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Classic Review: Overkill - Horrorscope

Label: Atlantic Records
Year released: 1991
Duration: 52:50
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: December 30, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.41/5 (88.18%) (44 Votes)

Released shortly before metal took a nosedive in the early 90s, "Horrorscope" is one of Overkill's best releases.  The album puts you through a lot of emotions - fear, with some Halloween-like passages that could have been used in one of those suspense-horror movies.  Fun - this is Overkill after all and some of the songs are quite upbeat headbangable party fests.  Melancholy and rage - the closing track for example sounds both depressing and enraged, a very interesting mix with a good vocal performance that makes this one of the best tracks on the album and closes it perfectly.  This is quite a contrast with the opener "Coma" which is a Thrash speedfest, featuring fast guitars, vocals and drums - air-guitar and headbang to this and you'll be calling in sick the next day.

Blitz sounds better than ever on this, his signature voice sounding focused and determined and leading the way for the non-stop assault of raw, abrasive guitar riffs and blistering solos coupled with occasionally very heavy-sounding drums.  What makes "Horrorscope" so repeat-worthy is the variety of the songs, anywhere from slow and melodic, to mid-paced, heavy fist-pumping pounders, to neckbreaking speed demons - this album is the opposite of monotonous.  Thrash is often very basic, but this album has a lot under the hood, and there's something new to discover with every listen.  A Thrash classic if there ever was one - but beware, it's hard to hit the stop button once this fucker is in the CD player.  Highly recommended (duh!)

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