The Years of Decay

The Years of Decay is the fourth studio album by thrash metal band Overkill, released on October 13, 1989 through Atlantic and Megaforce Records.[1] It is the last Overkill album to feature guitarist Bobby Gustafson, who left the band after disagreements with bassist D. D. Verni.[2][3]

The Years of Decay
The Years of Decay
Studio album by Overkill
Released October 13, 1989
Recorded June–July 1989
Studio Carriage House Studios, Stamford, Connecticut
Genre Thrash metal
Length 56:17
Label Atlantic, Megaforce
Producer Overkill, Terry Date, Jon Zazula, Marsha Zazula
Overkill chronology
Under the Influence
The Years of Decay

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.[1] 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.[1]

To date, all songs from The Years of Decay have been played live except "Nothing to Die For".[4] 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";[5] this would be the last song of the series until Immortalis (2007), which features the most recent part in "Overkill V... The Brand".


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]

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".[6] The album reached No. 155 on the U.S. Billboard 200[7] and remained on that chart for eight weeks, making it Overkill's fourth highest-charting release to date.[8] As of May 2000 it had sold over 67,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.[9]

In August 2014, Revolver magazine placed the album on its list of "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own".[10] It was also ranked number ten on Loudwire's top ten list of "Thrash Albums NOT Released by the Big 4".[11]

Track listing

All tracks written by Overkill.

1."Time to Kill"6:16
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


Chart performance

Year Chart Position
1989 Billboard 200 155[7]


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  2. ^ "Ex-Overkill Axeman Bobby Gustafson Returns To Metal With New Band Response Negative". Metal Rules. May 2003. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  3. ^ David, Leslie (2010-11-15). "Over Kill - Bobby Gustafson". Leslie's metal. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  4. ^ "Songs played by tour: The Years of Decay". Retrieved 2013-12-30.
  5. ^ "OverKill Interview". Metal-Rules. 2003. Retrieved 2013-12-30.
  6. ^ a b Anderson, Jason. "The Years of Decay - Overkill". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  7. ^ a b "The Years of Decay - Overkill | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  8. ^ "Overkill - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  9. ^ "Sludge Scan For May 2000". Metal Sludge. 2000-05-03. Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  10. ^ Popoff, Martin (2014-08-29). "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own". Revolver. NewBay Media. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  11. ^ Hartmann, Graham (2015-10-08). "Top 10 Thrash Albums NOT Released by the Big 4". Loudwire. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 2015-12-28.

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