This may be Overkill’s finest moment. New York thrash at it’s very best! Uber-catchy choruses on classics such as “Wrecking Crew” and “Powersurge” highlight this great disc. Check out the completely insane neck-breaker, “Electro-Violence”, which has to be my all-time favorite Overkill track. Overkill’s style of straight ahead, energetic thrash metal has never sounded better than it does on this classic! A truly fun album to listen to by one of the most underrated bands out there. “We’re gonna walk all over you, cause we are the Wrecking Crew![.]“
These Oakland-based purveyors of the extreme rose from the ashes of some of the most influential bands to ever come out of the underground – Grimple, Schlong, ELDOPA (aka: 1332), Word Salad, Buzzov-en and OjoRojo – but they refuse to solely rest on their past accomplishments. Since their formation in early 2000, this maniacal quintet have been blurring the lines between grindcore, metal, punk, crust and thrash. Due to their energetic and sometimes violent live shows, the band quickly developed a loyal fanbase and were headlining Bay Area venues by their fourth show as a result. Now the time has come for the band to spread their unyielding wrath across this planet. WATCH THEM DIE are the shot of adrenaline that the currently stagnant metal scene is in so dire need of currently. WATCH THEM DIE are here to lay a beat down on all those that pose.
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I’ll keep it short. This is Overkill’s second album. It’s not quite as strong as the first, though it does have some improved production. It’s a bit more purely thrashy, though it’s got a definite power/classic metal flavoring much of the time. Heavy, fast, catchy stuff, nothing truly remarkable but a lot of fun. Blitz’s vox still have a long way to come, but he’s still alright, and they use the gang vox quite nicely. ‘Powersurge’ is definitely the best thing here. Great gang vox in the chorus. ‘Deny the Cross’ is the next best thing, the thrashiest thing here, but again with a very catchy chorus. ‘Wrecking Crew’ is similar, if not quite as strong, and ‘Fear His Name’ is an interesting, somewhat more powerish piece. Some good melody in that one, and some of Blitz’s better vox. ‘The Nightmare Continues’ is a nice continuation, but not as strong as the original ‘Overkill’. Has some fine atmosphere, at times.
I’m done. Definitely not one of their very best ones, but still worth owning.
Lets face it metal is fun and this one my friends takes the cake.This overkill album for me ranks up there with years of decay and horrorscope.The album has a nice fast pace that i loved to party with 15yrs ago and still today.To all the younger kids out there trust me this is a true classic that has stood the test of time and needs to be suported forever.
For me, this album is as good in 2004 as it was in the late 1980’s. When this album was released it was somewhat criticized for its overproduction and military-metal image. Forget all that, OVERKILL have never been anything but a SOLID metal act. This album is among their top three albums recorded (KILLBOX 13, FEEL THE FIRE the others). It comes at you fast and hard and never lets up. Bobby Blitz makes the album, his vocals have always been distinctive and like no other in metal. Get this album if you are curious about OVERKILL, its a great example of how great they are. Every song is great and the thrashing never stops. These guys still rule to this day. Check it out if you haven’t, it flat out rules!
A classic Overkill album is at hand, This is THE BEST Overkill album in my opinion, All the first 5 are great, but this one I think stands alone. Released in 1987, and one of the best of the year, Including Exodus’ Pleasures of the Flesh and Testament’s The Legacy, and others. Overkill got overlooked by many, due to them not being part of the “big four”, Anthrax should have never been part of it, Overkill should have, but you could also say Exodus and Testament should have too.
This is basically the same style as their previous release album, being their debate “Feel The Fire”, but the production is much better, everything is heard, but it’s still got a raw feel to it.
Deny The Cross…prepare to be drawn in, a great opener, nice and fast but catchy at the same time, Wrecking Crew, one of my favorite Overkill songs, this ones REALLY catchy, and a great chorus, and love the solo!, Fear His Name, while not as strong as the first 2, is also great, a nice catchy chorus. Use Your Head just has a cool chorus, all in all, a pretty good song. Fatal if Swallowed is just a cool song, nothing to really say about it. Powersurge is another classic from Overkill, Blitz actually does a different kind of thing with his voice on this one, pretty cool, and catchy as hell. In Union We Stand, the song that made me buy the album, no double bass, but still seems to be fast!, it’s like an anthem, killer! Electro-Violence is yet another, classic from Overkill, extremely catchy and cool, with cool riffs, and a wicked solo, even a small acoustic part which lasts like a whole 2 seconds! Overkill ll (The Nightmare Continues), the second of the Overkill trilogy, and to me…the best!, great riffs, great everything, check this album out at all costs!