OVERKILL - "FEEL THE FIRE" CASSETTE
OVERKILL - "FEEL THE FIRE" CASSETTE

OVERKILL - "FEEL THE FIRE" CASSETTE

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Shadow Kingdom Records 

Limited edition 2018 cassette re-issue on Shadow Kingdom Records under license from Megaforce Records. Professionally manufactured cassettes with black print on fire orange shells.
 
"While other Thrash bands of the 80’s have moved on to different styles and sounds, Overkillis one of few bands that actually got heavier and more brutal than they were in the 80’s and while their new stuff is killer, in my opinion, they have their fair share of classics in the 80’s as well. Feel The Fire was their debut, released in 1985, though a lot of these songs were written in the early 80’s, before Metallica. I could write a decent history for Overkill but that is best documented elsewhere, the main thing is the raging Thrash found on Feel The Fire, as it’s definitely one of the best Thrash debuts of the 80’s.
Since most original Overkill members were in punk bands before joining Overkill, it comes as no surprise that Feel The Fire has a bit of punk influence.
It’s not overwhelming, but it’s definitely there and the result is songs that are very energetic and full of back up vocal shouts, not to mention very catchy vocal melodies, which also contain a slight nod to NWOBHM. Though the vocals are definitely in the forefront, the riffs are always number one. The riffs are of course quite choppy and sometimes sound like early Megadeth, and at other times have subtle melodies that work well. Almost all the songs are fast, with possibly Hammerhead being the fastest, with a lot of double bass and classic mosh-pit breaks that I can imagine made concert goers go crazy in the 80’s. There is a good amount of riff changes and tempo switch-ups on some songs, with extended lead breaks and build up, just check out the title track to see what I’m talking about. Speaking of the title track, what an amazing song it is! It basically sounds like Iron Maiden does Thrash. I think it’s a combination of the vocal phrasing, galloping riffs and drums (Iced Earth had to have taken influence from this track), and of course melodic guitar sections, along with some cool bass work ala Steve Harris that gives it the Iron Maiden feel. Of course, classic cuts like Rotten To The Core and Raise The Dead are more straightforward, but full of energy, ass kicking riffs and explosive solos. In fact, every song has an amazing solo that fits the mood and feel of the songs perfectly. The leads are quite fast but never lose their consistency or melody, which is important.