Overkill ‎– W.F.O.

Atlantic ‎– 82630-2
CD, Album


1 Where It Hurts 5:33
2 Fast Junkie 4:21
3 The Wait-New High In Lows 5:46
4 They Eat Their Young 4:57
5 What's Your Problem 5:10
6 Under One 4:14
7 Supersonic Hate 4:17
8 R.I.P. (Undone) 1:43
9 Up To Zero 4:07
10 Bastard Nation 5:38
11 Gasoline Dream 6:52
98 Untitled 4:55

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Recorded & mixed at Ambient Recording Co., Stamford CT, April-May 1994
Mastered at Masterdisk, NYC

"R.I.P. is dedicated to our friend Criss Oliva.
Bastard Nation is for Europe where they still remember!"

Without IFPI codes.

Tracks 12-97 & 99 are blank tracks; tracks 12-95 are 0:03-0:04 each, track 96 is 2:56, track 97 is 9:00
Track 98 is not listed on the cover

The title of this album is an abbreviation for "Wide Fucking Open".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 075678263026
  • Matrix / Runout: 3 82630-2 SRC##04 M1S1

Other Versions (5 of 31) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
107 Overkill W.F.O.(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Audio ART (5) 107 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CD 82630 Overkill W.F.O.(CD, Album) Atlantic CD 82630 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
82630-4 Overkill W.F.O.(Cass, Album) Milletlerarası Müzik Yayınları Ltd. 82630-4 Turkey 1994 Sell This Version
RG0262 Overkill W.F.O.(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Rock Gallery RG0262 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
82630-2 Overkill W.F.O.(CD, Album, Club) Atlantic 82630-2 US 1994 Sell This Version


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April 28, 2018
Really bad sounding vinyl, awful cover quality. Buy only if you have money to spend for records you will never listen again once spinned.


March 22, 2018
Solid Overkill album, featuring their best anthem “Bastard Nation.”

Released in 1994, W.F.O. is Overkill’s seventh album and completed their first decade of recorded material. It was the band’s third release after the departure of original guitarist/songwriter Bobby Gustafson, who was replaced by guitar duo, Merritt Gant and Rob Cannavino, the latter being Gustafson’s former guitar tech. W.F.O. was the last of three albums with the duo. Gant wanted to get away from the demands of touring to spend time with his family while Cannavino wanted to focus on motorcycle racing.

W.F.O was the first album produced by the band and the last album released through Atlantic Records, who released their previous five albums. Several critics lambasted DD’s bass sound on W.F.O. as too overwhelming in the mix, but I never had a problem with it except that the tone is kinda wimpy (similar to the weak bass sound on Testament’s PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH). Other than that, it’s nice to prominently hear the bass.

In any case, the group obviously wanted to get back to thrash basics after the experimental I HEAR BLACK (1993). But I wouldn’t call W.F.O. conventional by any means; it still has Overkill’s penchant for quirkiness and diversity. Look no further than the top song of the album, “Bastard Nation,” for which a video was eventually released (although it might have been the live version from 1995’s WRECKING YOUR NECK). Another example of diversity is the atypical instrumental acoustic piece “R.I.P. (Undone).”

“The Wait/New High in Lows” is also a highlight, which starts out with a quote from the 1993 crime thriller “Carlito’s Way.” Other notables include: the catchy “Under One,” “Supersonic Hate,” “Up to Zero” and the closer “Gasoline Dream” with its cool acoustic fade-out.

While W.F.O. is a decent effort, it paved the way for the band’s top two albums ever, THE KILLING KIND (1996) and FROM THE UNDERGROUND AND BELOW (1997).



January 12, 2017
LP reissue of "W.F.O." (first time on vinyl!!!) and "I hear black" is planned for may 2017: