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Overkill: White Devil Armory

Overkill showed they are still a crushing force releasing one of the best thrash metal albums in years with 2010's Ironbound, an album that blew the doors off so many other metal releases. Since then Overkill haven't gone wrong following with The Electric Age and now we can sit back and enjoy another electrifying thrash album White Devil Armory.

The thrash legends haven't changed their supercharged style coupled with the unique voice of frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth's with those snarling vocals, but why would they do anything different when it works so well, and there is still a strong demand for scorching Overkill style thrash metal.

Overkill aren't resting on past achievements as there's nothing stale or uninspired about the songs of White Devil Armory. The album is a mixture of spirited speed shifting trailblazers such as "The Amorist" and "Where There's Smoke" and pounding mid paced metal numbers like "Bitter Pill" all performed with the precision we've come to expect. If anything White Devil Armory is a more diverse kind of release from the veterans than The Electric Age, and White Devil Armory also comes with an ample stockpile of hooks.

So now there is three killer albums in a row from one of the first and best U.S. thrash metal groups Overkill, and that's without so many other great recordings in their back catalogue. White Devil Armory Overkill's seventeenth album could very well be the premier thrash release of 2014.

Track Listing
1. XDM
2. Armorist
3. Down To The Bone
4. Pig
5. Bitter Pill
6. Where There's Smoke…
7. Freedom Rings
8. Another Day To Die
9. King Of The Rat Bastards
10. It's All Yours
11. In The Name

Added: July 19th 2014
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
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Overkill: White Devil Armory
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-07-19 06:20:47
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There's something to be said for consistency. New Jersey's thrash titans Overkill have been churning out quality metal for 30 years now, and from the beginning they've always stuck to their guns and not deviated from their exciting formula, much to the delight of their rabid fan base. White Devil Armory is the sixteenth studio release from the Old Bridge Township group, and once again delivers just what you would expect, kick ass thrash metal. As the saying goes, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' !

Raging, crunchy neck snappers like "Armorist", "PIG", "Where There's Smoke", and "Freedom Rings" are tried and true Overkill mashers, with the unmistakable vocals Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth screeching over the top of molten riffs courtesy of Dave Linsk &
Derek "The Skull" Tailer. D.D. Verni's thick, muscular bass provides the thump on the lethal "King of the Rat Bastards", with Blitz snarling with plenty of venom and Ron Lipnicki laying down some impressive, acrobatic drum work. However, my favorite cut here has to be the moody, grinding "Bitter Pill", a tune with some stellar riffs and a slower pace, showing that Overkill can also tone down the speed and still deliver bone crunching heavy metal goodness. They take a similar formula on the excellent "In the Name", as the massive riffing and potent rhythms just mesmerize the listener.

White Devil Armory was once again produced by the band, with mixing done by The Electric Age's Greg Reely (Fear Factory, Devin Townsend). It's a great sounding record, and another example of just how well this band puts together kick ass thrash metal. Consistency folks...Overkill have it down pat.

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