Thrash metal veterans are back with their seventeenth studio album. 10 tracks (plus intro), 50 minutes, Bobby Ellsworth and his brothers in arms are delivering the same type of heavy and merciless metal as they do for more then 30 years. Probably they will never manage to write and record a better album than their 1989’s masterpiece “The Years of Decay”, but that won’t stop them from coming back and grind us all to the ground with the same intensity regularly. “White Devil Armory” it’s not better or worst then any other previous albums they delivered and fans will get one more time their dose of fury, strong riffs, psycho solos and the Bobby trademark screams. On the other hand, the album lack any brilliancy, any outstanding moments, it’s a fair, but still “just another” thrash metal album. Which is probably what exactly most of their fans expecting each and every time. Turn up the speakers, grab your air guitar, it’s axe grinding time!!
Recovered from a sever pneumonia which made them quit the North America tour “The Dark Roots of Thrash” with labelmates Testament and Flotsam and Jetsam last year, Bobby “Blitz” and his band-mates are back in full force. “Armorist” it’s a fast, furious, merciless thrash metal grinding and the whole album keep this pace. Some riffs may sound familiar, some lyrics may feel a little bit childish, everything it’s just the same as it was back in ’89, somewhere half way between conservatorism and cliches. Hard not to smile when you see track titles like “Down To The Bone” or “Another Day To Die”. But then again, thrash metal won’t get better than this, the content it’s fair enough and Overkill it’s still one of the most consistent thrash metal bands of the scene. Respect that!
03. Down To The Bone
05. Bitter Pill
06. Where There’s Smoke
07. Freedom Rings
08. Another Day To Die
09. King Of The Rat Bastards
10. It’s All Yours
11. In The Name
Borrow it, maybe they will forget and will not asking it back! Buy it if you’re a true (thrash metal) fan!
Bobby Ellsworth – lead vocals
D. D. Verni – bass, backing vocals
Dave Linsk – lead guitar, backing vocals
Derek “The Skull” Tailer – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Ron Lipnicki – drums