Overkill was a thrash/speed band that came out of New Jersey. Formed in 1984 from the remnants of a punk band, Overkill blitzed onto the stage, getting their first major exposure in 1986, when they toured with Megadeth on that band's "Peace Sells" tour. Ironically, they just toured again with Megadeth last year on Megadeth's Gigantour.
In 1987, Overkill released their first major label release, "Taking Over". The improved production and leadership they got from a major label helped them produce a great, fast and hard rockin' album that still preserved their speed and raw edge.
I saw these guys play in Charlotte back in 1991. WOWWWW ... talk about a wild show. Not only that, but as that was back in the day when clubs still allowed thrashing and slam dancing, I got the crap beat out of my pretty good that night. But still had a GREAT time.
One of the songs from this album, Wrecking Crew, would become an unofficial nickname for the band, as well as their website address:
Demolition of the mind.Desolation, left behind.Light the fuse, dynamite.Light the sky! in the night!!!We will walk! All over you! 'Cause we are! The wreckin'! Wreckin' crew!!!
My favorite songs on the album? Wrecking Crew, Powersurge, and Overkill II (The Nightmare Continues).
More video treats from YouTube...
... concert footage of the band performing "Wrecking Crew" in concert back in 1992:
... and some guy playing one of the two guitar positions in "Powersurge" ... darn good job too: