Overkill
Taking Over


3.0
good

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 1st, 2006 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist


HISTORY
Well look what I found, an album from the East Coast thrashers called Overkill. This band was formed by both Bob ''Blitz'' Ellsworth and guitarist Bobby Gustafson in 1984. Overkill didn't got so much attention by the people as much as Metallica got, the band didn't had the same ''heaviness'' as Metallica that people were interested in. But Overkill got a quite big reputation in the underground circles because of their ability to play technical, somewhat brutal and speedy thrash-metal, the band did their best efforts during the mid 80's and the middle of the 90's but then the band started to make a bit ''calmer'' music compared to some of their most classic ones like ''The Years Of Decay'' and ''Horrorscope''.

ALBUM INFORMATION
This album concentrates most part on fast paces and technique, and some heavy sections as well, the album as a whole does not feel so heavy in its sound though. The material is though skillfully performed, most songs are catchy, there is a good variation in the songs and Bob's vocals are very good even here. The album has nine tracks and you can hear in some songs similarities from other bands which I will come back later to.

THE CREW
This album was made by four members and they were and two of them still are the vocalist Bob ''Blitz'' Ellsworth, guitarist Bobby Gustafson, bassist D.D Verni and drummer Sid Falck. Bob's were as I said before very good even in this album, his vocals are though pretty high here compared to the other albums where he sounds more evil. He delivers even screams in a couple of songs here and he does that very good I must say, but he goes on with his harmonies and it sounds good. Bobby's guitars are very good in this album, the riffing has a good variety, the shredds are very fast and quite precise and the guitar solos are very fast, quite choatic but they also feel a bit half-melodic too. Verni doesn't want to be held back by any instruments, his bass shines very good in this album. The bass goes along good with the guitars and there are some bass filler sections here and there, is was very enjoying to hear that the bass very clear also in this album. Sid's drumming was very classic for the thrash-metal genre, fast and pounding patterns to more rhythmic and heavier beats. The drums are though catchy, they have a good variety and they don't feel overdone.

TRACK REVIEW
Here is the songs, the thing that most of us are most interested in so lets move on and see what we got here. The album starts with Deny The Cross, it starts with slow guitars, the bass and drums kicks in later with heavy tunes. The song increases rapidly in speed, very fast drumming and crazy but yet simple shredding. Bob's vocals goes into scream-mode time to time and it sounds pretty goo, the guitar solos are fast and quite melodic but not any real high-quality solos though. A decent album opener. Wrecking Crew starts with a messy and quite technical intro made by the guitars, the pattern changes and very fast shredding takes place. The drums are classic thrash but the bass is not so audible in this song, this song reminds you about old Anthrax. This was not a good song though, the drums were not so good and the vocals felt a bit ''lame'' and not so strong. Fear Her Name starts with a cool intro riffing, anyone who have seen the movie ''The Last Of The Mohicans'' (I think it is called that way) would agree with me. The song is though very calm and doesn't feel so heavy, the drumming has a ''marching'' pattern I would say and the riffing reminds of early Metallica. The song gets a bit better and catchier after two minutes and stays in that condition for about two minutes beofre is ends. Use Your Head starts with riffing guitars, the bass and the drums kicks in later. The song has pretty much trash formula and it feels familiar to Death Angel's first album (then I mean the sound). The song has a good drum work, a catchy song pattern and a decent guitar solo. Fatal Is Swallowed starts with a bass intro along with power chords and pick-scraping. Also this song feels a bit familiar to Anthrax, the pace is fast ,the guitars feels though quite uninteresting and the catchiness is not high. The song does though change its pattern but then it feels familiar to Metallica again, the song is though a bit catchier during the new pattern but otherwise this was not a good song.

Powersurge starts with a intensive and short intro followed by the bass afterwards. The guitars are playing fast shredds while the drums goes a bit slower, the vocals are also quite high in this song and it doesn't sound so good in my opinion. The song pattern is not so catchy and that is because of the drumming if you ask me, the song feels to linear and uninteresting. In Union We Stand starts with slow drum beats and very fast shredding, the vocals kicks in short after. This song feels also similar to a band and that is because of the vocals and the song pattern, that band is Iron Maiden, the song is slow and has a proud feel to it as the track title. Boring song which is uncatchy. Electro-Violence starts with a odd sounding riff intro, the song gets more structure and this song pattern also felt similar to Death Angel. The song is quite catchy and it has a good flow, it is also a bit heavier than the previous songs, the many guitar solos are very quick, frantic and skillfully played. One of the better song on this album. Overkill II (The Nightmare Continues) is my only favorite track on this album though. It starts with a spooky and long intro (over one minute), the song gets more sound and instruments and Bob's delivers a mighty and powerful scream. The song gets its main structure and the main riffing is so darn catchy, simplistic but yet very catchy and a bit heavy.

