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Overkill Biography

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Birth Place: Old Bridge Township, New Jersey, USA
Years Active: 1980 – present
Genres: Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Groove Metal

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. The band has a notable mascot named Chaly, a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, bony wings, and green eyes. Chaly has appeared on most of their album covers.

Their debut album, “Feel the Fire,” was issued by Megaforce records in 1985. 1987 marked the release of Overkill's second album “Taking Over,” the first to be released by Megaforce in cooperation with the major label Atlantic Records. Overkill released “Under the Influence,” in 1988.

Overkill released their breakthrough album “The Years of Decay” in 1989. It was recorded with famed producer Terry Date and featured the band's best production to date. The album has sold 4 million copies worldwide. Overkill recorded their fifth album “Horrorscope,” again with Terry Date, in 1991.

Produced by Alex Perialas, their 1993 album, “I Hear Black” was the first Overkill album released directly through Atlantic Records. Overkill's self-produced seventh album “W.F.O.” (“Wide Fuckin' Open,” a common biker term) was released in September 1994. With grunge dominating the airwaves in the U.S., “W.F.O.” failed to find an audience and in 1995 Overkill left Atlantic Records.

Overkill released “The Killing Kind” in 1996, again self-produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides. 1990 saw the release of the ninth Overkill studio album, titled “From The Underground And Below.” Their tenth studio album, the self-produced “Necroshine” was released in February 1999, making Overkill the very first thrash metal band ever to release ten full-length studio albums.

In the fall of 2000 Overkill released “Bloodletting,” once again produced by the band, and mixed this time by Colin Richardson. Overkill signed to Spitfire Records and entered the studio in late 2002 to record their next studio album, “Killbox 13.” Produced by the band and Colin Richardson it was released in 2003.

Their next album, “ReliXIV,” was produced and mixed by the band and released in 2005. Now with the Bodog Music label, the band rejoined forces with Jonny and Marsha Zazula, previous owners of Megaforce Records, who are now part of the Bodog Team in the United States. Overkill released its 15th studio album, “Immortalis,” in 2007.

Overkill inked a multi-album deal with Nuclear Blast Records which issued the band's next album, “Ironbound,” in 2010. Overkill’s album, “The Electric Age,” followed in 2012 on Nuclear Blast.