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New Jersey, United States (1980 – present)

Overkill is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in New Jersey. The band has been active since 1984, releasing 16 studio albums, 2 EPs, 2 live albums and a “covers” album. Despite their first album being released in 1985, most of the songs appearing on their first two albums were written between 1981 and 1984, and as such, they are often hailed as one the inventors of thrash metal.

The band also has a notable mascot (named Chaly), a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, bony wings, and green eyes. It has appeared on most of their album covers. Overkill has gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni remaining the only consistent members. Along with Anthrax the band is one of the most successful East coast thrash metal bands.

Overkill was formed in 1980 from the ashes of the punk band The Lubricunts, featuring Rat Skates and D.D. Verni (real names Lee Kundrat and Carlo Verni). Verni and Skates placed an ad looking for a guitarist and singer which was answered by singer Bobby Ellsworth and the first incarnation of Overkill was formed. After rejecting several names, including “Virgin Killer”, the band finally settled on Overkill. Early covers, especially those done under the Virgin Killers name, were punk songs by Ramones, Dead Boys and others. By late 1980, the band had recruited two guitarists, and the setlist was made up of songs by bands such as Motörhead (“Overkill”, half of the Ace of Spades album), Judas Priest (‘Tyrant’ was their closer), and Riot.

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  • Toxic_Griever

    The Big 4 is just a list of the most successful American thrash bands of the 80's. People who act like it was/is anything different are stupid.

    19 Jul 5:03am Reply
  • Woltcher

    Overkill in big 4? Nope. Didn't you see what the fk happened to bands in big 4?

    14 Jul 8:09am Reply
  • ThrashGangsters

    Check out ThrashGangsters new video clip "Terror Has Begun" http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ASElY8nkIxw

    11 Jul 3:53pm Reply
  • Diamhea

    Underrated Overkill tune of the week: Cold, Hard Fact "Going down hard with a bang bang bang shot!"

    8 Jul 11:20am Reply
  • kangrenaa

    They're coming to LA on October 6th!

    7 Jul 10:49am Reply
  • tyrant666

    OverKill \\M/ \\M/

    4 Jul 11:26am Reply
  • Great_Thor

    This band should be a member of The Big 4!! Or just rename it to The Big 5.

    3 Jul 8:21am Reply
  • Diamhea

    Underrated Overkill tune of the week: The Sound of Dying: "Take me, where I got to go; Show me, what I need to know."

    29 Jun 1:30am Reply
  • cezary68

    nauczyli się jednego zdania

    26 Jun 8:51pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I love blasting these guys when I drive in NY. Ya know, they're a band from the northeast. Ya gotta blast 'em!

    12 Jun 5:53am Reply
  • Diamhea

    Underrated Overkill tune of the week: Live Young Die Free " The sound of silence ringing for a greater good."

    8 Jun 1:37am Reply
  • Diamhea

    Underrated Overkill tune of the week: Electro-Violence "Abuse thy neighbour, thats the charm."

    25 May 11:51am Reply
  • Diamhea

    Underrated Overkill tune of the week: The Beast Within "The gift we are given will carry us through the fight."

    13 May 12:39pm Reply
  • Diamhea

    Underrated Overkill tune of the week: God-Like "I'm your full blown blue eyed devil; It's my nature to deceive."

    4 May 4:12am Reply
  • Remarque1956

    Please, come to Ukraine with the concert!

    2 May 8:46pm Reply
  • nekultura

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    29 Apr 9:21pm Reply
  • Diamhea

    Underrated Overkill tune of the week: Nothing to Die For "Old enough to know better, too young to care."

    28 Apr 7:10am Reply
  • Diamhea

    Underrated Overkill tune of the week: They Eat Their Young "...send help!"

    24 Apr 2:41am Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    OVERKILL FOR LIFE!

    21 Apr 7:49pm Reply
  • Woltcher

    Today Feel The Fire is 30 years old. Still awesome and flawless. The best of thrash metal for me.

    15 Apr 7:16am Reply
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