Overkill
Feel the Fire


3.5
great

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
May 27th, 2012 | 13 replies | 1,309 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A decent and confident debut from Overkill, despite some production issues.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Hailing from New Jersey, Overkill formed in 1980 making them one of the earliest thrash bands to come into existence. The band is also one of the most stable and active thrash bands, having played together for nearly 33 years. The debut album "Feel the Fire", was at its time one of the most highly regarded thrash albums in existence. It contains a few fan favorites such as "Rotten to the Core" and "Raise the Dead". The album certainly looks cool, with the band standing as shadowy figures, with the fires of hell presumably behind them. The album cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with, and a key player in the thrash world.

The album unfortunately suffers from shoddy production, which wasn't uncommon back then for a bands debut. The overall volume could be a bit higher, and sound could be cleaned up a bit. What the album really needs is a good mixing to fix all these minor issues, but nevertheless bad production is not a big deal, so long as the music makes up for it, and the music is in fact very good. The Music found here is very Intense and aggressive, with the band playing confidently and efficiently. The music can even be considered slightly theatrical at times, with Overkill taking their music very seriously. Each track sounds unique from one another and the songs mold well together. The only real downside can be found in a lack of innovation. Simply put some tracks can sound a bit boring and dull after a couple listens. However their remains some stand out tracks such as the heavy and riff driven "Rotten to the Core" and the incredibly epic "Overkill".

Each band member holds their own and brings something to the table. Tight Drumming, Skilled guitar and bass, and unique singing makes the band sound like seasoned veterans. The Vocals are honestly hit or miss. Blitz has a very raspy voice that may turn some off, but at times his singing voice shines through and almost sounds reminiscent of one Bruce Dickinson. Another highlight is the guitarist Bobby Gustafson, who consistently produces great solos on nearly each track. The riffs are also for the most part good, but a couple can sound a bit repetitive and stale like in the song "Feel the Fire". The bass frequency is also a bit low, with the guitars and drums overpowering it most of the time, but the drums make up for it by keeping things interesting and tight, holding it all together.

Despite some minor production issues and a couple bland songs, "Feel the Fire" is a confident release form the band, and it showed what the band was capable of. It was definitively a great release for a debut, but probably not the ideal starting point for newcomers.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
- Raise the Dead
- Rotten to the Core
- Hammerhead
- Overkill


Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - vocals
Bobby Gustafson - guitar
D.D. Verni - bass, backing vocals
Rat Skates - drums

Produced by Carl Canedy
Engineered by Alex Perialas

Recorded: 1984
Released: April 15, 1985
Megaforce Records



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ThrashTillDeath94
May 27th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Taking Over is much better musically...

KILL
May 27th 2012



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is better tho

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ThrashTillDeath94
May 27th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is better if you prefer older thrash with traditional song structures.

TheNotrap
May 27th 2012



8029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Remains my favourite Overkill.

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bloc
May 27th 2012



34730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed that they have better albums

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ThrashTillDeath94
May 27th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The band would eventually hone their sound and make some true classic like Years of Decay and Taking Over...

Venpts16
May 27th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I only listened to a few of their albums, and I liked one and didn't really like the other. Would you recommend this album in comparison to some of their others?

jopower
May 27th 2012



103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Years of Decay and this album are my favorite from this band. Horrorscope is solid as well.

sputnik1
May 27th 2012



162 Comments


Taking Over craps all over this. Overkill was just getting started on Feel the Fire.

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KILL
May 27th 2012



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm

ThrashTillDeath94
May 28th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is great, but i wouldn't recommend it to the uninitiated. If you want to hear your first
Overkill record, try The Years of Decay or Horrorscope.

Fluttertrank
May 28th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah some songs on here sort of suck. The Years of Decay is so much better. also good review man

ThrashTillDeath94
May 28th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks again for reading it



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