Overkill is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in New Jersey. The band has been active since 1984, releasing 16 studio albums, 2 EPs, 2 live albums and a "covers" album. 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. Overkill has gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni remaining the only consistent members. Along with Anthrax the band is one of the most successful East coast thrash metal bands.

Vintage Magazines with Overkill

Screamer Magazine January 1989

Screamer Magazine January 1989
Issue: January 1989. Featuring: BulletBoys. Also Included Celtic Frost, Black Cherry, Voivod and Much More.

Screamer Magazine October 1988

Screamer Magazine October 1988
Issue: October 1988. Featuring: Ratt. Also Included Femme Fatale, Jetboy, Britton, Overkill and Much More.

Articles with Overkill

Radio Promo Powerhouse Skateboard Marketing Ltd. Celebrates 30th Anniversary

New York-based radio promotion powerhouse Skateboard Marketing Ltd., headed by music industry veteran Munsey Ricci, is celebrating its 30th anniversary of taking heavy metal and hard rock music to the airwaves. “It’s been 30 years already,” Ricci says. “Time seems to fly when you’re having fun. I’ve been blessed and graced to have the opportunity to… Read more »

OVERKILL – Feeling the Fire in Oberhausen

In 1986, a fresh new East Coast thrash band called Overkill played near Oberhausen, Germany. At the time,  they said they’d come back and 30 years later they did.  Packing the Turbinenhalle 2 with wall to wall screaming Skullkrushers they played their early ‘90s thrash statement Horrorscope and debut record Feel The Fire back to… Read more »

OVERKILL – “Live In Overhausen” Out Now!

“Live In Overhausen is a powerful testament to a band who have not only been an important influencer of the thrash metal genre, it’s also a testament to a live band who slaved away on the road for decades and earned the hearts of thousands of metal fans – and rightfully so.” Album Of The… Read more »

OVERKILL – Live In Overhausen

Live In Overhausen captures the titans of East Coast thrash celebrating two album anniversaries.  A sold-out crowd of German Skullkrushers assembled at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen on April 16 for 25 years of ‘90s landmark record Horrorscope and 30 years of Feel The Fire. 30 years ago, the spark was lit and the world was… Read more »

D.D. VERNI (Overkill) Signs Worldwide Deal with Mighty Music

Overkill songwriter and bassist D.D. Verni will be releasing his long awaited debut album worldwide through Mighty Music in October. “There’s some metal, punk, classic rock…..its all in there, from Queen to Green Day to Metallica, I think we covered all the basses!“, declares D.D. Verni. D.D. Verni’s first effort has a host of guitar players… Read more »

The Metal Alliance Tour Wreck Necks in Dayton

The loud, nasty, skid row screech and smile of New Jersey’s green and black attack came to Dayton Saturday September 29 headlining The Metal Alliance Tour, Overkill, the band that claimed the sewer home, years before Pennywise.  The 20-date run featured New Orleans sludge lords Crowbar as well as speed demon thrash heads Havok, Black… Read more »

Photos – The Metal Alliance Tour Wreck Necks in Dayton

Photos – The Metal Alliance Tour Wreck Necks in Dayton CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.

OVERKILL Announces New Drummer

Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to the OVERKILL history with their new drummer, Jason “Sticks” Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM). “OVERKILL would like to announce… Read more »

OVERKILL – Keep The Gears Grinding

Since their humble New Jersey beginnings in the early ‘80s, instilled with a solid blue collar East Coast work ethic and desire to make heavy, catchy, riff-driven thrash that crowds around the world have moshed to, Overkill vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni have stayed true to themselves, their fans and their hometown… Read more »

OVERKILL & NILE – Grind Through Columbus

Ancient Egypt and East Coast Jersey invaded Columbus Thursday, February 16 as Nile and Overkill smashed through The Park Street Saloon on night three of their 26 date U.S. tour.  Nile, with newly acquired vocalist and guitarist Brian Kingsland took their trademark technical death assault from the crypts to the mosh-ready minions with the full… Read more »