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Years of Decay
Years of Decay
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
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No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: OVERKILL Title: YEARS OF DECAY Street Release Date: 10/24/1989


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All Artists: Overkill
Title: Years of Decay
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Megaforce / Wea
Original Release Date: 10/24/1989
Re-Release Date: 10/13/1989
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
Style: Thrash & Speed Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075678204524, 075678204548


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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 10/24/1989

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James B. (wandersoul73) from LINDALE, TX
Reviewed on 6/10/2009...
Without a doubt this is Overkill's finest hour! I've adored this cd for decades.

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Mandatory Thrash Album
Melkor | Orlando, Florida United States | 02/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When most people think of thrash and speed metal they automatically envision Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, and maybe Testament. Overkill should not be omitted from this list. The Years of Decay is a classic Thrash album. Decay would be the last album with guitarist Bobby Gustafson and he and Overkill shine on this one.The opening track "Time To Kill" is an aggressive tour de force with muted rhythyms paving the way for crunching power chords a la "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Metallica. While Overkill lacks the lyrical skills of some bands "Elimination" is an honest appraisal about the concerns for AIDS in the late 80's and a demand for a cure. "I Hate" is blood pumping anthem for the angry with a catchy, melodic opening chord sequence and teen angst chorus.Paying homage to the metal masters Black Sabbath, is "Skull Krusher" a slow, sludging mammoth tuned low enough to break glass. "The Years of Decay" is probably the only true Overkill ballad which builds to a sing along conclusion. "Who Tends The Fire" might be Overkill's Stairway to Heaven featuring clean acoustic passages, thundering rhythyms, and electric riffs. The album ends with the blistering speed of "E.V.I.L. Never Dies" similar to Damage Incorporated.Guitarist Gustafson employs fast solos drenched with whammy bar improvisation and saturated distortion to complement the very low end of bassist D D Verni and drummer Sid Falck. Many people find vocalists Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth's vocals irritating, but after a couple of careful listens they really do fit the music. This album is probably Overkill's best produced and best sounding effort. The low end is perhaps too much, but the guitar work was enough to catch the attention of transcription guru Wolf Marshall who acknowledged the album as a masterpiece. Dave Mustaine recognized Overkill's talent from the start and put them on the "Peace Sells" tour with Megadeth. This is truly a landmark thrash album."
Be prepared for one hell of a sore neck!
Sam Allen | Newburyport Mass. | 09/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Overkill's fourth album, The Years Of Decay (1989), is by far their best album. For starters, Overkill are one of the greatest thrash bands ever, and over the years, they have stayed true to their original style, which is always a good thing. This album is punishingly heavy, and it features some of the best thrash songs ever written. First off, one of the key parts of this album is the musicianship, which has notably evolved over the years. Vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth is freakin' crazy, I wish that the band I'm in, which is yet to be named, could have a singer like him. Guitarist Bobby Gustafson is insane, he can shred like nobody's business, and he can also blast out some great melody solos. Bassist D.D. Verni is awesome, one of the better thrash bassists, but no Cliff Burton. Drummer Sid Falk rocks, he can play super fast or moderately slow.

Now, the tunes on the album:

1. "Time To Kill"; Starts off a bit slow, but turns into another punishing opener, which is what thrash albums should always have.

2. "Elimination"; Definetely my favorite song on the album, the first time I heard it, I almost snapped my neck.

3. "I Hate"; Boy, if there was ever a song to play when you want to rip someone's head off, this is it!

4. "Nothing To Die For"; Another brutal one, always good. Killer solo.

5. "Playing With Spiders/Skullkrusher"; Perhaps if this song were a bit faster, it might not be my least favorite track on the album, but it still is great, and it does speed up quite a bit in the middle. Basically, an epic dirge.

6. "Birth Of Tension"; Another song that is useful when you want to rip someone's head off.

7. "Who Tends The Fire"; Overall, it almost sounds like the classic Metallica instrumental "Orion" with vocals mixed in. Very cool.

8. "The Years Of Decay"; Interesting tune: an opening very reminiscent of Queensryche, and then in the middle it has a brutal breakdown, then finishes the way it began.

9. "E.Vil N.Ever D.Ies"; Ha, get it? E.N.D.! And a great one at that!

This is an incredible album, check it out if you like any of Overkill's other albums, or other thrash bands, like old Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, Megadeth, Voivod, Flotsam And Jetsam, S.O.D., Forbidden, Testament, Exodus, Dark Angel, Atrophy...well, you get it. Also, if you go to, you'll notice that on their list of the top 100 metal albums of all time, this one is number 77. Overall, that seems lackluster at first glance, but when you think about the fact that there have been thousands upon thousands of metal albums, that's extremely good. Rock on, fellow headbangers! \m/"