I found Overkill on Spotify last month as I listened to a “thrash metal” playlist while reading my homework. Naturally, this is one of the genres I tend to listen to when I have several massive articles to get through over a weekend. Almost instantly, I was a fan of Overkill. After listening to a few songs on YouTube I inferred they’re a fun thrash band that pumps out solid albums. The Wings Of War does not stray from their well-established formula that has been bringing them success.
Like so many people, when I think of thrash, I think of Metallica or Megadeth. These are both good bands, but they only represent a sliver of what this genre has to offer. Overkill is a smaller band, with a flavor that other bands lack. Part of this flavor is their consistency. According to every blog post and comment I’ve come across about this band suggest the same thing: they basically produce the same album over and over again. On one hand, this is not a good thing. Listening to music that sounds similar again and again, it sounds dull and boring. Some of the more subtle differences in the songs are lost when this happens. Albums end up sounding like a single continuous track, rather than a collection of individual songs. However, this can be a good thing. If the band produces good music that is appealing, and they’re releasing content that is consistent insofar as it is similar, this method can be effective and pleasing to fans.
I liked The Wings Of War, however, it did drag and it did get repetitive. There is nothing slow about this album. All of the songs are rifftastic, metal tunes. Unfortunately, this means all of the tracks hold to a similar structure, which is appealing until it’s played eleven times in a row. This album would be great if it were broken into individual songs and plugged into a playlist.
Songs Worth Investigating
To me, after one listen through, there are several stand out tracks. “Last Man Standing” is certainly a great opening song that sets the tone for the entire album. “Head Of A Pin” has some deeper lyrics that examine religion and war. “Welcome To The Garden State” is fun in a high energy, thrashy kind of way.
…And To Conclude
The Wings Of War suffers because the tracks start to blur together into a seamless wall of precision guitar work, screeching vocals and the infamous groove of double-bass pedals. Apart from this fault, the album is good. If you like thrash or want to expand your workout playlist, you cannot go wrong with Overkill.