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Overkill - Immortalis Review

by Billy Gamble

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From the Gutter, New Jersey Thrash veterans Overkill return with a deeper kind of sound called Immortalis. After the several line up changes over the years Overkill have subtly changed their sounds since the days of Feel the Fire or The Years of Decay. This record is bassier than pervious albums. Immortalis sounds like a faster, thrashier Guns N' Roses with double-bass.

The album starts off with your standard and classic Anthrax-y Overkill thrash sound. Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth's vocals have become lower and driven with less power, something which might explain the rest of the band's tuning down. The album is laced with killer face-melting solos that are as vicious as ever. Guitarists Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer craft sweeps that turn into shreds that turn into whammy-bars from Hell.

The album sounds like an Exodus/Guns N' Roses hybrid. "Hellish Pride" sounds like a thrashy Jimi Hendrix meeting Exodus with a Slayer solo that turns into a harmonizing melody. Screamer Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) makes a cameo on "Skull and Bones," the likes of which has a Pantera sounding riff to it followed up by a thrashing solo. The Ron Lipnicki's drum section has become a bit progressive, like on "What it takes" and "Walk through Fire." Immortalis combines vicious old school Overkill with the evolved, later Overkill.

1. Devils In the Mist
2. What it Takes
3. Skull and Bones
4. Shadow of a Doubt
5. Hellish Pride
6. Walk Through Fire
7. Head On
8. Chalie Get Your Gun
9. Hell Is
10. Overkill V The Brand


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