Under the Influence (Overkill album)

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Under the Influence
Studio album by Overkill
Released 1988 (1988)[1]
Recorded March–April 1988 at Pyramid Studios in Ithaca, New York
Genre Thrash metal
Length 47:51
Label Megaforce
Producer Overkill, Alex Perialas, Jon Zazula, Marsha Zazula
Overkill chronology
Taking Over
Under the Influence
The Years of Decay
Singles from Under the Influence
  1. "Hello from the Gutter"
    Released: 1988 (1988)[2]
  2. "Head First"
    Released: 1988 (1988)[3]

Under the Influence is the third studio album by thrash metal band Overkill, released in 1988 through Megaforce Records.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

AllMusic's Jason Anderson awarded Under the Influence three stars out of five, calling it "another confident, if unremarkable Overkill recording", whilst describing the tracks "Overkill III (Under the Influence)", "Shred", "Never Say Never" and "Hello from the Gutter" as the highlights.[1] The album reached No. 142 on the U.S. Billboard 200[4] and remained on that chart for thirteen weeks, making it Overkill's longest Billboard run.[5] It is also their third highest-charting album to date,[5] with over 300,000 copies sold worldwide as of 1997.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bobby Gustafson, D.D. Verni and Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth

No. Title Length
1. "Shred"   4:05
2. "Never Say Never"   4:58
3. "Hello from the Gutter"   4:14
4. "Mad Gone World"   4:31
5. "Brainfade"   4:08
6. "Drunken Wisdom"   6:17
7. "End of the Line"   7:03
8. "Head First"   6:02
9. "Overkill III (Under the Influence)"   6:33
Total length:


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1988 Billboard 200 142[4]


  1. ^ a b c Anderson, Jason. "Under the Influence - Overkill". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  2. ^ "Overkill – Hello From The Gutter". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  3. ^ "Overkill – Head First". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  4. ^ a b "Under the Influence - Overkill | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  5. ^ a b "Overkill - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  6. ^ Nalbandian, Bob (1997). "Interview with Bobby Blitz". HardRadio. Retrieved 2014-01-03.