OVERKILL — Ironbound (review)

OVERKILL — Ironbound album cover Album · 2010 · Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Overkill mainstays Bobby Ellsworth and D.D Verni put in an excellent performance on their sixteenth album Ironbound, creating an album of modern Thrash Metal which keeps what is good about the Overkill sound and updates it for the present day, without compromising what made the band’s legacy.

New drummer Ron Lipincki deserves a special mention for his performance on this album, fitting in to the band perfectly and possessing an immense talent, his style isn’t flashy but he really knows how to play for this genre of music and plays with a real authority that gives the album a more three dimensional feel.

In pretty much every way, Ironbound is a pretty excellent album on a technical level; it follows the Thrash Metal formula perfectly but still contains variety. It has a great production job, good lyrics, better musicianship and superb guitar solos. Probably the album’s only flaw is that with this level of technical perfection the album is devoid of ‘character.’

There is nothing on here that sticks in your head for days on end, nothing that raises a wry smile and nothing that is truly unique. Whether or not you enjoy the album is entirely dependent on whether or not you can overlook this lack of character. Though the album lacks that special something which elevates it to classic album status it is far from being one to avoid and shouldn’t be overlooked.

If you haven’t bought an Overkill album since The Years of Decay then Ironbound is the Perfect album to get you into the bands more recent catalogue.

There is a lot to enjoy about Ironbound, from the jagged riffing on ‘In Vain,’ with its fast and heavy verses, to ‘Ironbound,’ which features a soulful Pink Floyd sounding guitar solo in the mid section of an otherwise textbook Thrash Metal number.

Highlight’s include ‘Killing For A Living,’ which evokes the spirit of tracks like ‘Feel The Fire,’ and ‘Evil Never Dies,’ without directly copying them, and the dynamic opener ‘Green and Black.’

If you like Overkill this Shiny Metallic Digipak full of hard, heavy and surprisingly diverse Thrash Metal is certainly worth your money, with its fantastic vocal performance and technically perfect songs being a good reason to check this album out. This may not be the greatest Overkill album ever made, but there is very little you can say against it.
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