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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
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Albums by
Overkill

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    White Devil Armory

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    The Electric Age

    14 songs

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    Electric Age [Deluxe Edition]

    10 songs

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    Ironbound

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    Feel the Fire

    10 songs

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    Immortalis

    10 songs

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    Killbox 13

    10 songs

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    From the Underground and Below

    13 songs

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    The Killing Kind

    11 songs

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    I Hear Black

    11 songs

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    Horrorscope

    99 songs

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    W.F.O.

    9 songs

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    The Years of Decay

    9 songs

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    Under the Influence

    9 songs

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    Taking Over

    10 songs

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    The Killing Kind

    10 songs

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    From the Underground and Below

    12 songs

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    Then and Now

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    Who Can It Be Now

    23 songs

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    Immortalis/Live at Wacken Open Air 2007

    24 songs

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    Hello from the Gutter: The Best of Overkill

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    Bloodletting

    12 songs

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    Coverkill

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    Necroshine

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Top Songs by
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  2.   Coma
  3.   Electro-Violence
  4.   Bitter Pill
  5.   Horrorscope
  6.   Hello From the Gutter
  7.   Infectious
  8.   Elimination
  9.   Changes
  10.   In Union We Stand
  11.   Where It Hurts
  12.   Wrecking Crew
  13.   I'm Against It
  14.   Rotten to the Core
  15.   Overkill
  16.   Hammerhead
  17.   Dreaming in Columbian
  18.   Evil Never Dies
  19.   Burn the School
  20.   Blood Money
  21.   Nice Day...for a Funeral
  22.   Freedom Rings
  23.   Medley
  24.   Time to Kill
  25.   Stuck Down
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