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  • Audio CD (19 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002IV8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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i hear black [edizione: francia] [import]overkill (artista) | formato: audio cd---descrizionebrani1.dreaming in columbian2.i hear black3.world of hurt4.feed my head5.shades of grey6.spiritual void7.ghost dance8.weight of the world9.ignorance & innocence10.undying11.just like you

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Xtro Jon on 11 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Glad to see this album is liked by some listeners because its far from bad. Its just that caution is required if you like the really heavy or thrashy Overkill stuff because this album was a change of direction that I personally am pleased Overkill did not continue with.At the time 'I Hear Black' was released the popularity of Thrash Metal had took a bit of a knock thanks to a fad known as Grunge so many of the best thrash bands back then were having to adapt or die. With this in mind it is unfair to knock this album just because it is not to my particular taste of Overkill style because what is on offer is of a high standard playing wise. You will find Overkill fans who loathe this album because it marked a lull in Overkills popularity and sound, this would be justified if Overkill had carried on in the same direction, but of course they didn't as their latest album 'Ironbound' proves (buy it now if you haven't already!). So think of 'I Hear Black' a little like Iron Maiden fans think of 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son', good albums both, but most of us are glad the change of direction wasn't permanent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew M. Davey on 7 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I PERSONALLY LOVE THIS ALBUM..IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES..WITH IT'S SLOWER SABBATH TYPE RIFFING MIXED WITH THE MORE TYPICAL OVERKILL THRASHING..I WOULD PLACE THIS ALBUM IN MY OVERKILL TOP FIVE PLAY LIST..GIVE IT A TRY, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED !!!!!!
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By DexterLlew on 17 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Many fans dislike this album as it was so different from Horrorscope (IMO their best work). I have to admit at first I didn't really like it but having given it a chance I think there are quite a few positives.

The best way to sum this up is Overkill does Black Sabbath. The songs are slower and heavier, the guitar riffs are quite simple with a lot of groove. Blitz is very melodic & sings a more than previous rather than using his trade mark raspy voice.
The down side is the production is a bit cold and flat which is a shame because there is some excellent heavy riffing on display - Weight of the World, Ignorance & Innocence.

I think one of Overkills strengths is their ability to stay within the thrash/metal world while exploring different sounds. Obviously not everything they do is a winner but its nice to see a band exploring ways to stay sounding fresh without selling out.

