Ironbound (album)

Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 29, 2010 (2010-01-29)
RecordedJuly–September 2009
StudioGear Recording Studio, Shrewsbury, New Jersey
GenreThrash metal
LabeleOne Music (North America)
Nuclear Blast (Europe)
Overkill chronology
The Electric Age

Ironbound is the 15th 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 was 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 eOne Music.


Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com4/5 stars[3]
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
Blabbermouth.net9.5/10 stars[5]
PopMatters8/10 stars[6]

Ironbound was given highly positive reviews with vocalist, Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth, being a main point of critical acclaim. Chad Bowar of 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."[7] A review from says, ""Ironbound" is one of, if not the most ripping collection of tunes this legendary act has laid to tape."[8] Exodus lead guitarist Gary Holt stated in an interview that Ironbound is "One of their best records ever; it's so good".[9]

Ironbound was Overkill's first album to chart on the Billboard 200 in 17 years, since I Hear Black in 1993. It sold over 4,100 copies in its first week in the U.S.[10] and over 15,000 copies in the U.S by May 2010.[11]

Track listing[]

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

1."The Green and Black"8:12
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 SRC"5:08


Chart (2010) Peak
Billboard Top Heatseekers 4[12]
Top Independent Albums 24[12]
Top Hard Rock Albums 20[12]
U.S. Billboard 200 192[10]
Germany 31[13]
Austria 61[13]
Switzerland 77[13]
Tastemaker Albums 14[14]


Writing, performance and production crs are adapted from the album liner notes.[15]


Artwork and design



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  2. ^ "OVERKILL Signs U.S. Deal With E1 MUSIC". Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  3. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Review: 'Ironbound'". Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  4. ^ Heaney, Gregory. "Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Overkill - Ironbound". Archived from the original on 28 February 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  6. ^ Begrand, Adrian. "Overkill - Ironbound". PopMatters. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Overkill Ironbound Review - Review of Ironbound by Overkill". 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  8. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net". Archived from the original on 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  9. ^ "GARY HOLT Says 'Big Four' Should be Expanded To Include EXODUS: 'We Were There At The Start'". May 6, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2020. ...The new OVERKILL, "Ironbound", is one of their best records ever; it's so good...
  10. ^ a b "OVERKILL: 'Ironbound' First-Week Sales Revealed". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  11. ^ "Metal By Numbers 5/12: Deftones Eye Up Sales". Metal Insider. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  12. ^ a b c "Ironbound - Overkill : Awards". AllMusic. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  13. ^ a b c "Overkill - Ironbound - Music Charts". Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  14. ^ "Overkill - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  15. ^ Ironbound (booklet). Overkill. Nuclear Blast. 2010.CS1 maint: others (link)