Overkill - _From The Underground And Below_
by: Adrian Bromley (
While I have been a fan of this veteran thrash metal outfit since the early days (during _The Years Of Decay_ era), I will honestly admit to not being fond of Overkill's newer material, with the possible exception of 1993's cool _I Hear Black_ LP. That is why I was surprised at how much I liked the band's latest record, _FtUaB_. This record seems to have once again ignited the spark of this quintet by adding a bit of life to a musical style which seemed to be growing stale. While the music found here may not break entirely away from the thrash sound which Overkill has given us over the years, the music definitely has a 90s metallic influence (i.e. Machine Head, Fear Factory) within the album, which has helped make this a more pleasurable listen. New guitarists Sebastian Marino and Joe Comeau help keep things fresh and singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has never sounded so angry and frayed. Overkill are still pumping it out and improving as we head into the year 2000.
(article published 11/17/1997)
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