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Overkill: White Devil Armory

Thrash metal veterans still vicious on album number 17.

When one contemplates the frequently cited collapse of thrash metal in the early 90s, it’s important to remember that Overkill never stopped doing their furious thing for a single minute.

Now in their 34th year of active service, the New Jersey skull-rattlers doggedly adhere to the same breakneck approach that made revered classics like Feel The Fire and The Years Of Decay so integral to extreme metal’s evolution.

As ever, Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth’s banshee screech is Overkill’s most distinctive weapon, but his band’s songwriting scalpel remains sharp and shiny too, both on bludgeoning sprints like Down To The Bone and King Of The Rat Bastards, and more grandiose flesh-stripping exercises like Freedom Rings and the closing In The Name. More of the vicious same, and all the better for it.

Dom Lawson has been writing for Hammer and Prog for 14 intermittently enjoyable years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He listens to more music than you. And then writes about it.