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The aptly named Taking Over exhibits a more bombastic, metallic sound than its predecessor. This is partly due to producer Alex Perialas, who'd become one of the go-to engineers for metal in the coming years. Despite its newfound relationship with the record industry, Overkill made absolutely no mainstream concessions on its sophomore effort. Still, Taking Over does contain a diverse array of approaches for an album that's just nine songs long and can definitely be described as unadulterated thrash. “Wrecking Crew” has the speed of punk; “Fear His Name” adopts the slow, grinding approach that Metallica would later co-opt; “In Union We Stand” is a near-patriotic anthem for a quickly growing nation of metal diehards. Despite these varied approaches, Taking Over is best defined by three quintessential examples of thrash: “Electro-Violence,” “Use Your Head," and the gloriously relentless “Overkill LI (The Nightmare Continues).” Best of all is the in-your-face opener “Deny the Cross,” which features a psychotic, time-melting solo from guitarist Bobby Gustafson.

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Really Good Album!!

I recommended you to buy this album or overkill will get you!


this album is a big need for yours or anyones itunes and ipods!! \m/

4 1/2!!

I love this album. Its amazing that they never got the fame they deserved they could play with, if not better, than the Big Four. This is a great album from a great band buy this album!!


Formed: 1980 in Old Bridge Township, NJ

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

New Jersey thrash quartet Overkill were formed in 1980 by vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and guitarist Bobby Gustafson, and also included bassist D.D. Verni and drummer Rat Skates (later replaced by Sid Falck). The band garnered a reputation for brutal, pounding speed and technique, but lacked the musical diversity to compete with heavy hitters like Metallica; still, Overkill built up a strong following in the metal underground with albums like 1985's Taking Over and 1988's Under the Influence....
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Taking Over, Overkill
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Sep 01, 1987
  • Parental Advisory

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