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Category: Thrash

Year: 1991

Label: Megaforce/Atlantic

Catalog Number: 7 82283-2

Average Rating: 84 / 100 (3 ratings)

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Overkill Horrorscope Album Cover

Bobby Blitz Ellsworth vocals
Merrit Gant guitars, backing vocals
Rob Cannavino guitars, acoustic guitars, backing vocals
D.D. Verni 4 and 8-string bass, backing vocals
Sid Falck drums
1.  Coma  5:21
2.  Infectious  4:04
3.  Blood Money  4:07
4.  Thanx for Nothin'  4:03
5.  Bare Bones  4:51
6.  Horrorscope  5:49
7.  New Machine  5:20
8.  Frankenstein  3:27  Cover: Edgar Winter
9.  Live Young, Die Free  4:09
10.  Nice Day... For a Funeral  6:15
11.  Solitude  5:24
Total Running Time:  52:50

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From: Erich Heintzel Date: March 16, 2001 at 18:56
Overkill added a two guitar punch on this album which is probably their most versatile effort. Fans generally consider this and Decay their best work. A blistering cover of Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" is included along with a nice complement of melodic tunes and heavy riff-driven thrash. "Solitude" is a melodic gem mixing traditional metal techniques of slow appregiated verses with crunching guitar driven choruses. Personally, I love this album but it does not usurp Decay IMHO. A must have.

From: Zze Date: October 16, 2003 at 22:39
This is Overkills faster and heaviest one. I like it altought i prefer some other ones over this

From: Steve Date: August 13, 2004 at 8:09
I've only heard about 2 mins of this, but i can say that the drummer is awesome!!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 14, 2006 at 0:43
one of the worst Thrash Metal albums, felizmente lo tengo en cassete y por alli se esta pudriendo una porqueria de album 1/10.

From: pie75 Date: April 18, 2012 at 6:40
my word this is top shelf up there with metallica's lightning,megadeth's peace sells and slayer's reign in blood coma,infectous,horrorscope and soulitude are as good as it gets

From: rick kerch vzla Date: August 12, 2013 at 20:59
This wasn't my cup of tea at all...ok it has some good riffs and the "Overkill label" everywhere but the songs lack one way or another of originality and that made the album sound quite repetitive IMO...tracks 1,3,4,8(good instrumental),9 & 11 are fine pieces of Thrash Metal but shamely nothing more than that...a matter of personal tastes and respecting the comments above(good and bad ones ) .65/100

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: August 12, 2013 at 21:49
Rick, you are a rock 'n' roll Renaissance man. From obscure Westcoast AOR to Overkill and beyond. Regarding this disc, personally, I dig it. Repetition is something that comes with the territory with Overkill, I grant you that. But to me, Horrorscope is the disc where this band really toook off. The playing is tight, the songs are compact, the production doesn't sound like the '80's (because it wasn't). The transformationn begins here from a cool also-ran thrash band, to the models of consistency and quality and groove and riff they've become. Favorite tracks: "Infectious," "BareBones," "Horrorscope," "New Machine," the cool Edgar Winter cover "Frankenstein," and the moody closer "Soulitude."

From: rick kerch vzla Date: August 13, 2013 at 22:54
Hey Doghouse Reilly you are quite spot on in your comment about me,i like all types of music genres,even pop and new wave ...about this album,ironically i even own a t-shirt of it :0 but the album itself seemed quite dull for my personal tastes(if u compare it with,let's say,"Feel The Fire",an 80's release of course,this "horror" is nothing)...probably you are right in the development of the songs(tight,compact and so on)...but still it didn't convince me at all...cheers mate

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 31, 2022 at 14:56
There's an interesting parallel betHorrorscope and Persistence Of Time. Like their fellow New Yorkers, Overkill had a fair number of light-hearted, semi-joke songs in the '80's, though their humor was more rude sarcasm than 'Thrax's goofiness. But like Persistence Of Time, Horrorscope is where Overkill got serious. The closest thing to a joke is their cover of Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein." The scrappy underdog appeal is still there, but there's a steely resolve and a more grim outlook. The dry production helps, stripping away some of the dated '80's sounds, like replacing the thudding, wet-cardboard drum sound with the high, crystal-clear clack of the piccolo-snare. The sound puts you in mind of a blighted urban landscape. Even the Twilight Zone-esque piano intro to "Bare Bones" sounds ice-cold.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 31, 2022 at 15:01
Blitz is still Blitz, God love him, but he seems to have refined his David Wayne-like screech, and it comes off as less grating than in the past.

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