Release Date – Feb 10 2017 on Nuclear Blast Records
Album review by Reckless Ronny
Undeniable founding fathers of early thrash metal, New Jersey’s Overkill along with their comrades Anthrax, Toxic, Nuclear Assault and west coast contemporaries Slayer, Exodus, Testament and Metallica are the major bands that have created this thrash metal template since 1980 and they are all still going strong.
Of course over a span of 30 -40 years there is going to be lineup changes and opinions of which were the best eras for thrash metal ~ I say right now is relevant.
The Grinding Wheel is an Overkill sensory overload with acclaimed producer Andy Sneap at the helm and “Chaly” as the main cog, creating plenty of torque for the engine. Firing with intense precision and punch drunk swagger, Overkill covers it all on this disc.
The opening track “Mean Green Killing Machine” is the perfect reference for overkill in the year 2017. They are focused and driven to deliver an iconic metal record. This (as with most of the songs on The Grinding Wheel ) are very in depth. Incorporating many different nuances from past eras throughout their 30+ year career. Some might say the songs are a little too long and they could have accomplished their statements in a shorter time frame, with the album running over an hour in length. In my view each song delves deep into an overkill voyage, that enables each track to significantly standalone, offering a wealth of style and substance that doesn’t sound repetitive throughout.
Overkill have overwhelmingly created an outstanding metal beast with The Grinding Wheel, always playing it from the heart and taking it on the chin. Marching onward and upward always bringing the heavy.
1.Mean Green Killing Machine 07:29
2.Goddamn Trouble 06:213. Our Finest Hour 05:49
4. Shine On 06:03 5. The Long Road 06:45
6. Let's All Go to Hades 04:55
7.Come Heavy 04:59
8. Red White and Blue 05:05
9.The Wheel 04:51
10. The Grinding Wheel 07:55
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