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on January 15, 2014
I will first get to how great this album is. I got into Overkill back in the day, even before Feel The Fire, when they were more a punk band than what we know now. Feel The Fire was pure Thrash that was more in kin to Slayer's Show No Mercy. Well, with progression, maturity and a better budget to record you get Taking Over. "Deny The Cross" is a prime example of why Overkill are so undeniably amazing. You could easily listen to it over and over again losing track of the fact that there are 8 more killer Trash and slightly slower tempo songs to lose your mind to. Overkill's songwriting skills, musical ability and creativity with originality make them an unfortunately overlooked band from the early, early days of Thrash. Since Overkill have a lot of albums to their credit, you could easily start here and go anywhere. Not all of the bands albums are great but there is enough that if you do some homework you will find what is worth buying or not. For this album Deny The Cross, Wrecking Crew, Fatal If Swallowed, Powersurge and Electro-Violence are all hi-lights not to be missed.

So to my "Buyer Beware". When you buy this album, you do not get the original or anything close. You are better off buying the MP3 version and finding the cover online and copy it because that is ALL you get with the re-release. This is Atlantic Records taking advantage of a group of fans that are looking to buy an re-release album brand new since it had been out of print for so long. The album cover looks like a secretary at the label found a picture of it online and took a picture of it with her camera phone. The cd is same as the cheap green cd bulk 50 packs that you can buy w/o jewel cases. There is nothing information wise, i.e. lyrics, producer/studio credits, thank you's on the non existing booklet that was on the original. Bottom line is if you buy the re-release you are just giving even more money to Atlantic Records than we did before and the band is getting maybe $0.05 per copy. Lucky them. P.s., the label is nice enough to put an advisory statement that says, "This package does not include the original booklet" on the back of the cd(and on the inside to remind you that you just got screwed). Nice to know when you order online.

So take what I say with a grain of rice or not. I guess the bottom line is that even though you are getting screwed, you are still getting a killer album.
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on January 28, 2013
If one word could describle Taking Over as an album it would be energy. This is the most energetic album the guys have ever released. Ironbound would have to be a close second. We start off with Deny the Cross and it has one of the most true statements I've ever heard in a metal song, "In sin, you deny the cross." The energy on this track compares with anything that the more popular bands were turning out. The riff on this track is killer as well. Next we have Wrecking Crew. This song is in my top 10 Overkill tracks of all time. Bobby's vocals are absolutely insane (it did take me awhile to get used to his high pitch yells and singing) I'm impressed at how high he can hit those notes. Its almost like he is in competition with the rest of the band on this album. The solo is one of my favorites of all time, the energy is crazy. Fear His Name is another good track, but doesn't have the same feeling to it as the songs before. But the chugging riffs are a nice change of pace. Use Your Head picks up where Wrecking Crew left off, the intensty is back and the riffs deliver! This track has the best beat in the whole album. This is a track anyone (metal fan or not) can headbang to "you've got a lot to learn, your heads up your ass, you got a lot to learn, you got no class, no class." Bobby Gustafson has another nice solo on this track as well and it is my personal favorite showing of his. Fatal If Swallowed, I'm 99 percent sure the song is sexual, nasty, and gritty. And also hilariously awesome. The riffs on this track is great as usual but to me it isn't one of the highest points on the whole album. Powersurge, with a name like that, you know what to expect. In typical Overkill fashion we hear the bass and then the song explodes. But this is also Blitz's weak point on the album. Its like he is a thrash metal opera singer trying to top the scale of intensity that the rest of the band has. Other than that, this is a solid track. But the next one is outstanding. In Union We Stand, is inspiring for all metalheads. The chorus is great and powerful. The riffs are blazing, and the drums are pounding. Oh and the solo is great. And second to last we have Electro-Violence, in my opinion it is Overkill's most underrated song. Listen to the first 20 seconds and see how many other bands start off with that level of intensity. Overkill II (The Nightmare Continues) rounds out this classic album with a strange sounding intro. And then the song takes off once it builds up. The riffs are most powerful on this track than on the whole album. Blitz's vocal delivery on this track is almost perfect. If you want an album that has intesity, riffs, solos, and crazy vocals this one is for you die-hard metalheads of the world. The only thing that holds this back would be other personal preference's on Bobby's vocals. Its mainly love them or hate them. But if you give it time, I'm sure you can see what set this band apart from others in the genre, and still does to this day. "In union we stand."
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on May 6, 2017
This is my favorite Overkill album that I own and I have several. There is not one bad tune. If you are looking for good old East Coast Thrash Metal, I would give this a shot.
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on October 2, 2016
Fantastic album from beginning to end. Captures the band's hunger and explosive performance. Picked this up via Amazon it is an Amazon pressed cdr with complete artwork and liners. All in all it'll do as I needed a physical replacement to my original 'Taking Over' CD.
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on November 5, 2005
I'll keep it short. This is Overkill's second album. It's not quite as strong as the first, though it does have some improved production. It's a bit more purely thrashy, though it's got a definite power/classic metal flavoring much of the time. Heavy, fast, catchy stuff, nothing truly remarkable but a lot of fun. Blitz's vox still have a long way to come, but he's still alright, and they use the gang vox quite nicely. 'Powersurge' is definitely the best thing here. Great gang vox in the chorus. 'Deny the Cross' is the next best thing, the thrashiest thing here, but again with a very catchy chorus. 'Wrecking Crew' is similar, if not quite as strong, and 'Fear His Name' is an interesting, somewhat more powerish piece. Some good melody in that one, and some of Blitz's better vox. 'The Nightmare Continues' is a nice continuation, but not as strong as the original 'Overkill'. Has some fine atmosphere, at times.

I'm done. Definitely not one of their very best ones, but still worth owning.
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on March 1, 2009
i think that this album is one of the best overkill album. i was listening to them more than metallica while i was in middle school and high school during the 80's. i gotta be honest, today's bands such as lamb of god, trivium, etc etc., would not be here today if there bands like OVERKILL were not around. they always kept their true identity, THRASH. buy it you wont be disapointed. WRECKING CREW, THRASH.....
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on April 15, 2006
Lets face it metal is fun and this one my friends takes the cake.This overkill album for me ranks up there with years of decay and horrorscope.The album has a nice fast pace that i loved to party with 15yrs ago and still today.To all the younger kids out there trust me this is a true classic that has stood the test of time and needs to be suported forever.
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on March 10, 2015
This band rocks!
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on July 28, 2008
This album brings back alot of memories. This is Overkill's best album. It has all the rawness and intensity needed to get your adrenaline flowing. From the the opening of DENY THE CROSS, through the raw energy of POWERSURGE, to the acoustic closing notes of OVERKILL II. This is not your "new metal". This is for all the old school guys. Poseurs Not Allowed.
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on October 20, 2015
80s thrash metal album classic!
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