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Review: Overkill - Killbox 13
Killbox 13

Label: Spitfire Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 50:16
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: May 15, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Killbox 13

Rated 3.78/5 (75.65%) (23 Votes)

Overkill's follow-up to "Bloodletting" was long in the waiting, nearly 3 years, which is a lot more than the band's average. But then again, they did release the live album "Wrecking Everything" and its DVD counterpart (a masterpiece, as far as music DVDs go), so it's not like they fell off the radar screen either. A lot of people claim that Overkill have been "done" for several years, but personally I don't see why. Metallica are done; Overkill aren't. Simple isn't it? ;) With "Killbox 13" Overkill do not really innovate nor step far away from what they've always been: Straightforward classic thrash metal, with of course a modern production. If you didn't like the band before for some reason, then there's nothing here that'll make you change your mind. The album is filled with what the band does best - mid to fast-tempo thrash (some pretty slow-paced stuff thrown in as well) with razor-sharp guitar work, complemented by Blitz's harsh and distinctive vocals that many people love to hate. ;)

Some of the guitar solos are memorable - not necessarily by technicality (never cared much for overbearing wankering) - by out they stand out not only in their respective songs but sometimes they simply stand out on the whole album, like on the song "Damned" where one of the solos kicks off in a wicked high-pitched fashion - I've had these couple of seconds stuck in my head ever since I heard it (which makes it a bit dangerous since there's always a risk that I'll start air-guitaring in public when it flies through my head - oops!) Lots of good first-quality thrash riffing as well, as can be expected from Overkill. Definitely a good thrash album worth purchasing.

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