Overkill - The Grinding Wheel Album Review
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Reviewer: Mohhammed Bilal Al Lahham - 2017-02-10
Highlights: Mean, Green, Killing Machine, Goddamn Trouble, Our Finest Hour
Over the course of 30 years, overkill was and still is one of the few thrash bands that I enjoy , because of their thunderous riffs and agressive vocal style, and their blind of hearable basslines and machine gun druming !
and still considered one of the fan favorite thrash metal bands around because of their constant sound and progressive style !
so hearing this new album of theirs , I did have some expectations to it , and although there are some elements in the lyrics area or guitar solos that I did not enjoy much and expected much more , the album is solid and very enjoyable.
the only thing that somehow bothers me too much , is the too constant sound they have, but hey , it works right ?
the album ( The Grinding Wheel ) starts real strong , with the long explosive track ( Mean, Green Killing machine ) with a riff stream that really kicks off things the rgiht way, its a long song , full of riffs , the vocals are agressive and highly enjoyable , the solo on the other hand , not too fitting with the song.
( Goddamn Trouble ) Is actually a really fun song to play live , and to attend like an anthem to the masses, and the lyrics are also fresh from what they usually sing about and it is an entertaining song actually , old school as well.
( Our Finest Hour ) and ( Shine On ) follows the steps of ( Mean, Green, Killing Machine ) in the same riffage style , and the druming on these two tracks actually are few of the finest moments on the record .
The second half of the album somehow gets weaker , slower , sludgier and not too enjoyable to be fully honest with you.
Songs like ( Lets All Go To Hades ) ( Come Heavy ) ( Red White and Blue ) and ( The Wheel ) are some of the weaker songs in the past 10 years of Overkill albums.
In The end , The album is enjoyable in the most part , but their previous albums were much better than this one .