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OVERKILL – UNDER THE INFLUENCE – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we’re going to take a trip back to 1988 to the third studio album by Overkill called “Under the Influence” released on Megaforce Records.

Produced by Alex Perialas, “Under the Influence” reached #142 on the Billboard 200 chart and remained there for 12 weeks. The track “Hello From The Gutter” was released as a single and the video was played in heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball while the band toured constantly in support of the album. The lineup for “Under the Influence” includes: Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth – vocals, Bobby Gustafson – guitars, D.D. Verni – bass and Sid Falck – drums. The track listing is as follows:

1) Shred
2) Never Say Never
3) Hello from the Gutter
4) Mad Gone World
5) Brainfade
6) Drunken Wisdom
7) End of the Line
8) Head First
9) Overkill III (Under the Influence)

Overkill has gone through several lineup changes and singer Bobby ‘Blitz’ has had a few health issues over the years but has rebounded from them.  The band released their 19th album this past week called “The Wings of War” and will be headlining the 2019 Killfest Tour as well as a tour of North America with Death Angel and Act of Defiance in the spring.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “HELLO FROM THE GUTTER”

 

 

MY TOP 5 VIDEOS FROM THE 80’s

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week! In keeping with my Top 5 of the 80’s today I wanted to focus on my favorite videos from the 80’s. There were so many I could think of but was able to narrow it down to the following videos ranked from 5 to 1. Enjoy!

 

ARMORED SAINT – CAN YOU DELIVER?

 

MOTLEY CRUE – LOOKS THAT KILL

 

OVERKILL – ELIMINATION

 

IRON MAIDEN – WASTED YEARS

 

JUDAS PRIEST – YOU’VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMIN’

 

What are some of your favorite 80’s videos? Let me know in the comments below!

MY TOP 5 SONGS OF THE 80’S

Happy New Year Metalheads! Hope you had a great holiday season. 2019 has arrived and we’re looking forward to some great things to come over the next few months.

While we’re beginning a New Year, I wanted to take a trip back to the 80’s to my Top 5 songs of the era. This was a hard list to choose from because there are so many songs that could easily be on the list, but I’ve narrowed it down to the following in order from 5 to 1 below:

 

WAKE UP DEAD – MEGADETH

CHEMICAL WARFARE – SLAYER

HELLO FROM THE GUTTER – OVERKILL

TRIAL BY FIRE – TESTAMENT

LOVE BITES – JUDAS PRIEST

What are your top 5? Let me know yours in the comments below!

MY TOP 5 METAL BANDS COUNTDOWN

Often friends and I will have discussions about which bands we consider to be our all time favorite metal bands.  While many of the choices are similar, there are some differences in who are in the Top 5. This led me to think about who my Top 5 are. While there are so many bands I love,  these are the ones I never have to put down or get tired of listening to. I’ll start with my #5 all time favorite band and countdown each Wednesday to #1.

OVERKILL

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Left to Right: Rat Skates, D.D. Verni, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and Bobby Gustafson

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Formed in 1980 in New Jersey, Overkill, who are often called “The Motorhead” of thrash metal, have released 18 studio albums to date and will be touring in 2019 to support their upcoming album which they are currently in the process of recording. Overkill has gone through many different lineup changes throughout their career and singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth suffered some health challenges over the years including having a heart attack and surgery for an aggressive nose cancer which he successfully recovered from.

The band who got their name from the title of Motorhead’s second album, are known for their fast and heavy style and and often cited as one of the most important thrash metal bands from the East Coast. Currently “Blitz” and bassist D.D. Verni are the only two remaining original members of the band and Overkill is rounded out by guitarists Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer, as well as drummer Jason Bittner.

I was lucky enough to meet Bobby “Blitz” back in 2003 at the now defunct L’amour’s Brooklyn, NY.  I was a bit nervous at the time because I was meeting someone who I had admired for so long. A friend brought me over and introduced him to me and Bobby made me feel totally comfortable…just look at the cheesy smile on my face:

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The video below for “Hello From The Gutter” is from their 1988 album “Under The Influence.” The song was inspired by the Son of Sam Killer, David Berkowitz, who killed several young couples, mostly women in New York City during the summer of 1977. Berkowitz was rumored to have written a letter to New York Daily News reporter, Jimmy Breslin, which said: “Hello from the gutters of N.Y.C., which are filled with dog manure, vomit, stale wine, urine, and blood.” Overkill who had spent lots of time in NYC, had remembered the story and all the media coverage at the time. The song  is one of many classic songs by the band.

Welcome to the gutter – we’ve been expecting you!

Don’t forget to stop by for Friday’s Metal Rewind and I’ll reveal my #4 favorite next Wednesday!! Keep it METAL!!!