The Electric Age
Style: Thrash Metal
Release date: 30 March, 2012
Playing time: 50:27

Together with Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus and Metal Church, Overkill was one of my favorite bands in the mid eighties. I played the records 'Feel the Fire' and 'Taking Over' many many times. After 'Horrorscope' my interest in them faded away, but with their 2010 bomb 'Ironbound' they became immediately one of my favorite thrash combos again.

Almost every thrash fan worshipped their 2010 release and it was on many end of the year lists. I don't know if the band felt the pressure during the recordings of 'The Electric Age', but I'm sure that a lot didn't expect such a hammer again. Well, I have to congratulate Overkill with this new album. It certainly isn't simply a 'Ironbound' part II and that decorates them.

Opening track "Come and Get It" is a song in mid-tempo and the instigated drums and roaring bass push the song forward. On the complete album, the drums are mixed in front and I have to admit that the drumming is of an extraordinary level. The song "Electric Rattlesnake" has already been roaming on the internet for quite a while, it is fast, aggressive and has a very catchy refrain. The next couple of songs are groovy and 'Save Yourself' reminds a bit of the 'The Years of Decay" period. In that song the bands punk influences come to the surface again.

Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth's vocals are still in the same shape, no even better, than in his early years. No idea how he is doing it, but he does. 'The Electric Age' is in fact the superlative of 'Ironbound'. If you thought that the band would never exceed their 2010 album you are mistaken. My opinion is that this new album is a real 'hardly to beat' fucking thrash assault. It sounds dirty, angry, has razor sharp riffs, perfect lead soloing, astonishing drums, roaring bass-lines, biting sand-papered vocals and a perfect production.

They always speak about the 'big four', but Overkill shows that they are one of the most underrated thrash bands at the moment. With such a thrash grenade they show a big (middle) finger to the world and all the NWOTB. Mark my words, there are not a lot of 2012 thrash records that will beat this one.

For Overkill's sake, buy this album, they deserve it!


01. Come and Get It
02. Electric Rattlesnake
03. Wish You Were Dead
04. Black Daze
05. Save Yourself
06. Drop the Hammer
07. 21st Century Man
08. Old Wounds New Scars
09. All Over But the Shouting
10. Good Night

Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Warner Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 29 March, 2012
Website: www.myspace.com/overkill