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Overkill

An integral part of the early 1980s thrash metal movement, New Jersey quartet Overkill were formed in 1980 by vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and guitarist Bobby Gustafson, and also included bassist D.D. Verni and drummer Rat Skates (later replaced by Sid Falck). The band garnered a reputation for brutal, pounding speed and technique, but lacked the musical diversity to compete with heavy hitters like Metallica; still, Overkill built up a strong following in the metal underground with albums like 1985's Taking Over and 1988's Under the Influence. Gustafson quit in 1989 following the Years of Decay album, and was replaced by Rob Cannavino and Merritt Gant. The band recorded its most effective and varied album, Horrorscope, in 1991; drummer Tim Mallare took over on 1993's I Hear Black. Overkill's final major-label release was 1994's W.F.O, after which the band moved to CMC International. With a new guitar team of Joe Comeau and Sebastian Marino, Overkill recorded albums like 1996's The Killing Kind, 1997's From the Underground and Below, and 1999's Necroshine. Also issued in 1999, Coverkill celebrated the band's influences with renditions of songs by Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, the Sex Pistols, and others.

Overkill soldiered on into the year 2000 with Bloodletting and recorded the following tour for a live album, 2002's Live from Asbury Park. While on tour for their last two efforts, Ellsworth collapsed on-stage in Germany after suffering a mild stroke. It would prove to be a minor setback, however, as the band continued to not only put out albums, but also to refine its sound, starting with 2003's Killbox 13 and continuing on with 2005's ReliXIV and 2007's Immortalis. In 2010, Overkill really experienced a new resurgence with the release of Ironbound, which even found the band making an appearance on the Billboard charts. They followed up with another album of classic thrash in 2012 with The Electric Age. Ellsworth suffered another health-related setback the following year, having to cancel some tour dates after contracting mild pneumonia. He soon bounced back, however, and, riding their new wave of success, they plunged back into the studio to record another fan-pleasing album of breakneck thrash. Titled White Devil Armory, it was released in July of 2014 through Nuclear Blast. The following year saw the arrival of the mid-career retrospective Historikill: 1995–2007, and in late 2016 Overkill issued a new single, "Our Finest Hour," in anticipation of the release of their 18th studio long-player, Grinding Wheel, which dropped in February 2017. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Grinding Wheel

1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine

2. Goddamn Trouble

3. Our Finest Hour

4. Shine On

5. The Long Road

6. Let's All Go To Hades

7. Come Heavy

8. Red White And Blue

9. The Wheel

10. The Grinding Wheel

11. Emerald

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Track List: White Devil Armory (Bonus Version)

1. Xdm

2. Armorist

3. Down To The Bone

4. Pig

5. Bitter Pill

6. Where There's Smoke

7. Freedom Rings

8. Another Day To Die

9. King Of The Rat B**tards

10. It's All Yours

11. In The Name

12. The Fight Song

13. Miss Misery

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Track List: The Electric Age

1. Come And Get It

2. Electric Rattlesnake

3. Wish You Were Dead

4. Black Daze

5. Save Yourself

6. Drop The Hammer Down

7. 21st Century Man

8. Old Wounds, New Scars

9. All Over But The Shouting

10. Good Night

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Track List: Immortalis / Live At Wacken

Disc 1

1. Devils In The Mist

2. What It Takes

3. Skull And Bones

4. Shadow Of A Doubt

5. Hellish Pride

6. Walk Through Fire

7. Head On

8. Chalie Get Your Gun

9. Hell Is

10. Overkill V.. The Brand

11. Within Your Eyes

12. Nice Day For A Funeral

13. Blood And Iron

Disc 2
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Track List: Ironbound

1. The Green And Black

2. Ironbound

3. Bring Me The Night

4. The Goal Is Your Soul

5. Give A Little

6. Endless War

7. The Head And Heart

8. In Vain

9. Killing For A Living

10. The Src

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Track List: Wrecking Your Neck (Live)

