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Overkill
The Grinding Wheel
Type: CD
Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2017
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Frank Hill
Published:1/17/2017
60+ minutes of fast-paced, demolishing heavy metal
It's been a successful couple of years for the godfathers of thrash with new albums from Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer. Last year also saw quality releases from Testament, Voivod, Anvil, Metal Church, Death Angel, Flotsam and Jetsam and more.

Now, 2017 is gracing us gutter rats with another stalwart from the early years of the genre's movement--East Coast thrash pioneers, Overkill. For 37 years they have been an unwavering wrecking crew of violence, energy, and power. When I listen to them, I can feel my blood pressure rise.

Their eighteenth studio release, The Grinding Wheel is 60+ minutes of fast-paced, demolishing heavy metal. As straight-forward and unrelenting as it is, they add some small turns to the freight train path, like the swing of "Goddamn Trouble" and the groove of "Come Heavy". "Shine On" is an odd track with its mix of nonlinear riffage, atypical lyrical content, and slow mid-section vocals. "Let's All Go To Hades" sneaks in some punk vibe. Chants at the close of the title track sound like something from the German power-meisters. Gang vocals on this release are raw and keep the production one foot in the underground.

The Grinding Wheel doesn't get points for experimentation, but that isn't what they are about. "At the end of the day Overkill is Overkill," says vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. Nothing is broken and nothing needs fixed.

Best Overkill album since 2010's Ironbound!

About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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All reviews for Overkill:
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Hellish VideosOverkill
2005
Ken Pierce8/17/2005
IronboundOverkill
2010
Vinaya Saksena5/18/2010
Killbox 13Overkill
2003
Eric Compton4/10/2003
RelixIVOverkill
2005
Susan Wright4/7/2005
Taking OverOverkill
1986
Anthony Burke7/10/2005
The Electric AgeOverkill
2012
Chris Kincaid3/23/2012
The Grinding WheelOverkill
2017
Eric Compton2/15/2017
The Grinding WheelOverkill
2017
Frank Hill1/17/2017
White Devil ArmoryOverkill
2014
T. Ray Verteramo7/23/2014
Wrecking EverythingOverkill
2002
Ken Pierce4/1/2005
Wrecking Everything LiveOverkill
2002
Ken Pierce4/1/2005



All interviews for Overkill:
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
DD VerniOverkillEric Compton, Stygian Steel1/2/2006



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