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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The Grinding WheelThe Grinding Wheel
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OVERKILL albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 3.78 | 32 ratings
Feel The Fire
Thrash Metal 1985
.. Album Cover 3.99 | 31 ratings
Taking Over
Thrash Metal 1987
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 32 ratings
Under The Influence
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 4.03 | 39 ratings
The Years Of Decay
Thrash Metal 1989
.. Album Cover 4.26 | 34 ratings
Horrorscope
Thrash Metal 1991
.. Album Cover 3.22 | 17 ratings
I Hear Black
Groove Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 3.57 | 14 ratings
W.F.O.
Thrash Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 3.32 | 13 ratings
The Killing Kind
Thrash Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 3.79 | 10 ratings
From the Underground and Below
Thrash Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.31 | 5 ratings
Coverkill
Thrash Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 3.81 | 11 ratings
Necroshine
Thrash Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 4.06 | 8 ratings
Bloodletting
Thrash Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 3.81 | 12 ratings
Killbox 13
Thrash Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.38 | 9 ratings
ReliXIV
Thrash Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 3.28 | 12 ratings
Immortalis
Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.26 | 41 ratings
Ironbound
Thrash Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 4.32 | 34 ratings
The Electric Age
Thrash Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 14 ratings
White Devil Armory
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 4.41 | 9 ratings
The Grinding Wheel
Thrash Metal 2017

OVERKILL EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Overkill
Thrash Metal 1985
.. Album Cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
Fuck You
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Can
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live to the Core
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live from OZ
Thrash Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Man in Black / Warrior Heart
Thrash Metal 2017

OVERKILL live albums

.. Album Cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Wrecking Your Neck: Live
Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 4.98 | 4 ratings
Wrecking Everything
Thrash Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Extended Versions
Thrash Metal 2002

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

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

OVERKILL re-issues & compilations

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Rotten to the Core
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 3.98 | 4 ratings
Fuck You and Then Some
Thrash Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Then & Now
Thrash Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unholy
Thrash Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Devil by the Tail
Thrash Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Historikill 1995 - 2007
Thrash Metal 2015

OVERKILL singles (9)

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Hello from the Gutter
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Head First
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Hear Black
Thrash Metal 1993
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Spiritual Void
Thrash Metal 1993
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Rip 'n Tear
Thrash Metal 1997
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bring Me the Night
Thrash Metal 2010
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ironbound
Thrash Metal 2010
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Electric Rattlesnake
Thrash Metal 2012
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wish You Were Dead
Thrash Metal 2012

OVERKILL movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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0.00 | 0 ratings
US Speed Metal Attack
Thrash Metal 1986
.. Album Cover
4.67 | 3 ratings
Videoscope
Thrash Metal 1991
.. Album Cover
4.45 | 3 ratings
Overkill: Wrecking Everything - Live
Thrash Metal 2002
.. Album Cover
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Wacken Open Air 2007
Thrash Metal 2008

OVERKILL Reviews

OVERKILL The Grinding Wheel

Album · 2017 · Thrash Metal
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"The Grinding Wheel" is the 19th full-length studio album by US, New York based thrash/heavy metal act Overkill. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in February 2017. It´s the successor to "White Devil Armory" from 2014 and it features the exact same lineup who recorded the predecessor. Since the release of "Ironbound (2010)", Overkill have been on a roll. Not that the releases before that album aren´t worth a mention, but it was like they stepped it up on that album, and the high quality of "Ironbound (2010)" was continued on "The Electric Age (2012)" and on "White Devil Armory (2014)". In fact the quality has been so high that I was beginning to worry when a fall would come. Most artists have streaks of great albums and streaks of not so great ones, and Overkill are no different in that regard, although they generally have very few albums in their by now major discography, which aren´t at least of a relatively high quality.

Thankfully Overkill have decided to prolong the streak of high quality albums with "The Grinding Wheel". Stylistically the material on the 10 track, 60:12 minutes long album is the sound of Overkill as we know them. Thrashy riffs and rhythms, a high in the mix metallic toned bass, occasional traditional heavy metal leanings, an attitude filled "Fuck You" attitude, and Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth´s raw rusty vocals in front. The energy and the conviction and passion behind the delivery are infectious, and it is not audible that this is a band almost 40 years into their career (Overkill was formed as far back as 1980). Overkill sound as hungry and ass kicking aggressive as ever.

There is not a single sub par track on the album, but there are a couple which stand out a little more than the rest and I´d mention "Mean Green Killing Machine", "Goddamn Trouble" (which sounds like Nashville Pussy on speed), "Our Finest Hour", "The Long Road" (a brilliant track with both epic and melodic moments, but also some hard edged thrashy riffing), "Come Heavy" (a Black Sabbath influenced track), "Red White And Blue" (a scorching thrasher), and the closing title track (an epic heavy song, which also features a faster paced thrashy section), as some of the highlights.

