Archive for February 2009
January 1987. Junior year at my bastard filled high school of people that primarily listened to Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, INXS, The Cure and REM. *shudder* There was one other metalhead in my class that year that turned me on to this album and let me borrow it. Holy shit, what an album. Deny the Cross kicks in and just blows your head off. From there to the end the album never lets up. I took a very long shower today and had this playing. I got through the 3rd song (Fear His Name) and was steadily rocking out the whole time. The album is incredible. My first band used to play In Union We Stand which sounded like it was written as a single but it sill kicked ass. I can still hear J. Rob’s voice when we would play it live…”This is a song by Ova-Keel.” hahha. Brings me great joy.
The overtly suggestive Fatal If Swallowed, Power Surge and Overkill II are skull crushers. Electro-Violence is my least favorite on the album and it’s still a damn fine song.
So…thanks to Overkill for putting out a great album. Too bad Rat Skates left after the tour. Fortunately I got to see this tour when they opened up for Megadeth on the Peace Sells Tour, May 23, 1987…my junior prom night. Definitely worth missing the prom to see Megadeth/Overkill @ the Boathouse (RIP).
Sucks that the original video isn’t on Youtube.
This album is the foundation of modern metal. I first heard it around 1975. Evil. Dark. Sloppy. Brilliant. Other than NIB it’s perfect. Even though I prefer the Dio era to Ozzy’s, this is pretty much my favorite Sabbath album.
Good work guys. Too bad they can’t write like this anymore.