If thrash was an actual school, Slayer would sit off in the corner glaring at everyone and carving pentagrams in the desks, while Anthrax cracked jokes and drew penises on their textbooks (dick jokes, man). In this delicate metal ecosystem, there’s little doubt Overkill would play the role of school bully, gleefully dealing out wedgies, swirlies and the dreaded Rear Admiral with pugnacious glee. New Jersey’s infamous bad boys made quite the career for themselves over these long years, at varying points being classified as speed, thrash and straight-up metal, but always delivering their trademark gritty, concrete-chewing badassery. After nearly four decades in the biz, they’re still going strong, coming off an above-average outing with White Devil Armory while touring nonstop. That brings us album number 18, The Grinding Wheel. Apparently the band wanted to shake up the writing approach this time, looking back over the years for inspiration. The result is a much more diverse collection of tunes that touch on nearly all the band’s sonic eras. This makes for an interesting and often furiously exhilarating experience, but there are some problems here that even a bully can’t fix, no matter how many purple nurples and monkey haircuts get doled out.

Opener “Mean Green Killing Machine” is emblematic of these problems. It’s a classic Overkill tune full of piss, vinegar and shitty beer, and every bit the tough-guy anthem we’ve come to expect from them. However, at 7 and a half-minutes it’s way too long and takes what should be a 4-minute dose of punch-drunk metal and stretches it into a modern day Metallica-styled behemoth that’s hard-wired to….well, you get it. This issue infects nearly every song and none are better for it. “Goddamn Trouble” is a high-energy, punky throwback to chestnuts like “I Hate” and “Use Your Head,” and it’s undeniably a rowdy, fun tune, but at 6-plus minutes it runs about 3 minutes too long for the kind of punk-metal it is1. Other songs with genuine merit like “The Long Road” also drag past the obvious stopping point to become a bit tiresome.

Editing woes aside, songs like “Come Heavy” and “Red White and Blue” are classic examples of the Overkill style with the former channeling the groove of songs like “Spiritual Void” while the latter’s thrashy frenzy would sit well alongside the Ironbound material. The oddball cut is definitely “Let’s All Go to Hades” which is like an 80s punk anthem with a festive, non-serious vibe that works well. The high point is easily “Our Finest Hour,” which delivers the biggest, most satisfying chorus and the best example of the modern Overkill sound.

Less successful songs like “Shine On” would be decent enough if half the length, and the epic 8-minute closing title track just doesn’t click with me despite my long history with the band. At an hour in length the album is too long and 5 of 10 songs run 6 minutes or more, which is not ideal for the kind of music Overkill specializes in. The production was handled by the band and the mix was courtesy of Andy Sneap, so you know you get a big, loud and modern sound, but it isn’t too bad.

The revelation here is how ageless Bobby “The Blitz” Ellsworth truly is. He sounds as pissed off and berserk now as he did in the early 80s and that’s hard to comprehend. Whether he’s snarling, screaming or shouting, he still sounds like a man possessed and when he sings he can still deliver the goods. D.D. Verni’s bass remains an essential cog in the wheel and rumbles all over the place, and the guitar-tandem of Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer once again riff their little hearts out and bring the noise come solo time. The band sounds tighter than a possum’s pouch and as mean as a Jersey alley cat. If they would’ve just trimmed these beasts down, this would be a way more street-lethal slab of dumpster treasure.

Overkill is a band I’ll always love and respect, and while I’m not a guy sitting around waiting for Feel the Fire II: Electric Boogaloo, this isn’t the band operating at their best. Luckily, even sub-optimal Overkill is still entertaining music for beer drinking and bar brawling. Just lower expectations and no one will get hurt. The last thing anyone wants is Bobby showing up at their door with their name on his Titty-Twister List.

Rating: 3.0/5.0
DR: 6 | Format Reviewed: 272 kbps mp3
Label: Nuclear Blast [EU][US]
Websites: wreckingcrew.com/ironboundfacebook.com/overkillwreckingcrew
Releases Worldwide: February 10th, 2017


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  • antitayyip

    overkill doesnt interest me..by the way i like the song one…

  • Zach Ward

    Still waiting for a band of this stature to make a album as bad as Repentless. Doesn’t seem like it’ll happen soon.

