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 
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.

  Jon Zazula Jon Zazula, also known as Jonny Z, is a legendary figure in the heavy metal music scene. He is best known for discovering and promoting some of the biggest heavy metal bands of the 80s, including Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth. Born in 1951, Jon Zazula grew up in the Bronx, New York and was a passionate music fan from an early age. He was particularly drawn to heavy metal, a genre that was still in its infancy at the time, and he became one of its biggest supporters and advocates.

 Zazula started his music career as a record store owner, running a small record store called Rock 'n' Roll Heaven in the Bronx. It was here that he first discovered Metallica, then a relatively unknown band. Impressed by their raw talent and energy, Zazula offered to become their manager and help them secure a record deal. He was instrumental in getting them signed to a record label and launching their career.

 In 1983, Zazula founded Megaforce Records, which became one of the most influential heavy metal labels of the 80s. The label helped popularize heavy metal and thrash metal, a sub-genre of heavy metal characterized by its fast and aggressive style. Under Zazula's guidance, Megaforce Records released some of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time, including Metallica's "Kill 'Em All," Anthrax's "Fistful of Metal," and Megadeth's "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!"

 In addition to his work with Megaforce Records, Zazula was also known for his passion and dedication to heavy metal music. He was a tireless promoter of the genre, organizing concerts and tours, and working to get heavy metal music heard by a wider audience. He was always on the lookout for new talent, and he discovered and signed many other important heavy metal bands over the years, including Mercyful Fate, Testament, and Exodus.

 Despite his many accomplishments, Jon Zazula remains a humble and down-to-earth individual. He is still involved in the music industry today and continues to support new heavy metal bands. He is widely respected and admired by fans of the genre for his contributions to the heavy metal music scene, and for his unwavering support of the genre and its artists.

  Marsha Zazula ( Executive ) Producer and together with her husband Jon Zazula founder and owner of Megaforce records company. During the 1980s she has produced two dozen of albums for bands like Hades, Overkill, Raven, Anthrax and others.

George Marino (1947-2012)  Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound N.Y.C., he was probable the most experienced sound mastering engineer in the world and has mastered hundreds of discs in all music genres. Jump to a list that covers the Heavy Metal albums he has mastered during the 1980s


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:

  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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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

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"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.


  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.