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The Years Of Decay

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Category: Thrash Metal

Year: 1989

Label: Megaforce/Atlantic

Catalog Number: 7 82045-2

Average Rating: 100 / 100 (2 ratings)

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Overkill The Years Of Decay Album Cover

Bobby Blitz Ellsworth vocals
Bobby Gustafson guitars
D.D. Verni bass
Sid Falck drums
1.  Time to Kill  6:16
2.  Elimination  4:34
3.  I Hate  3:48
4.  Nothing to Die For  4:22
5.  Playing With Spiders/Skullkrusher  10:09
6.  Birth of Tension  5:02
7.  Who Tends the Fire  8:09
8.  The Years of Decay  8:01
9.  E.vil N.ever D.ies  5:49
Total Running Time:  56:10

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From: Erich Heintzel Date: March 16, 2001 at 19:30
Arguably Overkills best work. This was the last album guitarist Bobby Gustafson played on. The album is a testament to clean riffs, low-end technical driven bass and all around inspired playing the band has not duplicated since, except for Horrorscope. The vocals are clear, the production quite good, and the solos intense whammy-driven shred. Guitar transcriber guru Wolf Marshall acknowledged the worthy effort of this album in the guitar book he transcribed. Decay is a classic thrash album.

From: Drag-in Bones Date: April 22, 2002 at 9:46
A chilling flavor of classic "Overkill" with an added degree of raw power!!"Elimination" is one F'ing cool song!!

From: MetalGeek Date: May 1, 2002 at 8:34
I saw them twice on this tour. It CRUSHED. Personally I think "Horrorscope" is a little bit better, but this is one of the Wrecking Crew's finest moments...

From: Pyrus Date: January 15, 2003 at 4:38
The world's most dependable thrash band came through with a masterpiece in '89. Every song on this album is at least solid, and the title track is an awesome anthem. Evil Never Dies, Eliminate, and I Hate (which would be a great mission statement for Overkill if not for the existence of "Fuck You") are great thrasher, and Who Tends the Fire and Skullkrusher hold things up on the epic end. This is where the band started to develop their identity, an that identity is BRUTAL THRASH. Check this out.

From: PAX QUEZ Date: May 8, 2003 at 4:10
Every time I hear this cd my brains get fried in hot powered metal music. This album is great ¿great? The greatest album in 1989. Elimination is "the song". Overkill is "the greatest band in history".

From: Date: April 17, 2004 at 19:52
A true classic!! True metal from back in the day when metal was metal.

From: Metal T Date: August 31, 2004 at 4:59
As far as east coast Thrash /Speed Metal goes,id take "Overkill" over "Anthrax" any day of the week . --Bring the noise' my ass . ------

From: Metalguy0616 Date: March 23, 2005 at 23:55
This is easily my favorite Overkill cd by far. I bought this brand new in 1989, and to this day it still blows my mind when i listen to it. Overkill Shreds!!!!

From: Date: April 12, 2005 at 10:38
A Thrash Metal masterpiece, one of the best metal releases of all time.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 14, 2006 at 0:49
"one of the best metal releases of all time" haha que bromista esta es una de las peores bandas de Thrash y este disco no es bueno ni malo y como veo es la mejor de la banda bah lo tengo hace mas de 15 años en cassete y se esta apolillando por alli aun asi no esta malo tampoco y prefiero no darle puntuacion para no dañar sentimientos a los que gustan de esta banda yo personalmente no recomiendo esta banda ya que les falto lo que otras de su genero tenian.

From: rockhardrock Date: August 26, 2010 at 6:37
cause i liked the song elemination i got the whole album. i've read somewhere that lots of people hate his vocals, but i kinda like it.i could say that this record is the last true thrash album by them, cause they transformed later, starting with horrorscope, into some kind of mixture between groove metal and thrash. my favs here: elemination, i hate and e.n.d.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 31, 2022 at 14:40
I'm not the world's biggest fan of '80's Overkill, honestly. That punky, New York attitude set them apart for sure, but it also made them seem a little bit behind the pack. I feel they're not brought up more often when the topic turns to possible Big Four expansion as a result of these early albums. Every album has a couple standout tracks, but for the most part, there's a lot of filler that would relegate them to the lower tiers of thrash. The Years Of Decay might be their best '80's album, but it's held back by dated production, the usual crop of not-very-special (and increasingly very long) songs, and Blitz's shrieky acquired-taste voice. There's no need for this album to run to nearly an hour—And Justice For All it is not. Good tracks include "Elimination," "I Hate," "Nothing To Die For," and despite their length, "Skullcrusher" and the title track for adding different flavors to the disc with, respectively, a doomy Sabbath vibe and an attempt at a "Fade to Black"-style epic ballad

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 31, 2022 at 14:43
Still, I've always felt that Horrorscope is where Overkill truly came into their own.

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