OVERKILL

Thrash Metal / Groove Metal • United States
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Overkill is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in New Jersey. The band has been active since 1984, releasing 15 studio albums, 2 EPs, 2 live albums and a "covers" album. The band also has a notable mascot (named Chaly), a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, bony wings, and green eyes. It has appeared on most of their album covers. Overkill has gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni remaining the only consistent members. Along with Anthrax the band is one of the most successful East coast thrash metal bands.

Overkill was formed in 1980 from the ashes of the punk band "The Lubricunts", featuring Rat Skates and D.D. Verni (real names Lee Kundrat and Carlo Verni). Verni and Skates placed an ad looking for a guitarist and singer which was answered by singer Bobby Ellsworth and the first incarnation
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OVERKILL albums / top albums

OVERKILL Feel The Fire album cover 3.75 | 38 ratings
Feel The Fire
Thrash Metal 1985
OVERKILL Taking Over album cover 3.94 | 37 ratings
Taking Over
Thrash Metal 1987
OVERKILL Under The Influence album cover 4.00 | 39 ratings
Under The Influence
Thrash Metal 1988
OVERKILL The Years Of Decay album cover 3.89 | 44 ratings
The Years Of Decay
Thrash Metal 1989
OVERKILL Horrorscope album cover 4.20 | 39 ratings
Horrorscope
Thrash Metal 1991
OVERKILL I Hear Black album cover 3.24 | 21 ratings
I Hear Black
Groove Metal 1993
OVERKILL W.F.O. album cover 3.48 | 19 ratings
W.F.O.
Thrash Metal 1994
OVERKILL The Killing Kind album cover 3.28 | 16 ratings
The Killing Kind
Thrash Metal 1996
OVERKILL From the Underground and Below album cover 3.58 | 14 ratings
From the Underground and Below
Thrash Metal 1997
OVERKILL Necroshine album cover 3.39 | 15 ratings
Necroshine
Thrash Metal 1999
OVERKILL Bloodletting album cover 3.59 | 11 ratings
Bloodletting
Thrash Metal 2000
OVERKILL Killbox 13 album cover 3.53 | 16 ratings
Killbox 13
Thrash Metal 2003
OVERKILL ReliXIV album cover 3.04 | 13 ratings
ReliXIV
Thrash Metal 2005
OVERKILL Immortalis album cover 3.25 | 16 ratings
Immortalis
Thrash Metal 2007
OVERKILL Ironbound album cover 4.14 | 46 ratings
Ironbound
Thrash Metal 2010
OVERKILL The Electric Age album cover 4.23 | 40 ratings
The Electric Age
Thrash Metal 2012
OVERKILL White Devil Armory album cover 3.85 | 19 ratings
White Devil Armory
Thrash Metal 2014
OVERKILL The Grinding Wheel album cover 4.47 | 14 ratings
The Grinding Wheel
Thrash Metal 2017
OVERKILL The Wings Of War album cover 3.93 | 6 ratings
The Wings Of War
Thrash Metal 2019

OVERKILL EPs & splits

OVERKILL Overkill album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Overkill
Thrash Metal 1985
OVERKILL The Can album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Can
Thrash Metal 1988
OVERKILL Fuck You album cover 4.42 | 6 ratings
Fuck You
Thrash Metal 1988
OVERKILL Live to the Core album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live to the Core
Thrash Metal 1992
OVERKILL Live from OZ album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live from OZ
Thrash Metal 2013
OVERKILL Man in Black / Warrior Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Man in Black / Warrior Heart
Thrash Metal 2017
OVERKILL Last Man Standing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Last Man Standing
Thrash Metal 2018

OVERKILL live albums

OVERKILL Wrecking Your Neck: Live album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Wrecking Your Neck: Live
Thrash Metal 1995
OVERKILL Wrecking Everything album cover 4.88 | 4 ratings
Wrecking Everything
Thrash Metal 2002
OVERKILL Extended Versions album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Extended Versions
Thrash Metal 2002
OVERKILL Live in Overhausen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Overhausen
Thrash Metal 2018

