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Overkill - 2010 Ironbound

ARTIST: Overkill
ALBUM: Ironbound
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
SERIAL: NB 2521-0
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth - vocals * Derek Tailer - guitars * Dave Linsk - guitars * D.D. Verni - bass * Ron Lipnicki - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Green And Black * 02 Ironbound * 03 Bring Me The Night * 04 The Goal Is Your Soul * 05 Give A Little * 06 Endless War * 07 The Head And Heart * 08 In Vain * 09 Killing For A Living * 10 The SRC



After meaning to review this many months ago, 'Ironbound' somehow got lost in the shuffle of the dozens of excellent releases that have cropped up in 2010. It shouldn't have because after almost 30 years in the business and a slew of classic thrash recordings, leader Ellsworth somehow conjured up what might be the bands finest hour, a whole 15 albums in. Where 90's era Overkill often sacrificed speed for more slower dynamics (like every other band of the era) the return to total thrash is presented here in all its unabashed glory, ranking right up there with the bands early work.

The Songs
This is nothing but total speed. Every track is infused with massive doses of thrash and shredding riffs straight from 1986. A good example of this style is 'Bring Me The Night' and it's relentless riff attack and melodic awareness. This is nothing but a headbangers paradise and it's an onslaught which shames frauds like Megadeth and Anthrax. The 'big four' my a.. The majority of the ten tracks exceed five minutes, but within those minutes there's barely a slow moment, 'Endless War' sounding like contemporary Exodus to some degree, but with Ellsworth's nasal vocals the similarities end there. 'In Vain' opens with some ludicrous speed, bordering on grindcore and it makes you wonder what inspired Ellsworth to hit such heights of thrash in 2010. For thrash purists this is a goldmine. Every song is fast and that's all there is to it. Only 'The Head And The Heart' has a mid-paced element to it, but even this has sinister overtones. The production is world class also, bringing out the wall of noise in no uncertain terms.

In Summary
One of the best thrash albums of the year without question and Ellsworth proves that age doesn't make any difference in this game. It seems strange in 2010 to hear veteran bands returning to the sounds of their vintage years, especially when people were crying out for it in the mid 90's and most bands failed to oblige, delivering monotonously slow drivel. Overkill were never as bad as some however and this modern day classic validates Ellsworth as one of the legends of the genre, even if he was destined to be second division forever.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on November 27 2010 17:25:09
Great thrash band! Albums like "Taking Over" and such are definitely worth tracking down. I haven't heard this one though but it sounds like a good one.
#2 | MUSCLE on November 27 2010 18:58:26
Fantastic album. Pure thrash all the way. Real bonecrushing stuff. Certainly in my top 5 of the year. Beastly!guns
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