Taking Over (Overkill album)

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Taking Over
Studio album by Overkill
Released March 1987 (1987-03)[1]
Recorded September–December 1986 at Pyramid Sound Studios in Ithaca, New York
Genre Thrash metal
Length 45:37
Label Atlantic, Megaforce
Producer Overkill, Alex Perialas, Jon Zazula
Overkill chronology
Feel the Fire
(1985)
Taking Over
(1987)
!!!Fuck You!!!
(1987)

Taking Over is the second studio album by thrash metal band Overkill, released in March 1987[1] through Atlantic and Megaforce Records. The album is Overkill's last to feature drummer Rat Skates, who left the band later in 1987 and was replaced by Sid Falck. It was also the first to be released through Atlantic, who would release all of the band's albums up to W.F.O. (1994).

Overview[edit]

"Wrecking Crew" and "In Union We Stand" have been played live at almost every Overkill show to date,[2][3] with the former being considered one of the band's signature songs, as well as being the title of their official website (wreckingcrew.com).

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard 10/10[5]

AllMusic's John Book awarded the album four stars out of five, saying "This New York band got a lot of attention with this album, although looking back at it, the vocals of Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth are somewhat dreadful compared to how they sound now."[4] The album was Overkill's first to chart on the U.S. Billboard 200, reaching No. 191[6] and remaining on that chart for a week; it remains the band's lowest chart position to date.[7] In 2005, Taking Over was ranked No. 450 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[8]

Touring and promotion[edit]

Overkill toured for less than a year to promote Taking Over. In March–April 1987 they opened for Helloween on their Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I tour in Europe, and supported Megadeth on their Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? tour in May–June.[1] Overkill then headlined their own shows in July–August, with Testament opening.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Overkill. 

No. Title Length
1. "Deny the Cross"   4:43
2. "Wrecking Crew"   4:32
3. "Fear His Name"   5:24
4. "Use Your Head"   4:19
5. "Fatal if Swallowed"   6:45
6. "Powersurge"   4:36
7. "In Union We Stand"   4:26
8. "Electro-Violence"   3:45
9. "Overkill II (The Nightmare Continues)"   7:07
Total length:
45:37

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1987 Billboard 200 191[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Over Kill;". metallipromo.com. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  2. ^ "Wrecking Crew by Overkill Song Statistics". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  3. ^ "In Union We Stand by Overkill Song Statistics". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  4. ^ a b Book, John. "Taking Over - Overkill". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  5. ^ Kupfer, Thomas. "Review anzeigen". (in German). Rock Hard. 21. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  6. ^ a b "Taking Over - Overkill | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  7. ^ "Overkill - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  8. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 29. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.