Overkill is a very consistent band when it comes to music. Since their debut, they have always released a new album every two or three years, without sacrificing quality or keeping their fans waiting too long. As a result, four years after “The Wings of War”, the iconic American thrash metal band returns with their twentieth studio album, “Scorched”. I think this is the longest interval between their releases… but who can blame them, when the whole world has turned upside down?
The new album features ten tracks that showcase the band’s distinct sound and powerful energy, in the best possible way. Heavy riffs, thundering drums and powerful vocals… in the band’s trademark style. Some may argue that this album does not break any new ground… and in a way that’s true. Then again, the main question is how you deliver the goods… and Overkill seems to be in top form, dishing out thrash metal with passion, and mastery. Nobody can disagree with that, right? In addition to that, what do you expect them to play… reggae?!
“Scorched” provided an entirely new recording environment as all the band members were able to record independently. Colin Richardson (Anathema, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Fear Factory, etc.) and his assistant engineer Chris Clancy (Amon Amarth, Death Angel, Machine Head, etc.) were in charge of the record’s mixing. Johnny Rodd (King Kobra, ex-WASP) assisted with vocal production, while Maor Appelbaum (Annihilator, Armored Sainth, Candlemass, etc.) took over mastering and put the final touches. The production is punchy, heavy, and powerful. This is how a heavy-thrash metal album should sound like.
The majority of the tracks are fast-paced, with heavy riffs and pounding double bass drumming. It’s enough to make you bang your head instinctively. The heavy groove tracks like “Wicked Place”, “Won’t Be Comin Back”, and “Bag O’ Bones” are adding a bit more variety to the album. Furthermore, “Know Her Name” is a notable track, as it is heavy, groovy, and melodic at the same time. I do fancy the Maidenesque sounding bass as well. While every member is performing superbly, I wanna point out that vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth sings as if time hadn’t affected him at all. Simply incredible!
All in all, “Scorched” is a terrific album that showcases Overkill’s characteristic sound and skilled musicianship. Fans of the genre will be delighted with this album, which proves that Overkill still has what it takes to deliver intense and prominent thrash metal. I guess you have more than “72 reasons or seasons?” to check out this album…