    • Reese Burns

      The world still needs a Testament-Overkill-Death Angel tour..

    • tomasjacobi

      It takes a special kind of talent to suck as bad as Repentless.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        It’s called the power of “I don’t care”

        • IBlackened

          Metallica is really good at doing that.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Metallica? Oh, they care… about selling more records.

          • IBlackened

            Their only concern. They can take almost a decade to release a subpar album, cause they know their fans don’t really expect them to play anything new and they’ll keep selling albums and playing at stadiums.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            It’s not just that their fans don’t really expect them to play anything new, their fans don’t really WANT them to play anything new.

      • Reese Burns

        It DOES almost seem like a concentrated effort was put into making that album suck.

  • Just what I expected, a lot of mouth for white Jersey boys. Gotta love it

  • Gage

    I like a few Overkill songs but they have never made an album that really clicked with me

    • Not even Feel the Fire or Taking Over?

      • Gage

        I like roughly half of the songs on both but that is about it. I just have an Overkill playlist when I need my Overkill fix.

  • Nola Trash Talk

    It’s actually titled “Spiritual Void”.

  • Reese Burns

    Not as good as I was hoping for it to be, but still sounds like a drunken good time.

  • Huck N’ Roll

    If 80s bands can continue to put out 3/5 albums these days I’m just fine with that.

    • Me too. I’m easy.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Druhm!!! Damn you and your nostalgia-core boner!

        • What do you want from me, I gave it a reasonable 3.0! Everyone is a critic these days!

          • André Snyde Lopes

            I’m a millennial, I don’t know what I want.

            Or so they say.

          • TheBrick

            Blitz wants a word with you in the second floor toilets. I don’t think he’s pleased with such a low score.

  • Aaron

    Never been a huge fan of Overkill, but I always love reading Steel Druhm’s reviews.

  • Luke_22

    Overkill are one of the old school thrash bands I’ve never really had much association with for no particular reason, but that was a gem of a review.

    • kgubbas

      you sir are a poser!

  • Slayerformayor

    And Metallica would be the preppie high school quarterback that peaks in high school, never to retain his former glory, losing his scholarship to UCLA! Testament would be the computer geeks who find great jobs and do great things after high school. Megadeth is the second string quarterback that goes to college, gets to start and becomes great…only to wash out in the pros…but becomes an offensive coordinator after retirement. Exodus is the social misfit rebel that everyone likes…
    I can keep going.

    • I actually had a similar thing written about Metallica, but meaner.

      • Slayerformayor

        Haha! I figured you did.

        “And Metallica would be the preppie high school quarterback that peaks in high school, never to retain his former glory, losing his scholarship to UCLA. Drinking to excess and developing Type 2 Diabetes from indulging in too much rapidly-prepared food (WFRR FTW!), Metallica eventually realizes the error of their ways…releasing St. Anger, the best album of all time. Completing a redemption tale as palpable as that of Andy Dufresne. Metallica would, just 8 years later, release Lulu, which allowed our star quarterback to reach beyond our current plane of existence, in effect, becoming a god.”
        – Steel Druhm Overkill Grinding Wheel Review First Draft

    • eloli

      Tankard would be the guy that’s always wasted ends up puking in the gutter at every party. Kreator would be that annoying guy who watches every news show out there and tries to get people to read his blog. Sepultura would be the charming foreign exchange student trying too hard to fit in. Sodom would be the unattractive loser who’s always bragging about his girlfriend who lives in Canada and met while on vacation, Razor would be that girl’s hockey playing cousin. Death Angel would be the annoying brainy kid who got jumped ahead two grades and is bullied because he has no pubes yet. Whiplash would be that skinny, buck toothed guy who’s always hanging around the school bully. Sacred Reich would be that annoying stoner guy who can’t shut up about how the government and big pharma are in cahoots to keep pot illegal. M.O.D. would be the hillbilly who’s always complaining that not being allowed to wear his confederate flag tank tops on school grounds are a violation of his constitutional rights while Suicidal Tendencies would be the wanna gang banger who wants to beat him up. Destruction would be that big stupid guy in the football team that no teacher dares to fail because he’s the only one who can really play defense. Death Angel would be that really talented guy who plays in the band’s drum line and dreams about getting a music scholarship but knows deep inside that he’ll most surely end up working at Walmart. Vio-lence would be the school’s meth head while Forbidden would be that affable guy that’s always there but nobody can remember his name.

