Release date February 22, 2019
on Nuclear Blast Records
Last man standing is a great opening track building from an ominous industrial tribal beat, that smoothly transitions into a whirlwind of thrash metal tapestry. This album is full of cutting-edge guitar riff age that gels perfect with the percussion (and a heavy as fuck tone) yet bright, powerful and crisp. Believe in the fight trollopes like a warhorse delivering a powerful message of believe in yourself, that you can bang your head to and throw your fists in the air.
Head on a pin has a lot of great tempo/mode changeups that draws a little taste from overkill’s extensive catalog in a dynamic fashion with a killer chorus. a top-notch tune. But then things get bat shit crazy and crank it up into overdrive. As most songs on this album Bobby and the boys are merely reflecting on world affairs and where were headed. This song sums things up perfectly in a rapidfire way with an eerie melodic interlude like a childhood verse only to return to slamming heavy metal insanity.
Distortions opening baseline is a deep rich classical D.D. Verni tone highlighted by a sweet neoclassical solo, grinding into a mid-tempo rhythm that has plenty of swagger and groove. A strong sense of round and round (Back when Aerosmith was heavy) I think of in this song structure, which may be a bit of a nod to American rock ‘n roll. A mother’s prayer is a true fast thrash anthem that only overkill could create and get it right!
With tongue-in-cheek and middle finger in the air welcome to the garden state is the bands salute to their home turf, with a fast paced punk laced number that you’ll probably be hearing at many Jersey devils hockey games. There’s even a vocal chorus that tributes the boss. Where few dare to walk has a somewhat Middle Eastern mode that flows throughout, combined with explosive heavy-metal debauchery and shape shifting tempos, the song has an epic feel.
Out on the road-kill is a solid straightforward - unmistakable overkill song, that thrashes- bashes and will break your neck as you head-bang along. Wrapping up this thrash metal masterpiece is hole in my soul, a rumbling powerhouse of blast beats and mammoth guitar riffs. Overall the wings of war is a stellar album that doesn’t sound tired after repeated plays and has a thick rich sharp production, which the band handled themselves. Each song has many interesting change-ups and woven styles throughout that sound fresh and reinvigorating. Rolling in just under 60 minutes wings of war packs in 10 tracks of pure overkill delight! Easily this album deserves 9.99/10 horns high \m/><\m/
1. Last Man Standing 05:49
2. Believe in the Fight 05:03
3. Head of a Pin 05:56
4. Bat Shit Crazy 04:33
5. Distortion 06:09
6. A Mother's Prayer 03:58
7. Welcome to the Garden State 04:42
8. Where Few Dare to Walk 05:25
9. Out on the Road-Kill 04:41
10. Hole in My Soul 04:47