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The Electric Age

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Entertainment One Music
  • ASIN: B00701QVVY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Overkill is synonymous with power, precision and perseverance. Across three decades, the pioneering powerhouse has shaped, refined and steadily broadened a determined style of blue collar power metal, soaring melodic hard rock and genre-defining thrash built from steadfast, muscular pulls at their own proverbial bootstraps. Overkill continues to power ahead through the changing musical landscape, trends be damned, and has delivered an incisively supercharged and ridiculously energized new landmark in the form of The Electric Age.

Overkill has never had an identity crisis. We know who we are and to chase something else would just kill the purity, says vocalist Bobby Blitz Ellsworth. This is who we are, love it or hate it. New tracks like album opener Come and Get It, Black Daze and Old Wounds, New Scars brim with the attitude and passion of a band at the top of their game, with Ellsworth's signature vocals rising to the top alongside the steady rhythmic backbone of fellow band cofounder, bassist and chief songwriter D.D. Verni, whose very own GEAR Studios once again served as the gestation location where the long-running New Jersey legends incubated their latest recorded beast.
Dave Linsk, lead guitarist for Overkill since 1999, ratchets up his signature shredding to uncharted levels alongside rhythm guitarist Derek The Skull Trailer. Ron Lipnicki fashions drum parts that always serve the songs first and foremost while tastefully displaying his formidable prowess behind the kit simultaneously.
We have a formula and that formula has worked for us for many years, Ellsworth explains of the writing and recording process Overkill has perfected. It's really a balance between trading files back and forth across the net but also being in the same room. D.D. starts with a riff and then it develops over time. When the riff comes, the riff comes. The actual sit down writing process was about eight months. It was getting the drums together, getting the boys together in the room, making riffs into songs, changing arrangements and seeing how it develops. How technology helps that is that you can do a WAV file from New Jersey to Florida - where Dave is - if he's not in the room. Songs can always be worked on even if you're not in the studio or together. So it's a combination of both. The Electric Age serves as an instant reminder as to why Overkill is held in high regard the world over as one of the pioneering thrash metal bands. Overkill's Years of Decay was recently
inducted into Decibel Magazine's lofty Hall Of Fame alongside similarly influential metal masterworks like Slayer's Reign in Blood, Anthrax's Among the Living and Metallica's ...And Justice for All. And truth be told, Overkill has maintained a level of excellence and consistency across their entire catalog that knows few rivals in any genre.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!! March 26, 2012
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Overkill's ability to write one good album after another is nothing short of unbelievable, but their discography is all the proof anyone would need that they can do it. Add in their unmatched work ethic, and you have a band that deserves at least ten times as much recognition as it gets. Every time I've seen these guys live, they've not only destroyed onstage, but they've also stuck around after the show to meet their fans, sign autographs, take pics, and just talk music. The last time I saw them, their drummer, Ron Lipnicki, even brought my friends and me some beers from their bus because my buddy's car got towed. That kind of dedication over the years has earned Overkill a die-hard fanbase that would probably support their new albums even if they weren't great, but Blitz and D.D. make sure that's not a concern.

The Electric Age picks up where Ironbound, my favorite album of 2010, left off. The longtime songwriting tandem of Ellsworth and Verni has found a perfect groove with Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer, driven by the powerhouse thrash drumming of Lipnicki. Every song is a highlight with tons of shredding and plenty of speed, but some that stand out to me are Come and Get It, Electric Rattlesnake, Black Daze, Save Yourself, Drop the Hammer Down, Old Wounds New Scars, and Good Night. Some sound like a combination of Horrorscope and Ironbound, others like Taking Over and Ironbound, and a couple like Under the Influence. The attitude of Old Wounds New Scars would fit right in on Under the Influence, with the lyric "Gotta lotta mouth for a Jersey white boy," and Drop the Hammer Down has an AWESOME rolling riff, fast sections, and a little NWOBHM melody; it's all just damn good music. Do yourself a favor and support the metal institution that is Overkill, because a band with sixteen 4-to-5 star albums over nearly 30 years deserves no less.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentlemen, start your engines... April 4, 2012
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So often glowing reviews are put out there by long time fans of a band who feel that their heroes can do no wrong. Metallica could fart and belch into a microphone and there would be people lining up to praise it simply because it carried the Metallica name. This is not one such review. I'm not a long time, die hard fan of Overkill. I've heard all of their catalog and I own about half of it. It takes a lot for me to put a review of something up here, so these words are probably as objective as you can get. And now...