FINAL JUDGEMENT
I don't know about this album, I totally dig most of this bands albums but this didn't make any bigger impression on me. It was just three or two songs that I thought was interesting and only one of them became a new all-time favorite. Everything on this album felt good except for the drumming, it felt like it was a bit reptitive and most of the songs reminded of other bands and their material. I don't think tthat Overkill copied the sounds but it didn't feel like real Overkill material. I think that this album would go home to Overkill fans and maybe other metal-heads who dig mid 80's american thrash. Thanks for reading this and I hope that this review was a good guidance.

PROS
+ The vocals was very good here, not overdone and they had a decent variety
+ The bass was good here, quite audiable as in their other material
+ In genral good quality thrash-metal

CONS
- The drum patterns felt a bit repetitive
- The material didn't felt so heavy
- Some songs felt familiar to other bands material

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Overkill II (The Nightmare Continues)
-- Electro-Violence
-- Deny The Cross

The overall album rating for this album will be: 3/5



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Nepenthe
August 1st 2006


62 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh man, one of my favorite albums of all time. I could be a bit bias, as this was also one of my first thrash albums ever, but every song on here is memorable for me. Overkill II, Wrecking Crew, and In Union We Stand are some of my favorite songs ever. I will agree with you on it not being a very heavy album, but I really don't think that drags it down at all.



Though I didn't quite agree with it, still a well written review.

FR33L0RD
December 19th 2006


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well Written Objective Review Dethtrasher

============================

Personal impressions

--Generic Trash Album

--Good production value (for a first LP album)

--Musically well done

--Bad backing vocals

(personnaly i dont like Blitz Vocals)



Tracks i like;

--Overkill IIThis Message Edited On 01.10.07

Dethtrasher
December 20th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Overkill II must be one of their best songs ever IMO.

hammerheadftw
January 20th 2007


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, although I don't agree. This is, in my opinion, the best 80's Overkill album.

jizmchrist
July 5th 2009


6 Comments


Overkill was formed in 1980 not 1984 and the drummer on this album is not Sid Falck it's Rat Skates. I like the way you pattern your reviews and how you go through each song and explain what you like/dislike, personally though I definitely don't agree with your opinion for most of the songs, IMO this album is great only with one major flaw Use your Head, other than that the album holds up very well to me.

TheNotrap
August 1st 2011


8580 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Their debut is in my opinion their best but Taking Over is close second.

Absolute Thrash classic with memorable tracks like Deny the Cross, Wrecking Crew, In Union We Stand, Electro-Violence and specially Powersurge.



Epic!

Pyosisified
August 1st 2011


2450 Comments


reported

evilford
November 29th 2012


40532 Comments


sweet album. cover art makes me lol every time

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2012


22605 Comments


haven't heard this one yet

Digging: Susanne Sundfor - Music For People In Trouble

KILL
November 29th 2012


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bitches

evilford
December 21st 2012


40532 Comments


Deny the Cross is probably one of the most awesome thrash songs I've heard

TheNotrap
December 21st 2012


8580 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

That's a fact.

Powersurge also rules hard.

XingKing
March 28th 2013


12366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

POWAH!

Building up!

POWAH!

All around!

POWAH

.. Feel it!

POWAH!

POWAH SURRRRGGEEEUH!



apert
December 27th 2013


3236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is alot better than their first

KILL
December 27th 2013


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dno about a lot but yea

DrHouseSchuldiner
December 27th 2013


5643 Comments


No its not

KILL
December 27th 2013


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn

apert
December 27th 2013


3236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i only like half of the songs on the debut, but this is good all the way through

DrHouseSchuldiner
December 27th 2013


5643 Comments


The Years and Horror are best anyway

apert
December 27th 2013


3236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've only heard the first 2, but thats what most people say



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