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Band
Overkill
Title
RelixIV
Type
LP/EP
Company
Spitfire
YOR
2005
Style
Thrash
4/7/2005 - Review by: Susan Wright
Overkill - "RelixIV" 2005 Spitfire Records

Track Listing

1. Within Your Eyes
2. Love
3. Loaded Rack
4. Bats in the Belfry
5. A Pound of Flesh
6. Keeper
7. Wheelz
8. The Mark
9. Play the Ace
10. Old School
Are you an Overkill fan? How you answer that simple question will probably have a lot to do with what you think of their latest album, "RelixIV"

Blitz & Co. are back and back to the form that made them a favored name amongst thrash afficianados in the mid eighties. The album opens with 'Within Your Eyes.' The ominous beginning drops into a heavy, thrashy, monster-track, sure to please the old-schoolers out there. For the next 8 tracks, things follow the same path. The most 'familiar' track, to this fan's ears, is 'Bats in th Belfry.' So reminiscent is this tune of past Overkill tracks that it would be easy for critics to write off the entire album as 'recycled.' For the hardcore fans, it will probably be seen as a comfort, given the propensity of some older bands to 'experiment' with their sound, in an effort to stay relevant and fresh.

The only track that gives me pause is the tenth and final track, 'Old School.' The track takes a campish turn away from the heaviness of the nine former numbers and somehow, doesn't seem a fitting close.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give this one a solid 8.

To return to my original question, if you AREN'T an Overkill fan, this one probably isn't going to win you over, but if you ARE, you're going to enjoy it.


--Susan Wright

  • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
    N/A :AVE RATING

ALL REVIEWS FOR: OVERKILL
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
Hellish Videos
2005
Sanctuary Records
Ken Pierce8/17/2005
-
Ironbound
2010
Nuclear Blast
Vinaya Saksena5/18/2010
4
Killbox 13
2003
Spitfire
Eric Compton4/10/2003
-
RelixIV
2005
Spitfire
Susan Wright4/7/2005
-
Taking Over
1986
Atlantic
Anthony Burke7/10/2005
-
The Electric Age
2012
Nuclear Blast
Chris Kincaid3/23/2012
5
The Grinding Wheel
2017
Nuclear Blast
Eric Compton2/15/2017
4.5
The Grinding Wheel
2017
Nuclear Blast
Frank Hill1/17/2017
4.5
White Devil Armory
2014
Eone
T. Ray Verteramo7/23/2014
4.5
Wrecking Everything
2002
Spitfire
Ken Pierce4/1/2005
-
Wrecking Everything Live
2002
Spitfire
Ken Pierce4/1/2005
-

ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: OVERKILL
INTERVIEW INTERVIEWER DATE TAGLINE
DD VerniEric Compton, Stygian Steel1/2/2006


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