Friday, May 27, 2022

Overkill - I Hear Black (1993)

Overkill - I Hear Black (1993)

Tracklist front / back album covers

1. "Dreaming in Columbian"   4:00
2. "I Hear Black"   5:37
3. "World of Hurt"   5:19
4. "Feed My Head"   5:36
5. "Shades of Grey"   5:19
6. "Spiritual Void"   5:13
7. "Ghost Dance"   1:46
8. "Weight of the World"   4:07
9. "Ignorance and Innocence"   5:00
10. "Undying"   5:25
11. "Just Like You"   4:13

Total length:   51:38

Japanese Bonus Tracks

12. "Killogy"   3:11

Total length:   54:49

"World of Hurt" was featured as an unlockable song on the heavy metal-themed game, Brütal Legend

Overkill Band Members / Musicians
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth – lead vocals
D.D. Verni – bass, backing vocals
Merritt Gant – guitars, backing vocals
Rob Cannavino – guitars, backing vocals
Tim Mallare – drums

Produced by Alex Perialas and Overkill
Engineered by Rob Hunter and Alex Perialas
Mastered by Tom Coyne at Hit Factory

I Hear Black is the 6th studio album by American thrash metal band Overkill, released on March 9, 1993 by Atlantic Records. It was the band's first to feature drummer Tim Mallare.

I Hear Black was produced by Alex Perialas, who had previously worked with Overkill in the late 1980s, and was the band's first album released directly through Atlantic Records, whereas their previous albums were co-released by Megaforce.

The album once again presented a change in style for the band, from the up-tempo thrash of Horrorscope to a more groove metal style. The result was a metal album which had a much darker feel to it, incorporating Black Sabbath-influenced blues, doom and stoner tones, although the album retained many of their traditional thrash metal roots. The change of style from thrash to groove metal can be seen as a genesis of the experimentation that would continue into most of Overkill's 1990s and 2000s output.

The European leg of the 1993 "World of Hurt Tour" featured Savatage as a support act. A music video was made for the track "Spiritual Void" but it saw very little airplay due to the decline of metal in the mainstream. This album and W.F.O. were re-released on Wounded Bird Records in 2005.

At the beginning of the supporting tour the band played eight songs from the album live. However, the songs were quickly dropped from the setlist, and none have been performed since 2002.

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