Overkill are one of the first thrash metal bands. They were formed in New Jersey, USA, naming themselves after a Motörhead album.
Overkill were formed in New Jersey when a previous D.D. Verni/Rat Skates (real names: Carlos Verni and Lee Kundrat – the stage names were tributes to favourite punk bands, the Ramones featuring Dee Dee Ramone, and the Damned, featuring Rat Scabies… Bobby Blitz was taken from The Dead Boys’ Johnny Blitz!) project, a punk band called The Lubricunts, broke up in 1980.
Early covers were punk songs for the most part, including selections by the Ramones, and The Dead Boys. By 1980, they had recruited two guitarists and the setlist included songs by Motorhead, Judas Priest, and later Iron Maiden and Riot, as well as a smattering of punk covers, which were played with extra distortion, intensity, and concentration on riffs.
In 1981, guitarists Dan Spitz (later of Anthrax) and Anthony Ammendolo left the band and Rich Conte entered with Mike Sherry. At this point, they started writing originals.
This is their 13th album, called Killbox 13 that was originally released in 2003, but this is a special 2009 reissue in a limited hand-numbered edition of 500. Comes with printed band member cards in custom envelope. Copy number 437/500. Comes with all the original inserts. Incredibly sought after record. EX+/EX+