Overkill
Ironbound


4.5
superb

Review

by 3ddie USER (1 Reviews)
February 1st, 2010 | 83 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overkill goes thrashier than before with Ironbound, making an awesome album for the band fans and metal listeners overall...

In the blazing 80´s, the thrash metal genre had its pinnacle with bands emerging from every corner, in every country. In the US, while Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax were receiving much more attention, there were bands that, even thrashing as hard as those forementioned bands, didnt get much attention from media or even thrash fans: that´s Overkill, one of the US most solid thrash bands. They embraced the thrash genre since its inception, never releasing “St. Angers”, “Risks” or “Diabolus´ in Musicas”, but at the same time, never getting repetitive.

Following 2007´s Immortalis, Overkill released Ironbound, an powerful album that reminds us that Overkill, while implementing a modern production in its music, will never forget the soul from their first albums. And with no doubt, this album shows that Overkill should get as much attention as Metallica and Slayer, making this possibly one of the best 2010 albums.

Starting with a thick-sounding bass on “The Green and Black”, it might sound that the band addopted its groovy feeling from the mid-90´s albums, but at 1.35 you will recognize its not that way. And all you get after that are many variations instrumental and vocally, resembling their most thrashy years, specially albums like Horrorscope and The Years of Decay. Tight and remarkable riffs are everywhere (Ironbound, Bring me the Night), D.D. Verni´s lethal bass lines are everywhere as well(The Green and Black, ), and with the pounding and agressive drums the tracks feel really heavy. Solos are well distribuited, changing moods from “fast shreddy” stuff to “lots of feel” kind of solos and there are cool acoustic moody outros and intros in many songs (The Goal is Your Soul, The Head and Heart).

Besides the awesome instrumental work, you gotta put some credit on Bobby “Blitz” singing, which most of the time its agressive, with piercing screams and devastating shrieks along the tracks. Its his singing that makes some tracks powerfully catchy (Bring me The Night, Ironbound), and give a moody feeling to some parts of some songs (Give a Little), which is really impressive, because I thought he would not be able to sing cool like that.

While delivering what the fans always want, Overkill´s new album its recommended to anyone searching raw agression and kick-*ss riffs. A really impressive album from a band that never was bad, destroying weak thrash releases from big bands (World Painted Blood, Death Magnetic) and overcoming other good ones (EndGame). Being that or not, Ironbound makes us forget how average Immortalis (2007) was and will probably be one of the best of 2010. As Bobby “Blitz” said, its a real “thrasher-piece”.

The Good: Lethal Riffs, agression, catchiness, bass always audible
The Bad: some tracks get slightly but temporarily boring, some people might not like Bobby´s voice

Keep the Good job Overkill.... always making honest and fast music.



RECOMMENDED: Bring me the Night, Ironbound, Give a Little


Well... don´t be too harsh. I´m brazilian and this is my first review... thanks.


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MysteriousNewUser (5)
The finest Overkill album to date, a fast paced thrash album that never lets up in the intensity....

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The latest excellent entry in the thrash metal resurgence....


Comments:Add a Comment 
3ddie
February 1st 2010


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I hope there aren´t many typos....

MetalMassacreAttack
February 2nd 2010


424 Comments


BRAZIL THRASH POWER, BABY!

WickedMystic
February 10th 2010


76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Man, this album SLAYS!

3ddie
February 14th 2010


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not better than Formation of Damnation and EndGame

but it kicks Hordes of Chaos, WOrld Painted Blood and Death Magnetic asses withou mercy...

3ddie
February 14th 2010


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

actually... a lil bit better than EndGame...

Anthracks
February 22nd 2010


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i have to say i really dont like the vocals on dis

Digging: Ariel Pink - Pom Pom

charlie77
March 15th 2010


9 Comments


I like the guitars, but i don't like Bobby Ellsworth's vocals.

Lobotomie
April 10th 2010


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Way better than Endgame and Formation IMO, this probably is now my favorite Overkill record. Bobby is an amazing live frontman, gotta love those moves haha.

Good review.

Cheetoque
June 20th 2010


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is phenomenal!

McCopper
September 8th 2010


1367 Comments


Hordes of chaos>This and formation>Death magnetic>the two lamefests

KILL
September 8th 2010


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

endgame is better than all

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

Phrike
September 8th 2010


1691 Comments


Hordes of Chaos haha

KILL is right

Sleeepwalker
September 12th 2010


3 Comments


imo endgame is better... much better overall and actually comparable to megadeth's earlier works
but you cant really compare this to horrorscope or years of decay....
but this album kicks some major ass and is amazing
endgame>THIS>Hordes of Chaos>formation>wold painted sh*t>death pathetic
just glad that overkill can release such a great album and that bobby can still sing

CakeWithCream
February 16th 2011


1029 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bobby's vocals for some reason improves as he ages haha, i love everything about the album, maybe I
only gave it a 5 because Overkill have only been releasing average albums that past 10 years. This
album is a breath of fresh air and it's just a full on thrash assault.

Ironbound>Evolution of Chaos>EndGame and Formation>In War And Pieces>Hordes of Chaos> everything
else

Madbutcher3
April 9th 2011


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cake's pretty much got my opinion. This is a pretty epic album, nice and thrashy.

Ire
April 27th 2011


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m/

Ire
April 27th 2011


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its awesome

TheSpirit
April 27th 2011


17987 Comments


was never a big fan of their older stuff but i remember listening to this and it not sucking. will reinvestigate

Digging: Volahn - Aq Ab Al

Ire
April 27th 2011


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its awesome[2]

TheSpirit
April 27th 2011


17987 Comments


shall check it out due to your rating... BETTER BE IMPRESSED. it ain't no ADTR i can tell you that much already :p



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