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Overkill

New Jersey thrash 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. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Speed metal at its finest these guys slayer and kreator are the three best speed metal bands from feel the fire to W.F.O are their best set of albums I don't really like their newer stuff it just doest sound as good to me
Killer band...Rat Skates has officially gone insane now though
Steve Huey, you are a c**k sniffing gerbil, you are! your bio is worthless. Overkill rules.
F**k you! Overkill rules! They came out way before 84
overkill is one of the best band n the fuken world
Ah ! the good ole East Coast Days of the 80's.....
Overkill Is Killer
these guys deserve more credit on their bio than that'''' great band though.
Steve Huey , Your Bio sucks. F**king p**sy. Get your facts straight and actually listen to the band.
The Years of Decay baby!...Hell o from the gutter!
Rat Skates!!
Overkill is f**king heavy. And they do have musical diversity, just buy The Years of Decay. And by the way Steve Huey, Sid Falck was not the original drummer, Rat Skates was.
These guys deserve more credit they can fucken rock.
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Overkill is one of the best metal bands from the start of metal until this very day!! This Bio pandora did is just sad sad sad. Why do they say overkill has to be mainstream to compete with f-n Metallica?? Then to show how little they know they list Under the influence as one of the albums that built up their following wtf ?!?! Yes I think it's time to KILL!!
overkill rules,
Don't 4get hammerhead ......
jobsforfelix
Brainfade, classic thrash metal from my youth!
BURNOUT!
Aurora IL
F**k yeah! Overkill.... . .
Years of Decay best Overkill album!!
Rat Skates was the founding drummer
bobonnit, go back to listening to Kenny chesney and Katy perry if ya can't take the brutal precision executed by the legends of thrash... Overkill. They're not for candy-asses
Filthpig is obviously illiterate besides being retarded. This band is just a bunch of no talent noisemakers
Innocence is no excuse....st i c k your head inside the nuese
I'm talking about a POWERSURGE!! ! ! ! ! !
Gotta love Overkill, thrash pioneers!!!
Eliminate all fake f**kers! Overkill rules
They never sold out . Stuck to their music and fans. In Union We Fans Stand!
forgot Nuclear Assault
Hey Overkill haters. F**K OFF!!! They would kick your god damn asses if they weren't so busy with their music. Fans of Overkill? Keep defending the faith \m/
ihavemagicca r d s
Seen these guys twice live... hell of a show every time!! \m/
Wat?! THIS BIO for a contemporary of Slayer, Megadeth, and Metallica?!
Blitz for president :::::
With a history and album selection like this, OVERKILL only gets a one-paragrap h bio? I see you did your homework.
I have been an Overkill fan since '84, and feel that they should definitely be one of the heavy hitters in the thrash/ speed metal genre. Simply stated. In a word: SHRED!!!!!
Theres suckhole bobs on my f¥©king c**k...MY PANDORA whatta f¥©kin @sshole
daved8179
Great 8: Metallica slayer megadeth anthrax testament exodus sepultura and overkill.
dzombieslaye r j
So this is where a7x's deathbat came from.
shadisal2
What they mean by lacking musical diversity is they didn't produce their own Black Album or Countdown to Extinction, thereby going platinum. They stuck to their roots by being an all out thrash band, which we need more bands like that.
EMO=Weak Minded
Hello From the Gutter!!...E n u f f said!...F**k sad a** emos etc...
Get this garbage noise off of my Pandora
F**k all of you if ur comments!! Overkill kicks f**kin metal a**! Never sold out like Selloutica!
I think this is the lamest bio I have ever read in my life
Their first few albums do suck, but after the first few they are probably the best thrash band around.
overkill is so underated one of my favorite bands of all time
Love Overkill. I have to agree, that bio does suck Justin Beibers balls.
Quit hating on this band people, seriously what's wrong with y'all!
P.S. They're from NJ
Wow overkill formed like 1980 seriously thee first thrash band and you kidding me they werent musically diverse? Ugh whoever wrote this bio is an idiot.
Totally gay bio
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