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Overkill - Under The Influence
on 8 January 2006
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.