Overkill - Ironbound review


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Band: Overkill
Album: Ironbound
Release date: January 2010

01. The Green And Black
02. Ironbound
03. Bring Me The Night
04. The Goal Is Your Soul
05. Give A Little
06. Endless War
07. The Head And Heart
08. In Vain
09. Killing For A Living
10. The SRC

The driving force behind keeping a band going for thirty years is commendable, let alone when Ironbound is both album fifteen and arguably the most solid album the band has put to their name.

That's right, Overkill make their return with a whole new sense of conviction and power. Ironbound oozes with a thrash pedigree and confidently outclasses much of the genre's other contributors, both new and old. You can not take Overkill for granted with this release, as the band finally appear to have a burning fire underneath them with the result being an album to genuinely get excited about.

By all means this is still Overkill. This is thrash metal that also delivers a smack of traditional heavy metal focusing on good riffs and tasteful, solid metal above mindless violence. Ironbound hits hard; the title track and the last third of the album especially displays Overkill on overdrive, almost as if momentum had taken them there. Outside of this blistering, unrelenting thrash metal, the band is more than welcome to show off their versatility, perhaps none more so than with the punchy, catchy little number "Give A Little" to mix things up a bit.

The iron heart of this ironclad album is set firmly in top draw thrash metal with both face-melting drums and guitar riffs, and a good deal of diversity. Bobby's engrossing singing sounds fantastic, and the bass guitar is also ever-present with its thundery undertones. Ironbound is a very efficient, perfectly crafted album with an immaculate production giving the listener a crystal clear recording of each instrument from the bass guitar and drums through the spectrum to the razor-like guitars and positive vocals.

Ironbound is pure class from start to finish, and offers a dense pool of thrash metal excellence. The closing combination of "In Vain", "Killing For A Living" and "The SRC" may however leave you with a bloodlust for more thrash, and listening back to the rest album just doesn't stand up to this final trio. The album sets the bar extremely high for the year, but in today's world of aggressive, in-your-face thrash, Ironbound might not be extreme enough to be appreciated by the younger audiences. The album emanates with experience from over the years, and is genuinely a breath of fresh air for thrash metal.


Thrash metal
Nuclear Blast
Length: 57:46

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 10


Written on 28.01.2010 by Member of Staff since 2006.

Guest review by
2010 was a magical year to Overkill as they launched one of the greatest albums of their legendary career. After years of underground industrial metal albums of variable quality, the band set a standard for what thrash metal should be nowadays.

Ironbound is an amazing piece of heavy, thrash metal, bringing something new to the industry at the time where there aren't very many good albums released, even by great bands of this style. With this sick album the band brought up the best of themselves with amazing performances by every single one of the musicians. Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth gives a top class performance shifting from high pitched singing to a lower range with a great and unique voice. Even though I personally never considered him a particularly outstanding singer, I have to admit that with the performance on this album he deserves to be among the best thrash metal vocalists of the past 20 years. Both guitar players perform insane riffs and solos and both D.D. Verni and Ron Lipnicki give the album the consistency, power and intensity needed to light up Overkill's career and give them a place among the names on the metal walk of fame.

published 02.11.2011 | Comments (0)

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The Massenger
I've always wanted to travel to the eighties and touch the peak of thrash metal, when giants in the underground world like Overkill of New Jersey shied away from the camera and only thought about producing true thrash. Although Overkill always tried to reconstruct that world for people like me, bands like them suffer from people criminally under-rating skilled thrash bands. The only thing I can say is that, after the release of each album, everyone's jaw always dropped in admiration for them.

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14.08.2014 - 10:01
Dr. Strawberry
Written by elekctric on 12.02.2010 at 18:37

I like around half their albums ... so hmm do i buy ..

The most sacastic thing is the second half is shit.

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