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Overkill is a Speed/Thrash Metal band from New Jersey (USA). Formed in 1980, the band quickly gained recognition for their intense and energetic performances. With Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth on vocals, Carlo "D.D. Blaze" Verni on bass, Dave Linsk on lead guitar, Derek "Skull" Tailer on rhythm guitar, and Jason Bittner on drums, Overkill has become a staple in the heavy metal scene. Known for their rejection of various names before settling on Overkill, the band draws inspiration from punk bands like The Ramones and The Damned. Their powerful originals and electrifying covers have made them a favorite among metal enthusiasts.

Overkill's journey began when D.D. Verni and Rat Skates formed a punk band called The Lubricunts in 1980. After the breakup of The Lubricunts, D.D. wasted no time in forming a new band by placing an ad for members. Guitarist Robert Pisarek answered the call but was soon replaced by Dan Spitz and Anthony Ammendolo.

The early days saw Overkill performing punk songs under the name Virgin Killer before transitioning to heavier material influenced by bands like Motorhead, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Riot, and more. As they honed their sound with extra distortion and intensity while focusing on riffs, Overkill became regulars at clubs in New York and New Jersey.


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