    • Soul Less

      Except hard wired is outstanding.

      • Slayerformayor

        Hell yeah! Necro the fuck out of this thread, bro! I’ll play along. “Outstanding” is a bit much, but I do like it.

        • Jon Hartley

          I’ll see your necro and raise you a “Hardwired was mediocre as a whole, but still a success given that it added a few really good cuts to the Metallica songbook at a time when nobody really expected anything decent to come out of them.”

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Who wants Feel the Fire 2? They have great freaking records throughout their career with ups and downs, surely. And when the fuck did it become cool for thrash bands to write songs over 5 minutes in length? Stahp!

    Overkill is over. Bah, humbug!

    • Nothing is over until I say it’s over(kill).

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      When the fuck did it become cool for thrash bands to write songs over 5 minutes in length?
      Around 1983.

  • Treble Yell

    I’m still waiting for Overkill to release an album as good as The Years of Decay and Horrorscope.

    • Reese Burns

      Ironbound would like a word with you… but for real, I feel Ironbound is definitely on par with their classics.

      • Treble Yell

        I think I own Ironbound but it’s in a box somewhere. I believe I recall enjoying it but it still didn’t reach the lofty heights of its predecessors.

        • Dead1

          I like Ironbound but it’s not even close to Years of Decay or Horrorscope.
          In fact Horrorscope was an outlier style wise – the raging thrash was largely replaced by an almost broody heavy metal.
          Great album.

          • Dead1

            Yes I Hear Black was even more Sabbath but it wasn’t as good. Horrorscope was Overkill doing something different to thrash and doing it very well.

  • Westpaceagle

    This review right here is why Steel gets paid the big bucks. Brilliant!

    • I get paid??

      • Westpaceagle

        Apparently there was a little mix up in accounting…

        • They moved my desk to the basement. It used to be by the windows where I could see the squirrels and they were merry.

          • Reese Burns

            I thought the AMG offices were hundreds of feet below the earth’s surface?

          • We lost that space to a fracking conglomerate.

          • Reese Burns

            Yet another victim of capitalism..

          • Thais Munk

            Doesn’t that make you the Fox Mulder of Angrymetalguy.com?

          • I think it makes me the Milton of AMG and I will definitely be burning this place to the ground.

  • Eli Valcik

    So who else has ten bucks on Palbearer’s Heartless getting ROTM when it comes out?

    • Dead1

      Of course it will. This kind of toothless and ineffectual and extremely gutless non-metal is all the rage these days. Indie rock bands have more metal vibe than these sad fuckers.

      • If you think Pallbearer is “toothless” and “gutless” you need to review your choices.

        • Treble Yell
        • Dead1

          No they’re totally toothless and gutless. They are really lacking in any intensity thanks to those gutless, meandering vocals and generally hollow sound.
          Modern metal is obsessed with this gutless and toothless stuff I call non-metal – Ghost, Khemmis and Pallbearer.

          • André Snyde Lopes

            At least Ghost are fun.

          • Dead1

            I find them boring and gutless.
            If I want fun I’ll listen to some Turbonegro.

          • herrschobel

            you like the word gutless … thats for sure….ever seen any of those Bands live ? At least for Pallbearer i can say they are anything but “gutless”

          • Dead1

            So you then agree their albums are gutless? :P

            Things are different in a live setting and they may totally rock out. But why would I pay hundreds of dollars to see them (I have to travel) if their albums sound dire?

          • herrschobel

            well…all the bands you mentioned don´t interest me at all… i just happened to catch Pallbearer live in Holland once and they kicked ass beyond amazement …

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            They certainly are fun. They are not Not Metal, but Hard Rock is OK in my book too. Well’ they’re not Hard Rock either, they’re Scooby Doom.

          • “gutless and toothless stuff I call non-metal – Ghost, Khemmis and Pallbearer.”

            I could see your points about some of the recent releases from the Big 4 et al, but this is just total bollocks mate sorry.

          • Dead1

            How is it bollocks?
            How is Ghost metal in this or any other world? If stupid costumes count then I guess Insane Clown Posse is also metal. Ghost are poppy rock.
            How is Khemmis heavy and intense?
            And how are Pallbearer’s vocals not meandering and gutless?

