The History

The History

Jason Bittner – Dave Linsk – Bobby Blitz – Derek Tailer – D.D. Verni

Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – Vocals
D.D. Verni – Bass, Backing Vocals
Dave Linsk – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Derek Tailer – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jason Bittner – Drums

LIGHT THE MATCH! Setting the scene ablaze, the rough and rowdy OVERKILL have reappeared to bludgeon your ears with their twentieth, that’s right, twentieth studio album: SCORCHED. For four decades their bottom line crazy method of thrash has produced some of the most signature moments in the world of metal. Now in the latter half of their career, all the experience is showing face with SCORCHED as it somehow rings more mature, refined, and embellished with hints of more than just thrash metal. “It’s not aggression for the sake of aggression,” explains vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, “there are a lot of different elements on the record. To me, it’s more heavy metal, and less of an outright thrash record. There’s a hell of a lot of melody on it.”

Delving into writing right at the onset of 2020’s pandemic provoked not just inspiration, but the ability to move through the album making process with ease and lack of pressure. Taking over two and a half years to reach completion, SCORCHED absorbed a ton of the energy from the ups and downs of the daily grind and contemporary turmoil. “My first stab at these lyrics was excited and amped up. The second phase was a bit more depressing; darker,” describes Blitz. In the end, it reflected a wide spectrum of emotions. “It was a whirlwind. The world said: ‘enough of this bullshit,’ put their foot down, and came out of it. Our record shows that. It’s spinning something that was darker into something brighter.”

Artist Travis Smith who has progressed right along with the band for their last several albums, returned to create the SCORCHED artwork. “We wanted something that said conflict,” remarked Blitz. “It’s funny; when you have conflict, no matter how different the other side feels, you realize you’re exactly the same and that’s kinda what the artwork reflects.”

Adorning the front of the album are two dueling serpent Chalys hissing at one another amidst a molton pool of flames. “The fire represents the origins of the band. Looking back to Feel The Fire in 1985 and then culminating in 2023 with a title like SCORCHED, we have the same kinda personality, the same kinda drive. Travis is a real artist and is constantly creating new ideas in his brain that align with the evolution of OVERKILL.”



Overkill Discography

Studio Releases
Feel The Fire – 1985
Taking Over – 1987
Under The Influence – 1988
The Years Of Decay – 1989
Horrorscope – 1991
I Hear Black – 1993
W.F.O – 1994
The Killing Kind – 1996
From The Underground and Below – 1997
Necroshine – 1999
Coverkill – 1999
Boodletting – 2000
Killbox 13 – 2003
Relix IV – 2005
Immortalis – 2007
Ironbound – 2010
The Electric Age – 2012
White Devil Armory – 2014
The Grinding Wheel – 2017
The Wings Of War – 2019
Scorched – 2023
Video / DVD / Blu-ray
Videoscope – 1991
Wrecking Everything – 2002
Live at Wacken Open Air – 2007
Live in Overhausen – 2018
Extended Plays
Overkill EP – 1984
!!!FUCK YOU!!! – 1987
!!!FUCK YOU!!! and Then Some – 1996
Live Recordings
Wrecking Your Neck – 1995
Wrecking Everything – 2002
Live in Overhausen / Horrorscope – 2018
Live in Overhausen / Feel The Fire – 2018
Demo Releases
Power In Black – 1983