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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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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: 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: 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

9. Hell Is

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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: 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: 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: 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. Power Surge

7. In Union We Stand

8. Electro-Violence

9. Overkill Ii (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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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: The Years Of Decay

1. Time To Kill

2. Elimination

3. I Hate

4. Nothing To Die For

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: 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

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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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alabastervil l i s 0
i like the wizard of oz
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More albums ???
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Anybody else click the Under the Influence link in the bio?? Lol
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Wrecking crew.
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So many good albums that this band has and their not on pandora
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From Underground And Below ?????
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Necroshine ????
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Killing Kind ???
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alabastervil l i s 0
ill try that, thanks for the suggestion
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alabastervil l i s 0
is pandora givin anyone else 3 ads in a row? they just put 3 long ads in a row! how lame
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Saw them in concert with Slayer and Motorhead... Awesome show!
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Where's Necroshine
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Overkill is bad azzz..
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alabastervil l i s 0
saw them a few years ago opening for testament and their live shows are something to behold. i actually saw them open for slayer at the stone in sf for reign in blood. awesome powerful and one of the best shows i saw. two nights in a row
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Man I gotta get the I hear black album. All them, so far I like
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Still kicking a** in 2015!
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alabastervil l i s 0
overkill have always been better than metallica, always harder, louder an faster and always more prone to talk with fans and not down to them. they still put out great music. they should be in the big four
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I will and for ever more be a true overkill fan loyalty forever
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N.F.L.(NATIV E FOR LIFE)
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OVERKILL FOR LIFE!
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Imortalis and Ironbound are my favorite albums by these guys, sick as he'll band!
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Years of Decay is my personal favorite.
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ELIMINATION
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give a little...BAD A S S tune!!!
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El bajo de DD Verni muy chingon
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My is Zeke I'm 40 years old and I am and always will be a loyal follower for the rest of my life
My is dying from stage 4 cancer we have two beautiful kids boy And girl
You guys HELP me with getting away you f**kers f**kin RULE I'm from mn. Please let me know when your coming back I have a lot of aggression to let go love you guys never QUIT keep f**kin kick in a** pease Zeke Terhark 612 800 3390 let me when your coming back to mn.
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Metallica had what....3 good albums in their entire career....ov e r k i l l has that many in pretty much any ten year stretch throughout their career. OVERKILL OVER METALLICA!!
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Open up wide, I'm comin inside!!!!!! !
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Overkill should replace Metallica as part of the big four! By far a better band & definitely more thrash then s**tty Metallica!
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Krank it!
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Get my props
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jon12776
rock the f**k on!!
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I love these motherf**ker s they get no props
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Great song compliment to nazareth
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No Blitz no Overkill...s i m p l y stated...in a word...shred ! ! !
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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
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Killer band...Rat Skates has officially gone insane now though
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Steve Huey, you are a c**k sniffing gerbil, you are! your bio is worthless. Overkill rules.
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