Since 2006, the band has kept the same remaining lineup, the longest stretch ever for the Stud Thrash Metal Band. The Band is now currently...Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (Vocals), D.D. Verni (Bass), Dave Linsk (Lead Guitar), Derek Tailer (Rhythm Guitar), and Ron Lipnicki (Drums). With the release of WHITE DEVIL ARMORY...OVERKILL has now released 18 Studio Albums among other live albums and a DVD. Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth is lucky to be alive as he actually suffered a stroke on stage during a show in 2002 in Nuremberg, Germany. Luckily, it was called a minor stroke and the cause was never discovered. Bobby was given the nickname "Blitz" for his out of control lifestyle in the early days.
Now on to the review of the new album "WHITE DEVIL ARMORY." The album consists of ten songs with an introduction song to make 11. Here are the tracks:
1) XD (Intro) 2) ARMORIST 3) DOWN TO THE BONE 4) PIG 5) BITTER PILL 6) WHERE THERE"S SMOKE 7) FREEDOM RINGS 8) ANOTHER DAY TO DIE 9) KING OF THE RAT BASTARDS 10) ITS ALL YOURS 11) IN THE NAME. As always, OVERKILL stays true to their consistent use of original song titles and lyrics. I have now listened to the album three times through and every time I am more amazed at how good this band really is. They really are an underrated metal band. In fact, while Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer and even Testament have even stepped outside the sector of "THRASH" in many instances...OVERKILL remains true old school THRASH to this day.
The album begins with the intro XD, which of course builds up to the first track ARMORIST, where its just balls out Thrash Riff after riff. XD kind of reminds me of a war ensemble. ARMORIST is Typical OVERKILL at what they do best..."THRASH, THRASH, THRASH." DOWN TO THE BONE starts out slow, but really quickly takes off on a striking guitar and drum duo. BITTER PILL is probably the most notable song on the album, as it has the typical THRASH quartet where you have the intro, the guts, the bridge, and then the repeat of the guts. WHERE THERES SMOKE is almost an exact replica of Metallica's "Fight Fire With Fire" only faster. And the rest of the album takes you on the normal OVERKILL ride, with a full onslaught of heavy riffs. OVERKILL may be the only true remaining "SPEED THRASH" band left. By speed, I am referring to the constant tempo and guitar of intervals and heavy drums with the double bass pumping at full speed.
One thing I always do when I am reviewing a new album is that I observe the vocals and how the singer presents their voice. Well, Bobby Ellsworth has not lost a step. His voice is as good as ever. I love his voice because its original and you know exactly who it is as soon as his voice rings out. The second thing that I do when reviewing an album is observe the style and tones of the songs. Are the songs different in style? Or do they have the same mundane sound. Well, I can also attest that this album is probably their most heavy in years and they have had some very successful records the past few years with "IRONBOUND" and "THE ELECTRIC AGE." However, as good as those albums were, I rate this album as a better overall album. The reason is that this one goes back to the true old school style of speed thrash. Well I am usually very critical when it comes to albums this late in a band's career. I am going to give this album a 9/10 rating and I invite every true metal fan to get a taste. OVERKILL will always remain one of my favorite Thrash Metal Bands and its also cool that they are local. The band is currently on tour so go get tickets and please pick up this album.
If you want to know more about the band you can check them out at http://www.overkill.com.
Here is a look at their latest video for "ARMORIST."
July 22, 2014.
Blogger and Writer for Philly Rock Radio and Music Critic