For all you kiddies raised on Slipknot and Limp Bizkit, better buy this album and start a whole new life. If you’re looking for the quintessential heavy metal album, want to know what metal was like at the height of its glory, well you finally found it.
No metal band ever did any better than Motorhead on this dark, grinding, and super-cool album. Overkill, Stay Clean, Metropolis, Capricorn and No Class are the top classics but the whole album will blow you away start to finish.
The most groundbreaking thing about this record, back in 1979 and still today, is that it sounds aggressive, melancholic and cool, all at the same time. It has the energy of metal, the dark, post-industrial sound of space rock, the no-future feel of punk, and the basic, but very effective, song schemes of rock ‘n roll. Thanks to the great guitar work and drumming by Fast Eddie and Philty Animal Taylor, the music is never too dense or plodding along. But it is mainly the emphasis on Lemmy’s bass lines that makes it achieve the most difficult thing in hard music: to combine a raw edge with a soulful groove.
A testament to its greatness and originality, this album has had an enduring influence on just about any hard and guitar-driven music genre since the end of the seventies: heavy metal, black metal, thrash metal, hardcore punk, Oi!, D-beat, groove metal, stoner rock, post-grunge etc. Venom, Metallica, Slayer, Discharge, GBH, Sodom, Sepultura, Monster Magnet, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, none of those bands would exist without Motorhead’s Overkill. Just get it, it’s the best European metal album ever.
As the Ace of Spades album is much better known, Overkill is sometimes neglected, yet it was Motörhead’s finest moment. Other too often neglected European classics from this era include Sad Wings of Destiny (Judas Priest), In Trance (Scorpions), Killers (Iron Maiden), Restless and Wild (Accept), Melissa (Mercyful Fate), Welcome to Hell (Venom), Infernal Overkill (Destruction), and Morbid Tales (Celtic Frost).