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This review is from: Overkill (Audio CD)
In 1979 I was a 14 year-old who'd just returned from living in America for a few years and was brought up on bands like Aerosmith, Zep, Van Halen, Boston (ughh!), Skynyrd, The Who, etc. I returned home bang in the middle of the NWOBHM and was confronted by this monumental album and band. Put simply, I thought they were the greatest band on the planet (and still do). Overkill is not just Motorhead's best, it's easily one of the greatest and most influential albums ever recorded!! It's up there with Dark Side, Sabbath's first, Physical Graphitti, Exodus, Back in Black and Never Mind the Bollocks. Although they've never got the credit for it. There was nobody like Motorhead before them and nobody has even come close since. The impact that Motorhead had at that time is virtually impossible to describe in 2008, they were completely different to anything else. Granted, music has got heavier and louder in the last 30 years, but there comes a point where music gives way to noise and (IMHO) Motorhead are still about as heavy as you can get without losing rhythm and soul. Motorhead's albums and sellout live shows don't sound remotely dated and they still pack a punch like nobody else. There's no point doing a track by track review of this record, every song is outstanding, it's simply a genre-defining classic. If you're new to Motorhead, this is where you start. Although they came close with Ace of Spades, Motorhead never bettered Overkill. But they've remained consistently great, which is more than can be said for all of their contemporaries. They are as relevant today as they've always been and are still making outstanding, worthwhile music. Long may it continue.