Label: Nuclear Blast Records
I will probably catch a lot of hell for this one. But I tried. I really did try. I listened to this album numerous times and for me, ‘White Devil Armory’ just does not deliver in a way I wished it would. I say this amongst a lot of positive reviews and fans reception to this album so I know I am most likely in the minority here. However, as much as I wanted to like Overkill’s new album I found it was lacking in several key areas. Read on and I will try to explain.
First, I do want to plead for mercy here and state that I am a big fan of Overkill and I like much of their work. I liked their last album, ‘The Electric Age’ which many fans seemed to be mixed on. I like Bobby and have spoken with him in an interview and the man is one of the most personable people I have ever met. So, for the record, I am not a hater of Overkill. However, I am not a fan of ‘White Devil Armory’.
I guess the main thing about the album I don’t like is that the majority of the songs never seem to really go anywhere and for lack of a better word…they start to DRONE on and on and become dull noise in the background, maybe it has something to do with the drums? Don’t ask me why I describe it in this way; it is just how I can best describe the album and the songs. There are songs that do have some variation but the OVERALL sound/tone of the album sounds…the same for some reason. Many of the songs just never grabbed me and they went nowhere. I do like the album’s single ‘Armorist’ as I feel it is a distinctive song in terms having elements in it that can hook a listener. Though I have seen many people do not particularly like this song calling it average, but at least to me it has what a catchy song needs. Also, ‘Bitter Pill’ the other single is a good track with a nice mid tempo beat to it and a sinister mood in it, which again sets it apart and makes it enjoyable compared to the rest of the album.
However, many of the other songs just go in one ear and out the other and become forgettable to me. I will say this though, even though I am not a fan of this album it isn’t from a lack of trying from the band. The band does sound very energetic, alive and full of life and not just going through the motions. I find this great as I think Overkill represent the working class metal attitude and it shows in their work no matter the material, they deliver in 200% high octane hate fuel. So despite my lack of enjoyment in the album there is no denying the band is delivering it with full force aggression in the most sincere of ways. This one aspect is part of the reason as well that ‘White Devil Armory’ is not a total disaster to me. If the band had just went in the studio and tried to deliver this material by the numbers I would have been a very angry person for having my time wasted.
As it is however, I applaud Overkill for their hard work ethic in delivering ‘White Devil Armory’ and hope they continue to do so in all their albums. It is just this time the material just didn’t hit home for me.
Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – Vocals
D.D. Verni – Bass
Dave Linsk – Lead Guitar
Derek “The Skull” Tailer – Rhythm Guitar
Ron Lipnicki – Drums