Overkill – White Devil Armory – Nuclear Blast – Out Now
Overkill have been thrashing around for nearly 35 years, releasing 16 studio albums so far, as well as a selection of live albums, EP’s and compilation albums. They’ve never taken too long in-between album releases, keeping them relevant and making them one of the most well-known and highest esteemed thrash metal bands out there. After a scheduled release on the seventh of March which was postponed, they will soon be releasing their seventeenth album in July.
Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – Vocals
Dave Linsk – Lead Guitar, backing vocals
Derek “The Skull” Tailer – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
D.D. Verni – Bass, backing vocals
Ron Lipnicki – Drums
White Devil Armory
I’ll just start with making a note that I’ve never listened to Overkill before. Shameful, I know. But “White Devil Armory” is sure to change that. What a blast this album is! After a tension-building intro the band kick off with “Armorist” going for a fast-pounding classic thrash metal song. Chainsaw guitars, galloping drums and bass and Bobby’s raw screeching vocals on top. I immediately regret never listening to this band before. It’s an instant party and a catchy chorus to boot! Follow-up “Down to the Bone” starts off heavy but carries a happy tune along with it. This album is the essence of thrash metal! Guitars raging about, drums and bass annihilating your eardrums and guitar solos as well as the vocals tearing up anything that’s left.
“Bitter Pill” is the first song to slightly step outside of the style featuring a nice rock ‘n roll bluesy vibe. It’s a nice addition to the pure thrashers on the album. Countering that the band returns with the full-speed pure thrasher “Where There’s Smoke” that will a massive sing-along for the audience.
“It’s All Yours” featuring a more sleazepunk-infused beat making it perfect for some crazed mosh pit dancing with beers raised high.
Ending the album is the most melodic album of the track which at the same time is also quite a matching song “In the Name”. Recently I’ve had a few albums that could’ve done better with their ending song, but this one’s perfect. It gives out one last ball of energy, while also being a superb crowd-participation song.
Overkill bring us a superb album filled with prime thrash metal, showcasing the skill they have achieved over their thirty plus years of service. This isn’t the hyper violent kind of thrash metal; this is the kind of music to party with. Get it, you won’t be disappointed!
- Down to the Bone
- Bitter Pill
- Where There’s Smoke
- Freedom Rings
- Another Day to Die
- King of the Rat Bastards
- It’s All Yours
- In the Name
Score: 4.5 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic