The Years of Decay

The Years of Decay
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 13, 1989 (1989-10-13)
RecordedJune–July 1989
StudioCarriage House Studios, Stamford, Connecticut
GenreThrash metal
Length56:17
LabelAtlantic, Megaforce
ProducerOverkill, Terry Date, Jon Zazula, Marsha Zazula
Overkill chronology
Under the Influence
(1988)
The Years of Decay
(1989)
Horrorscope
(1991)
Singles from The Years of Decay
  1. "Elimination"
    Released: 1989[1]

The Years of Decay is the fourth studio album by thrash metal band Overkill, released on October 13, 1989 through Atlantic and Megaforce Records.[2] It is the last Overkill album to feature guitarist Bobby Gustafson, who either left or was fired the band amid a feud between himself and its founding members Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (vocalist) and D. D. Verni (bassist).[3][4][5]

Touring and promotion[]

Overkill spent nearly a year touring in support of The Years of Decay. From November to December 1989, the band toured with Wolfsbane and Dark Angel, and a month later they toured Europe with Mordred.[2] They also supported Testament on their Practice What You Preach tour. Overkill embarked on a headlining North American tour for three months, which took place from March to June 1990. Supporting acts for this tour were Excel, Vio-lence and Deceased.[2]

To date, all songs from The Years of Decay have been played live except "Nothing to Die For".[6] According to frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth, "E.vil N.ever D.ies" is a continuation of the self-titled "Overkill" series of songs from the band's three previous albums, but was not named "Overkill IV";[7] this would be the last song of the series until Immortalis (2007), which features the most recent part in "Overkill V... The Brand".

Reception and legacy[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]

Jason Anderson at AllMusic gave The Years of Decay a positive review, awarding it four stars out of five. He called it a "classic by the group's fans", and that it "is often mentioned as the pinnacle of the East Coast thrashers' recording career".[8] The album reached No. 155 on the U.S. Billboard 200[9] and remained on that chart for eight weeks, making it Overkill's fourth highest-charting release to date.[10] By May 2000 it had sold over 67,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.[11] Although the album's only single "Elimination" never appeared on the charts, its music video received heavy rotation on MTV's Headbangers Ball,[12] and the song remains a staple in Overkill's live repertoire.[6][13]

In August 2014, Revolver magazine placed the album on its list of "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own".[14] It was also ranked number ten on Loudwire's top ten list of "Thrash Albums NOT Released by the Big 4".[15]

Pantera reportedly hired Terry Date to produce Cowboys from Hell based on his production of this album as well as Bobby Gustafson's guitar tone, which had influenced Dimebag Darrell.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Overkill.

No.TitleLength
1."Time to Kill"6:16
2."Elimination"4:35
3."I Hate"3:46
4."Nothing to Die For"4:22
5."Playing with Spiders/Skullkrusher"10:15
6."Birth of Tension"5:04
7."Who Tends the Fire"8:12
8."The Years of Decay"7:58
9."E.vil N.ever D.ies"5:49
Total length:56:17

Personnel[]

Chart performance[]

Year Chart Position
1989 Billboard 200 155[9]

References[]

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  7. ^ "OverKill Interview". Metal-Rules. 2003. Retrieved 2013-12-30.
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  14. ^ Popoff, Martin (2014-08-29). "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own". Revolver. NewBay Media. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  15. ^ Hartmann, Graham (2015-10-08). "Top 10 Thrash Albums NOT Released by the Big 4". Loudwire. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  16. ^ "UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
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