The thirteenth full-length album by the legendary American Thrash Metal band.
The reason the Roman numeral XIV is included in the title is because the band includes the "Overkill" EP in their lineup of studio albums, which would make this album the 14th by their chronology. It can also be because Overkill released the covers album "Coverkill", which would have been their eleventh studio album. While this diction left it unclear how the title was to be pronounced, Blitz just mentioned it as "Relics" when announcing songs from the album on stage.
“Killbox 13” were pretty damn strong coming from a band that has been around as long as it has and flirted with Groove in the latter middle-half of its career. Everything to make a Thrash album succeed is found here in various amounts; including breakneck speed, monstrous riffs and crushing double bass drumming.
Blitz’s vocal work is what we have come to expect and well above par in comparison to his peers in the scene. Excellent bass-lines can be expected and excellent compositional skills are brought to the table like always. Those two aforementioned elements are the standard building blocks of every album in the band’s discography and are only enhanced ten-fold when given the excellent chops of the musicians these guys surround themselves with.
The most unique aspect of “ReliXIV” is definitely Tim Mallare’s drumming. His work has always been solid behind the kit, but he seems to have revitalized himself before the recording of this album and has brought a new intensity to the studio.
The riff work on the album is excellent. Logic seems to dictate that after this many years a band would surely have to start recycling riffs as who could possibly have that deep of a creative pocket? This is not the first time Overkill have defied reason, as Linsk and Tailer shred relentlessly. The energetic intensity flowing from the razor-sharp guitar-work makes it well and clear that after two decades these guys are still enjoying themselves and staying true to Metal.
It is also worth mentioning that the final track, “Old School”, is something completely different for this band. No it is not Thrash. And it has been played at every Overkill show since it was first released. "Old School" was featured in the American slasher film, “Hatchet II”.
It is 2005 and we see less than a dozen quality Thrash albums released annually. Hence, when Overkill gives us another solid slab of intensity we must devour it like a pack of rabid dogs! This is one of Overkill’s most varied albums and certainly has earned its place in their storied discography. “ReliXIV” is quite solid album!!
The Vinyl Countdown/The Store For Music Ltd., 2005/2013 (SFMVC1218). Made in Germany. 180 gram vinyl.
1. Within Your Eyes 6:06
2. Love 5:40
3. Loaded Rack 4:43
4. Bats In The Belfry 4:47
5. A Pound Of Flesh 3:37
6. Keeper 5:12
1. Wheelz 5:10
2. The Mark 5:54
3. Play The Ace 5:34
4. Old School 3:51
Total playing time: 50:34