OVERKILL demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

OVERKILL Power in Black album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Power in Black
Thrash Metal 1983
OVERKILL Feel the Fire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Feel the Fire
Thrash Metal 1984
OVERKILL Live 'Kill album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live 'Kill
Thrash Metal 1990
OVERKILL Sexy Flexi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sexy Flexi
Thrash Metal 1990
OVERKILL Infectious album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Infectious
Thrash Metal 1992
OVERKILL Split Promo EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Split Promo EP
Thrash Metal 1993
OVERKILL Fast Junkie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fast Junkie
Thrash Metal 1994
OVERKILL Wrecking Your Neck Live (promo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wrecking Your Neck Live (promo)
Thrash Metal 1995
OVERKILL 3 Pints from the Album Bloodletting... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
3 Pints from the Album Bloodletting...
Thrash Metal 2000
OVERKILL 6 Songs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
6 Songs
Thrash Metal 2012

OVERKILL re-issues & compilations

OVERKILL Rotten to the Core album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Rotten to the Core
Thrash Metal 1992
OVERKILL Fuck You and Then Some album cover 3.94 | 4 ratings
Fuck You and Then Some
Thrash Metal 1996
OVERKILL Coverkill album cover 3.00 | 9 ratings
Coverkill
Thrash Metal 1999
OVERKILL Then & Now album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Then & Now
Thrash Metal 2002
OVERKILL Hello From The Gutter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hello From The Gutter
Thrash Metal 2002
OVERKILL Unholy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unholy
Thrash Metal 2004
OVERKILL Devil by the Tail album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Devil by the Tail
Thrash Metal 2005
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Historikill 1995 - 2007
Thrash Metal 2015

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Hello from the Gutter
Thrash Metal 1988
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Head First
Thrash Metal 1988
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I Hear Black
Thrash Metal 1993
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Spiritual Void
Thrash Metal 1993
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The Rip 'n Tear
Thrash Metal 1997
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Bring Me the Night
Thrash Metal 2010
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Ironbound
Thrash Metal 2010
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Electric Rattlesnake
Thrash Metal 2012
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Wish You Were Dead
Thrash Metal 2012
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Amorist
Thrash Metal 2014
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Mean, Green, Killing Machine
Thrash Metal 2016
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Our finest Hour
Thrash Metal 2016

OVERKILL movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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US Speed Metal Attack
Thrash Metal 1986
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4.67 | 3 ratings
Videoscope
Thrash Metal 1991
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4.36 | 3 ratings
Overkill: Wrecking Everything - Live
Thrash Metal 2002
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Wacken Open Air 2007
Thrash Metal 2008

OVERKILL Reviews

OVERKILL W.F.O.

Album · 1994 · Thrash Metal
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W.F.O (Wide Fucking Open) is the seventh full-length studio album from the East Coast Thrash Metal legends, Overkill. It is an interesting bit of history for the band.

Their first five albums are all absolute classics of Thrash Metal, their sixth album was a diversion into Stoner/Groove Metal territory, but this seventh album is a quick return back to Thrash again, and yet, as it came out in 1994, it still has some Groove to it. It is their return to Thrash and yet it also isn’t pure Thrash all the way through.

The album is pretty damn good. There’s a good mix of fast and slow, modern and old school, familiar and variety. There are some real memorable songs, like ‘Fast Junkie’ ‘Supersonic Hate’ ‘Gasoline Dream’ and ‘Where It Hurts.’ Some of these ended up on the band’s later live albums. There’s also a weird bonus track where they jam out a few cover songs like Voodo Chile and Heaven & Hell.

Interesting fact; the third track uses the same ‘Here comes the pain’ sample that Slipknot use on their debut album.

