New Jersey’s own thrash royalty, Overkill, have returned with another awesome live album, Live in Overhausen. This one, however, is different from anything they’ve released in the past. In celebration of 30 years since the release of Feel The Fire and 25 years since Horrorscope, they performed both albums, in their entirety live in Oberhausen – now dubbed OVERhausen – Germany in April of 2016. You can actually feel the electricity in the crowd during the show, and the album comes off as more than just a celebration; it’s a landmark for Overkill.
The band rip immediately into “Coma,” which sounds fresh and energetic. As they progress through the Horrorscope album, the shining stars are the songs that weren’t played live much. “New Machine,” “Soulitude,” and “Live Young, Die Free” are updated, and “Nice Day for a Funeral” shows Overkill at their best.
“Raise the Dead” completely crushes, and “Rotten to the Core” always pummels everyone within earshot. You can tell the band still really enjoy performing it, too. “There’s No Tomorrow,” “Second Son,” and especially “Feel the Fire,” are nothing short of spectacular. After a killer version of “Overkill,” the band launch into their traditional set closer, “Fuck You.”
Overkill don’t skip a beat with Live in Overhausen. They’ve always been an energetic monster in the live setting, and this live release really showcases this ability. Here’s to another 30 years, gentlemen!
Live in Overhausen is out now on Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Buy it here!