My absolute fave CD of OVERKILL is "Under The Influence". The album is not one of the total band classics, but still is miles above the stuff that the New Yorkers have released during the past few years. It is the first album of the band that I bought, so… On a seminar a headbanger from Mainz played a tape of this album all the time and the opening trio "Shred", "Never Say Never" and "Hello From The Gutter" plus the title track got each and every maniac in the room going.
And still today, 15 years later, the songs have not lost a tad of their fascination. Especially the three first songs unite the wildness of their early days and the big song writing class of "Taking Over". With only one guitar OVERKILL set fire to an inferno that most bands with a whole armada of axes could not create. Very intelligently alternating between driving and slow power the CD shoots your ears to mush, so that it reminds you of rhubarb leaves.
A good part in the status quo (state - so much for my Latin knowledge) plays the infernal bass sound of D.D.Verni. Not to forget the charismatic shouts of front man Blitz, who (at least for me) sounds like the perfect mix between David Wayne (METAL CHURCH) and Schmier (DESTRUCTION).
But the absolute super hammer is "Drunken Wisdom", which starts out with super gripping acoustic guitars, then rises to a slow, measured groover, in the middle part fully goes for the all out attack, then slows down again, just to end damn heavy indeed. I would sell my soul, if the band could do this song at the 2003 edition of "Bang Your Head!!!" festival!!! (Online June 29, 2003)