White Devil Armory

White Devil Armory
Overkill - White Devil Armory.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 18, 2014 (2014-07-18)
RecordedAugust 2013–March 2014
StudioGear Recording Studio, Shrewsbury, New Jersey
GenreThrash metal
LabeleOne Music (North America)
Nuclear Blast (Europe)
Overkill chronology
The Electric Age
White Devil Armory
Historikill: 1995–2007

White Devil Armory is the 17th studio album by the American thrash metal band Overkill. It was released on July 18, 2014 in Europe through Nuclear Blast and July 22 in North America through eOne Music.[1][2][3]

Reception and sales[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.4/5 stars[4]
All About The Rock(9/10)[6]
Metal Forces(8.5/10)[7]

White Devil Armory has received mostly positive reviews. AllMusic's Gregory Heaney awarded White Devil Armory three-and-a-half stars out of five, and called it "a monument to classic thrash that makes it clear the band's recent form is far from a fluke." He also stated that "the album finds the band once again going from strength to strength, pursuing their muse with a relentless vigor that imbues their sound with a refreshing directness."[4]

Reviewing the album for Get Your Rock Out, Michael Dodd cited the bass work of Verni as one of the record's strengths. He argued that Verni imbued the song "Bitter Pill" with "a heaviness that is almost industrial", and concluded that while the whole album is a "thrash juggernaut", it is the exploits of the bassist that make certain songs stand out.[8]

George Nisbet writing for All About The Rock said "If they can continue to release records of this calibre, then we've got some great music to look forward to. If you like quality thrash, you will absolutely love this!!".[6]

White Devil Armory was Overkill's most successful album; it peaked at number 31 on the Billboard 200, making it Overkill's highest chart position in their career and it sold 8,600 copies in its first week in the U.S.[9][10] In its second week, the album sold over 2,850 copies in the U.S., bringing the sales to over 11,000 copies and dropping to number 99 on the Billboard 200.[11] On the third week, the album dropped to number 158 on the Billboard 200 and sold 1,850 copies, totalling over 13,000 copies sold in its first 3 weeks.[12] It won a 2014 Metal Storm Award for Best Thrash Metal Album.[13]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by D. D. Verni and Bobby Ellsworth.

Main album[14]
3."Down to the Bone"4:04
5."Bitter Pill"5:48
6."Where There's Smoke..."4:20
7."Freedom Rings"6:52
8."Another Day to Die"4:56
9."King of the Rat Bastards"4:09
10."It's All Yours"4:26
11."In the Name"6:03
Total length:50:41
Bonus tracks[15][16]
12."The Fight Song"5:12
13."Miss Misery" (feat. Mark Tornillo; Nazareth cover)4:31
Total length:60:25


Writing, performance and production crs are adapted from the album liner notes.[17]


Additional musicians
Artwork and design



Chart (2014) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 53
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 168
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 142
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21] 28
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 20
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[23] 28
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[24] 91
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[25] 26
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 31
US Billboard 200[27] 31
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[28] 5
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[29] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[30] 10
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[31] 4


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  2. ^ "Overkill: New Album Pushed Back To July; Tour Dates Postponed". Blabbermouth.net. January 14, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "OVERKILL: 'White Devil Armory' Release Dates Announced". Blabbermouth.net. June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory. "White Devil Armory - Overkill". AllMusic. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Van Horn Jr., Ray. "White Devil Armory - Overkill". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Nisbet, George. "Overkill - White Devil Armory". All About The Rock. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  7. ^ Arnold, Neil. "Overkill - White Devil Armory". Metal Forces. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  8. ^ Daily.co.uk. "Daily Internet". Daily Internet. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
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  10. ^ "Metal By Numbers 7/30: Overkill's 'Armory' army out in force - Metal Insider". 30 July 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Metal By Numbers 8/6: Theory of a dead week in sales - Metal Insider". 6 August 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Metal By Numbers 8/13: The charts get (God)smacked around - Metal Insider". Metalinsider.net. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Metal Storm Awards 2014". Metalstorm.net.
  14. ^ "White devil armory". Nuclear Blast. June 21, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "White Devil Armory MAILORDER EDITION". Nuclear Blast. June 21, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  16. ^ "White Devil Armory (Deluxe Edition)". iTunes. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  17. ^ White Devil Armory (booklet). Overkill. Nuclear Blast. 2014.CS1 maint: others (link)
  18. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Overkill – White Devil Armory" (in German). Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Overkill – White Devil Armory" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Overkill – White Devil Armory" (in French). Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Overkill: White Devil Armory" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  22. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  23. ^ "Album Top 40 slágerlista – 2014. 32. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
  24. ^ "オーバーキルのアルバム売上ランキング - ORICON STYLE".
  25. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Album Chart". On the page, select "2014.07.13~2014.07.19", then "국외", to obtain the corresponding chart. Gaon Chart
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Overkill – White Devil Armory". Hung Medien.
  27. ^ "Overkill Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  28. ^ "Overkill Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  29. ^ "Overkill Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  30. ^ "Overkill Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  31. ^ "Overkill Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard.

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