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Overkill - The Years Of Decay

8.7 | 663 votes |
Release date: 13 October 1989
Style: Thrash metal


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01. Time To Kill
02. Elimination
03. I Hate
04. Nothing To Die For
05. Playing With Spiders / Skullkrusher
06. Birth Of Tension
07. Who Tends The Fire
08. The Years Of Decay
09. E.vil N.ever D.ies

Top 20 albums of 1989: 7
Top 200 albums of all time: 148

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If there's one thing "fans" of thrash metal like to do, it would be complaining about the big 4. In some of the less intellectual corners of the internet, people like to make their own version, usually kicking out one of the "sellouts". Overkill is one of those names you see time and time again as an alternative, a band who many people feel never got the credit they deserve. The Years Of Decay is seen by many as their best and a classic... But is it really?

published 01.07.2014 | Comments (7)

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02.05.2021 - 01:33
Rating: 9
Metal Rasputin

I remember The Years Of Decay being one of "those" kind of records you can introduce to any of your friends and they'll love it. I must have converted at least half of the local teenagers into happy metalheads with this diamond alone back in the day. I don't know if it's just me, but Bobby sounds like angry Mickey Mouse at times, especially on this album.
You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like!
28.02.2022 - 04:01
Rating: 8
Nocturnal Bro
I really like the songs where they slow down and one can feel the heavy riffs and incredible bass playing - its almost doom metal! : "Nothing to Die For", "Skullkrusher", "Who Tends the Fire", "Years of Decay"
17.02.2023 - 22:18
Rating: 9

Kinda sounds like Overkill trying to have their own Master of Puppets (and Elimination blatantly steals from the song), with an emphasis of variation and working with slower tempos over always being fast and agressive. The result is pretty great, since all the songs are really good and the variation makes it a case of a record that is beter than the sum of its parts. While the song-writting ranges from very good to great, the riffs aren't always the best and a heavier, more agressive production would have worked better. Overall a minor masterpiece, which would have benefited from having more bite. Also Bobby is one of my favorite vocalists here, he really has one of the most recognisable voices in metal and he can go through lyrics like a knife through butter. Never understood the criticism he gets.

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