The downside of the album however, is it has a really weird production job. It has a very loud clunky bass tone, muddy drums, muffled guitars and vocals too low in the mix. Some people can’t get past it. I don’t really notice it when listen to the album on its own, but if you add the songs to a playlist or hear them on shuffle amongst other albums, then it really does stand out as sounding quite unusual.

It isn’t an absolutely essential album like their first five albums are, but I would still recommend it to any warm blooded Thrash fan (or Fast Junkie), who is looking for more.

OVERKILL The Wings Of War

Album · 2019 · Thrash Metal
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Overkill are back with their 19th studio album and show no signs at all of slowing down. They have a new drummer since ‘The Grinding Wheel in Jason Bittner, but given he has played with the likes of Shadows Fall, Anthrax, Toxik plus Flotsam and Jetsam his metal credentials are definitely established, and he drives the band from the back (even though the actual drum sound is more than a little suspect). D.D. Verni and Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth will soon be gathering in their pension, having formed the band as long ago as 1980, but even guitarists Dave Linsk and Derek "The Skull" Tailer will soon be celebrating 20 years, so here is a band with incredibly longevity and consistency. They have long since stopped trying anything significantly different, and as soon as the Overkill logo is sighted then one knows that here is thrash as it should be played, hard and fast and little in the way of anything fancy.

I was a huge fan of their last album, which I felt was the best of their career to date, but this one hasn’t grabbed me in the same way at all. It is okay, in fact it’s quite good, but it doesn’t have that touch of brilliance and class from the last one. I can’t put my finger on it, not sure if it is the songs, the arrangements or the production, as Bobby certainly hasn’t changed his approach and his rough-edged vocal style is still at the centre of all they do. I can’t imagine them ever releasing a bad album, but for me this certainly isn’t as essential as some of their others.

OVERKILL The Wings Of War

Album · 2019 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"The Wings Of War" is the 20th full-length studio album by US, New York based thrash/heavy metal act Overkill. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in February 2019. It´s the successor to "The Grinding Wheel" from 2017 and features one lineup change since the predecessor as drummer Ron Lipnicki has been replaced by Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Anthrax, Toxik, Flotsam and Jetsam).

"The Wings Of War" pretty much continues the energetic and raw thrash/heavy metal style of "The Grinding Wheel (2017)" (and the style on quite a few albums before that one), with hard edged thrash/groove/heavy metal riffs, blistering solos, and a strong playing rhythm section. It´s sharp, it´s raw, and it´s powerful. The icing on the cake is as always the rusty "fuck you" attitude loaded vocals by lead vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. His voice is like listening to nails put through a grinder but at the same time he is able to put enough melodic hooks and catchy phrases into the songs, to always keep a good balance between the raw and the more accessible.

There´s little out of the ordinary featured on "The Wings Of War" but all tracks are of a relatively high quality. Highlights include the opener "Last Man Standing", the heavy groove laden "Distortion", and the fast-paced and energetic "Welcome to the Garden State", but all tracks are pretty much of an equal quality and catchiness. The band are as usual incredibly well playing and obviously very passionate about what they do, and that´s one of their greatest assets.

Upon conclusion "The Wings Of War" is yet another high quality release by Overkill and I´m still amazed that they can continue to produce music of this quality, keeping in mind this is their 20th full-length studio album. There have been small ups and downs in quality over the years, but they are more or less the definition of solidity. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

OVERKILL Coverkill

Boxset / Compilation · 1999 · Thrash Metal
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"Coverkill" is the 10th full-length studio album by US, New York based thrash metal act Overkill. The album was released through CMC International Records in October 1999. "Coverkill" is a covers album featuring tracks by artists like Motörhead, Sex Pistols, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, and no less than three covers by Black Sabbath. 10 out of 12 tracks were recorded during the same recording sessions at Carriage House Studios, while the remaining two were recorded at other studios.

