Overkill
The Electric Age


4.5
superb

Review

by BlackLlama USER (40 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2012 | 147 replies | 20,600 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After more than 20 years, countless albums and innumerable tours veteran metal institution Overkill charges up for the shocking assault that is The Electric Age

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

When Blitz and crew dropped Ironbound a few years ago people were floored. Overkill had been a metal omnipresence for years. They continued to release solid, if not ho-hum albums that did little to deviate from their previous offerings. Having been a fan for years and years I will admit that I too slept on their releases at that time. Like the tides, it was almost inevitable that every 2 or 3 years Overkill would put out another release. Fans of the band would buy it, enjoy it and then go back to listening to their older works. Nothing about these releases were bad, however they were nothing compared to masterpieces like Horrorscope or Feel the Fire. Then in early 2010 Ironbound was released, fans and critic were amazed. This was not a release from an aged, past their prime band. Ironbound was a technical, thrashy driving release that was great from top to bottom (if you want to know more, please see a related review or better yet go buy the album!). So after two years, and an announcement of a new album fans were left wondering if Overkill had anything left. I am happy to say you can take those doubts and throw them straight in the gutter.

The Electric Age carries on what I consider the 4th generation of Overkill. As much as they have always been identified by the duo of Blitz and D.D. their sound has been defined by who sits the drum kit. Rat Skates, Sid Falk and Tim Mallare all have distinct albums associated with them. Ron Lipnicki (Imortalis, Ironbound and Electric Age) is currently on that throne. His sound is just as pronounced here, with a loud driving bass drum, tight mechanical snare and crisp cymbal work. Needless to say if you enjoyed what you heard on Ironbound it is back again here in spades. Some early, critical reviews have harped on the fact that this release sounds too much like their last effort. I would not consider that a problem, the tracks here are similar in sound and production yet certainly set themselves apart.

Starting off with a pair of six minute songs featuring everything you love and expect from Overkill the album builds to what is arguably the best song on this release. Wish You Were Dead is sure to become a fan favorite and is hands down the best track they have done since Elimination. Linsk and Tailer are back in perfect form, Blitz wails like a 20 year old Jersey hooligan and DD and Ron lay down some amazing rhythm. The production on this release is once again stellar. The bass is thick and ever-present, and the drums are impossible to resist. On an overall basis this release actually ‘feels’ faster than Ironbound (if that’s even possible) with more of an old-school thrash vibe than any of their release over the past 15 years. The only slow spot for this reviewer were 2 tracks towards the middle of the release. Black Daze and 21st Century Man just did not speak to me as much as the rest of the release and are what hold me back from giving this a 5 star release. Black Daze sounds akin to something that would have been released by the band in the late 90’s. Good Night is an excellent way to close the album, do not let the acoustic introduction fool you.

In the end, we are left with another stunning release from one of the hardest working bands in metal. For those who were wondering how Overkill could possible top Ironbound just one listen and you will have your answer.

Best Tracks:
Wish You Were Dead
Old Wounds, New Scars
Drop the Hammer



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BlackLlama
April 2nd 2012



1608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Loving this release right now. If you don't well then... WE DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY!

(well I do care if there are spelling/grammar mistakes so let me know about those)

Digging: Cinderella - Heartbreak Station

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012



5899 Comments


Very good review, pos.

Will check this out for sure.


Some corrections:

what does veteran metal institution Overkill have left in the tank?

what has the veteran metal institution of Overkill left in the tank?


The Electric Age Carries on what

carries


The bass is think and present

is thick and ever present

Digging: The Golden Grass - The Golden Grass

KILL
April 2nd 2012



70379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gota check this

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

bloc
April 2nd 2012



34663 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Looking forward to listening to this even though I wasn't the biggest fan of Ironbound. I've had it sitting on my pc since the day it leaked.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

BlackLlama
April 2nd 2012



1608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@bloc from friends of mine that weren't big on Ironbound loved the 2 songs I didn't care for. Take that as you will....

EvoHavok
April 2nd 2012



1336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

After listening to some classic thrash albums today, I'm gonna give Overkill more attention now.

Digging: Ningen-Isu - Burai Houjou

TheNotrap
April 2nd 2012



7971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Their best since Horrorscope.

Have a pos.

BlackLlama
April 2nd 2012



1608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Riff, that was Overkill through the 90's and 00's. I still listen to Ironbound at least once a week, we'll see if this has the same appeal 2 years from now.

TheNotrap
April 2nd 2012



7971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yep just like magic...*puff* forever forgotten

BlackLlama
April 2nd 2012



1608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I will put Ironbound up against anything the band did in the 80's and early 90's. After the abyss that was Necro/Killbox/Relix/Imortalis it was a return to form.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012



5899 Comments


After the abyss that was Necro/Killbox/Relix/Imortalis it was a return to form

In a recent interview for the Hellenic Metal Hammer, Elsworth has stated that he is very fond of mid-'90s-to-mid-'00s Overkill albums, despite the fans' ranting over their supposedly low quality.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012



5899 Comments


Great album cover, cool to have it on T-shirt

Oathbreaker
April 2nd 2012



1649 Comments


Killbox and necroshine had some cool tracks. And I actually loved shades of grey from I hear black. And the self-titled.

BlackLlama
April 2nd 2012



1608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I like the 90's stuff (well the earlier part at least). I hear Black is actually playing here right now. I enjoyed W.F.O and From The Underground and Below.

Oathbreaker
April 2nd 2012



1649 Comments


Meh, listening to one of the new tracks now. It's just not the same with this production and I hate to say it but his vocals are not the same. He's keeping up alright but something is missing.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012



5899 Comments


The way Elsworth's vocals sound right now, make him the Biff Byford (Saxon) of thrash metal.

And that's a compliment from where I'm standing.

His voice right is more fitting for thrash.

In first two Overkill albums he had influences from "classic" metal as well.

Itishappeningagain
April 2nd 2012



317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guys stop taking Riff seriously everyone knows he's a faggot who can't enjoy music. I wana listen to this so baaad.

Tyrannic
April 2nd 2012



3261 Comments


"Blitz wails like a 20 year old Jersey hooligan"


sold. pos'd.

Shiduba
April 2nd 2012



424 Comments


Listened to this yesterday, it's fucking energetic! Awesome album, made me even more excited about seeing them this summer.

D41V30N
April 2nd 2012



949 Comments


Beastial Album.

Simple and precise review. Have a pos.



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