Overkill – The Electric Age

Overkill is one of the greatest thrash bands of all-time. Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth is the best thrash frontman. Period. There is no one better than him. His voice is powerful and unique, his presence on stage is unrivaled, and his love for his fans knows no bounds. As far as I’m concerned I’d rather they be a part of The Big Four than Metallica. I understand why Metallica are there, but Overkill has consistently put out better music over the years than Metallica. I will concede that it should be The Big Five and Overkill, hands down, would take that fifth spot.
The Electric Age, the bands 16th album, out now on Nuclear Blast, is outstanding. Since Feel the Fire in 1985 until now, the band has put out some of the most blistering trash metal known to man and continues to be just as hard, heavy, and unapologetic as they were when they were young, pissed off, and looking to make a name for themselves. This is why they are the best: they don’t cater to bullshit trends or do what label suits want them to do. They play the music that comes straight from the heart and do exactly what the fans want, play honest, pure, straight forward heavy fucking metal! With classic mind-blowingly savage tracks like “Electric Rattlesnake,” “Black Daze,” “Drop The Hammer Down,” and “Old Wounds New Scars” the band adds 10 more songs to an already powerful catalog. With ever-present mainstay DD Verni on bass, adding to the metallic mayhem of The Electric Age are guitarists Dave Linsk and Derek Trailer, plus Ron Lipnicki on the drums. Though the band has been through some line-up changes over the years (except Blitz and DD) clearly the heart and soul of the band lies in the two originals as no matter who is backing them, the band still sounds like they always have from day now.
If you’re looking for old school, fast paced, neck snapping thrash metal, look no further than Overkill and The Electric Age. As has been the case for nearly 30 years, Overkill is the real deal and makes being a metal fan worth every second. I give it 10 out of 10.
Chris Martin
Rating: ***** (5.0/5.0)

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SMOKING MARTHA Wild & Free (Xelon Entertainment)
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