Overkill

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Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band from New Jersey (USA).

The band known for rejecting several names, which includes "Virgin Killer", this new band finally settled on "Overkill", naming themselves after a Motörhead album.
Overkill were formed in New Jersey when a previous D.D. Verni/Rat Skates (real names: Carlos Verni and Lee Kundrat - the stage names were tributes to favourite punk bands, the Ramones featuring Dee Dee Ramone, and the Damned, featuring Rat Scabies... Bobby Blitz was taken from The Dead Boys' Johnny Blitz!) project, a punk band called The Lubricunts, broke up in 1980. (There's a picture of the Lubricunts demo cover in the Wrecking Your Neck liner notes.) D.D. quickly wanted to form a new band, so he put out an ad which was answered by guitarist Robert Pisarek (who came up with the name Overkill), but he was quickly replaced by Dan Spitz and Anthony Ammendolo.

Early covers (especially those done under the Virgin Killer name in the very very early days) were punk songs for the most part, including selections by the Ramones, and The Dead Boys. By 1980, they had recruited two guitarists (names forgotten over time) and the setlist included songs by Motorhead ("Overkill", half of the Ace of Spades album, and others), Judas Priest ("Tyrant" was their closer for a while), and later Iron Maiden and Riot, as well as a smattering of punk covers, which were played with extra distortion, intensity, and concentration on riffs.

In 1981, guitarists Dan Spitz (later of Anthrax) and Anthony Ammendolo left the band and Rich Conte entered with Mike Sherry. At this point, they started writing originals, including "Grave Robbers", "Raise the Dead", "Overkill", and "Unleash the Beast Within". More originals would follow, including "Rotten to the Core". Somewhere around this time Rich and Dan left and Bobby entered with Joe somebody on guitars. The band became a staple at New York and New Jersey clubs around 1982, and soon Bobby lived up to his "Blitz" nickname, earning an ejection from the band for a few days in 1983!

Around this time, the fluorescent green logo was adopted - it was specifically chosen to stand out on a poster with lots of red logos of other bands on the bill.

The lineup would stay consistent until 1987, when "Rat" Skates left the band. He was replaced by Mark Archibole for a few gigs, and then on a permanent basis Sid Falck, previously of Paul Di'anno's Battlezone. (Bobby Blitz once said that the only former member he misses is co-founder Rat Skates.) Then, in 1990, Bobby G. left and was replaced by Rob Cannavino and Merritt Gant (Faith or Fear).

This lineup lasted until 1992, when Tim Mallare came in on drums. Rob and Merritt both left the band in 1995 (Rob became a motorcycle racer, and Merritt formed several other bands), being replaced by Joe Comeau (Liege Lord) and Sebastian Marino. Joe left in 1999 to become the vocalist for Annihilator, and the Coverkill album was recorded with new guitarist Dave Linsk. Sebastian left to spend more time with family, so Linsk played all the guitar parts on 2000's Bloodletting album, and Derek Tailor joined for the subsequent tour, and was also featured on Killbox 13. Tim Mallare left Overkill on his own accord after 14 years with the band in 2005.

Current line-up
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth: vocals (1980-)
Carlo "D.D. Blaze" Verni: bass (1980-)
Dave Linsk: lead guitar (1999-)
Derek "Skull" Tailer: rhythm guitar (2001-)
Jason Bittner: drums (2017-)
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Albums

MRIT-1469 Overkill - Feel The Fire album art Overkill Feel The Fire (Album) Megaforce Records MRIT-1469 US 1985 Sell This Version
N 0071 Overkill - Taking Over album art Overkill Taking Over (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic, Megaforce Worldwide, Megaforce Worldwide N 0071 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
25P2-2157 Overkill - Under The Influence album art Overkill = オーヴァーキル* Overkill = オーヴァーキル* - Under The Influence (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic 25P2-2157 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
none Overkill - The Years Of Decay album art Overkill The Years Of Decay (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic, Atlantic none Turkey 1989 Sell This Version
7 82283-4 Overkill - Horrorscope album art Overkill Horrorscope (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic 7 82283-4 Indonesia 1991 Sell This Version
82476 Overkill - I Hear Black album art Overkill I Hear Black (Album) Atlantic 82476 US 1992 Sell This Version
7567-82630-2 Overkill - W.F.O. album art Overkill W.F.O. (Album) Atlantic 7567-82630-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
CMC7603 Overkill - Wrecking Your Neck (Live) album art Overkill Wrecking Your Neck (Live) (Album) CMC International Records CMC7603 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
PCCY-00923 Overkill - The Killing Kind album art Overkill The Killing Kind (Album) Concrete (2) PCCY-00923 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
MASS 0334 Overkill - Wrecking Your Neck - Live Part 1 album art Overkill Wrecking Your Neck - Live Part 1(Cass, Album) Metal Mind Records MASS 0334 Poland 1996 Sell This Version
VICP-60155 Overkill - From The Underground And Below album art Overkill From The Underground And Below (Album) Steamhammer VICP-60155 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
06076 86279-2 Overkill - Coverkill album art Overkill Coverkill (Album) Steamhammer 06076 86279-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
ROC 015-25 Overkill - Necroshine album art Overkill Necroshine (Album) Steamhammer ROC 015-25 Romania 1999 Sell This Version
HM170 Overkill - Bloodletting album art Overkill Bloodletting (Album) Steamhammer HM170 Turkey 2000 Sell This Version
2292-2 Overkill - Wrecking Everything (Live) album art Overkill Wrecking Everything (Live) (Album) Spitfire Records 2292-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
SF2 5224 Overkill - Killbox 13 album art Overkill Killbox 13 (Album) Spitfire Records, Spitfire Records SF2 5224 US 2003 Sell This Version
HEL0424 Overkill - RELIXIV album art Overkill RELIXIV (Album) Spitfire Records HEL0424 Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
0180364BDM Overkill - Immortalis album art Overkill Immortalis (Album) Bodog Music 0180364BDM Germany 2007 Sell This Version
NB 2521-1, 27361 25211 Overkill - Ironbound album art Overkill Ironbound (Album) E1 Music NB 2521-1, 27361 25211 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
L100004460 Overkill - The Electric Age album art Overkill The Electric Age (Album, EP) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast L100004460 South Korea 2012 Sell This Version
NB 32140, 0602537875023 Overkill - White Devil Armory album art Overkill White Devil Armory (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 32140, 0602537875023 Australia 2014 Sell This Version
none Overkill - The Grinding Wheel album art Overkill The Grinding Wheel (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast none Germany 2017 Sell This Version
NB 4293-1, 27361 42931 Overkill - Live In Overhausen Volume One: Horrorscope album art Overkill Live In Overhausen Volume One: Horrorscope (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 4293-1, 27361 42931 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
NB 4294-1, 27361 42941 Overkill - Live In Overhausen Volume Two: Feel The Fire album art Overkill Live In Overhausen Volume Two: Feel The Fire (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 4294-1, 27361 42941 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
GQXS-90320~2 Overkill - Live In Overhausen album art Overkill Live In Overhausen (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast GQXS-90320~2 Japan 2018 Sell This Version