Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. 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. Along with Anthrax, the band is one of the most successful East coast thrash metal bands.

They released their full-length debut album “Feel The Fire” in 1985 via Megaforce Records and their breakthrough album “The Years of Decay” in 1989. It was recorded with famed producer Terry Date (Pantera, White Zombie, Soundgarden) and featured the band’s best production to date. In 1999, saw the release of “Coverkill”, an album consisting entirely of cover versions from bands that were especially influential to Overkill, such as Black Sabbath, Kiss, Motörhead, Manowar, and The Ramones. In 2004, the band has toured with Death Angel and Flotsam and Jetsam in Japan. In early 2010, they will release an album “Ironbound” via Nuclear Blast Records, which is described as a true “thrasher-piece”. With these release, the band will also celebrates their 25th Anniversary Tour in “Killfest 2010” in April, which also features bands such as Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile and Woe of Tyrants.

Other Information

  • Origin: Old Bridge, New Jersey, United States
  • Genres: Thrash metal, Groove metal
  • Years active: 1980-present
  • Labels: Nuclear Blast Records, Koch Records, Megaforce Records, Atlantic Records, CMC International, Metal-Is Records, Spitfire Records, Regain Records, Bodog Music
  • Website: http://www.wreckingcrew.com
  • Associated acts: Speed Kill Hate
  • Members:
  1. Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – vocals
  2. Dave Linsk – guitars
  3. Derek “The Skull” Tailer – guitars, backing vocals
  4. Carlos “D.D.” Verni – bass, backing vocals
  5. Ron Lipnicki – drums




  • Feel the Fire (1985)
  • Taking Over (1987)
  • Under The Influence (1988)
  • The Years of Decay (1989)
  • Horrorscope (1991)
  • I Hear Black (1993)
  • W.F.O. (1994)
  • The Killing Kind (1996)
  • From the Underground and Below (1997)
  • Necroshine (1999)
  • Coverkill (1999)
  • Bloodletting (2000)
  • Killbox 13 (2003)
  • ReliXIV (2005)
  • Immortalis (2007)
  • Ironbound (2010)


  • Power in Black (1983)
  • Feel the Fire (1984)


  • Overkill (1984)
  • Fuck You (1988)
  • Live to the Core (1992)
  • 3 Pints From the Album Bloodletting… (2000)


  • Rotten to the Core (1992)
  • !!!Fuck You!!! and Then Some (1996)
  • Hello from the Gutter (2002)
  • Then & Now (2002)
  • Devil by the Tail (2005)


  • Wrecking Your Neck Live (1995)
  • Wrecking Everything – Live (2002)
  • Extended Versions (2002)


  • Wrecking Everything (2002)
  • Live at Wacken Open Air 2007 (2008)


  • US Speed Metal Attack (1986)
  • Videoscope (1991)

Boxed set

  • The Can (1988)


~ by molco on October 29, 2009.

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