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Released: 1999, CMC Records
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
Editors Note. Metal-Rules.com was founded in 1995 as a forward thinking site. Our goal is, and always has been, to support Real Metal. The decision was made that very rarely do we ever go back and review an album from before 1995. Does the world really need another CD review of Master Of Puppets, Number Of The Beast or Screaming For Vengeance? We don’t think so. We have always supported what is happening now.
Starting in January, 2014, as we head towards our 10,000th review and the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any website were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
Overkill was from the beginning a driving and brilliant demonical thrash metal outfit. In year 1999, they released NECROSHINE. That’s not an Overkill all-time classic album, but it contains beautiful raw, thrash-y and experimental goodies.
I have to say that everybody knows what difficulties and changes thrash metal has been put through in 90’s whilst death, black, gothic and the (goddamn) grunge are the top trends of the decade.
The mid-'90s additions of guitarists Joe Comeau and Sebastion Marino did refine the groups sonic attack, as the new musicians added a technically proficiency and instrumental depth that the group used to reinforce rather than drift away from their pulsing, aggressive "second wave of thrash" attack.
Let’s take a closer look on NECROSHINE and what is all about.
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and crew have evolved their sound into a tight musical unit. I will rank NECROSHINE and FROM UNDERGROUND AND BELOW showed a lot of the brilliance that this band has been pouring into their music over this decade. NECROSHINE shows Overkill’s roots and their Black Sabbath side with slow but heavy riffs. There are not many supersonic bullets here except for “Forked Tongue Kiss” and “Dead Man” which smells like a Motorhead- laden track. There are too many experimental moments with Thundering, aggressive, riff-intensive, melodic metal tunes.
I don’t like much the crisp production as it reminds me a lot of bad releases of the same decade with the same sound and production. The production is rich with crunchy guitars with great tone, and the performance is incredibly tight. I cannot say that NECROSHINE is a milestone album, but it’s a great effort. “Necroshine” and “My December” are still part of the live setlist. That means that people do like them. Listen to those “strange to Overkill sound” choruses, and you will see that Bobby has a great voice and a perfect vocal assault this time around.
The record filters doomy blues rock Sabbath-ic riffs through a blotter of shimmering thrash metal, balancing Overkill’s skilled axework with songwriting stepped up several notches from the group's previous releases. There is a proportional try to vary by Metallica in Load, where the band tried to play something different, something more Sabbath-ic and hard rock but a little bit unsuccessfully over against to Overkill with NECROSHINE. No matter if NECROSHINE is not a classic album, it’s definitely the green fuel for band metal wheels.
2. My December
3. Let Us Prey
4. 80 Cycles
6. Stone Cold Jesus
7. Forked Tongue Kiss
8. I Am Fear
9. Black Line
10. Dead Man
D.D. Verni – Bass
Robert Ellsworth – Vocals
Joe Comeau – Guitars, Vocals
Sebastian Marino – Guitars
Tim Mallare – Drums
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