"Overkill" is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey (but often attributed to New York City). The band have been very active since 1984, releasing 14 studio albums, 2 EPs, 2 live albums and a "covers" album.
Overkill were formed in 1980 from the ashes of the punk band "The Lubricunts", featuring D.D. Verni and Rat Skates (real names Carlo Verni and Lee Kundrat). D.D. wanted to quickly form a new band, so he put out a classified ad which was answered by vocalist Bobby Ellsworth. Bobby was mainly a bass player at the time, but in the new band he would concentrate solely on vocals. He brought with him a guitarist from his former punk/classic rock cover band, and after rejecting several names, including "Virgin Killer", the band finally settled on "Overkill", naming themselves after the legendary Motörhead album of the same name.
Early covers, especially those done under the "Virgin Killers" name, were punk songs by The Ramones, The Dead Boys and others. By late 1980, the band had recruited dual guitarists, and the setlist was made up of songs by bands such as Motörhead ("Overkill", half of the ''Ace Of Spades'' album), Judas Priest ('Tyr...
|years active||1980-Present (time)|
|country||New Jersey, USA|
|music genre||Thrash metal|
|current members||D.D. Verni|