The musicianship is on a high level on all posts. Powerful tight drumming and bass playing, strong guitar playing and great soloing, and a "Blitz" in top vocal form. "The Grinding Wheel" is incredibly well produced, featuring a powerful, clear, and detailed production, which brings out the best in the material. So upon conclusion "The Grinding Wheel" is yet another high quality release by Overkill. Therefore my fear of a fall after greatness didn´t hold true this time around, and I just have to bow in the dust for the thrash/heavy metal kings of New Jersey. They´ve done it again. A 4.5 star (90%) is fully deserved.

OVERKILL The Grinding Wheel

Album · 2017 · Thrash Metal
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"I grabbed a tape from the floor of the car, jammed it in the dash it played Highway Star. With a foot of lead and that Chevy hop, never gonna stop!"

The Mean, Green, Killing Machine is back with The Grinding Wheel, so Let's All Go to Hades to listen to the Finest Hour. We listeners may get into some Goddamn Trouble while taking The Long Road, but forever Shine On. Come Heavy as The Wheel spins while the Red, White, and Blue waves. Overkill's back after a bit longer of a wait than usual, and it's worth it. As this is simply one of the greatest albums the band and music itself has ever produced.

Opening with the rampaging thrash of "Mean, Green, Killing Machine", this album pretty much never lets up with speedy rapid thrashings and groovy swaggering. The no-bullshit romp and stomp of the track "Goddamn Trouble" is essentially Overkill's own Highway Star and just makes you want to step on the gas and blast away to some tunes that are on absolute fire. This is a band that's been around for well over 30 years, but has more energy than most modern bands can claim to have. Take the rampaging punchy thrash that the band has been blazin' through since 2010's Ironbound, and mix it with a southern bluesy swaggering groove and a bit of Iron Maiden-esque epicness, and you got this killer record.

It's pretty much impossible to pick highlights, as every song slays and has an unbelievable amount of energy. Just try and not to get pumped and ready to conquer the world when listening to this album. Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth gives one of the greatest vocal performances ever, spitting both epic and energetic fun vocal lines. It's impossible to not chant along to songs like "The Long Road" and "Red, White, and Blue" with the delivery of lines like "We're goin' down the mountain, boys" and "Give us liberty, or we can give you death!". D.D. Verni's basslines are just as fantastic as always, and keeps a catchy as hell rhythm section with Ron Lipnicki absolutely walloping the drum kit like there's no tomorrow. Dave Linsk and Derek "The Skull" Tailer both shred and swing like the thrash masters they are, and are among the very best. The thrashings are brutal, the bluesy grooves are just swingin', and the epic moments couldn't be more epic. The title track that closes the album is the definition of a fantastic finale, it maintains the crunch and speed in places of the rest of the album all the while being a nearly 8-minute epic worthy of classic Iron Maiden or Rush's Cygnus X-1. The orchestration and vocals will send shivers down the spine at the end of the massive conclusion to The Grinding Wheel.

As much as some bands may try, nothing says consistent like Overkill, with only Anvil coming close to matching the classic thrash metal act's consistency. Overkill goes beyond consistency though, and makes one of the greatest damn albums ever made. It's an equal to The Years of Decay, which is another one of the greatest albums ever made. If you are a fan of real, no-bullshit metal, listen to this album. You know, even if you just need a reminder about what metal is, Overkill is metal in it's most powerful form. Even on their sixteenth studio album, Overkill continues to deliver the old school thrashing goods. Just like those lyrics from "Goddamn Trouble", Overkill ain't never gonna stop. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

OVERKILL The Grinding Wheel

Album · 2017 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
2017’s ‘The Grinding Wheel’ saw the same line-up as their previous outing, but there is something different about this album which I can’t really put my finger on. Is it the overall production sound? Well, the final mix was conducted by the maestro Andy Sneap, so maybe that’s it. Or is it the urgency and passion that is really coming from this album in spades? Is it the quality of the songs themselves? I give up. I have most, if not all, of their albums and this is their finest yet. A band that started back in 1980 shouldn’t really be producing their finest work nearly forty years later! But here it is, and a delight it from the start through very nearly to the end (more on that later).

Bobby Blitz and D.D Verni are still writing all the material, but here they have stepped it up a notch and there are audible nods to bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath as well as peers such as Testament and Exodus. The chorus to “Our Finest Hour” is “I'll be your conscience I'll be your guide, I'll be the black-hand that stops your genocide, I'll be the understanding undisputed power, I'll hold your hand in this our finest hour”. As they say, it is their finest hour, with loads of power, and this has a hook that makes me want to play it again and again. Some of the others are a bit more tongue in cheek, such as “Let’s All Go To Hades” where they deliberately slow it down for the introduction before speeding up again - reminiscent of some old NWOBHM numbers. This is one that makes me smile each timer I hear it.

