Overkill released its 18th studio album The Grinding Wheel on 10 February 2017 through Nuclear Blast under critical acclaim. In my humble opinion, the album deserves a spot in the best albums of 2017 already.
Ray Van Horn Jr. wrote in Blabbermouth.net, “If you think Overkill expended its tanks producing output with such astonishing velocity, you don’t know this band very well. For its eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, Overkill does the unthinkable: it outdoes itself. Consider that some fans dropped off after 1991’s Horrorscope, which is those poor saps’ folly. For the diehard wrecking crew, The Grinding Wheel is going to be a gift to cling to throughout 2017.”
Angrymetalguy.com notes, “Apparently [Overkill] wanted to shake up the writing approach this time, looking back over the years for inspiration. The result is a much more diverse collection of tunes that touch on nearly all the band’s sonic eras.”
And, I completely agree with Jeremy Urey, who concludes in metalinjection.net, “At 60 minutes – 64 if you get the deluxe edition – it’s also Overkill‘s longest effort to date, though at no point does one get a sense of bloat or coasting, just a restless procession of musical ideas that have had close to three years to germinate. Not much more to say about this one than that, if you’re an Overkill fan already, this would be a bad time to jettison the boat. If you’re not already and you dig this one, it’s nigh time for a deep dive into their back catalog. Another solid, no bullshit effort by a band that seems almost incapable of producing any different.”
I’ve been listening to Overkill since my teen years and always enjoyed the energy and tenacity of their music. Wouldn’t consider myself a fan, but a frequent enjoyer of their great art. Their 1991 effort Horrorscope used to be my Overkill-album of reference, which, with every new spin in my CD player, is slowly losing its throne to The Grinding Wheel, a perfect depiction of what thrash metal should sound like in 2017.