          • DrewMusic

            “”gutless and toothless stuff I call non-metal – Ghost, Khemmis and Pallbearer.”
            I could see your points about some of the recent releases from the Big 4 et al, but this is just total bollocks mate sorry.”
            Meh, they got 1 out of 3 correct, bad by Meatloafs standards but Ghost are so terrible and accurately described there that I call un-bollocks. I’m willing to meet you in the middle and agree to label this strangers musical tastes/opinion as partial bollocks.

        • Carlos Parlo

          But he’s so edgy….

      • tomasjacobi

        “Ineffectual… non-metal”. So if we remove the negations we get “effectual metal”. I don’t know what that means but it sounds great. Going to go listen to some Pallbearer right now!

      • I like gutless music.

        • Wilhelm

          Me too, We’ll just call Pallbearer “effeminate wimpcore” and admit that those of us who like it are pussies.

  • Dead1

    Holy crap – I totally agree with Steel Druhm here:

    “this isn’t the band operating at their best….Just lower expectations ”
    Though I’d give it a 2.5 but that’s personal preference. It may be fine beer drinking and bar brawling music but then it’s much better to chuck on Years of Decay or Ironbound or whatever.

  • Wilhelm

    Followed Overkill through the 90’s (very underrated albums btw), however I think that they lost the spirit in the 00’s, and never really rekindled the fire despite everyone creaming their jeans over Ironbound. The Electric Age was good in parts but WDA was a substandard album. There used to be a a darkness, a seriousness in their songs but the songwriting now tends to just be all attitude and no substance; play a few punk style chords, thrash it up a little, throw in some double bass, play a non-memorable lead, make it sound all pristine and neat, and we have a paint-by-numbers song. Boring as hell and Sneap at the helm only wants to make me care less.

    I’ll give it a shot, but if “our finest hour” is the best song on the album, I’m not boarding this train.

    • Dead1

      I totally agree with you.
      I think Overkill are stuck trying to ape the successful Ironbound formula on every album. It’s that fear of trying anything new anymore in case it causes fan backlash.
      Basically a low risk, guaranteed cash flow kind of situation.
      Lots of bands are stuck in this same rut – Kataklysm, DevilDriver, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Soilwork, Kreator etc etc all come to mind.

      • They actually tried to deviate from the Ironbound/Electric Age style here, with mixed results.

        • Dead1

          The changes aren’t that drastic though – not like the changes from 1990 onwards (though they were always Overkill) and which involved some big hits ala Horroscope, some decent ones (Necroshine) and massive misses (WFO – most irritating bass ever – this is the Overkill album I hate the most).
          I’d rather a bit more experimentalism, including changing production styles even if it results in shit albums sometimes. It’s all become very samey.

          • Wilhelm

            Wow, W.F.O. is my favorite 90’s Overkill album, Although it lacks bottom end, that clangy bass can actually be heard loud and proud and the guitars are like an avalanche.

          • gus rodrigues

            Love WFO as well! I usually enjoy their 90`s outputs. I would rank them as follows: 1) from the underground and below; 2) Horrorscope; 3) WFO; 4) Necroshine; 5) The Killing Kind; 6) I hear black.

          • Wilhelm

            Great to see your list, mine is 1)WFO 2) Horrorscope 3) The Killing Kind 4) I Hear Black 5) From the Underground 6) Necroshine

      • Wilhelm

        I agree, it might be because it’s the same lineup on every album, no reason to change or event to cause a fire under their ass, play status quo and watch everyone praise you…I also think the current guitarists are just average and don’t measure up to Gustafson, Gant/Cannivo, Merino/Comeau, or maybe it’s just bad songwriting.

      • +Dead1
        Arch Enemy get a pass from me since I’ve loved most of their albums anyway. Only their 2 first albums and Rise of the Tyrant never really get any spins in my stereo.

        Still, it would be nice if they tried a bit harder to do something fresh. There were glimpses of something new on the last album, but also a lot of overly familiar chord progressions.

    • I pretty much see things the same way as you. I like most of their 90’s albums. The only one I find a bit dull is Necroshine. Bloodletting and the 3 albums that came after it all sound pretty much the same. Despite that, I still quite like Killbox 13. After that, the band just became criminally boring and lifeless to listen to. The Electric Age and White Devil Armory are their worst albums by far if you ask me. Not that anyone ever does.

