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Overkill Albums Ranked

Ah, Overkill, that scrappy group of feisty New Jersey thrashers! Taking their name from Motorhead‘s unforgiving 1979 title cut, the molten (and rotten to the) core two constants, singer Bobby Blitz and bassist D.D. Verni, embody the spirit of their rock ‘n’ roll heroes with an unmistakable sound and work ethic rivaled by few.

With 18 studio albums since debuting with Feel the Fire in 1985, Overkill have delivered a new platter of Jersey pride-packed, thrash hymns every two years or better, with the only three exceptions making fans wait three years at most. From their NWOBHM and punk roots, the band always maintained a sense of both either musically or in attitude, even when they started playing around with groove in the ’90s.

Fairing better than most ’80s thrash acts did throughout the 1990s, Overkill incorporated the swinging rhythmic attack of groove, cutting their thrashy nature with floor-punching might. Their output during this time is largely uncelebrated as this new style brought on by Pantera offered better sampling elsewhere. However, no sharks were jumped along the way as Overkill unflinchingly clutched their metal mission statement to their metal hearts.

The new millennium has been a mixed affair for the band with some low moments among the heart-palpitating highs. Naturally, a band with nearly 20 studio albums to their name is going to have a few missteps, but Overkill have never veered far from the path they began walking when forming the group in 1980. “We’re gonna walk / All over you / ‘Cause we are / The wrecking crew!

Now, scroll through the gallery above as we examine the career-spanning work of one of thrash’s most enduring bands, Overkill!

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