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Editors’ Notes

Just a few years after its former rival Metallica released Death Magnetic—a much-touted “return to thrash”—Overkill showed Metallica up with Ironbound. Of course, Overkill didn’t need to return to its roots, because it had never abandoned them. Even during the '90s—a fallow period for almost every metal band from the '80s—this group of New Jersey believers continued to release material that was as tough and focused in spirit as its early work. Ironbound continues that tradition, but focuses on the rhythms of early thrash. Death Magnetic this ain’t. While Metallica opted for opulence, Ironbound's “Bring Me the Night,” “Give a Little," and “Endless War” are extraordinarily lean and mean. Listening to “In Vain” and “Killing for a Living” is like watching an athlete in peak condition: total exertion, blinding speed, and not a single misstep. Even though it's one of the oldest and most respected groups in the speed-metal arena, Overkill still delivers with the commitment and intensity of a band that has everything to prove.

Customer Reviews

Best Overkill since Horrorscope!!!!!

I became an instant fan of Overkill many years ago watching "Welcome to the Gutter" on Headbanger's Ball. Having seen them live about 20 times and eagerly awaiting every new album since I was dissappointed with the albums that came out after HorrorScope. But finally, at long last is an album that contains all of the fire, rage and fury and dark melodies that were in albums like Years of Decay and HorrorScope. If you've been dissappointed in Overkill albums over the past 10 years, forget about them and buy this one!!!!


The title track is awesome. I can't believe I'm the first to write the review. Overkill still rocks!

Awesome album BUT.....

I have had the same static issues with both the iTunes copy and a cd copy. 2 of the songs won't even play on any cd player that I own. This makes me very sad as this is definitely the band's best output since Horrorscope, and possibly their best ever. 5 stars for content, 1 star for production and sound quality.


Formed: 1980 in Old Bridge Township, NJ

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

New Jersey thrash quartet Overkill were formed in 1980 by vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and guitarist Bobby Gustafson, and also included bassist D.D. Verni and drummer Rat Skates (later replaced by Sid Falck). The band garnered a reputation for brutal, pounding speed and technique, but lacked the musical diversity to compete with heavy hitters like Metallica; still, Overkill built up a strong following in the metal underground with albums like 1985's Taking Over and 1988's Under the Influence....
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Ironbound, Overkill
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Feb 09, 2010
  • Parental Advisory

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