Sjak : The Wings Of War is meanwhile already the nineteenth full-length studio album from these from New Jersey hailing thrashers and they are still going strong I might say. The band is already in existence for almost forty years and during that time they have not lost anything of their original strength and charm. Of course they have also released a few lesser quality records during that long period, but this The Wings Of War is another top release. Classic tracks like Rotten To The Core and their anthem Overkill are not to be found on this new album, but the ten tunes on offer here will definitely be to the liking of the old-school metal and thrash fans.
Opening track Last Man Standing opens the album furiously with a killer riff, fantastic drums of newcomer Jason Bittner and very powerful vocals of frontman Bobby Blitz and sets the tone for the rest of the record. The unique, screamy voice of the last mentioned is for a large extent responsible for Overkill distinctiveness and has a big added value in their music. Also the other nine songs sound really convincing and especially Head Of A Pin, Hole In My Soul and Distortion are very strong, although it needs to be said that the complete album is of a very high and especially consistent quality level. The song material is intertwined with punk and thrash influences and they know to combine these different elements in a very tasteful way into great songs. Supported by a fantastic sound Overkill proves on this The Wings Of War that these old-timers are still a force to be reckoned with and that they are still at the top of their game. As every Overkill album also this The Wings Of War is highly recommended to all the old-school metal fans among us. The very strong performance on the Dynamo Metal Fest last year in combination with the sheer class of this new album therefore makes me eagerly looking forward to the European tour that they are about to do in the beginning of this year.