Overkill

Profil:
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-)
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Overkill - Feel The Fire illustration d'album Overkill Feel The Fire (Album) Megaforce Records US 1985 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Taking Over illustration d'album Overkill Taking Over (Album) Atlantic, Megaforce Worldwide Germany 1987 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Under The Influence illustration d'album 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 Vendre cette version
Overkill - The Years Of Decay illustration d'album Overkill The Years Of Decay (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic, Atlantic Turkey 1989 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Horrorscope illustration d'album Overkill Horrorscope (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic Indonesia 1991 Vendre cette version
Overkill - I Hear Black illustration d'album Overkill I Hear Black (Album) Atlantic US 1992 Vendre cette version
Overkill - W.F.O. illustration d'album Overkill W.F.O. (Album) Atlantic US 1994 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Wrecking Your Neck (Live) illustration d'album Overkill Wrecking Your Neck (Live) (Album) CMC International Records Canada 1995 Vendre cette version
Overkill - The Killing Kind illustration d'album Overkill The Killing Kind (Album) Concrete (2) Japan 1996 Vendre cette version
MASS 0334 Overkill - Wrecking Your Neck - Live Part 1 illustration d'album Overkill Wrecking Your Neck - Live Part 1(Cass, Album) Metal Mind Records MASS 0334 Poland 1996 Vendre cette version
Overkill - From The Underground And Below illustration d'album Overkill From The Underground And Below (Album) Steamhammer Japan 1997 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Coverkill illustration d'album Overkill Coverkill (Album) Steamhammer US 1999 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Necroshine illustration d'album Overkill Necroshine (Album) Steamhammer Romania 1999 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Bloodletting illustration d'album Overkill Bloodletting (Album) Steamhammer Turkey 2000 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Wrecking Everything (Live) illustration d'album Overkill Wrecking Everything (Live) (Album) Spitfire Records Brazil 2002 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Killbox 13 illustration d'album Overkill Killbox 13 (Album) Spitfire Records, Spitfire Records US 2003 Vendre cette version
Overkill - RELIXIV illustration d'album Overkill RELIXIV (Album) Spitfire Records Brazil 2005 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Immortalis illustration d'album Overkill Immortalis (Album) Bodog Music Germany 2007 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Ironbound illustration d'album Overkill Ironbound (Album) E1 Music Germany 2010 Vendre cette version
Overkill - The Electric Age illustration d'album Overkill The Electric Age (Album, EP) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast South Korea 2012 Vendre cette version
Overkill - White Devil Armory illustration d'album Overkill White Devil Armory (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Australia 2014 Vendre cette version
Overkill - The Grinding Wheel illustration d'album Overkill The Grinding Wheel (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2017 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Live In Overhausen illustration d'album Overkill Live In Overhausen Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Japan 2018 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Live In Overhausen Volume Two: Feel The Fire illustration d'album Overkill Live In Overhausen Volume Two: Feel The Fire (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Europe 2018 Vendre cette version
Overkill - Live In Overhausen Volume One: Horrorscope illustration d'album Overkill Live In Overhausen Volume One: Horrorscope (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Europe 2018 Vendre cette version