For over 35 years, New Jersey thrashers Overkill have dominated the thrash metal scene and they have once again delivered an album that is a force to be reckoned with. The Grinding Wheel is a melting pot of Overkill’s influences, and shows creative direction as well as musical prowess letting the world know that the band will not be slowing down anytime soon.
Opening the record is “Mean, Green, Killing Machine”, a punk inspired track that takes a slow start, featuring Lipnicki’s steady double bass, before reaching its full blown thrash potential. Bobby’s vocals are prominent and as great as ever on this record, having his unique pissed off-shriek of a vocal styling that the thrash metal community has come to love featured in full throughout the album. Another prominent factor on The Grinding Wheel is D.D. Verni’s bass lines that seem to be the glue that holds each track together. As you progress through the record, you’ll hear tracks like “Goddamn Trouble” and “Red, White and Blue” that showcase Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer’s high energy guitar playing and overall technical ability. Ron Lipnicki provides his hard and heavy drum beats to every track without holding back or missing a single beat. “Our Finest Hour” is a standout track that contains grooves and riffs that are undeniably catchy, making banging your head nearly irresistible.
Having an album mixed and produced by the legendary Andy Sneap is an instant set up for success, but Overkill doesn’t rely solely on stellar production to create a bad ass album. Every member holds their own on The Grinding Wheel and displays their expertise throughout the album’s entirety. “The Grinding Wheel” touches on musical elements that have hardly appeared in Overkill’s extensive repertoire. There’s thrash, groove, punk and even the occasional bluesy riff thrown into the mix to make this record possibly Overkill’s most musically diverse to date.