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-)
Ron Lipnicki: drums (2005-)


Overkill Discography Tracks


Overkill Feel The Fire (Album) Megaforce Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Overkill Taking Over (Album) Atlantic Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Overkill = オーヴァーキル* Overkill = オーヴァーキル* - Under The Influence (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic Japan 1988 Sell This Version
Overkill The Years Of Decay (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic, Atlantic Turkey 1989 Sell This Version
Overkill Horrorscope (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic Indonesia 1991 Sell This Version
Overkill I Hear Black (Album) Atlantic US 1992 Sell This Version
Overkill W.F.O. (Album) Atlantic Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Overkill Wrecking Your Neck - Live (Album) Concrete (2) Canada 1995 Sell This Version
Overkill The Killing Kind (Album) Concrete (2) Japan 1996 Sell This Version
Overkill From The Underground And Below (Album) Steamhammer Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Overkill Coverkill (Album) Steamhammer US 1999 Sell This Version
Overkill Necroshine (Album) Steamhammer Romania 1999 Sell This Version
Overkill Bloodletting (Album) Steamhammer Turkey 2000 Sell This Version
Overkill Wrecking Everything (Live) (Album) Spitfire Records Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
Overkill Killbox 13 (Album) Spitfire Records, Spitfire Records US 2003 Sell This Version
Overkill RELIXIV (Album) Spitfire Records Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
Overkill Immortalis (Album) Bodog Music Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Overkill Ironbound (Album) E1 Music Germany 2010 Sell This Version
Overkill The Electric Age (Album, EP) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Europe 2012 Sell This Version
Overkill White Devil Armory (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Australia 2014 Sell This Version
Overkill The Grinding Wheel (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Brazil 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MS 2851 Overkill Overkill(12") Metal Storm Records MS 2851 US 1985 Sell This Version
Overkill !!!Fuck You!!! (EP, Comp) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Overkill Hello From The Gutter (Single) Megaforce Worldwide US 1988 Sell This Version
PR 2574 Overkill Head First(12", Single, Promo, Dou) Megaforce Worldwide PR 2574 US 1988 Sell This Version