[Overkill] – Taking Over

Release date: 1 January 1987
Band: Overkill
Album: Taking Over
Genre: New York Thrash Metal
Type: Full Length


  1. Deny The Cross
  2. Wrecking Crew
  3. Fear His Name
  4. Use Your Head
  5. Fatal If Swallowed
  6. Powersurge
  7. In Union We Stand
  8. Electro-Violence
  9. Overkill II (The Nightmare Continues)

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Taking Over

Taking Over

Metal-Archive Review:
Written by Mantis44 on May 3rd, 2007
Smash in your skull! Kick out your brains! – 93%
I’m just gonna forgo the bullshit and say right now that this album kicks ass. From start to finish, Taking Over is a sledgehammer of riffs headed straight for your face. “Riffs” is one word I won’t hesitate to use, so get used to it.

We start out with a pair of fast and furious openers that completely annihilate your neck. Even the lyrics in Wrecking Crew state, “WE’LL WRECK YOUR NECK!” And by God they mean it. It hasn’t even been ten minutes, and they’ve already used that sledgehammer mentioned in the intro. Fear His Name is one of the least memorable songs on the album, but still nice in the riffs department. Use Your Head and Fatal if Swallowed continue the assault on your neck shoving even more riffs down your throat, albeit in a less punishing matter. Break’s over! Powersurge. This song describes itself perfectly. The power surges through this song like riffs surge through this album. Blitz also does a nice scream to close out the song. Next up is In Union We Stand, which, on top of the inspiring lyrics and nice melody, has one bad-ass “machine gun” riff throughout the song. The next song is Electro-Violence. Fast, crushing, powerful, this song has it all. And finally we close the album with part two of the Overkill saga. The Nightmare Continues isn’t my favorite song on the album, but at just over seven minutes long, it’s the perfect closer. It shows how Overkill can be epic while still retaining those bone shattering riffs.

Blitz’s vocals are very diverse on this album, ranging from low and melodic to very high pitched screams. The guitar work is top notch. Gustafson knows his shit when it comes to riffs. The only complaint I have with Taking Over is the song Fear His Name. It’s a little on the slow side and doesn’t have that “wow” factor like most of the other songs. This, however, isn’t the biggest of problems, so do yourself a favor and listen to this monster.


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