Overkill - _Wrecking Everything: An Evening in Asbury Park_
(Spitfire, 2002)
by: Aaron McKay (9.5 out of 10)
When you are passionate or borderline fanatical about something, tasks seem less daunting -- even pleasurable. Such is the case with Overkill's career which is laid out as plain as sunlight through a pane of glass with this new two disc DVD set from the band. This kind of devotion spills over to even writing this -- a simple piece -- about them. Many hands make light work and all of Overkill's members, to varying degrees, have carried the cross of their convictions and created a damn fine product here. This DVD set is a great compliment to the _Wrecking Everything (Live)_ CD released around the same time. Always the study in contradiction, however, Overkill lives and breathes the mantra "change is the only constant". Even D.D. Verni wearing a shirt with an "EVIL" logo slapped across it and a (right-side up) cross hanging around this neck. Never a dull moment with these boys. This two DVD set is split up with disc one being the whole live event at Asbury Park (in reply to the "Why not fuckin' New Jersey?" question) and a behind the scenes/commentary interview on the second disc. Running a fine, nearly complete, cross-section of their momentous career, this audio and visual experience puts you squarely in the face of the testosterone-laced aggression of this band. You can almost taste the beer, smell the smoke and wring the sweat outta your _Under the Influence_ shirt after 15 minutes of this two hour DVD. "Necroshine" opens the set. Twenty-two subsequent Overkill greats follow including "Deny the Cross", "Hello From the Gutter", "Long Time Dyin'", "Battle", "Evil Never Dies" and "In Union We Stand". It was a fantastic treat to get to see and enjoy "The Years of Decay" again, as well as hear some brief commentary by Blitz before the song on this DVD. Speaking of commentary, the second disc in this set focuses the magnifying glass on Overkill as a band, its former members and some of the inner workings associated with Overkill as a music machine, touring stories and the band’s business angle. For the most part, it is a 99 minute VH-1 "Behind the Music" that you've always wanted to see. As the second disc tells us, the theme of "fire" seems to follow Overkill, but then again, so does dichotomy. Unlike too much unpalatable radio fodder, there is no such thing as overkill with these thrash greats. Here's to the Wrecking Crew!

Contact: http://www.spitfirerecords.com

(article published 11/4/2003)

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