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Horrorscope

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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1991 Megaforce/Atlantic release. Catalog 7-82283-2. There is a hole punch through the UPC and the top right corner of the booklet.
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  • Audio CD (September 3, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Megaforce / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002IRL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Overkill have got to be the most underrated thrash band ever, and this is probably the best album I've heard from them.(though it's pretty close between this and Years of Decay) They've got greater variety than just about any other thrash band, a way above average singer and some of the most consistent riff-writing around. Plus, they have some of the better lyrics in the genre, and lack the stupid posturing lots of metal bands tend to disply. Simply put, no thrash fan should be without this album.

This album is noteworthy partially because it is one of the few straight-up old school thrash albums to actually have good production. The guitars are thick and clear, the drums thud nicely and it's all balanced out very well. Fortunately, it has superior songwriting to go along with the excellent production. Each of the conventional, driving thrash songs works well, and it's got a number of true classics. Coma is about everything you want from a thrash opener, although the intro is perhaps a bit too long. It's got some of the best riffs on the album, and lotsa nice double bass too. Blood Money is probably the best straight ahead thrash song here. I absolutely love the chorus, and it's got memorable vocals throughout. Definitely the most energetic song here too. Live Young, Die Free is an absolute clinic in thrash riff writing.(best riffs on the album for sure) All the riffs rule and they do a particularly good job of mutating the riffs.(Like how the main riff comes in has 2 main variants, one using triplets, the other alternate picking) It's got another good chorus too. The title track is a masterpiece of grooving, atmospheric metal. Overkill does slow material better than any other thrash band, and this is about as good as it gets.
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When Overkill ditched their guitarist Bobby Gustafson in 1990, many predicted the end for Thrash's most enduring band. Few guitarists in the genre have ever been able to match his chops and technique, and for many fans, his playing provided much of the band's personality. Fans were concerned Overkill without Gustafson would have been like Black Sabbath without Tony Iommi.

They needn't have worried. `Horrorscope' turned out to be Overkill's most mature and most consistent release of their career to that point. The new guitar duo of Merritt Gant and Rob Cannavino proved to be a match even for a guitarist as good as Gustafson, and helped revitalise the band.

"Coma" starts with a haunting acoustic intro, before letting loose with a full on double kick drum and power chord typhoon. Immediately obvious- two guitars are heavier than one. Where DD Verni had often had to sacrifice a little of the bottom end to fill the vacant mid ranges now sat a second guitar. While studio trickery meant the rhythm guitar never dropped out during solos on previous Overkill albums, two guitars proved to be far more versatile, flexible and heavier.

Overkill's unique character remained intact through the vocals of Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. While Blitz is not the best vocalist ever, he's one of the most distinctive, and probably the most versatile to ever front a Thrash Metal band. From soaring pseudo-Operatics on "Coma" to the pessimistic wailing of "Soulitude", Blitz covers a whole range of emotions, from rage to frustration, to bare faced aggression, sometimes within the space of a few lines.

Gustafson was hardly missed in the song writing department either. The band wrote riffs by the bucketload, with songs like "Blood Money" and "Thanx For Nothin'" featuring some of the best ever.
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Back in the day, thrash groups ruled the metal scene and they all put out a "classic" at one time; an album that most agreed was their best. These albums were required reading, and you HAD to have them in your collection if you were a metal fan. Megadeth had Rust In Peace, Anthrax had Among The Living, Slayer had Reign In Blood, Metallica had Master Of Puppets(or Ride The Lightning, depending on who you asked), and so on. Overkill had an album like that too: Horrorscope. They reached their peak, but no one seemed to notice outside the metal circle. They just didn't "make it" for some reason even though they are considered a classic thrash group. Ironically enough, they're the only one of the aforementioned groups that's stayed true to their music and their fans. This album is very fast, very heavy and rivals the best of what Slayer and Megadeth did in their prime. Well, if you missed it the first time around(I'm guilty of that), it's not too late to treat yourself. This album will take you back to when your booty was in high school drawing band logos on your notebooks; When you were dabbling in skateboarding and thought Metallica were godlike, totally oblivious to what they would become. And you yelled "SLAYER!" at every concert you went to. Yes, pick up Horrorscope. You'll thank me later
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Of the first few albums Overkill released, they outdid themselves in 1991, right about the same time most of the other late 80s thrash "gods" had started running out of juice. "Horrorscope" is the pinnacle of achievement reached after the promise of "Under the Influence" and "The Years of Decay," both of which are strongly recommended as well.
I do have a special memory of this album, as the tour supporting this record was one of the hardest, heaviest and fastest shows I had ever seen at the time, and it was pretty great considering the state of metal in 1991.
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