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Review: Overkill – The Wings Of War

by Lukrecija Mesek

Overkill – The Wings Of War

1. Last Man Standing
2. Believe In The Fight
3. Head Of A Pin
4. Bat Shit Crazy
5. Distortion
6. A Mother’s Prayer
7. Welcome To The Garden State
8. Where Few Dare To Walk
9. Out On The Road-Kill
10. Hole In My Soul

Label: Nuclear Blast
Date: February 22, 2019

Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist D.D. Verni and lead vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth as the only constant members. In addition to Verni and Ellsworth, Overkill’s current lineup includes Dave Linsk on lead guitar, Derek Tailer on rhythm guitar and Jason Bittner on drums. Along with Nuclear Assault and Anthrax, whose one-time lead guitarist Dan Spitz was also an early member of Overkill, the band is one of the most successful East Coast thrash metal bands, and they are often called “the Motörhead of thrash metal”. The band has a notable mascot named “Chaly”, a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, horns, bony wings and green eyes, who has appeared on most of their album covers.

Though less popular than larger bands of the same genre, Overkill is one of the oldest thrash metal bands performing today. Despite the fact that their debut album was not released until 1985, Overkill’s beginnings predate the formation of all of the “Big Four” of thrash metal bands (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) by at least one year. After the band’s inception, as time passed and Overkill began creating more music alongside its quickly-growing competitors, it became known for its fast and heavy style. The band’s music lacked enough variety to rival the names of the “Big Four”, but Overkill maintained its unique sound unwaveringly throughout its career instead of trying to gain popularity with a more commercial style. Overkill has been viewed as one of the most important thrash bands from the East Coast.

All that being said, Overkill unleash their 19th studio record, “The Wings Of War”, bringing us heavy sounds and killer riffs. Album has a strong intro with “Last Man Standing”, which reminds me of some kind of heavy machinery, I think that would be, also, a good way to describe their new album. With each song they bring us so much energy. Riff after riff, it fills you with energy and I don’t think you will be able to resist the urge to move. Just bang your head, because “Believe in The Fight”, “Head of a Pin” and “Bat Shit Crazy” are gonna blow your mind.

My personal favorite from this album is definitely “Bat Shit Crazy”. Drums in this song sound so powerful, the melody is energizing and the vocals are perfect creepy match for the whole ambient.

Beginning of “Distortion” may lead you to believe it’s a slow song or an instrumental, but you would be so wrong. After a soft beginning, they smash you with their signature style, and if you turn the volume up, it will blow you away. “Where Few Dare to Walk” is also starting as slow sad song, but you can hear building up melody toward something epic.

If you are an Overkill fan this is a MUST HAVE in your collection. Lovers of thrash metal will enjoy this beauty!

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