BravePicks 2012: The 12 Days Of Metal - #6

December 26, 2012, 2 years ago

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Here we go again! But where does the time go? It's seems like yesterday that we were ringing in 2012! Like last year, we're doing the same holiday-themed countdown of the finest slabs of metal this past year had to offer, voted by the devout scribes here at BraveWords.com! Hence the name The 12 Days Of Metal. What does "slab" actually mean? We're talking studio albums. No compilations, rerecordings, live albums etc… Just pure metal, all killer no filler! These are the 12 albums (yeah, we still use that old school term!) that you must have in your collection! Let's rock!
2012 … The 12 Days Of Metal
#6) OVERKILL - The Electric Age (eOne)
Thrash legends OVERKILL released their 16th full-length studio album, The Electric Age, in March and it became the highest charting first week album since their 1994 record W.F.O. hitting #73 on Billboard. In his review Mark Gromen wrote: It’s ridiculous to say that a band with almost 30 years worth of recordings has a lot to live up to, on The Electric Age, but Ironbound (2010) was almost universally lauded as the Jersey boys’ best in more than 15 years, so in many ways, people once again expect OVERKILL to deliver the greats (as goods just won’t do this time around). Half of the ten selections clock in at 5:30 or better. Actually, first single ‘Electric Rattlesnake’ is a better opener than ‘Come And Get It’. Although the later has an introductory title, complete with drum laden kick-off, the former is the strongest track on the album, a sure-fire inclusion not only in the live set, but future greatest hits collections, thanks in part to the ‘I Hear Black’ / ‘Spiritual Void’ reminiscent sludge section of this otherwise pummeling standout. Elsewhere, DD Verni alternates vocals (he did sing on the last BRONX CASKET COMPANY disc) with mainstay Bobby Blitz Ellsworth for ‘21st Century Man’. All out speed? Try ‘Save Yourself’, as opposed to the mid-paced groove of ‘Black Daze’. Real accents on guitars and little bits of ear candy that frequent OverKill listeners will be able to pick out, like a brief beer hall “whoa whoa” soccer chant. Read the entire interview here and check out the video for ‘Electric Rattlesnake’ below:
2012 … The 12 Days Of Metal
12) DYING FETUS – Reign Supreme (Relapse Records) 11) SLASH – Apocalyptic Love (Dik Hayd) 10) RUSH – Clockwork Angels (Anthem) 9) THE CULT – Choice Of Weapon (Cooking Vinyl) 8) ANAAL NATHRAKH - Vanitas (Candlelight) 7) KREATOR - Phantom Antichrist (Nuclear Blast) 6) OVERKILL - The Electric Age (eOne) 5) 4) 3) 2) 1)

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