on 15 June 2016
It is hard to believe that a thrash metal band can record seventeen studio albums with out becoming boring and samey. The repetition of the heavy metal sub genre is often plagued with a lack of creativity and most bands tend to sound the same. So to hear an old timer band like Overkill churn out a fresh energetic album is an absolute delight.
White Devil Armory is a stunning thrash metal album from Overkill. This album was released with a lot of high praise and it is not hard to see why. The band sound absolutely stunning as they jump from one great riff to another. To say that there is not a bad song on the album is about as accurate as you could be. Sure the style isn't the most original but they pull it off without sound tired, boring and familiar. It is pure tasteful thrash metal from start to finish.
Fans of Exodus or Destruction will love the lack of subtly in the music. These guys clearly give no s***s towards trends in music as they churn out some fairly old school metal. The focus is less on the song writing and more on providing good catchy music and they do that with ease.
The intense speed metal is made all the sweeter with some excellent heavy production. The guitars have a satisfying metal sound with the drums adding the extra thunder behind the rhythm. It creates a wonderful sound over all, the kind you'd want from this kind of metal.
Overkill are on a roll with a series of fantastic albums and this just adds to the pile. White Devil Armory is a little better then the previous The Electric Age but not by much. The band have clearly got their second wind and much like many '80s metal bands, they are riding on a creative high many years after their commercial peak. You don't need record sales to be awesome when you churn out a cracking album like this. Songs like Amorist, Pig and Freedom Ring is exactly what metal fans would look for in thrash and it is highly recommend that you check it out.
Published by Steven Lornie
on 3 October 2015
Well, what a surprise, it's another great album by Overkill. For a band to be this consistent for this long is unprecedented, never mind the fact that they're still a devastating live act. White Devil Armory is of the same high standard that the fans have come to expect - OK, it doesn't do anything particularly new, but it does add a bunch more songs to potential setlists which are sure to go down well.
Opening with the droning synth of XDM, it's then straight into fifth gear with the pounding drums, attacking bass and reckless riffage of lead single Armorist. If Overkill are going to mellow with age, it's certainly not going to happen any time soon when they're putting out fist pumpers like this. Everyone gets a look in here, Ellsworth in as throat tearingly good form as ever and DD Verni's bass sounding lethal, not to mention Lipnicki's positively ballistic drums and the furious fretwork of Linsk and Tailer. This really is everything Overkill are all about, with a trademark bass led tempo changing bridge to die for followed by frantic soloing. Then comes Down To The Bone, riffs and drums mirroring each other to kick off another number with an instantly singalong chorus. Frantic drum work propels Pig along at a fair pace, but for me this is one of the weaker tracks as it doesn't really do enough to stand out from its peers, as well as feeling slightly repetitive by its end. There's a nice bridge and solo, but there's better elsewhere on the album. The next number, in fact, second single Bitter Pill. It's a slower start for this one, with eery guitar work almost reminiscent of Coma from the seminal Horrorscope. Featuring positively monolithic riffs on buzzsaw guitars, a solid headbanging chorus and a pit friendly galloping section, if your neck isn't in pain after this one, you're not listening to it right. Or are already deaf.
Where There's Smoke has perhaps the best solo on the album as well as a gloriously old school intro and pummeling drums, whilst Freedom Rings has a wonderfully sinister sounding bassline to lead us in to another highly moshable bruiser, then it's Another Day To Die, a nicely chugging number to emphasise just what a potent force the rhythm section of this band really is. Another great intro kicks in for King Of The Rat B@stards, which is of a very similar ilk to the previous song. Both are good songs, but the latter might just edge it for me as the verses just seem to have a bit more energy. It's All Yours has chunky riffs aplenty, and a great build up to the racing chorus (portended by references to a runaway freight train in the pre-chorus) and then there's just the anthemic closer In The Name, with an intro that borders on bombastic and a marching rhythm. It fades with chanting gang vocals still ringing in your ears that wouldn't sound out of place on an Accept record, and that's your lot... for now. This being Overkill, you can guarantee they'll be back before too long to get heads banging and bodies bruised.
Continuing to impress after thirty odd years, Overkill demonstrate on White Devil Armory that they are still the masters of infectious, life affirming, frantic thrash, and furthermore that they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Ironbound might still be the best of their recent crop, but both this album and The Electric Age are practically neck and neck and snapping at its heels. Another jewel in an already overstuffed crown.
on 11 September 2014
Another great slice of old school thrash metal from Overkill, a band that rarely disappoint and have been on something of a roll in recent years.
It's fast, it's catchy, it's brimming with energy and it thrashes hard. If you've any love for 80s thrash then it's another must buy.
on 25 July 2014
A really solid album, too early to say if its "epic" but its certainly "Thrashtastic" In terms of sounds I guess its a natural progression from Ironbound & The Electric age. Essentially its Overkill doing what they do best.
To those wondering about the vinyl specifics - its a gate fold sleeve, on black 180g vinyl and the sound quality is excellent.