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Release date: 13 October 1989
Style: Thrash metal

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01. Time To Kill
02. Elimination
03. I Hate
04. Nothing To Die For
05. Playing With Spiders / Skullkrusher
06. Birth Of Tension
07. Who Tends The Fire
08. The Years Of Decay
09. E.vil N.ever D.ies

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Top 200 albums of all time: 144

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If there's one thing "fans" of thrash metal like to do, it would be complaining about the big 4. In some of the less intellectual corners of the internet, people like to make their own version, usually kicking out one of the "sellouts". Overkill is one of those names you see time and time again as an alternative, a band who many people feel never got the credit they deserve. The Years Of Decay is seen by many as their best and a classic... But is it really?

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published 01.07.2014 | Comments (12)

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Void Eater - 16.03.2011 at 19:59  
  If Skullcrusher and Who Tends the Fire weren't so damn long, than this would easily place as my second thrash album, behind Peace Sells, but those two songs drag on for so long, it just brings the whole album down. Great album still, by a ridiculously underrated band.
RavenKing - 16.03.2011 at 20:15  
 
Written by Void Eater on 16.03.2011 at 19:59

Great album still, by a ridiculously underrated band.


I don't want to start a debate but I think when it comes to Thrash, Overkill is not underrated at all. Overrated, more like.
Mediocre pussy pseudo-Thrash, Imo.
BeastOfMetal456 - 31.07.2011 at 15:36  
 
Written by Void Eater on 16.03.2011 at 19:59

If Skullcrusher and Who Tends the Fire weren't so damn long, than this would easily place as my second thrash album, behind Peace Sells, but those two songs drag on for so long, it just brings the whole album down. Great album still, by a ridiculously underrated band.

Overkill is surely underrated.
king_matt - 25.10.2011 at 03:31  
Rating: 8 I agree with Void about some of the tracks being too long, but it doesn't take away any of the perfection that is The Years Of Decay.
Haiwaan Das - 12.12.2011 at 06:50  
Rating: 7 BEST OF ITS TIME.
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2011 at 07:59  
Rating: 9 Who Tends The Fire is too long, but Skullkrusher is fine I think. Though the shortened version of that on the Wrecking Your Neck live album was awesome, so it works either way, to be honest. Anyways, this is an awesome album, although I do slightly prefer Under The Influence over it.
Metalex - 19.12.2011 at 22:56  
Rating: 9 Great Thrash albulm. hail overkill \m/ cheers!
Korah - 01.03.2012 at 20:56  
Rating: 9 The Years of Decay means for Overkill the Years of the better!
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 03:10  
Rating: 9 Great ALBUM !
I'll listen to it again!
Reality03 - 20.06.2013 at 18:56  
Rating: 8 Timeless Piece of thrash metal. They became huge with this release.
Guib - 11.10.2013 at 03:59  
Rating: 9 I like how some people think Overkill is a bad Thrash band ... well I say fuck em'
The Years Of Decay is Overkill's best by far
CrimsonGlory_ - 04.03.2015 at 20:50  
Rating: 10 Criminally underrated. One of the greatest thrash records of all time.
Fearmeister - 04.03.2015 at 23:58  
Rating: 7 8.8 over 350 votes is criminally underrated? What reality did I find myself trapped in?
deadone - 05.03.2015 at 00:02  
 
Written by Fearmeister on 04.03.2015 at 23:58

8.8 over 350 votes is criminally underrated? What reality did I find myself trapped in?



Maybe compared to say the fame that the Big 4 got?

And metal world is more than just Metalstorm. I only knew one other metalhead in real life who liked Overkill. Most hadn't even heard of them or wrote them off as just ancient crap (Death, Black and Metalcore ruled the roost locally for underground whilst the Nu Metal guys often didn't know who Slayer was, let alone Ovekill).
Mattybu - 05.03.2015 at 00:11  
  I really don't see any possible circumstances in which this album could be considered underrated, it's pretty generic and plain mediocre at times and even despite that still has an very high rating here and gets high praise in many other places
deadone - 05.03.2015 at 00:57  
 
Written by Mattybu on 05.03.2015 at 00:11

I really don't see any possible circumstances in which this album could be considered underrated, it's pretty generic and plain mediocre at times and even despite that still has an very high rating here and gets high praise in many other places



It wasn't that generic in 1989 when Thrash generally did Slayer worship or came in a standard Bay Area, Teutonic or Crossover formats. IMO it's better written than the closest equivalents i.e. Exodus' Pleasures of the Flesh and Fabulous Disaster. And it's far less generic than earlier Overkill albums.