      The two singles from Grinding Wheel give me a tiny speck of hope, but not much.

    • Here’s Johnny

      Ironbound was amazing..which is why so many like it.

    • Jeremy Freeman

      Yeah Blitz has lost his dark edge, and always goes for those blues tinged vocals stylings now, in most songs. I thought Iron bound and The Electric Age were good but other than that, nah. This one is probably the worst of the 00’s. ;o( Also I miss Gant and Cannivino on Guitars…Linsk imo is one of the worst guitarists there are. Especially his solos.

  • Iain Gleasure

    Sorry I am missing something or are ads supposed to appear in the middle of the comments section? I’ve never seen this before.

    • The Unicorn

      Nor have I. Wtf?

      • Dead1

        Yeah I’ve noticed it too.
        Not cool!

    • We will take care of that.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      The ads are needed in order to pay for Steely-D’s Lamborghini. He got tired of driving that beat up Dodge Dart.


    So you’re saying the songs aren’t bad, but the song lengths are Overkill?

  • DrewMusic

    I’ll always have love for the Overkills, the Kreators, the Testaments and all the long-haired riff-machines of yore, but… no. I give them all multiple chances and re-spins, and everything I hear always makes me want to abandon whatever I’m polluting my ears with in favor of black metal. I got into metal around 2004 through CoB, Meshuggah, Opeth and Chimaira, and every year since I’ve found myself listening to less and less groove/thrash/death while delving deeper into heavier, darker, more true-feeling evil gloriousness. I think I’ve come full (black) circle, at this rate I think I’ll eventually be living out my days jamming Darkthrone albums and nothing else. There are probably worse problems to have, though, I could be one of the pleb’s who worship Nickelback and believe All That Remains are metal.
    End rant/ side note: the talentless goon squad of hacks that comprise the audio abortion that is Nickelback are better people and more kvlt than All That Remains.
    Suck it Phil Labeta.

    • Reese Burns

      I’m upvoting out of sheer disdain for everything Phil is as a human being.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      You have earned the right to use “Black Metal Elitist” as your nickname. ;)

      • DrewMusic

        I wish, I’m relatively new to black metal all things considered and I listen to Flyleaf, I’m just some guy. Cold, evil, snobby bastards though they are, I have tremendous respect for those who dwell solely within the darkened chaos of black metal while affecting disdain for all things un-kvlt (such as the word ‘kvlt’) and firmly believe the world needs more of them.
        And more black metal.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          If it’s more Black Metal you want, may I recommend Satanic Warmaster and Horna.

          • DrewMusic

            Horna is life. Hadn’t looked into SwM until reading this, but I’m digging the absolute fuck out them/him/whatever. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Jeremy Freeman

      Yeah the more things change the more they stay the same..I honestly didn’t like Kreator, Testaments, or this new album. Just the same old stuff…nothing new or creative. I respect the hell out of them for doing this in their 50’s..but meh. It’s just not inspiring anymore. Sadly. :(

      • DrewMusic

        Pretty much my view entirely. Shit, as much as I tell myself I loved The Violent Sleep of Reason, even Meshuggah are starting to wander into the Gray-Haired Stagnance of Creativity. Them’s just the breaks, I suppose.

  • Bad Meat

    Does it bother anyone else that the gears would be locked in that configuration? No, just me?…

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      That might be the reason the wheel is grinding.

  • Kmill

    Great review,, but what’s a Rear Admiral?

    • Reese Burns


  • It’s always a little sad when a good (formerly great?) band loses a step. I saw them a few years ago and their live show is still a sight to behold. The pure energy and excitement they exude is palpable. However, even if this stands as one of their lesser releases, I’m of the opinion that some Overkill is still better than no Overkill.

  • The embedded track sounds solid, but uninspired and that’s pretty much how I feel about all the 80s/90s thrash bands that are still kicking around. They are the bands that pretty much got me into metal, but I just find them all rather bland now and probably most of all, lacking in memorability.

  • herrschobel

    yeah…just around the 3 minute mark my interest goes boooooooof…gone ….

