Overkill tour dates
One of the oldest, most prolific and most active of all thrash metal bands, the New Jersey quartet Overkill has released 17 studio albums, sold more than 16 million records, toured all over the world since its formation in 1980. While aggressive, frenetically-paced pounding has always been elemental to Overkill's sound, the band has been praised by critics and revered by loyal fans for evolving with every record.
Overkill has survived numerous lineup changes. The exception is the long-term presence of vocalist and founding member Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni. Establishing its fast-and-heavy playing style from its inception, Overkill developed a dedicated following in the early '80s underground metal scene, and soon became one of the earliest thrash metal bands to be signed to a major label.
Overkill's first album, 1985's Taking Over, was followed by the raw Under the Influence in 1988, then by the more complex Years of Decay. Throughout the '80s, Overkill toured extensively in North America and Europe with the likes of Megadeth and Anthrax. Overkill's singles also got considerable exposure on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, in particular the songs "Hello From the Gutter" and fan favorite "Elimination."
Overkill continued to make its mark with the 1991 album Horrorscope, which was warmly received by critics and fans. A landmark for the band came with the '99 release of Necroshine, which made Overkill the first ever thrash metal band to release 10 full-length studio albums.
Overkill's 17th album, White Devil Armory, was issued in 2014.
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