OverkillThe Grinding Wheel

Label:Nuclear Blast – NB 3702-1, Nuclear Blast – 27361 37021
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Heavy Metal, Thrash


A1Mean, Green, Killing Machine7:29
A2Goddamn Trouble6:21
B1Our Finest Hour5:49
B2Shine On6:03
B3The Long Road6:45
C1Let's All Go To Hades4:55
C2Come Heavy4:59
C3Red, White And Blue5:05
D1The Wheel4:51
D2The Grinding Wheel7:55

Companies, etc.



180g black vinyl in gatefold.

"Emerald" is a bonus track.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 7 27361 37021 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 727361370213
  • Other (LP1 cat. number): NB 3702-1-1
  • Other (LP2 cat. number): NB 3702-1-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): BG61129-01 A1 NB 3702-1 15
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): BG61129-01 B1 NB 3702-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): BG61129-02 C1 NB 3702-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): BG61129-02 D1 NB 3702-1
  • Label Code: LC 07027

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Grinding Wheel (CD, Album, Digipak)Nuclear Blast, Nuclear BlastNB 3702-0, 3702-0US2017
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The Grinding Wheel (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Orange)Nuclear Blast, Nuclear BlastNB 3926, 3926US2017
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The Grinding Wheel (Cassette, Album, Limited Edition)Nuclear Blast, Nuclear BlastNB 3702-4, 3702-4US2017
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The Grinding Wheel (CD, Album)Chaos Reigns, Ward Records, Nuclear BlastGQCS-90285Japan2017
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The Grinding Wheel (CD, Album, Stereo, DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC, All Media, Limited Edition)Chaos Reigns, Ward Records, Nuclear BlastGQCS-90283~4Japan2017



  • gunkldunk's avatar
    Those dumb gears ain't gonna turn like that, just sayin'...
    • Wuchak's avatar
      Possibly Overkill’s fifth best album ever

      Released in 2017, THE GRINDING WHEEL is the eighteenth album by New Jersey’s Overkill and is the first of their fourth decade of releasing albums (their first, FEEL THE FIRE, debuted in 1985).

      What I like best about Overkill is their diversity. Yes, they’re a thrash band, but they’re so much more: They’re rooted in traditional metal (e.g. Accept), but mix it with a lot of thrash and generous amounts of speed, punk, doom and power. Their last three albums – IRONBOUNB (2010), THE ELECTRIC AGE (2012) and WHITE DEVIL ARMORY (2014) – were all kinetic modern thrash releases, but they were very similar in approach, and this explains why Blitz referred to them as the Father, Son and Holy Ghost of Overkill (lol).

      THE GRINDING WHEEL is less conventional and includes a couple of stellar cuts, like “The Long Road” with its ultra-catchy intro and the stunning title track with its haunting fadeout chant. The lengthy “Mean Green Killing Machine” is a fittingly driving opener and – as is usual with Overkill – offers a hooky mid-section with “Whoa-oh-oh” type background vox.

      Speaking of which, that’s another thing I love about Overkill, their penchant for including interesting or quirky parts to their songs, which offsets the rest of the composition and prevents them from being one-dimensional. The eerie acoustic break in “Shine On” is a good example.

      The bonus track, “Emerald,” is a well-done Thin Lizzy cover.

      GRADE: A-/B+


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