Posted on by Oran

East Coast Thrash barons, OVERKILL have deep-dived into their back catalogue for a glorious six-LP box set from their ‘Atlantic Years’ discography released via BMG next month. 

Formed in 1980 in New Jersey Overkill are often called ‘the Motörhead of thrash metal’, based on their unique playing style, which was influenced by punk rock and the new wave of British heavy metal.

They were also one of the first thrash metal bands to sign to a major label (having signed to Atlantic Records in 1986), and rose to fame as part of the genre’s movement of the mid-to-late 1980s, along with the ‘big four’ (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax), as well as Exodus and Testament.

Overkill achieved their first mainstream success with their second studio album and Atlantic debut, Taking Over (1987) which acclaimed global praise & chart success. The band’s next five studio albums were also on AtlanticUnder the Influence (1988), The Years of Decay (1989), Horrorscope (1991), I Hear Black (1993) and W.F.O. (1994), and were also successful on a global scale, making them one of the most successful East Coast thrash metal bands.

All of those albums mentioned directly above have now been packaged in one box set, uniting a great deal of Overkill’s best and most successful material. The records all underwent a half-speed mastering to enhance dynamic range with the vinyl being of the heavy-weighted 180 gram variant.


Meanwhile, Overkill have been hard at work on what will be their 20th studio album and successor to 2019’s The Wings of War, and continue to tour the world to huge audiences still to this day.

Set for December 3rd release, via BMG you can pre-order your copy here. Watch a preview trailer below:

Oran O’Beirne

www.overdrive.ie 2021