1. Where It Hurts (Live)

2. Infectious (Live)

3. Coma (Live)

4. Supersonic Hate (Live)

5. Wrecking Crew (Live)

6. Powersurge (Live)

7. The Wait / New High In Lows (Live)

8. Skullcrusher (Live)

9. Spiritual Void (Live)

10. Hello From The Gutter (Live)

11. Anxiety (Live)

12. Elimination (Live)

13. Fast Junkie (Live)

14. World Of Hurt (Live)

15. Gasoline Dream (Live)

16. Rotten To The Core (Live)

17. Horrorscope (Live)

18. Under One (Live)

19. New Machine (Live)

20. Thanx For Nothin' (Live)

21. B**tard Nation (Live)

22. F**k You (Live)

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Track List: Immortalis

1. Devils In The Mist

2. What It Takes

3. Skull And Bones

4. Shadow Of A Doubt

5. Hellish Pride

6. Walk Through Fire

7. Head On

8. Charlie Get Your Gun

9. Hell Is

10. Overkill V...The Brand

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Track List: Relix IV

1. Within Your Eyes

2. Love

3. Loaded Rack

4. Bats In The Belfry

5. A Pound Of Flesh

6. Keeper

7. Wheelz

8. The Mark

9. Play The Ace

10. Old School

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Track List: Killbox 13

1. Devil By The Tail

2. Damned

3. No Lights

4. The One

5. Crystal Clear

6. The Sound Of Dying

7. Until I Die

8. Struck Down

9. Unholy

10. I Rise

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Track List: Hello From The Gutter

1. Hello From The Gutter (Live)

2. Necroshine

3. God-Like

4. Powersurge (Live)

5. Never Say Die

6. Coma (Live)

7. The Rip N' Tear

8. Battle

9. Electro Violence (Live)

10. Thunderhead

11. Overkill

12. F**k You

13. Rotten To The Core

14. Bleed Me

15. Long Time Dyin'

16. Fatal If Swallowed

17. Elimination (Live)

18. Black Line

19. Overkill (Cover Version)

20. World Of Hurt (Live)

21. Hammerhead

22. Skullcrusher (Live)

23. Kill At Command

24. B**tard Nation (Live)

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Track List: Wrecking Everything

1. Necroshine (Live)

2. Thunderhead (Live)

3. Evil Never Dies (Live)

4. Deny the Cross (Live)

5. I Hate (Live)

6. Shred (Live)

7. Bleed Me (Live)

8. Long Time Dyin' (Live)

9. It Lives (Live)

10. Battle (Live)

11. The Years of Decay (Live)

12. In Union We Stand (Live)

13. Overkill (Live)

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Track List: Bloodletting

1. Thunderhead

2. Bleed Me

3. What I'm Missing

4. Death Comes Out To Play

5. Let It Burn

6. I, Hurricane

7. Left Hand Man

8. Blown Away

9. My Name Is Pain

10. Can't Kill A Dead Man

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Track List: Coverkill

1. Overkill (Live)

2. No Feelings

3. Hymn 43

4. Changes

5. Space Truckin'

6. Deuce

7. Never Say Die

8. Death Tone

9. Cornucopia

10. Tyrant

11. Ain't Nothing To Do

12. I'm Against It

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Track List: Necroshine

1. Necroshine

2. My December

3. Let Us Prey

4. 80 Cycles

5. Revelation

6. Stone Cold Jesus

7. Forked Tongue Kiss

8. I Am Fear

9. Black Line

10. Dead Man

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Track List: From the Underground and Below

1. It Lives

2. Save Me

3. Long Time Dyin'

4. Genocya

5. Half Past Dead

6. F.U.C.T.

7. I'm Alright

8. The Rip N' Tear

9. Promises

10. Little Bit O' Murder

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Track List: The Killing Kind

1. Battle

2. God-Like

3. Certifiable

4. Burn You Down/To Ashes

5. Let Me Shut That For You

6. Bold Face Pagan Stomp

7. Feeding Frenzy

8. The Cleansing

9. The Morning After/Private Bleeding

10. Cold, Hard Fact

11. Cornucopia

12. Tyrant

13. Killogy

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Track List: I Hear Black

1. Dreaming In Columbian

2. I Hear Black

3. World Of Hurt

4. Feed My Head

5. Shades Of Grey

6. Spiritual Void

7. Ghost Dance

8. Weight Of The World

9. Ignorance And Innocence

10. Undying

11. Just Like You

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Track List: Horrorscope

1. Coma

2. Infectious

3. Blood Money

4. Thanx For Nothin'

5. Bare Bones

6. Horrorscope

7. New Machine

8. Frankenstein

9. Live Young, Die Free

10. Nice Day ... For A Funeral

11. Soulitude

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Track List: The Years Of Decay

1. Time To Kill

2. Elimination

3. I Hate

4. Nothing To Die For

5. Playing With Spiders/Skullkrusher

6. Birth Of Tension

7. Who Tends The Fire

8. The Years Of Decay

9. E.vil N.ever D.ies

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Track List: Under The Influence

