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Review: Overkill - Ironbound

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 58:04
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: June 5, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
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Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (75 Votes)

Another piece to the excellent thrash legacy of a legendary band is added by this newest work by Overkill. Though it has a bit of modern sheen, this is undeniably a thrash album in the classic sense and worthy to stand up to a lot of the more memorable entries in the genre. It has all the meaty riffs and catchy chorus' to catch one's attention. The band is consistently shifting into different territories with their abrasive approach and always pummels the listener to the greatest extent.

Everything starts off with a bang as the first track is a solid eight minute opener that segues into the title track, which is perhaps my favorite on the disc. The rest of the material keeps up the pace and intensity quite well and never fails to let you down on your thrash needs. A combination of aggression and versatility is a key factor maintaining an entertaining approach throughout the length of the album. There are some moments where the band adds interesting elements into their sound, such as on "Give a Little" with its background chanting, or the more serene sections of the stellar title track.

Overall, the sound is classic thrash for the most part with a bit of a modern edge and this is perfectly welcome when it's done as well as it is here. Don't expect any overt technical displays as everything is kept sounding tight and focused. The material on this album is perhaps a notch shy of that of Horrorscope, which is my favorite in the band's discography. Still, Ironbound gives that album a run for its money with its efficient thrash outpourings. Fans of the genre should hold this in the highest esteem as it sticks within the confines of thrash quite impressively.

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