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Thrash Metal Overkill


Well-known member
Aug 23, 2019

Overkill Wiki
Official Site

Formed - 1980
Region - New Jersey, US
Genre - Thrash Metal

Current members
  • D. D. Verni – bass, backing vocals (1980–present)
  • Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth – lead vocals (1980–present)
  • Dave Linsk – lead guitar, backing vocals (1999–present)
  • Derek Tailer – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2002–present)
  • Jason Bittner – drums (2017–present)
Studio albums

Overkill to me are a really recognised band but at the same time I feel they still never truly got the acclaim they perhaps deserved considering the Big Four and bands like Testament, Exodus also in that really big stage of thrash kicking off. Overkill were around before even Metallica with EPs but wouldn't get their debut until the classic Feel The Fire in 1985. Since that album they have continued to put out nothing but solid and excellent music even in this modern era. Where I do however feel their best songs were made is on the album The Years of Decay because it felt more doomy and experimental for a thrash metal outfit to really put out there. Excellent riffs aside they are also well known for the searing vocals of Bobby Blitz Ellsworth who even today still produces excellent vocal work. Many line-up changes they would have over the decades but even through the 90s and early 2000s I really enjoyed their music. Ironbound in 2010 will always be for me one of the best modern metal records full of excellent riffs, memorable production. If I were to pick recommended albums to start I'd go with Feel The Fire, Under The Influence, Ironbound.

Feel The Fire

Playing With Spiders/Skullcrusher

Give a Little


Staff member
Mar 27, 2018
From 1989....The Years of Decay. Astounding album!!


An absolutely perfect ballad that builds with intensity the longer you listen....and the live version is outstanding (y'all know I pull out the ballads first)

The Years of Decay Live

Mr. Gregory

Well-known member
Mar 28, 2018
New Jersey
So, I've obviously heard of these guys, but I never got into them. I had absolutely no idea that they're from NJ. I decided to look them up on YouTube and found this song. I don't know if they're really my style, but man, I'm so glad that this exists! :tup:


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