haven’t. In fact they’ve turned it up a notch. Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth describes the sound as “somewhere between the Rolling Stones and the apocalypse.” Indeed! The title cut pummels the listener with intensity and the album doesn’t let loose with its grip until the last note on the last song is played. Tim Mallare slaps the skins with a brutal viciousness and the rest of the band won’t let you forget that they are truly a metal band. No filler here. Time to race out and scoop this one up, it doesn’t disappoint!
1999 offering from New York’s finest thrash metal outfit. 10 bad-ass tracks, including ’Let Us Prey’, ’Stone Cold Jesus’ and ’Forked Tongue Kiss’.
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Well, at the beginning of the decade they released their best album Horrorscope. Now to conclude the decade, they release their best yet. Necroshine is Overkill’s masterpiece, no two ways about it. Every song on here maintains it’s thrash-ness while Blitz and the Wrecking Crew add some melody to the songs. The result, a classic. This band has really some retread, rehashed thrash over the course of this decade, and it is a pleasure to hear this. I’ve stuck by them since Wreck Your Neck, and I would have never given up on them because I knew they have potential for greatness. Fans of metal, Metallica has gone out of the thrash realm, and if you think thrash is dead, pick this up and behold NECROSHINE!
OVERKILL,The gods of thrashmetal have NEVER,EVER,disapointed or turned there backs on metal!This album is not a whole lot of thrash but yet rock solid,hard hitting,skull crushing,metal atits purest! Some of there best song’s are MY DECEMBER,80 CYCLES,REVELATION, and my personal fav. with bobby the blitz sister(MARRY ELLSWORTH) doing backing vocals,LET US PREY.This is not there best album but still a masterpieceif you like straight up hard hitting METAL ITS A MUST HAVE!
I remember when I first heard “the years of decay” I was blown away. It’s rare that you find a thrash band who are also able to put some melody in their music. For a long time these guys were second only to Metallica for me but through the passing years Metallica have managed to sound like everyone else. The thing that I used to love about Metallica was that despite the fact that they had no air play, they continued to fight the mainstream and achieved fame the hard way: they worked their butts off. Now ten years later and millions of albums sold they’ve become the exact thing that they were railing against in the first place.Well that left me with Overkill. They’ve never compromised their sound for sales. They’ve stuck with what they’re best at: teeth rattling metal. Another thing I love about these guys is that they’re not lazy. From 1999 to 2000 they’ve put out 3 albums (Necroshine, Coverkill, and Blood letting).Necroshine is a great cd. They rock harder than ever on this thing. There’s not a bad song in the whole bunch. Blitz’s vocals are definately unique but on this album he knocked it up a notch. He’s more nuanced than ever. The rest of the band are tighter than ever and compliment Blitz’s vocals perfectly. Check out “Necroshine”….
Disregard anyone who tries to tell you that Overkill has lost its teeth or gone soft. This disk will crush you with sheer aggression and raised-middle-finger attitude. The riffs are delivered with depleated uranium weight, and the production is clean and loud. Just to give you a little to think about, the boys have given us some pretty interesting choruses, and even a little female backing vocal here and there. Don’t let this disuade you. Compared with their contemporaries, Overkill has remained far faster and harder. They don’t have the hammer down every second, but when the throw you the heat, they can still shift into maximum overdrive. Get this disk. Get W.F.O. and Years of Decay, too. Heck, get them all! They’ll put an end to any urge to lament over the lack of quality Thrash these days.