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Release Review: Overkill – White Devil Armory

If I could add a 5th band to ‘The Big Four’ I would make that band Overkill. I think my argument is a no-brainer. First, no band has kept a moniker out longer. Overkill has been around since 1980 and that’s longer than Metallica (1981). Second, they have a larger discography (and arguably consistently better) than any of their competition, we’re talking 17 full-length albums, no other US thrash band of that time period even comes close. (Testament is the closest with 11) Third, they’ve had the same vocalist throughout their entire 30+ year career. Even members of the Big Four (Anthrax) cannot make this claim; a solid vocalist practically guarantees longevity.

Overkill is one of those bands you either love or hate and I’ve loved them since I first saw them live in 1987 supporting Megadeth on the Peace Sells tour. Overkill was showcasing, their now classic album, Taking Over. I remember seeing the video for “In Union We Stand” numerous times on MTV prior to the concert and I owned a copy of Feel the Fire on cassette. I was a fan back then and I am now. I’ve seen Overkill live numerous times, they have the consistency of classic bands like AC/DC or Motorhead, you know what you’re gonna get and it’s gonna be good.

Overkill’s offering this year is called White Devil Armory and it does not disappoint. From start to finish this is Overkill at their sarcastic best. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate lyrical concepts the band utilizes. Overkill has seemingly lived up to their name more and more as time has gone by. White Devil Armory cleverly weaves modern ideologies and world affairs into the lyrics, then poisons them with Overkill’s trademark ‘tongue and cheek’ form of sarcasm. Highlight tracks for me are: “Bitter Pill”, “Armorist”, “Pig” and “It’s all Yours”.

Musically, this album competes with Overkill’s best. Sure, their trademark sound has evolved a bit over the years but the production quality of White Armory Devil is more polished than previous releases and definitely emphasizes the quality of artists involved. This rendition of Overkill has been recording together since 2007’s Immortalis and it’s apparent in the quality of music delivered on this album.

Overkill is a band worthy of your attention. Few acts have been around longer, weathered storms and managed to remain consistently good. Check out White Devil Armory and wreck your neck! \m/

Overkill - White Devil Armory

Track listing:
1. XDM
2. Armorist
3. Down To The Bone
4. PIG
5. Bitter Pill
6. Where There’s Smoke
7. Freedom Rings
8. Another Day To Die
9. King Of The Rat Bastards
10. It’s All Yours
11. In The Name

European track listing:

01. Freedom Rings
02. Where There’s Smoke…
03. Pig
04. Amorist
05. Down To The Bone
06. Bitter Pill
07. King Of The Rat Bastards
08. Another Day To Die
09. It’s All Yours
10. In The Name

Overkill is:
Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – Vocals
Dave Link – Guitar
D.D. Verni – Bass
Derek Tailer – Guitar
Ron Lipnicki – Drums

Overkill band 2014

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David Halbe
About David Halbe (287 Articles)
I live in the USA and I'm a fan of all types of metal: Black, Death, Hair, Thrash, Nu, Core, Sleeze, Stoner, Groove, etc... I have a huge collection of heavy metal CDs and I have been attending shows since 1986. Nothing is too extreme or poserish for me, if it rocks it rocks. Metal is the music we all have in common, it is our lifeblood. \m/

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