The Thrash that was doing interesting stuff by 1990 was getting away from Thrash anyway - Sacred Reich, Megadeth, Pantera, Sepultura, Annihilator, Death Angel or heavily influenced by other genres in first place ala heavily hardcore influenced Suicidal Tendencies or always more heavy than thrash Metal Church. The rest of Thrash was bogged in a rut, having peaked by 1986 (Master of Puppets, Reign In Blood, Pleasure To Kill, Darkness Descends) - e.g. AJFA is a great example of an album that was running on vapours IMO.

As for mediocre moments, yes it has those but then so do most albums and even seminal ones ala Master of Puppets or Number of the Beast, let alone Thrash albums of 1988-89 ala And Justice For All, South of Heaven, So Far, So Good...So What, State of Euphoria. Nothing's perfect, not even these albums I love.

Personally I think there's some great song writing, great energy on first several tracks and great meaty riffs on Years of Decay. I don't think it's revolutionary or even evolutionary (nothing Overkill did really was) but is a great example of well written thrash metal.

Just my $0.02 - I think it's fine you don't agree with it!
Mattybu - 05.03.2015 at 06:23  
 
Written by deadone on 05.03.2015 at 00:57

Personally I think there's some great song writing, great energy on first several tracks and great meaty riffs on Years of Decay. I don't think it's revolutionary or even evolutionary (nothing Overkill did really was) but is a great example of well written thrash metal.

Just my $0.02 - I think it's fine you don't agree with it!


Yeah, it's all good. I'm probably beating a dead horse to an extent talking about it all as I pretty much got my thoughts out on it in my review. I just wouldn't consider it an underrated album in any way. As time goes by I like it and care for Overkill less and less but I can see why people do like it/have opposing thoughts on it to mine.
deadone - 05.03.2015 at 06:48  
 
Written by Mattybu on 05.03.2015 at 06:23

As time goes by I like it and care for Overkill less and less but I can see why people do like it/have opposing thoughts on it to mine.



I think for the most part they're quite mediocre. There's a few of their albums I really like but they often write quite average albums (not bad nor very good) that are at best interchangeable. The last two albums have especially been "meh" but I think people still love it cause there's nothing better really happening in Thrash Metal these days.

I did read your review and when I thought about it, no Years of Decay doesn't compare to Master Of Puppets or Reign In Blood or By Inheritance or whatever. I think it's still the best Overkill album by far together with Horrorscope.
Fearmeister - 05.03.2015 at 07:16  
Rating: 7
Written by deadone on 05.03.2015 at 06:48

I did read your review and when I thought about it, no Years of Decay doesn't compare to Master Of Puppets or Reign In Blood or By Inheritance or whatever. I think it's still the best Overkill album by far together with Horrorscope.


What about Feel The Fire and Taking Over? Personally I think the latter was their best (and one of the better thrash albums out there). Hell, I liked Under the Influence more than this and I found Horrorscope to be completely meh.

Do agree that the Ironbound (and beyond) albums are a tad overrated but I don't mind too much. It was much better than the stuff they were making before.
deadone - 05.03.2015 at 07:27  
 
Written by Fearmeister on 05.03.2015 at 07:16



What about Feel The Fire and Taking Over? Personally I think the latter was their best (and one of the better thrash albums out there). Hell, I liked Under the Influence more than this and I found Horrorscope to be completely meh.


Taking Over was good but not great, whereas Feel The Fire was quite decent.

Quote:
Do agree that the Ironbound (and beyond) albums are a tad overrated but I don't mind too much. It was much better than the stuff they were making before.


Ironbound is the only one of the newer albums that does anything for me. The two latest are ok but really quite superfluous.
Cynic Metalhead - 05.03.2015 at 07:38  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 05.03.2015 at 06:48

Written by Mattybu on 05.03.2015 at 06:23

As time goes by I like it and care for Overkill less and less but I can see why people do like it/have opposing thoughts on it to mine.



There's a few of their albums I really like but they often write quite average albums (not bad nor very good) that are at best interchangeable. The last two albums have especially been "meh" but I think people still love it cause there's nothing better really happening in Thrash Metal these days.



Overkill at its best was - 1987 to 1991.

Little bit hint of "Overkill epic" sound in "Ironbound" but other than that, totally average records. One thing surprises me here about Overkill is their fan base and this has become more verified when last shitty record gone onto become one of the best thrash releases of '14. Granted, thrash is dead for a while but that doesn't mean you hear some grumpy ass screaming and making awful sounds while b'ground thrash music just playing something else.

This has become even more annoying when new Overkill record get staff picked.
deadone - 05.03.2015 at 07:43  
 
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 05.03.2015 at 07:38


Overkill at its best was - 1987 to 1991.

Little bit hint of "Overkill epic" sound in "Ironbound" but other than that, totally average records. One thing surprises me here about Overkill is their fan base and this has become more verified when last shitty record gone onto become one of the best thrash releases of '14. Granted, thrash is dead for a while but that doesn't mean you hear some grumpy ass screaming and making awful sounds while b'ground thrash music just playing something else.