Covers albums are always a bit hard to review, as they are often a very subjective listening experience and people´s opinions if an artist does a great job or a poor one covering their musical heroes usually vary greatly. Personally I think Overkill does a pretty good job overall on this release, bringing in the right amount of themselves without straying too far from the originals. When you have a singer like Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth fronting your band, it could not be any other way though. "Blitz" has a very distinct sounding voice and delivery, which is one of the primary defining elements of Overkill´s sound, and his performance here also ensures that even though these tracks were written by other artists, you´re never in doubt that it´s Overkill playing. All 12 tracks on the 43:29 minutes long album are worth investigating, but to my ears "Space Truckin'" by Deep Purple and "Tyrant" by Judas Priest are among the highlights.

The sound production is powerful and metallic. Fully in sync with the "regular" Overkill albums which bookend "Coverkill". There´s a slight difference in the way some of the tracks are produced, but the album is generally consistent sounding. The musicianship is also on a high level throughout, and "Coverkill" is overall a pretty good covers album by Overkill. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

OVERKILL From the Underground and Below

Album · 1997 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"From the Underground and Below" is the 9th full-length studio album by US, New York based thrash metal act Overkill. The album was released through Steamhammer Records in September 1997. It´s the successor to "The Killing Kind" from 1996...

...and if you are familiar with "The Killing Kind (1996)", "From the Underground and Below" pretty much continues where that album left off. It´s groove oriented thrash metal with a very heavy sound production. The band are as always very well playing and Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth delivers his raw vocals with conviction and passion.

The material is generally well written and relatively effective, but the songwriting is not exactly adventurous and there aren´t many tracks featured on the album which are catchy beyond what is usual for the band´s material. "Long Time Dyin'" has since become a live stable for the band, and it´s one of the highlights on the album, but it´s probably "Promises" which stands out the most on the album, as it´s a power ballad type track, which you won´t hear often from Overkill.

As mentioned "From the Underground and Below" features a very powerful sound production, which provides the music with an ultra heavy sound. There´s a metallic tone to it (especially the bass), which suits the music well. Upon conclusion "From the Underground and Below" is another quality release by Overkill and while it´s not the strongest release in their discography and you´ll have to be able to appreciate the groove metal element (which is something I´ve learned a lot of old school thrash metal listeners have a very hard time doing), it´s still a pretty good album deserving a 3.5 star (70%) rating.

OVERKILL Movies Reviews

OVERKILL Overkill: Wrecking Everything - Live

Movie · 2002 · Thrash Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
If you are even remotely interested in New York Thrash Metal pioneers Overkill, this is an absolute must own product. The DVD set features two discs the two most important features of which are firstly a twenty four track, 120 minute concert from New Jersey in 2001 and secondly Batmen; a very informative documentary that takes up most of discs 2′s 99 minute run time. The concert is as energetic and entertaining as you would expect from Overkill, one of the hardest working and most consistent Thrash bands out there, with a complex light show and seemingly all the dry ice in North America. Songs like ‘Evil Never Dies,’ and ‘Overkill,’ are given the full theatrical treatment as the lights control the mood while Blitz, D.D and the rest of the band bathe in fog. The band put in one hell of a performance, with most songs sounding almost better than the studio originals and Bobby Blitz Ellsworth keeping the crowd entertained in between songs. The track listing is absolutely fantastic, with twenty four tracks spanning the bands entire career there is something for everyone from absolute classics like ‘In Union We Stand,’ ‘Rotten To The Core,’ and ‘ Hello From The Gutter,’ to songs like ‘Necroshine,’ and ‘Gasoline Dream.’ The documentary; Batmen, features candid and interesting interviews with all the members of Overkill mixed in with classic 1980s live footage from various tours and is packed full of interesting anecdotes and stories that both entertain the viewer and endear them to the band who seem like genuinely good, real people with no rock star pretensions. The DVD only loses one star because the sound and video have aged a little and the documentary is edited poorly, full of cheesy wipes and inappropriate transitions but don’t let that put you off too much, Wrecking Everything is a fantastic addition to any Metal collection. There’s no question about it, if you like Overkill you really ought to own this.

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