Ironbound (album)

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Ironbound
Studio album by Overkill
Released EuropeJanuary 29, 2010
United StatesFebruary 9, 2010
Recorded July–September 2009 at Gear Recording Studio, Shrewsbury, NJ
Genre Thrash metal
Length 58:04
Label Nuclear Blast (Europe)
eOne Music (North America)
Producer Overkill
Overkill chronology
Immortalis
(2007)
Ironbound
(2010)
The Electric Age
(2012)

Ironbound is the fifteenth full-length studio album by American thrash metal band Overkill, which was released on January 29, 2010 in Europe on Nuclear Blast[1] and in the U.S. on February 9, 2010 on eOne Music.[2] It is their first studio album in more than two years since the release of Immortalis in the fall of 2007, and their first release on their current labels Nuclear Blast and E1 Music. This was Overkill's first album to chart on the Billboard 200 in 17 years, since I Hear Black in 1993. Ironbound sold over 4,100 copies in its first week in the U.S.[3] and over 15,000 copies in the U.S by May 2010.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by D.D. Verni and Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth.

No. Title Length
1. "The Green and Black"   8:12
2. "Ironbound"   6:33
3. "Bring Me the Night"   4:16
4. "The Goal Is Your Soul"   6:41
5. "Give a Little"   4:42
6. "Endless War"   5:41
7. "The Head and Heart"   5:10
8. "In Vain"   5:13
9. "Killing for a Living"   6:14
10. "The S.R.C."   5:08

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[5]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Blabbermouth.net 9.5/10 stars[7]
Jukebox:Metal 5/5 stars[8]
Leave the Hall 5/5 stars[9]
Metal Assault 8/10 stars[10]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[11]

Ironbound was given highly positive reviews with vocalist, Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth, being a main point of critical acclaim. Chad Bowar of About.com states, "What makes Overkill stand out is vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, whose high pitched singing is unique and instantly recognizable. He's able to dial it down and sing in a lower range, but can wail when it's required."[12] A review from Blabbermouth.net says, ""Ironbound" is one of, if not the most ripping collection of tunes this legendary act has laid to tape."[13] Exodus lead guitarist Gary Holt stated in an interview that Ironbound is "One of their best records ever; it's so good".

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Billboard Top Heatseekers 4[14]
Top Independent Albums 24[14]
Top Hard Rock Albums 20[14]
U.S. Billboard 200 192[3]
Germany 31[15]
Austria 61[15]
Switzerland 77[15]
Tastemaker Albums 14[16]

Credits[edit]

  • Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - Lead vocals
  • Dave Linsk - Lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Derek "The Skull" Tailer - Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • D.D. Verni - Bass, backing vocals
  • Ron Lipnicki - Drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overkill Signs With Nuclear Blast Records". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  2. ^ "OVERKILL Signs U.S. Deal With E1 MUSIC". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  3. ^ a b "OVERKILL: 'Ironbound' First-Week Sales Revealed". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Metal By Numbers 5/12: Deftones Eye Up Sales". Metal Insider. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  5. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Review: 'Ironbound'". About.com. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Heaney, Gregory. "Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Overkill - Ironbound". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Jukebox:Metal Review by Andy Lye". Jukebox:Metal. 
  9. ^ Cameron, Ewen. "Overkill - Ironbound". Leave the Hall. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Overkill: Ironbound - Album review by Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal for Metal Assault". Metal Assault. 
  11. ^ Begrand, Adrian. "Overkill - Ironbound". PopMatters. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Overkill Ironbound Review - Review of Ironbound by Overkill". Heavymetal.about.com. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  13. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  14. ^ a b c "Ironbound - Overkill : Awards". AllMusic. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  15. ^ a b c "Overkill - Ironbound - Music Charts". M.acharts.us. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  16. ^ "Overkill - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-26.