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4.0 out of 5 stars Overkill - Under The Influence, 8 Jan. 2006
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Kingcrimsonprog "Kingcrimsonprog" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Under The Influence (Audio CD)
Under The Influence was the third-full length studio album by the now legendary East-Coast Thrash Metal band Overkill. The band are among the earlier Thrash bands out there and their earlier work still contained a lot of traditional heavy metal elements. Those releases still have what has been described in the past as a sort of 'Iron-Maiden-Rip-Off' sound. With their third studio outing Under The Influence however, Overkill planted their flag firmly in the territory of Thrash Metal, upping their speeds, getting more complex in their composition and generally embracing the movement more completely.

The album is full of memorable tracks, such as the classic 'Shred' and the famous punky single 'Hello From The Gutter' both of which are inventive and classy tunes that are both fun and impressive. The album provides everything that one could want from a classic Thrash Metal album; The guitars throughout the album are powerful, with chugging riffs and melodic solos, the drums are fast and pounding and the vocals now sit in the style that would stay with Overkill for every subsequent release.

Overall, Under The Influence is a strong album that sees the band moving away from their earlier style and transitioning into something a bit different. I recommend it highly to Nuclear Assault and Anthrax fans especially, but also to any Thrash fans in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overkill get it right, 14 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Under The Influence (Audio CD)
After their first two albums, both of which are good standard thrash albums, Overkill finally seemed to be getting it right on this album. Not until the relase of Years Of Decay, their definitive release did they make an album filled with as many good quality thrashers.
From the opening track Shred the album grabs you and carries along at a relentless pace.
The only weak track on this album is Drunken Wisdom which, although a powerful song, never seems to gel.
The powerful mosh pit classic Head First, a song for all stage divers and the darkly epic Overkill III Under The Influence, with its moody ending, finish off this album to perfection.
The wonderfully cliched cover may put people off, but, remember don't judge an album by its cover.
All in all I can say that after buying this album I was hooked and have continued to follow Overkill through the years. At last count they had released 13 studio albums and their musical style and delivery have improved. GET THIS ONE NOW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Avatara's review of Overkill "Under the Influence"., 25 Mar. 2015
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"Under the Influence" is a much darker album than "Taking Over" and is more stripped down in its overall sound. The lyrics are more cynical and seem to be gleaned from life's downs. Musically the album has a sharper edge to it and the songs are faster than any of the previous albums. This is the first album where the bands mascot "Chaly" is featured on the cover and what a great cover it is. There are 9 tracks on this album and the track listing is as follows 1). Shred. 2). Never Say Never. 3). Hello from the Gutter. 4). Mad Gone World. 5). Brainfade. 6). Drunken Wisdom.
7). End of the Line. 8). Head First. 9). Overkill III (Under the Influence). This is one of my very favourite Thrash Metal albums and is a must for anyone who loves Thrash Metal or Overkill. You can buy this album with total confidence in its ability to blow you away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overkill nearly at their best, 17 Oct. 2007
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M. Smith "Smithy" (Jersey, Channel Islands) - See all my reviews
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The review is very harsh about this album. Maybe I am a bit biased as this was the first Overkill album I bought but this is a classic thrash album that sits up there with the best of them. This album was not quite as good as taking over which is still their finest hour but better than in my opinion weak Years of Decay before they returned to form with Horrorscope
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5.0 out of 5 stars the nuts, 15 April 2013
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wicked band cant believe i have missed out these guys Thrash kings good lyrics ahead of the game i need more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars overkill at their best, 28 July 2013
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shadow sith "jedi77" (a galaxy far far away) - See all my reviews
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a classic album from the best new york thrash band ever a must for all metal fans old and new
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 5 April 2015
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Great album from a fantatsic band
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 April 2015
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Overkill rule
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Sept. 2014
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Many Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars UNDER THE INFLUENCE - OVERKILL., 8 Nov. 2007
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HEAD DOWN..READY...LETS GO...SHHHHHRRRREEEEEEDDDDDDD !!!!!!!!!!!! WOW WHAT AN OPENING NUMBER..THIS ALBUM STARTS OFF WITH A RIP ROARING SPEED DEMON OF A TRACK AND REALLY NEVER LETS UP FROM START TO FINISH...THIS BEING OVERKILL'S THIRD ALBUM IS LOADED WITH CLASSIC THRASH..OTHER HIGH POINTS ARE "HELLO FROM THE GUTTER", "NEVER SAY NEVER" AND "BRAINFADE"....IN MY OPINION UNDER THE INFLUENCE IS A SOLID THRASH CLASSIC, WHICH ONLY GETS BETTER WITH AGE...DON'T JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR IT...GIVE IT A SPIN !!!!!!! PLAY IT LOUD !!!!!!
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