OVERKILL - Under the Influence Megaforce 12" LP ALBUM VINYL

Album Description: "Under the Influence" was the first Overkill album to feature Sid Falck on drums. The album spawned the single "Hello From The Gutter", and the music video achieved regular airplay on MTV's Headbangers Ball.

 

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Music Genre:

 
Thrash Metal 
Album 
Production information:

The album: "OVERKILL - Under the Influence Megaforce" was produced by: Overkill, Alex Perialas (Alex Perialas is an American audio engineer, mixer, and record producer, best known for his extensive work during the "golden age" of thrash metal in the mid–1980s to early–1990s. Having worked with many of the genre's top acts, including Overkill, Testament, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., and Flotsam & Jetsam)

Executive Producers: Jon and Marsha Zazula ( Jon Zazula is founder of the Megaforce record company and discovered and promoted Metallica.)

This album was recorded at: Pyramid Studios, Ithaca, New York
March-April 1988

Mixed by: Michael Wagener for Double Trouble Productions (Michael Wagener is a music producer, mixer, and engineer from Hamburg, Germany, best known for his work with many top hard rock and heavy metal bands in the late 1980s. Michael Wagener is president of Double Trouble Productions His productions include records from the bands: , Accept , Alice Cooper , Dokken , Extreme , Great White , Janet Jackson , Kane Roberts , Keel , King's X , Lordi , Megadeth , Metallica , Mötley Crüe , Outrage , Overkill , Ozzy Osbourne , Raven , Renegade , Sergeant Steel , Skid Row , Smashed Gladys , Stryper , Testament , The Rasmus , Warrant , White Lion )

Mastered by: George Marino, Sterling Sound, New York City (George Marino was Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound and has been mastering albums for dozens of artists and bands)

Album cover Artwork: Fastner & Larson (Rich Larson, Steve Fastner: )

Album photography: Dan Muro, Ron Akiyama, Frank White

Notes: Dun Muro is an American photographer and graphic designer, born in 1956. Played as guitarist in a band called "White Tiger" in New Orleans from 1978 to 1982, when he changed career to become a photographer. Now owns and runs the design agency Fast Forward Unlimited.
RON AKIYAMA – For over 35 years, Ron Akiyama has found the perfect combination of photography and music.
What started as a hobby to provide a visual reminder of sitting close to his favorite rock bands eventually became much, much more.
"I always felt there was a major difference between taking pictures and "capturing" the feeling of actually being there" says Ron. "The results of a great shot should make anyone feel like they are right there, front row center, enjoying the show the way I did.
During his career Frank White has photographed by Heavy Metal bands, some of these include: Anthrax, Nasty Savage, Aerosmith, Hades, Nuclear Assault, Blood Feast, Overkill, Cro-Mags, Vio-Lence, Exodus and many others.

How did a record store shape metal forever? The Jon Zazula story – a must-read for music fans.

Marsha Zazula widely known as a pioneering executive producer in the music industry, played a significant role in shaping the landscape of heavy metal music. Alongside her husband Jon Zazula, she co-founded and owned Megaforce Records, a renowned record label that served as a launching pad for numerous influential bands. Marsha's tireless dedication to supporting emerging talent and her unwavering commitment to the artists she worked with established her as an influential figure in the music business.

Born and raised in the United States, Marsha developed a deep passion for music from an early age. She possessed an innate ability to recognize exceptional talent and had an unwavering belief in the power of heavy metal as a genre. In 1982, Marsha and Jon founded Megaforce Records in New Jersey, creating a platform to promote and distribute the music they loved.

Marsha's role at Megaforce Records involved overseeing the production of albums for an impressive roster of bands. Throughout the 1980s, she produced over two dozen albums for notable acts such as Hades, Overkill, Raven, and Anthrax. Her work as a producer not only showcased her impeccable musical taste but also her ability to nurture artists and bring out their best performances.

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Under Marsha's guidance, Megaforce Records became synonymous with the burgeoning thrash metal movement of the 1980s. The label's roster boasted a diverse range of influential bands that pushed the boundaries of heavy metal music. Marsha's keen ear for talent and her dedication to ensuring the artists' artistic vision were preserved made Megaforce Records a sought-after destination for aspiring metal bands.

Marsha's influence extended beyond the studio. She actively worked to secure recording contracts, negotiate deals, and promote the artists she believed in. Her relentless efforts to get the music heard by wider audiences resulted in several breakthrough moments for the bands she worked with.

Beyond her work with Megaforce Records, Marsha also played a pivotal role in organizing and promoting live events. She recognized the importance of live performances as a means for bands to connect with their fans and build a devoted following. Through her efforts, Marsha helped facilitate countless memorable concerts and tours, solidifying Megaforce Records' reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the heavy metal scene.

Marsha Zazula's contributions to the music industry have left an indelible mark on the world of heavy metal. Her passion, vision, and unwavering support for artists have been instrumental in shaping the careers of numerous bands and influencing the genre as a whole. Her work with Megaforce Records helped pave the way for the success of countless metal acts, leaving a lasting legacy that continues to resonate with fans and musicians to this day.

