After decades of albums and countless tours, Overkill remain as relevant as ever. Dropping the thrash monster 'The Electric Age', they continue to define the genre. Bands this deep into their career usually ride on nostalgia, but they continue to create music that can stand on its own merit and rival anything in the deep archives of the Overkill catalog.
Album Of The Year: 'What Doesn't Kill Us' by Throw The Fight
This album is the perfect blend of power and melody. Mixing razor sharp guitar riffs with stadium rousting anthems and hooks. Well crafted songs line this release from top to bottom. Throw The Fight have captured a formula few have pulled off.
Article continues below...
Best EP Of The Year: 'Stairway To Hell' by Ugly Kid Joe
UKJ resurfaces with a mixed bag of new songs. Keeping to undefined boundaries UKJ made successful back in the 1990s, this EP runs between many styles. Not all the songs are instant classics but having UkJ back makes this release exciting.
Gig Of The Year: 'The Tour' featuring Kiss and Mötley Crüe
A perfect summer night greeted two of rocks greatest theatrical bands. Armed with an arsenal of lights, smoke, fireworks, and a pair of water cannons, they ripped through all the hits you would expect. All the stage trappings were on display including Lee's roller coaster drum kit and Gene breathing fire and spitting blood. Good rocking time!!
Best Video Of The Year: 'Welcome To The Freakshow' by Fatal Smile
This rocker was the first single off '21st Century Freaks'. Its high octane and visual effects create the perfect Fatal Smile freakshow.
Best Underground Band: Crunchy
Crunchy is a one-man creative machine. Monty Colvin, best known for his work for the criminally under the radar Galactic Cowboys, has released three albums. His latest, 'Loserville', combines big thrash riffs, punk, and power pop blended with monster hooks and vocal harmonies. Without a label and major distribution 'Loserville' continues to be an untapped gem.
Check out montycolvin.net for everything Crunchy. He also does a brilliant podcast called 'Monty's Rockcast' that can be found on iTunes. Check it out and spread the word.
Most Annoying Moment Of 2012:
The continued wait for the reunion tour dates for Saigon Kick.
On Tap 2013:
A solid list of releases waits for 2013 and among them are new albums from Volbeat, Crashdiet, and Bullet For My Valentine. All three are following up very successful records. Tours on the horizon for 2013 include an American thrash bill with Testament, Overkill, and Flotsam & Jetsam. For some added juice the Australian thrashers 4Arm open the show. If you are an 'old school' thrash fan check out 'Submissions Of Liberty' by 4Arm.