Overkill (US thrash metal band fronted by Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth)

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Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni remaining from the original lineup. Along with Anthrax, whose one-time lead guitarist Dan Spitz was also an early member of Overkill, the band is one of the most successful East Coast thrash metal bands. The band has a notable mascot named "Chaly", a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, horns, bony wings, and green eyes. Chaly has appeared on most of their album covers.

To date, Overkill has released eighteen studio albums (including an album of cover songs), three EPs and three live albums. They were one of the early thrash metal bands to sign to a major label (Atlantic Records, in 1986), but would not achieve commercial success until the popularization of the genre in the late 1980s, with their contemporaries Anthrax, Exodus, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Testament. The band's most successful records are Under the Influence (1988), The Years of Decay (1989), I Hear Black (1993), The Electric Age (2012), and White Devil Armory (2014), which debuted at No. 142, No. 155, No. 122, No. 77, and No. 31 respectively on the Billboard 200 chart. As of 2006, Overkill has sold over 625,000 albums in the U.S. since the beginning of the SoundScan era and over 16 million records worldwide as of 2012.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1985 Feel the Fire 4
1987 Taking Over 4 2
1988 Under the Influence 4 4
1989 The Years of Decay 5 3
1991 Horrorscope 5 2
1993 I Hear Black 2
1994 W.F.O. 3.5 1
1996 The Killing Kind 4
1997 From the Underground and Below 4 3
1999 Necroshine 3 3
1999 Coverkill 2 3
2000 Bloodletting 2
2003 Killbox 13 1
2005 ReliXIV 3
2007 Immortalis 2
2010 Ironbound 5 5
2012 The Electric Age 3 6
2014 White Devil Armory 3
Power in Black and Then Some 1
White Devil Armory 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1996 Fuck You and Then Some Compilation 1
2002 Then and Now Compilation 1
2002 Hello From the Gutter Compilation 1
2005 Fuck You and Then Some / Feel the Fire Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1995 Wrecking Your Neck: Live Live 1
2002 Wrecking Everything Live 2
2002 Extended Versions Live 1
2008 Live at Wacken Open Air Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
2010 Ironbound 1
2012 Electric Rattlesnake 1
2012 Wish You Were Dead 1
2014 Armorist 1

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
1988 Fuck You 1
2012 6 Songs 1

EP + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2013 Live From OZ Live 1

Other

Year Title Rating Releases
1983 Power in Black 1
1984 Feel the Fire 1

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