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LATEST ALBUM RELEASE BY OVERKILL IS OVERPRODUCED

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For 10 years, Overkill has infiltrated the underground radio waves with its sleek heavy-metal sound, riding on the success of metal icons Metallica and Megadeth by invading living rooms via MTV's "Headbanger's Ball" and packing mosh-trap clubs across the nation.

The underground band has now released "W.F.O." (an abbreviation for an unprintable title) and filled the album with sleek, metallic riffs and hyper-intense rhythms. It may sound good at first, but after comparing this album to past releases, "W.F.O." is overproduced.Gone are the raw distortion and heavy power. The spontaneity seems hammered out and the overall "live-recording-session" sound has been reduced to a mix of separate bass, guitar, drum and vocal tracks.

Still, the anger is there. The million-miles-per-hour lyrics of "Where It Hurts," "What's Your Problem" and "They Eat Their Young" still kick the listener blind.

A flamenco-influenced homage to Savatage's deceased guitarist, Criss Oliva, titled "R.I.P. (Undone)," provides the breather before the two concluding cuts.

After a decade in the business, Overkill knows what it takes to get recognition. If it only weren't so commercialized.