Over Kill – The Wings of War Album Review (thrash metal)

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The Wings of War – Over Kill

February 22 sees the return of thrash metal legends Over Kill’s 19th studio effort, The Wings of War.  It’s almost hard to believe that it’s been nearly 35 years since the release of their debut Feel The Fire.  But yet the house that “Blitz” and DD (Verni) built still stands and as strong as ever.

From Nuclear Blast: “With 10 tracks and fifty one minutes long, their 19th full length album is the ultimate combination of sickening brutality and addictive melody. It was yet another incredible album cover design by Travis Smith that sparked the idea of what to name this next album.”

If I had any concerns prior to hearing The Wings Of War it would be that people would not give it its due attention; that they might assume it would sound just like the last few releases; sort of the same fate Immortalis met though that was a great release as well.  But with the new blood (drummer Jason Bittner) and with Nuclear Blast’s backing, I don’t think we have to be so concerned.

Because Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer have been the axe handlers for the better part of 2 decades, the sound of The Wings Of War does bare some similarities as the last few predecessors.  It doesn’t necessarily even break new ground.  But when did we ever expect Over Kill to do that?  We should just appreciate they are still stomping and making their mark on the metal planet.  Hell… they’ll probably change their name to Older Kill before deciding to retire.

But what’s interesting about The Wings of War is that tracks like “Believe In The Fight” bring back that addictive rhythm and melody with more piss and venom than most tracks since the likes of “I Hate” and “Elimination.”  It’s classic youthful Over Kill as relevant as ever!  Another track not to be overlooked is “Bat Shit Crazy” which kind of maintains a mix of recent/90s Over Kill sound.

All in all, The Wings Of War is really a fantastic record and definitely NOT one that long-time fans should simply dismiss as likely to sound like the last few prior releases.  We’re glad the guys are still out there and hope they’ll be around for a while to come.  

1. Last Man Standing 5:49
2. Believe In The Fight 5:03
3. Head Of A Pin 5:56
4. Bat Shit Crazy 4:33
5. Distortion 6:09
6. A Mother’s Prayer 3:58
7. Welcome To The Garden State 4:42
8. Where Few Dare To Walk 5:25
9. Out On The Road-Kill 4:41
10. Hole In My Soul 4:47

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