Overkill - Under The Influence


8.2 | 272 votes |
Release date: 5 July 1988
Style: Thrash metal

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01. Shred
02. Never Say Never
03. Hello From The Gutter
04. Mad Gone World
05. Brainfade
06. Drunken Wisdom
07. End Of The Line
08. Head First
09. Overkill III (Under The Influence)

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6.4
"Under the Influence" marked a huge evolutionary step from the speedy heavy metal of their two previous albums to the thrash metal band we now know. The most immediately noticeable difference are the changes in the production department, which finally caught up with that of their peers. The whole album generally sounds clearer and better, and it would be Overkill's best production if it were not for the clanking of D.D. Verni's bass. While an audible bass is, simply because of the rarity of occurrence, something special on a thrash metal album, getting used the bass on Under the Influence requires a lot of patience.

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published 10.12.2008 | Comments (8)

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20.03.2010 - 10:38
JohnWayneGacy666
Come back here drink our beer DRUNKEN WISDOM overkill at their best:banger2:
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28.03.2012 - 14:43
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Overkill's best album, lots of cool stuff on here
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22.12.2012 - 12:07
Rating: 9
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
For me, this is the best Overkill album - without influences of Iron Maiden (1984-1987).
This record sounds more varied and interesting than 'Horrorscope'.
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22.12.2012 - 12:45
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 22.12.2012 at 12:07

For me, this is the best Overkill album - without influences of Iron Maiden (1984-1987)


Emm... No Maiden influences? The harmony during the solo from "End Of The Line" is pure Maiden. It sounds like a section from Phantom Of The Opera!

I agree it is the best Overkill album though, very underrated.
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22.12.2012 - 14:11
Rating: 9
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Angelic Storm on 22.12.2012 at 12:45

... The harmony during the solo from "End Of The Line" is pure Maiden. It sounds like a section from Phantom Of The Opera!
... it is the best Overkill album though, very underrated.


It's right
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16.01.2013 - 18:54
Illog1cal
Account deleted
Written by Angelic Storm on 22.12.2012 at 12:45

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 22.12.2012 at 12:07

For me, this is the best Overkill album - without influences of Iron Maiden (1984-1987)


Emm... No Maiden influences? The harmony during the solo from "End Of The Line" is pure Maiden. It sounds like a section from Phantom Of The Opera!

I agree it is the best Overkill album though, very underrated.


That section sounds like something from Powerslave to me.
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18.07.2014 - 09:42
Maco
Handbanana
This sounds mediocre, especially if I compare it with The Years Of Decay or Taking Over.
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I'm derp.
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03.08.2016 - 16:14
Rating: 6
TrueMetalJope
Written by Maco on 18.07.2014 at 09:42

This sounds mediocre, especially if I compare it with The Years Of Decay or Taking Over.


100% agree. Never saw appeal in these songs
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The guitar is my sword, I'll fight 'til I die /../
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26.10.2016 - 21:19
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Such a classic sound. Really enjoyed it. The bass is even more significant here than the last release and was really good. Loved how thrash was such a no-nonsense genre in the past. The album gets going from the very second you hit play and thrashes hard. No meandering or boring stuff.
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26.10.2016 - 21:19
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Written by TrueMetalJope on 03.08.2016 at 16:14

100% agree. Never saw appeal in these songs

Its Overkill. That's the appeal.
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26.10.2016 - 22:50
Rating: 6
TrueMetalJope
Written by 3rdWorld on 26.10.2016 at 21:19

Written by TrueMetalJope on 03.08.2016 at 16:14

100% agree. Never saw appeal in these songs

Its Overkill. That's the appeal.


I'm not a blind fanboy of the band; tbh actually I'm a fan of this band, but they have so many albums from which I think maybe 4 or 5 are worth listening multiple times. And UTI isn't one of them
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The guitar is my sword, I'll fight 'til I die /../
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09.12.2016 - 01:19
JasonFrench
Finally getting round to listening to more albums of the sub "big four" thrash bands (Testament, Overkill, Exodus etc.) aside from their most highly regarded releases. This album is great and reminds me why I loved "The Years of Decay" so much when I heard it as a teenager. Stand out tracks for me include: "Shred" (Great opener!), "Hello from the Gutter", "Brain Fade" and "Head First" - all-out Overkill-style aggressive songs with some really punchy riffs! Although I can't help feeling like the riff from "Hello from the Gutter" could have been written by a glam band! (Is it just me?) but still awesome! "End of the Line" has a heavy Iron Maiden vibe to it too which is cool! Glad I checked this album out and will definitely be delving further into their discography
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