  • Innit Bartender

    You mean it is not a nod to the verse of “In the Court of the Crimson King”? And here I thought Overkill had gone prog…

  • coolwhip

    I cannot agree with Overkill getting 3 out of 5 rating. The song titles alone make it a solid 4.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    If Anthrax are at the back of the class I reckon Metallica are at the front, Kreator are the weird German exchange students, Dave Mustaine is in the principles office ratting on Exodus for selling lawn clippings to Testament before school…

    • kgubbas

      and you’re the douche

  • dblbass

    I get the point made here…..the songs are too long. But I think this comes down to taste. Some people like longer songs that go on past their point. Some times I can get into that. Other times it does seem to wear on you. I’ve read a couple reviews on other sites saying what a masterpiece this album is…..so Ive got quiet an erection for me some Overkill !!
    So you can bet your sweet ass that once it’s available, I’ll be on it. Longer songs or not….

    • Sure, as with any review, taste and preferences are involved. I enjoy most of the songs, I just think they ramble past the point of maximum effectiveness. You may love every single note. Leave my ass out of it though.

      • dblbass


  • I have this pre-ordered and haven’t heard a second of music from this yet. I’m hoping that new Overkill handles “long” songs better than new Metallica does for sure. That Hardwired album, over half the songs Metallica gets to the point where it should end, like LOTR-Return of the King, but wait there’s more movie left to watch and before you know it you just can’t wait for it to be over. I’ve realized a lot about this “bands need to self-edit more” thing from AMG reviews!

    • It’s not as bad as Hardwired, but the songs do drag some.

  • Tyr

    From what I’ve heard so far the album just doesn’t click with me at all. WDA was awesome though. OK has always been hit and miss depending who you talk to as to what hits and what doesn’t.
    Feel the Fire, Miss
    Taking Over , Miss
    Under the Influence, Hit
    The Years of Decay, Hit
    Horrorscope, Hit
    I Hear Black, Hit
    W.F.O., Hit
    The Killing Kind, Miss
    From the Underground and Below, Miss
    Necroshine Miss
    Bloodletting Miss
    Killbox 13 Miss
    ReliXIV Miss
    Immortalis Miss
    Ironbound Hit
    The Electric Age Hit
    White Devil Armory Hit

    • admgloval

      Feel The Fire and Taking Over = Miss but I Hear Black and W.F.O. = Hit?????? What kind of drugs are you on man?

  • HohenheimOL

    Vektor would be that new kid who showed up out of nowhere and beat the crap out of everyone in the room, all the while screaming about how much he loves Canadians.

  • Here’s Johnny

    Have this band ever released a bad record though? Ridiculous consistency.

    Anyone who wavers on them(or not listened much) should see them live. You will then instantly go buy the whole discog.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    I’ve listened to Goddamn Trouble a few times now and I think it’s a cool song (and funny promo) but like you say it’s just a bit too long IMO there is some un-necessary repetition. I reckon it’s a killer 4ish minute song trapped inside a 6+ minute song.

    Still I reckon I’ll pick it up. Any year that starts with Kreator and Overkill putting out cool albums is looking good.

    I really liked White Devil Armoury. I thought the songs on it were all pretty tight and catchy in the trademarked Overkill way. I hope they get back to that more stripped back song writing style with the next one..

  • Michael Christopher

    Dave Linsk recorded all the guitar parts.

  • Ingvar Árni Ingvarsson

    Is Bobby any way related to the late great Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor?

  • Jeremy Freeman

    This is by far the worst Overkill album I’ve heard yet. Only about 5 good songs, the rest are..well just very bad. NEVER thought I’d say that about my boys!!!! Sigh. ;o(

  • Having just heard the entire album on Spotify, I’m not too impressed. Credit where credit is due: Tracks #9, 10 and 11 are pretty awesome.

  • irratebass

    I personally think this may be Overkills’ best album in their career. Overkill is and has always been my favorite thrash band, so just to give you some comparisons and rankings, so you don’t think I don’t know what i’m talking about.

    My fave Overkill albums are:

    Taking Over
    The Years Of Decay
    Under The Influence

    I feel that the Grinding Wheel can be in this group as well, and maybe up on top, but will have to give it a few more spins.

  • EvilDhalsim

    Brilliant album with some of the greatest overkill songs in quite a while, and killer guitar tone. To me already album of the year unless Whiplash will top this.