Over all I think this album is unjustly underrated, there are some excellent songs and it offers something different to from their earlier releases.
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By lance robertson on 20 Sept. 2014
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I DON'T hear the black album... 19 Oct. 2000
By Eric Fleming - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Overkill album I ever bought. I heard From The Underground before but didn't get into it because of Bobby's voice. After finding a used copy of I Hear Black at the Wherehouse for 5 bucks, I'd have to say this is the best record I've heard in a long time. I've grown to get used to Bobby's vocals, and downright love the combination of him with the best metal I've heard in years.If you've heard of Overkill and like hard driving metal that is filled with talent, lots of time changes and emotion to spare, pick this up and prepare to get run over. World of Hurt and Spiritual Void are my picks for this album.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I actually like this one 29 Aug. 2009
By Daniel Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The vocals here are matured, and so is the sound. I know for thrashers this is a sell-out, but I know you all tell me to have an open mind. Well here's my open mind. I used to have this album, but never had the courage to play it, and now I have sampled it, and say "This really rocks hard". Mind you it's not classic Overkill like "Taking Over", or "Feel The Fire", but it's still good. Some of the highlights here are: "Dreaming In Colombian", "Spiritual Void", "Feel The Hurt", "Ghost Dance", and "Ignorance and Innocence". They get a little funky with some of these songs I guess they were trying to copy Testament's "The Ritual". Mind you as far as hearing black I would say go to the "Years Of Decay" album, and play "Playing With Spiders/Skullkrusher". That's about the blackest these guys ever got.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
'I Hear Black' shows a good other side of OverKill 1 Sept. 2002
By Agonymph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was about 5 bucks when I bought it, so I thought I couldn't leave the store without getting it.
'I Hear Black' was often criticized for being too "grungy" or not Thrash enough. Though I understand people saying that, I wouldn't say that it's a bad thing. The desperate Heavy Metal of 'World Of Hurt' and the ultra heavy blues of 'Spiritual Void' still are on the OverKill-set today, but the album has other great songs, take 'Dreaming In Columbian' or the sensitive 'Shades Of Grey' for instance.
For the Thrash fans there still are songs like 'Weight Of The World', 'Just Like You' or the Sabbath-like 'Ignorance And Innocence' (which are all at the end of the album).
'I Hear Black' is maybe not what many fans expected from it, but it's the most varied album they released.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Big riffs and power to spare 24 April 2011
By Scott Hedegard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First, I want to commend and recommend a great record store my wife and I visited on a recent trip to San Antonio, Texas, for those of you readers nearby or hopefully visit. Hogwild Records is north of downtown on Main Ave - you can get addresses, phone numbers and other info at their Facebook page. This place has a great metal and punk collection, the best catalog I've seen. You can actually get older releases that aren't used copies of some timeless stuff and the crew there are great dudes. I found a treasure trove of music there, and "I Hear Black" was among them. I have many Overkill CD's already, and still lack a few for a complete collection, so I was thrilled to find this.
Overkill is a great metal band because they are consistently smart, the music heavy, and Blitz Ellsworth's vocals always sharp and lyrics far smarter than most contemporaries. So I'm a bit puzzled why some people consider this a weak or sold out effort. Perhaps it's because they decided to go for the big riff this time around. People sometimes forget metal can be varied, and when a band breaks out of an expected mold, it's taking a big creative chance because listeners are much less tolerant and anxious to slap every band into a very narrow category. Overkill this time around recall some of the vibes of earlier heavy giants that wrote big hooks and still tore your head off. I hear shades of Sabbath, with the always dependable D.D. Verni's bass mixed deeper and farther away from his usual trebly/metallic tone, which is a plus for me. I like a bass that sounds like a bass. Also, I can't help but be reminded of Nazareth, one of heavy rock's great underrated bands. Anybody remember "Hair Of The Dog"? If that wasn't a great hook, then what was?
Blues also underscore great riff rock, and Overkill show they have an appreciation for older metal as well as staying fresh. "Ignorance & Innocence" is one heavy tune, as is the lead track "Dreaming In Columbian" - love that title. "I Hear Black" is a fine CD from their mid-career and Overkill fans checking out the back catalog shouldn't pay attention to the poor reviews. It's not Overkill's fault some fans can't handle a little variety in their metal. Their loss.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Overlooked (Ha!) 29 Mar. 2006
By General Zombie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well, I've written a lot of Overkill reviews, and I dunno if I have anything new to say. 'I Hear Black' is perhaps there most reviled album, and while it certainly isn't in their upper tier this is still a solid metal album. I imagine it's largely hurt by the fact that it was preceded by their two best albums. Though this does mark the end of classic Overkill this is still a thrash album, more or less. It's got some more groove elements, a seeming Pantera influence, but Overkill has always been good with the groove, and they don't let it get in the way of the rocking too much. Lotsa people hate this album's production, but I think it's an interesting chang of pace. 'Horrorscope' had some very standard metal production, while "I Hear Black' is a bit more unusual, with a fuzzier, more ominous guitar tone and a just generally distant sound making it sound a bit darker. I really like the thin, snappy drum sound too.

As usual, there are no real bad songs here, though it doesn't have as many classics as some of the better Overkill albums. This album is a bit front-stacked, opening with the three strongest cuts. 'Dreaming in Colombian' is one of the fastest, thrashiest things here but it's still got a cool chorus. The title track is one of the slower, more atmospheric songs, but it's got some awesome vocals and still plenty of crushing riffs. 'World of Hurt' is probably my favorite track here, just very fun and driving with a solid collection of riffs. I also particularly like the drumming on this album. 'Weight of the World' is probably the most notable song after this point, and it's just the most pouding piece here, with some really intense drumwork. I also particularly like the power-ballad 'Shades of Grey'. Fairly standard stuff, but well executed.

Yeah, I like this album. Not their best one, but still worth owning, just like everything else they've recorded.
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