George Marino was a highly acclaimed Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound in New York City. Born on 15 April 1947, in the Bronx, New York, he became one of the most experienced and influential sound mastering engineers in the world. With his unparalleled expertise, Marino played a significant role in shaping the sound of countless albums across various music genres.

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From a young age, Marino displayed a deep passion for music and an innate talent for audio engineering. He began his career at Capitol Records in New York, where he worked as a mastering engineer and honed his skills in audio post-production. In 1973, Marino joined Sterling Sound, a renowned mastering facility founded by Lee Hulko. It was here that he would leave an indelible mark on the music industry.

Over the years, George Marino mastered an extensive catalog of albums for a wide range of artists and musical styles. His meticulous attention to detail and exceptional ear for sound allowed him to consistently deliver exceptional quality and clarity in his work. He possessed an intuitive understanding of how to enhance the dynamics, balance, and overall sonic experience of each record he touched.

During the 1980s, a pivotal era for heavy metal music, George Marino worked on numerous influential albums in the genre. His mastering contributions to these records played a crucial role in shaping the iconic sounds of heavy metal during that decade. Some notable albums he mastered include:

These albums, among many others, showcase Marino's contribution to the heavy metal genre's sonic landscape during the 1980s. His meticulous mastering work ensured that these records had the power, clarity, and impact necessary to captivate listeners and establish their enduring legacies.

George Marino's career spanned over four decades, during which he received numerous accolades for his outstanding contributions to the music industry. His expertise and mastery of sound engineering made him a highly sought-after professional, and he worked with a diverse range of artists, including AC/DC, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Coldplay, and many more.

Tragically, George Marino passed away on 4 June 2012, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the most skilled and respected mastering engineers of his time. His dedication to his craft, meticulous attention to detail, and unparalleled expertise continue to inspire and influence audio engineers and musicians worldwide. George Marino's contributions to the art of sound mastering remain an enduring testament to his extraordinary talent and passion for music.

 

Record Label Information:

 
Megaforce Worldwide 781 865-1, Atlantic 781 865-1

Media Format:

 
12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 
1988 Europe
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: OVERKILL - Under the Influence Megaforce
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - vocals
  • D.D. Verni - bass, backing vocals
  • Bobby Gustafson - guitar
  • Sid Falck - drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "OVERKILL - Under the Influence Megaforce"

The detailed tracklist of this record "OVERKILL - Under the Influence Megaforce" is:

    Track-listing:
  1. Shred 4:05
  2. Never Say Never 5:58
  3. Hello From the Gutter 4:12
  4. Mad Gone World 4:31
  5. Brainfade 4:08
  6. Drunken Wisdom 6:18
  7. End of the Line 7:03
  8. Head First 6:02
  9. Overkill III (Under the Influence) 6:28

 

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OVERKILL - Under The Influence Megaforce Records 12" LP Album Vinyl front cover https://vinyl-records.nl

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Photo Of The Back Cover OVERKILL - Under The Influence Megaforce Records 12" LP Album Vinyl

 

OVERKILL - Under The Influence Megaforce Records 12" LP Album Vinyl back cover

Close up of Side One record's label OVERKILL - Under The Influence Megaforce Records 12" LP Album Vinyl

"Under The Influence" Record Label Details: Megaforce Worldwide 781 865-1, Atlantic 781 865-1

"Under The Influence" Record Label Details: Megaforce Worldwide 781 865-1, Atlantic 781 865-1

Side Two Close up of record's label OVERKILL - Under The Influence Megaforce Records 12" LP Album Vinyl

 

Side Two Close up of record's label OVERKILL - Under The Influence Megaforce Records 12" LP Album Vinyl
 
Thrashing Through the Decade: OVERKILL's 80s Discography and Impact on Heavy Metal"

Band Description:

  OVERKILL is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1980 in New Jersey. The band is considered one of the pioneers of the thrash metal genre and has been influential in shaping the sound of heavy metal in the 1980s and beyond.

  History

  OVERKILL was formed by guitarist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni, who were high school friends. The band's early lineup also included drummer Rat Skates and guitarist Dan Spitz, who later left to join Anthrax. The band's first album, "Feel the Fire," was released in 1985 and received positive reviews from critics. This was followed by a string of successful albums, including "Taking Over" (1987), "Under the Influence" (1988), and "The Years of Decay" (1989).

  During the 1990s, the band's popularity declined due to the rise of grunge and alternative rock. However, the band continued to release albums and tour. In 2010, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary and released the album "Ironbound," which was well-received by both fans and critics.

  Music and lyrical themes

  OVERKILL's music is characterized by fast and aggressive guitar riffs, pounding drums, and Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth's distinctive vocals. The band's early sound was heavily influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but they later developed their own style that incorporated elements of punk and thrash.

  The band's lyrics often deal with social and political issues, as well as personal struggles and the darker side of human nature. Some of the band's most notable songs include "Elimination," "Hello from the Gutter," and "Horrorscope."

  Impact on the heavy metal scene

  OVERKILL has had a significant impact on the heavy metal scene, particularly in the thrash metal genre. The band's fast and aggressive style has influenced many other bands in the genre, including Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. In addition, the band's uncompromising attitude and dedication to their music has inspired many fans and musicians alike.