Consistency, thy name might as well be Overkill. In a career spanning more than 25 (!!!) years and a staggering 17 albums, the east coast thrashers have never enjoyed the same amount of mainstream success as many of their peers (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, etc.), but then again, they've never sold out either. When one considers that even the mighty Slayer farted out duds like Diabolus in Musica and God Hates Us All, this kind of track record is all the more amazing. Even on an album like I Hear Black (which some fans--not me-- regard as sub-par for flirting with doomy tempos and some groove metal elements) is still a far cry from the MTV-friendly cack that Metallica and Megadeth were putting out at that time. In fact, I Hear Black, like Testament's The Ritual has actually aged fairly well. But I digress.

Like Overkill's previous album Ironbound, The Electric Age offers no surprises, musically speaking. This is pure, heads-down, fist-in-the-air thrash metal. There are no prog flights of fancy, no extended acoustic numbers, and Blitz doesn't try his hand at rapping. And thank the metal gods for that. The only surprise is that after endless lineup changes and label shuffles, Overkill is just as good as they were way back in the Years of Decay era.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Time Overkill Fan, and this shreds April 5, 2012
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I have been a huge fan of overkill since the day Taking Over was released. And while I still think that Taking Over, Horrorscope, and The Years Of Decay are the 3 top discs in their collection, this one is right there. It is tough to win over nostalgia but this one surely gets close. I havent been this impressed with an Overkill album since WFO, which I thought was really good in its own right. If you are an Overkill fan at all, you will surely love this disc. There is so much old school sound in this one and Bobby delivers a vocal performance that I can only relate to Horroscope and The Years of Decay. I dont think he has sounded this good since those glory years. Black Haze and Old Wounds, New Scars are my two favorite songs. None of them are skip songs. This is my first ever review on Amazon, reason why, freaking cd moved me to do it. Please buy and support the band.
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Overkill is one of the best working bands in heavy music today, consistently touring and releasing great records. The Electric Age, their 16th studio record, had some tough shoes to fill, as Ironbound (2010) was/is an astonishing piece of work.

The Electric Age delivers, and then some.

Everything here is top notch. The riffs are great. The bass/drum attack is always on point. Blitz sounds pissed and passionate. One of the nice things for me is hearing the improved soloing on this record. Ironbound started the trend and The Electric Age continues it. These solos have substance, instead of just flurries of notes.

Once this record starts, it punches you in the face for it's entire running time, with barely a moment of respite. A must have and an early contender for album of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An album for the 21st Century Man
Overkill is easily one of the best and most underrated bands of all time. Their first two albums are great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PeaceSells215
5.0 out of 5 stars Loud and Excellent
This album is just high powered from start to finish. I would strongly recommend this album to everyone that loves thrash.
Published 2 months ago by dennis sohn
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for overkill
I like it but is not a master piece. I'm still specting an album like horrorscope or the years of decay.
Published 5 months ago by Wilfredo Ponce
5.0 out of 5 stars The Electric Age
Incredible metal assault! Still one of the best! The album shows that Overkill have stood the test of time and have maintained their integrity while grinding out fresh music.
Published 6 months ago by DR. AN
5.0 out of 5 stars "OVERKILLED IT!"
OVERKILL IS PROBABLY THE MOST UNDERRATED THRASH BAND OF ALL TIME! EVERY ALBUM THEY RELEASE IS GREAT METAL AND THIS ALBUM "THE ELECTRIC AGE" IS NO EXCEPTION. Read more
Published 6 months ago by EVLROB
4.0 out of 5 stars Relentless
If you need an hour of high energy thrash, this album totally does the trick. Best music purchase in the genre I've made in quite some time.
Published 7 months ago by Brian E. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Can you go wrong with Over Kill, I don't think so. Looking forward to seeing this album in concert. Buy it.
Published 8 months ago by Gretchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Overkill electrifies yet again (5 stars)
Overkill are one of those bands that have that amazing ability to write and put out one great album after another in the 33 years that they've been around, I mean they keep getting... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeremy Brackeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Real deal Metal
Have to be honest here. I have never really listened Overkill. Over the last thirty years it has mostly been Bay Area thrash for me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by W. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl buyers, a word of caution
First off, as most folks have pointed out this is a great album. These guys have aged well and still tear it up, without resorting to tired cliches, recycling riffs/songs... Read more
Published 10 months ago by N. Hazel
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Can they top Ironbound?
Indeed Ironbound will be tough to top. Easily their best since Horrorscope. I can't believe how these guys keep cranking out albums at the same rate as their early days. Most bands slow down a lot after so many years. It almost makes me worried that this comes so close on the heels of Ironbound.... Read more
Feb 18, 2012 by Robert Caldera |  See all 8 posts
anyone notice?
Mine has 2011 on both, too. Even though in the inlay it says it was recorded Sept.-Jan. 2011-2012.

And yes, very amazing album. Overkill is the best.
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