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Overkill
Immortalis
October 2007
Released: 2007, Bodog Music
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Chaosankh

In a world where there are so few things that you can truly count on, it is good to know that Overkill is still out there as one of the most dependable metal bands on the planet. A blind purchase for any metal head with a clue, each new Overkill album offers up another plate of their signature meat and potatoes thrash. There are many bands that fly the flag of staying true, but no band delivers on that claim like these New Jersey devils. Things have gotten a little less speed oriented over the last decade, and the supporting cast has changed frequently; however, the heart of Overkill is the shrill, demonic throat of Blitz and the shake-the-bowels-of-hell bottom end unleashed by D.D, and on IMMORTALIS, these guys deliver yet again.



Things start off with some of the most intense stuff they have recorded in years. “Devils in the Midst” is a neck breaker, full of lightning quick drums and classic Overkill shredding. Some fans might scream foul with the inclusion of Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe on “Skull and Bones,” but the song kills, and Blythe’s growls add a punishing dose of brutality that acts as a nice counterpoint to some of Blitz’s deeper singing in this cut. “Hellish Pride” is cut from the more groove-oriented cloth that a lot of the album tracks have had since FROM THE UNDERGROUND AND BELOW, and contrary to some fanboy claims, this is not a bad thing. As the speed has lessened over the years, their songwriting ability has increased, something that is clearly demonstrated in the structure and memorable hooks of “Hellish Pride” and some of the other mid-tempo songs like “Walk Through Fire” or “Head On.”



Definitely a more consistent album than the last offering, RELIX IV, IMMORTALIS is another in a long line of skull crushers. Although some may not like the way it blends the speedier elements of their sound with their more mid-tempo style, this album is one to bang your head to and scream along with from start to finish. If you were foolish enough to have any doubt about this new record, rest your weak little mind – it slays.
Track Listing

1. Devils In The Mist
2. What It Takes
3. Skull And Bones
4. Shadow Of Doubt
5. Hellish Pride
6. Walk Through Fire
7. Head On
8. Charlie Get Your Gun
9. Hell Is
10. Overkill V

Lineup

Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - Lead vocals
D.D. Verni - Bass
Dave Linsk - Lead guitar
Derek Tailer - Rhythm guitar
Ron Lipnicki - Drums


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Overkill
Immortalis
October 2007
Released: 2007, Bodag Music/CMM W. Rott
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

With 25 years and 14 albums under their belts, it’s time for the legendary thrashers Overkill to release their 15th album. The band has had its ups and downs, but their latest album RELIXIV restated their top position in the thrash metal genre.

Just like their previous album, IMMORTALIS is a grinding journey in thrash. Blitz roars his vocal parts and he sounds as angry as always. The most distinctive change is that the tempo has been slowed down and they are mixing their patented thrash metal with some heavy metal. But it’s still just as heavy and mean as always.

The album kicks off with “Devils in the Mist”, which is an excellent old-school thrash song with a lot of energy and tempo; it’s the perfect opening track. Then we have the kick-ass “What it Takes”, “Skull and Bones”, “Shadow of a Doubt”, “Head On”, “Charlie Get your Gun” and “Overkill V …the Brand”, which all fall in the same vein as the opening song. “Hellish Pride”, “Walk through Fire” and “Hell Is” are slower but still heavy songs with the focus more on the heavy metal parts of the album. Even though the tempo has been slowed down you can still hear that it’s Overkill and they all have potential to be hit songs.

There’s nothing to remark upon when it comes to the production. It feels dangerous, strong and heavy as led. The band produced the album themselves and after so many years in the business I guess they know exactly how they want the album to sound.

It’s an excellent album and all fans of the band have a treat to look forward to. IMMORTAL is really good and proof of that Overkill is still ahead of their game. Killer tracks are “Devils In the Mist”, “What It Takes”, “Hellish Pride”, “Head On”, “Charlie Get Your Gun”, “Hell Is” and “Overkill V..The Brand”.
Track Listing

1. Devils In the Mist
2. What It Takes
3. Skull and Bones
4. Shadow of a Doubt
5. Hellish Pride
6. Walk Though Fire
7. Head On
8. Charlie Get Your Gun
9. Hell Is
10. Overkill V…The Brand

Lineup

Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – lead vocals
DD Verni – bass, b-vox
Dave Linsk – guitar
Derek Tailer – guitar, b-vox
Ron Lipnicki – drums


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