Overkill – Coverkill

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Reviewed: November 1999
Released: 1999, CMC International Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Pete

Cashing late in the game of cover/tribute albums, Overkill toss us this platter of shit-kickers. Out of the gate with Motorhead’s “Overkill”, this kicks. Blitz & co. must have been a fine cover band in their day, as we get a great choice of metal standards.

The attitude on the Sex Pistol’s “No Feelings”, the sheer heaviness on Sabbath’s “Cornucopia” (one of 3 Sabbath tracks) and the groove of Purple’s “Space Trackin” the Overkill “sound” still shines through on the tracks. Of special interest is the Jethro Tull track “Hymn 43″; If Tull actually sounded like this, you could actually see them being nominated in the metal grammy. But the winner here is Overkill’s take of Sabbath’s ‘Changes”, forsaking the piano for an 8-string and using an e-bow instead of strings, an excellent job with touching(!) vocals by Blitz. Yup, he can sing!!!!! Also included is a Ramones cover from the “Under the Influence” sessions with Gustafson. Yipppeee!!! Crank this mother, as I’ve already 6 times today since I got it.


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