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Overkill is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in New Jersey. The band has been active since 1984, releasing 16 studio albums, 2 EPs, 2 live albums and a "covers" album. Despite their first album being released in 1985, most of the songs appearing on their first two albums were written between 1981 and 1984, and as such, they are often hailed as one the inventors of thrash metal.

The band also has a notable mascot (named Chaly), a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, bony wings, and green eyes. It has appeared on most of their album covers. Overkill has gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni remaining the only consistent members. Along with Anthrax the band is one of the most successful East coast thrash metal bands.

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D.D. Verni
since 1980
Dave Linsk
since 1999 Unknown
Derek Tailer
since 2001 Unknown
Ron Lipnicki
since 2005 Unknown
Tim Mallare
since 1992 till 2005 Drum set
Bobby Gustafson
since 1981 till 1989 Unknown
Rat Skates
since 1980 till 1987 Unknown
Merritt Gant
since 1989 till 1995 Unknown
Rob Cannavino
since 1989 till 1995 Unknown
Sid Falck
since 1987 till 1992 Unknown
Sebastian Marino
since 1995 till 2000 Unknown
Joe Comeau
since 1995 till 1999 Unknown
Dan Spitz
since 1980 till 1980 Unknown

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