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Overkill: Live-Wrecking Everything DVD

If only every heavy metal concert DVD was this chock full of material, the world would be a better place indeed. Thought I'd start out with this statement, as this DVD companion to the recent Overkill live CD of the same name is one heck of a package. Having seen the band live at least a half dozen times back in the 80's, I was surprised out how lean and mean the band still is. This show, recorded in Asbury Park, New Jersey (the band's home state) shows Overkill as tight and heavy as ever, in front of a rapid, middle-finger pumping, loyal crowd.

Many of the tried and true Overkill classic's are performed here, such as"Wrecking Crew", "Shred", "In Union We Stand", "Deny the Cross", "Powersurge", "Hello From the Gutter", and "Overkill." What surprised me is how well the tunes the band have recorded in the last decade hold up compared to the 80's material. Songs like "Horrorscope" and "Battle" are just dripping with lethal, monstrous riffs, while "Thunderhead", "Coma" and "The Years of Decay" are thrash metal at its best. The closing encores of "Rotten to the Core", "Elimination" and "Fuck You/War Pigs" end a 23 song set that seemingly left the audience (and myself) exhausted. The addition of new guitarist Dave Linsk is a good move for the band. He adds a more technical crunch to the bands sound, and they comes across much tighter than in the past, and his guitar solos are fluid and filled with emotion.

An extra added treat is a second CD, that includes a wonderful documentary with band interviews and old live footage of the band throughout their career. Seeing the band dressed in garish horror costumes and make-up from the early 80's is a hoot, plus hearing info on all the various line-ups is very informative. With a two-hour plus concert, and a 90 minute documentary, there is a lot of material for the Overkill band to enjoy here. Let's hope more music DVD's contain as much fun as this one.

Added: December 22nd 2002
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Spitfire Records
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Language: english

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Overkill: Live-Wrecking Everything DVD
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-03-16 17:16:46
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Withstanding the tests of time is Heavy Metal Thrash Icon "Overkill". Committed to their cause and rocking harder than ever some 20 years after I first saw them back at L'Amour in Brooklyn. Yes, it has been that long and what a great testament to a bands career by putting a DVD like this one out. Starting off with a concert that is literally filled with every major track that the band had released is surely going to attrack the eager fan and those who enjoy a good metal concert DVD in the first place. The great part
of this DVD is that they have given you not one but two fully packed DVD's to enjoy. The first part is the full concert which runs a little over an hour and a half. It's a straight concert shoot, but there are some killer angles and close-ups. You feel like you are at the show, but out of the danger of the Mosh pit. There is not much else one can say about the concert part, as I mentioned earlier it is full of their greatest numbers.
Bobby Blitz and D.D. Verni (the groups only original members) do their very best to keep the metal pure that this band plays and it shows in not only
their performance but their drive.

On DVD 2 they added the bonus features. This is always the best move if you ask me. I don't like to have to sacrifice a long concert or be surfing around a lengthy menu to find things. If I was interested in the concert, I will watch that DVD, and if I want the bonus features I will review the next DVD. Diehard fans and those following the group a long time will enjoy "Batmen The Return" the most I think. It is an intimate look into the
history of the group by Blitz and D.D. and contains a ton of archived footage and additional concert clips. Running over an hour, it is cool to see their thoughts on their own musical history.

Fans of old-school thrash metal will dig deep into this DVD. It's a highly recommended piece based on the fun I had watching it. Especially the documentary. It does not disappoint.

Song Listing: DVD1 - Concert

1. Necroshine
2. Thunderhead
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Deny The Cross
5. Wrecking Crew
6. Powersurge
7. Gasoline Dream
8. I Hate
9. Coma
10. Shred
11. Hello From The Gutter
12. Bleed Me
13. Long Time Dyin'
14. It Lives
15. Battle
16. Spiritual Voice
17. The Years Of Decay
18. In Union We Stand
19. Overkill
20. Horrorscope
21. Rotten To The Core
22. Elimination
23. Fuck You/War Pigs


1. Batmen The Return (Documentary)
2. Behind The Scenes
3. Photo Gallery

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