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 lineup changes, leaving bassist D.D. Verni and lead vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth as the only constant members. The band's current lineup includes Verni, Ellsworth, Dave Linsk on lead guitar, Derek Tailer on rhythm guitar and Jason Bittner on drums. Along with Nuclear Assault and Anthrax, the latter of whom would feature one-time Overkill lead guitarist Dan Spitz, the band is one of the most successful East Coast thrash metal bands, and they are often called "the Motörhead of thrash metal", based on their unique playing style, which was influenced by punk rock and the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM). The band has a notable mascot named "Chaly" (a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, horns, bony wings and green eyes) who has appeared on many of their album covers.

Overkill has released twenty studio albums, an album of cover songs, two EPs, one demo tape and three live albums. They were one of the first thrash metal bands to sign to a major label (having signed to Atlantic Records in 1986), and rose to popularity as part of the genre's movement of the mid-to-late 1980s, along with the "Big Four" (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax) as well as Exodus and Testament. Overkill achieved their first mainstream success with its second studio album and Atlantic debut, Taking Over (1987), which peaked at number 191 on the Billboard 200. The band's next five studio albums—Under the Influence (1988), The Years of Decay (1989), Horrorscope (1991), I Hear Black (1993) and W.F.O. (1994)—were also successful on the Billboard charts, with the latter two cracking the top ten on the Top Heatseekers chart. Following their split from Atlantic in 1995, Overkill went through some label changes, but continued to enjoy moderate underground success, particularly in Europe and Japan. The band experienced a resurgence of popularity in the U.S. during the 2010s, with three of their studio albums released that decade—The Electric Age (2012), White Devil Armory (2014) and The Grinding Wheel (2017)—reaching the top 100 on the charts. Overkill has sold over 16 million records worldwide; they are also estimated to have sold more than 625,000 records in the U.S. since the beginning of the SoundScan era.

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1985Feel the FireOverkill48
1987Taking OverOverkill47
1988Under the InfluenceOverkill48
1989The Years of DecayOverkill57
1993I Hear BlackOverkill7
1996The Killing KindOverkill6
1997From the Underground and BelowOverkill44
2003Killbox 13Overkill6
2012The Electric AgeOverkill38
2014White Devil ArmoryOverkill6
2017The Grinding WheelOverkill5
2019The Wings of WarOverkill12

Album + Compilation

1996!!!Fuck You!!! and Then SomeOverkill1
2002Then and NowOverkill1
2002Hello From the GutterOverkill1
2005Fuck You and Then Some / Feel the FireOverkill1
2009Wrecking Everything / Killbox 13Overkill1
2015Historikill (1995–2007)Overkill1
2020The Complete Albums 87-94Overkill1
2021The Atlantic Years (1986–1994)Overkill2

Album + Live

1986Metal Hammer Roadshow 1Overkill / Anthrax / Agent Steel1
1995Wrecking Your Neck: LiveOverkill2
2002Wrecking EverythingOverkill3
2002Extended VersionsOverkill1
2002Wrecking Everything: An Evening in Asbury ParkOverkill1
2018Live in OverhausenOverkill8


2012Electric RattlesnakeOverkill1
2012Wish You Were DeadOverkill1
2016Our Finest HourOverkill1
2016Mean, Green, Killing MachineOverkill1
2017Goddamn TroubleOverkill1


1987!!!Fuck You!!!Overkill1
20126 SongsOverkill1

EP + Live

2013Live From OZOverkill1

EP + Demo

1983Power in BlackOverkill1
1984Feel the FireOverkill1

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