1. Shred

2. Never Say Never

3. Hello From The Gutter

4. Mad Gone World

5. Brainfade

6. Drunken Wisdom

7. End Of The Line

8. Head First

9. Overkill Iii (Under The Influence)

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Track List: Taking Over

1. Deny The Cross

2. Wrecking Crew

3. Fear His Name

4. Use Your Head

5. Fatal If Swallowed

6. Powersurge

7. In Union We Stand

8. Electro-Violence

9. Overkill Ll (The Nightmare Continues)

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Track List: Feel The Fire

1. Raise The Dead

2. Rotten To The Core

3. There's No Tomorrow

4. Second Son

5. Hammerhead

6. Feel The Fire

7. Blood And Iron

8. Kill At Command

9. Overkill

10. Sonic Reducer

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Track List: Armorist (Single)

1. Armorist

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kelleylinda8 4 0
❤❤❤❤❤
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Song : overkill

It not alright , but, I'll be ok :)
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⚡️♦️⚡️♦️⚡️♦️
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New album out today \m/
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Totally awesome Jam by Overkill. Its a classic rock tune, evil Never Dies this totally f****** rocks! It's Overkill at their finest! Rock on!
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If I'm looking at the ceiling then I must be lying on the floor.
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I heard this band long time ago in union we stand#!!!!!! ! ! ! ! #
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Got ironbound for christmas... . . . . . p e r f e c t !
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The first time I ever heard Overkill I was in the gym with the pantera station on...my preworkout hadn't kicked in yet but coincidental l y when overkill popped on and started thrashing the bejeesus out of my eardrums my preworkout kicked in....


I literally had the best workout ever
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_______\ ^ ^ | ⚡️ ❤️ ⚡️ | ^ ^ /_______
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samdart12
cant wait to see you in Albuquerque
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Overkill shreds. Phenomenal bass work by DD Verni
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F U C K I N G love this band.
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normansmith2 0 0 2
I see them every time the come to GA. I drove with my son to VA to see them for his 16th b-day. We also drove to KY to see them. (just for me, to avoid arguments) I can listen to other bands, but they are the only band that get my blood moving. NOTICE!!! don't listen while driving!! Age, 44
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normansmith2 0 0 2
Test
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Awesome tune,and an absolutely great album!!
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Totally awesome tune, by Overkill. The years of decay, this song and this album: The years of decay, totally rocks a**! Overkill rocks! @ kicks a**! I love this tune. Rock on!
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Killer! METAL UP PEEPS!
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The real big 4
Slayer
Exodus
Overkill
Testament
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Where is necroshine
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Exodus before for Overkill? How does that even compute? One decent and one good album vs. Horrorscope, The Years of Decay, Under the Influence, W.F.O.,etc. Testament is way way better than Exodus, as is Suicidal Tenancies, Nuclear Assault, and Death Angle. Exodus can go and Toxic Waltz with Metal Church and Flotsam and Jetsam.
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\m/ (-_-) \m/
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Overkill is good, but if you're going to make the big 4 the big 5, then I'd put Exodus in there before Overkill.
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Bobby Blitz an Overkill I heared them in a long time a f****** Jammin band! Hard rock and roll, this just jams! Rock on!
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Hey bud - if we could have electric geetar, then we can have electric drums / its revolutionar y bAby
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\ ^ ^ | ⚡️ ❤️ ⚡️ | ^ ^ /
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Persistence & overkill go hand in hand
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Huh ? Wtf ?
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I agree
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The years of decay and horoscope
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i Hear Black is good but it has a different sound its good though GOOD STUFF ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!
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Wrecking crew
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Under the influence is definitely top ten metal albums of all time material!
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Necroshine is missing from discography. Great album
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alabastervil l i s 0
overkill is the best reason they should change the big 4 to the big 5. Pound for pound they have put out more heavier and highly listenable cds then the others, Megadeth has had some loser cds, dont even get me started on metellica who only get included becus the 1st 3 albums, slayer were great but im still waiting for a slayer cd that doesnt sound the same and anthrax, well their hit and miss, Overkill stands atop of them all
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Very under rated band, the SHRED!
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Years off decay best album
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Oh and yo reaperlsx02 yes they sound alot alike,they both have that Elmo type voice haha someone should make a vid with Elmo doin vox to an Overkill song like Time to Kill haha that would b a good one! Oh and one other thing how the f u c k do u hear a color?!?
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Idk I Hear Black kinda sucks,i mean it's not too bad it just doesn't sound like Overkill,too bluesy,it's kinda like their black album
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How do these guys actually get better every album? And they tour constantly! Saw them live a few times, and no one can touch this band. No one!
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As far as not being recognized as huge as Metallica, at least OverKill NEVER let us down, they have continued to put out great albums, and still continue to do so
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Is it just me, or does Exodus and Overkill's lead singers sound a lot alike?
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Shred!
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I Hear Black
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Nice and f**k you haters
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Very underrated band.
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The Killing kind is good too Pandora
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Where is the necroshine album
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i like the wizard of oz
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More albums ???
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