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5.0 out of 5 stars "Rings like a nail in the head", 12 Jun 2009
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Twitch (Southern England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Horrorscope (Audio CD)
In 1990 Overkill released their 5th album Horrorscope, their greatest album to date although I am eagerly awaiting Ironbound. The songs here are more to the point than on Years of decay (their 2nd best album) and the production is a lot better. The guitars have more crunch to them and for the first time Overkill have 2 guitarists, after solo guitar player Bobby Gustafson left the band, they recruited Gant and Cannavino. D.D Verni is one of metals best bassists and here his performance is brilliant. Sid Falck on drums is brilliant and he smashes the hell out of his pedals, Lars Ulrich could learn a lot by listening to this album. Finally Blitz's vocals are superb as always, I love the rasp in his voice and he screams better than anyone else in metal, Blitz is the best vocalist in metal..... (oh crap I forgot about Bruce Dickinson), ok 2nd best. Every song on the album is good and there are no fillers, something which would plague Overkill for the next 20 years. The opening track coma is one of the best opening tracks ever and kicks slayer in the nuts for speed. the title track is a slow song but unlike Skullrusher from Years of decay is very interesting. The thrash ballad Solitude is a personal favourite and is almost as good as Fade to black and One. The Cover of Edgar Winters track Frankenstein is surprisingly good and fits into the album well. New Machine is a track I feel could have been huge, there is no solo which is stupid and there is easily room for a really cool breakdown like in Metallica's Creeping Death, still good song if unfinished. Blood Money and Infectious are brilliant and the intro to Bare Bones is really cool.

Overall the album is very strong, it is a bit unbalanced in that the fastest songs are at the beginning and the slower ones appear later maybe mixing and matching would keep it more interesting but I don't care.

Best moments
- End Scream in Coma
- Intro to Bare Bones
- When Solitude picks up in speed

Favorite Tracks
- Coma
- Blood Money
- Horrorscope
- Solitude
(In all honesty they are all good though)

A must have for any fan of thrash or metal in general, Overkill show how it should be done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fine piece of metal, 13 Sep 2007
This review is from: Horrorscope (Audio CD)
"Horrorscope" is a strong follow-up to the great "The Years Of Decay", the riffs are powerful, the drums are good, the songs are actual songs and not just riff after riff with some shouting in between like on "Under The Influence". sure like always in Overkill you can hear a riff or rhythm here or there that reminds you of Slayer, Metallica or Anthrax, therefore i give it only 4 stars, but those moments are really rare on "Horrorscope" compared to other releases by them. there is no weak song on the cd, you can listen to it from beginning to end, it's really enjoyable. "Horrorscope" can compete with anything the bigger bands in Thrash have put out during their careers, unfortunately "Horrorscope" came too late, if it was released in the mid-eighties Overkill would have been as big as Slayer or Anthrax.

i recommend "Horrorscope" to everyone interested in Thrash or Metal in general, it's definitely one of Overkill's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice day for a thrash, 24 Feb 2012
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Released way back in 1991 this was the first album to feature guitarists Rob Cannavino and Merritt Gant and the last to feature drummer Sid Falck. Following on from their breakthrough Years of Decay, this was the New Jersey thrashers fifth studio album. The loss of guitarist and songwriter Bobby Gustafson had threatened the future of the band but the addition of the new guitarists gives this album a new edge. Heavy opener 'Coma' show off the talents of impressive drummer Falck and the duelling guitars of Cannnavino and Gant. Second track 'Infectious' and third track 'Blood Money' follow in similar fashion. What we have here is classic trash, great musicianship allied to Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth's rasping vocals. A joy from beginning to end and a remarkable thrashing tour-de-force considering the line up changes that preceeded the album. This album should occupy pride of place in every thrashers CD collection.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the guy before my comment entitled"Old skool thrash", 9 Mar 2005
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Gm Linkson "olskoolnonumetal" (Mitcham/Surrey/England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Horrorscope (Audio CD)
You don't seem to know alot about Overkill,do you?Rat Skates left the band after 2 albums and then Sid Falck joined for the next three albums and Horroscope was his last then Tim Mallare joined on I hear black and has been there ever since.Overkill are a wicked band and the backing vocals are not cheesy it's just you're bad taste in "Nu so called metal".This albums great from start to finish but check out The years of decay or I hear black too as i think they're my faves of a band who's albums never seem to dissappoint.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked., 19 Aug 2014
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My First introduction to this band. Can't believe I had never heard of them before - these guys know how to thrash. If you are new to them I would say this is a great great place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Sep 2014
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old-school thrash, 13 Aug 2002
This review is from: Horrorscope (Audio CD)
I got into these guys after seeing the videos of "Thanx for Nothing" and "Horrorscope" on MuchMusic in Canada. But it was really "Thanx for Nothing" that blew me away. For some reason, they don't seem to play this track much during live shows (I've only seen them once, at The Generator in Toronto) or really think that much of it in general, because it's not on any of their live stuff or greatest hits records. Anyways it got me into them, and I've been a fan ever since, especially this record.
I'm glad this album was my first taste of Overkill, because to be honest I'm not a huge fan of their earlier stuff, with Blitz's high-pitched, 80's hair band-sounding vocals. "Horrorscope" on the other hand, sees him employ a much grittier, guttural sounding voice. I like it. Notable stand-outs on this dics are "Coma", which rips your head off at the very start of the disc. "Horrorscope" is a good showcase for Blitz's outstanding vocal abilities, and is just a cool, evil-sounding song. Then there is the middle-of-the-road Edgar Winter cover "Frankenstein", which I guess is OK but not truly brilliant. The last two, "Nice Day...For a Funeral" and "Solitude" come off quite well, with a metal-ballad-type style without sounding cheesy, which 95% of all metal ballads suffer from. And then my favorite "Thanx for Nothing", which just rocks with cool riffs, really makes you want to bang your head. The other songs are straight-up thrash, which any fan of this type of music will enjoy.
My biggest issue with this disc is probably the drumming, which to me sounds very weak. I'm not a musician, so for me to notice it must be pretty bad. Thankfully, this was "Rat Skates" last album as Overkill's drummer.
One of my only problems with Overkill is the sometimes corny backing vocals. Sometimes a song can sounds really great at first, only to be ruined by some ridiculous chant coming from D.D. Verni or someone in the background. Thankfully there isn't too much of it here, although their later records suffer from it way too much.
Anyways overall a good buy.
By the way, these guys rock live. When I saw them in Toronto, it was in a tiny club, but it was one of the best shows I've ever been to, even though my ears were ringing for two days afterwards. Check out their latest, "Wrecking Everything Live" for a taste.
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