This has become even more annoying when new Overkill record get staff picked.



Totally agree on all accounts.

Thrash is back to being a borderline corpse. We need more diversity. It's been done in the past e.g. Death Angel and Suicidal Tendencies playing with around funk or Shadows Fall and The Haunted's merging with melodic death or Meshuggah-meets-Melodic Death-Thrash musings of Darkane or indeed more groovier stuff ala Sacred Reich or whatever.

And Overkill need to regain the diversity of 87-91 too. Churning out the same groovey thrash album every 2 years just doesn't cut it for me.


EDIT: This is the problem with 99% of the shit I listen to be it Overkill, Aborted, Kataklysm, Devil Driver, Arch Enemy, Cradle of Filth, Blind Guardian (definitely out of gas), Amon Amarth, Arsis, Evile, Warbringer, Fear Factory, Helloween, etc etc etc etc. Little wonder I don't spend much on new releases these days.
Fearmeister - 05.03.2015 at 08:13  
Rating: 7
Written by deadone on 05.03.2015 at 07:43

Thrash is back to being a borderline corpse. We need more diversity.


I really want to say you're wrong. I really do. But sadly, I have to agree. While the rest of the sub-genres have one eye on the past and one eye on the future, thrash is shoving its face so far into the past that it can't even see it anymore.

Most of what thrash is right now is bands either going "Hey, remember this awesome old stuff?" or "Hey, we used to play this awesome old stuff!". I can only think of two new thrash bands that are more or less original (Vektor and Deceptor) with a handful of other significantly less original bands who currently make quality releases.

Will thrash die? I don't think so, this is the age of the internet after all. Hell, I'm still hopeful that an amazi-balls thrash album will appear in the future though the chances of that happening compared to the rest of metal is pitifully small. Shame considering all the amazing albums that thrash used to have.
deadone - 05.03.2015 at 23:25  
 
Written by Fearmeister on 05.03.2015 at 08:13


I really want to say you're wrong. I really do. But sadly, I have to agree. While the rest of the sub-genres have one eye on the past and one eye on the future, thrash is shoving its face so far into the past that it can't even see it anymore.


And not in a good way - it's all harking back to the genres more generic moments.


Quote:

Most of what thrash is right now is bands either going "Hey, remember this awesome old stuff?" or "Hey, we used to play this awesome old stuff!". I can only think of two new thrash bands that are more or less original (Vektor and Deceptor) with a handful of other significantly less original bands who currently make quality releases.[/quote[


Last Testament and Dark Angel albums showed that a good album can still be written in the thrash realm. But as you say they're a mere handful..


Quote:

Will thrash die? I don't think so, this is the age of the internet after all. Hell, I'm still hopeful that an amazi-balls thrash album will appear in the future though the chances of that happening compared to the rest of metal is pitifully small. Shame considering all the amazing albums that thrash used to have.


You're absolutely right - the Internet never lets anything go.
Fearmeister - 05.03.2015 at 23:48  
Rating: 7
Written by deadone on 05.03.2015 at 23:25


Last Testament and Dark Angel albums showed that a good album can still be written in the thrash realm. But as you say they're a mere handful..



I meant newish bands, not old ones from the 80s.
Marcel Hubregtse - 06.03.2015 at 01:28  
 
Written by deadone on 05.03.2015 at 23:25


Last Testament and Dark Angel albums showed that a good album can still be written in the thrash realm. But as you say they're a mere handful..




Hun? Last Dark Angel album? That's from 1991.
Fearmeister - 06.03.2015 at 01:49  
Rating: 7
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.03.2015 at 01:28

Hun? Last Dark Angel album? That's from 1991.


I think he meant Death Angel
deadone - 06.03.2015 at 04:58  
 
Written by Fearmeister on 06.03.2015 at 01:49


I think he meant Death Angel


Yup I did indeed mean Death Angel!

Quote:
I meant newish bands, not old ones from the 80s.


Alas most of them seem to be at best unfulfilled potential ala Evile, Revocation or Warbringer or derivative re-thrash ala a lot of the rest. There was some good stuff initially in the mid 2000s but I don't think they ever got to the next level.

I have to spend more time with Vektor though.
Cynic Metalhead - 06.03.2015 at 08:11  
Rating: 8 Agree with deadone.

Need hefty push in thrash scene as bands' putting up rehash records a lot. So much tiring that people fan of rehash thrash music is now gettin' sick of rehash thrash music. Forget about folks who're fan of originality.
Cynic Metalhead - 06.03.2015 at 09:37  
Rating: 8
Written by Fearmeister on 06.03.2015 at 01:49

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.03.2015 at 01:28

Hun? Last Dark Angel album? That's from 1991.


I think he meant Death Angel


Dark Angel writing new album.

It will be fun to listen to 'em after so many years.

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