My only major groan of the album itself is the title cut, which is the last song on the album. It ends by fading out into a few delicate notes. I have no idea what is going on here, or why, but is no way to end a thrash album. But, in some ways that seems a minor quibble on what is a very fine album indeed. Turn it up, play it loud, this album deserves to be treated with respect.

OVERKILL White Devil Armory

Album · 2014 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
There aren’t many bands who have it made it to their eighteenth album, let alone a thrash act, but this 2014 release is just that. Okay, so only singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni have been there throughout, but they have kept the flag flying high, and the current five-man line-up came together in 2005, so it’s not surprising that they know what they are doing. Unlike some bands who broke through in the thrash scene (mentioning no names, but they used to have Dave Mustaine in their ranks), these guys have stayed true to their roots and haven’t moved musically a long way from their 1985 debut.

With Overkill, the listener always knows what they are going to get, and in many ways they are a load of fun, but to my ears this album is nothing more than that. It’s good, it’s solid, it’s strong and tight, but nothing more than that. There is nothing on here that really makes it stand out from any of their other albums, and there’s the issue. If you enjoy thrash metal, then you’ll enjoy it while it’s on, but is there anything essenial on here that will make you go back and play it again? That’s a very different question, and not one that I am sure I can answer.

OVERKILL The Grinding Wheel

Album · 2017 · Thrash Metal
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siLLy puPPy
Well into the second decade of the 21st century and more than 30 years after their debut album hit the market, OVERKILL continue to release astonishingly consistent quality thrash metal recordings that while firmly planted in the parameters of their established brand of heavy thrash riffs embellished by high energy workouts and accessible melodic hooks always manage to eke out a distinct identity for each album that they uncage. THE GRINDING WHEEL is their 18th studio album and it seems that the band is absolutely nowhere near the end of their career as this album continues their tradition of well-crafted thrash metal headbangers that find Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth’s distinct vocals sounding just as top form as ever. While the bigwigs of 80s thrash stardom take entire decades to conjure up a new release to the public, OVERKILL seems to have a bottomless well of inspiration has seems to take no more than three years between albums.

OVERKILL has really stepped up their game in the last decade with an unthinkable energetic development that has taken their trademark sound and given it a much needed vitality boost especially beginning with “Ironbound” and continuing gracefully with “The Electric Age” and “White Devil Armory.” THE GRINDING WHEEL will not be too much of surprise to stalwart head banging worshippers of thrash and it indeed continues down the path set forth on the previous albums, however there is a return to a dirty grunge type of sound on this one. There is also a lot more undercurrents of Judas Priest type NWOBM grooves going on with Ellsworth’s vocal phrasing sounding a lot like Halford at times. It also sounds like the guitar and bass are tuned down a bit giving a darker bass fueled distortion with more traditional 80s style riffs. Despite the more traditional metal aspects shining through within the album’s run, there are still thrash influences aplenty with more than a comparable riff to classic Metallica, Testament or even Pantera. While the production on recent albums has been quite crystal clear, on THE GRINDING WHEEL is seems to be deliberately muddy and for me has sort of a dirty Motorhead feel to it. While it’s obvious that OVERKILL is going for a more retro feel to this album even including Sabbathy doom riffs on “Come Heavy,” there is a fine balance between keeping it grungy with raw dirty distorted energy and a nice production value which shines in between the cracks of the heavy riffs as well as on the slick polished choral outro of the title track.

THE GRINDING WHEEL will not disappoint any longtime fans of OVERKILL for sure but equally it does not offer any sort of experimentation that will attract newer listeners who haven’t already been won over. For my personal tastes i am a huge fan of the newer phase of OVERKILL’s career preferring them to even the stellar releases of their early days and in many ways THE GRINDING WHEEL harks back to the soul of the 80s dirty old-school thrash which i find quite the satisfying listen but doesn’t quite have the diversity of dynamics that albums like “Ironbound” quite had but despite not quite measuring up to the thrash-terpieces of the metal world, THE GRINDING WHEEL is yet another stellar quality release from OVERKILL proving that they deserve the coveted crown of thrash metal overlords as Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax have become quite predicable and never quite muster up enough quality moments to keep my interest much anymore on newer offerings. OVERKILL on the other hand consistently keep the thrash candles burning and never once disappoint even on their more experimental albums such as “Bloodletting.” Like many newer metal releases, there are many different types of releases offering fans different versions of the album. Mine is a digipak which contains the bonus track “Emerald,” a Thin Lizzy tune off their “Jailbreak” but actually sounds more Iron Maiden than anything else on the album.

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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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