The ultimate blue collar Thrash band, OVERKILL has busted their collective asses for about 20 years now, with no signs of slowing down. Sure, they haven't released an outstanding record since 1994, and their lineup is in constant rotation, but these guys are an American institution. Trends come and go - OVERKILL remains. 1991's "Horrorscope" is not only their peak, but an essential addition to any Metalhead's collection, and among the decade's best.
"Horrorscope" is pretty much entirely upbeat, energetic Thrash Metal, full of killer riffs and catchy choruses. Each track is well written and memorable and there's enough variation between songs to make things interesting. Singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has a unique and distinctive voice, somewhere between Chuck Billy and Bon Scott, that some may find irritating. His vocals are easy to adapt to, however, and serve as the perfect fit for OVERKILL's music.
Standouts include: "Thanx For Nuthin", "Bare Bones", "Coma", "Nice Day For A Funeral"... fuck, the entire album. My personal favourite has to be the title track, a grinding, abattoir of a song with some major riffage. If you consider yourself a Thrash band and know nothing of OVERKILL, pick up "Horrorscope" and learn the error of your ways! (Online February 12, 2003)