MetalBite Review by Adam M on 11/2/2017 10:47:58 AM
Overkill brings a similar form of thrash to the table as on previous releases. The music here is rollicking and captures a groovy vibe very well. It is distinctive of the bandís sound and very honorable to the past. In fact there hasnít been many changes in recent times to Overkillís music and one can sense itís time for something new soon.
This is still a very fun release and the band seems to be thoroughly enjoying their craft. The sense of fun permeates the release and makes it very entertaining to listen to. Though it isnít entirely original, there is a sense that the band poured their hearts into these songs and it shines through. The songs are very raw sounding and this is due to the bandís no holds barred style. There is still a musicality to the songs that is enhanced by the production of the album. How does the album fit into Overkillís discography? Well, it is a step below Ironbound, but perhaps equal to their last couple of releases in terms quality. The guitars are punishing, yet makes for a tuneful listen at times. The singing is the typical Bobby Blitz approach that is very raucous, yet enjoyable to listen. Drumming nicely forms the backbone to the songs. The overall sense of the performances is that theyíre quite effective and enjoyable. This can be seen from the song 'Mean Green Killing Machine' which features a nice variety of thrash goodness.
There has been a lack of thrash releases recently, so this album fills in the hole nicely for a new release in the genre. Though it doesnít do anything entirely original, it is fun enough to be a quality entry to the genre. Thrash fans should find something to like immediately with The Grinding Wheel.
Rating: 7.6 out of 10