Under the Influence (Overkill album)

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Under the Influence
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Studio album by Overkill
Released July 5, 1988 (1988-07-05)
Recorded March–April 1988
Studio Pyramid Studios, Ithaca, New York
Genre Thrash metal
Length 47:51
Label Megaforce
Producer Overkill, Alex Perialas, Jon Zazula, Marsha Zazula
Overkill chronology
Taking Over
(1987)
Under the Influence
(1988)
The Years of Decay
(1989)
Singles from Under the Influence
  1. "Hello from the Gutter"
    Released: 1988[1]
  2. "Head First"
    Released: 1988[2]

Under the Influence is the third studio album by thrash metal band Overkill, released on July 5, 1988 through Megaforce Records.[3]

Touring and promotion[edit]

Overkill toured for six months to promote Under the Influence, touring alongside thrash acts Nuclear Assault, M.O.D., Destruction and Testament. From October to December 1988, the band toured the United States with Slayer and Motörhead, followed by a European tour with Slayer and Nuclear Assault, which took place in January 1989.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]

Jason Anderson at AllMusic awarded Under the Influence three stars out of five, calling it "another confident, if unremarkable Overkill recording", while listing "Overkill III (Under the Influence)", "Shred", "Never Say Never" and "Hello from the Gutter" as highlights.[4] The album reached No. 142 on the U.S. Billboard 200[5] and remained on that chart for thirteen weeks, making it Overkill's longest Billboard run.[6] It is also their third highest-charting album to date,[6] with over 300,000 copies sold worldwide as of 1997.[7]

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:
47:51

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1988 Billboard 200 142[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overkill – Hello From The Gutter". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  2. ^ "Overkill – Head First". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  3. ^ a b "Over Kill;". metallipromo.com. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  4. ^ a b Anderson, Jason. "Under the Influence - Overkill". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  5. ^ a b "Under the Influence - Overkill | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  6. ^ a b "Overkill - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  7. ^ Nalbandian, Bob (1997). "Interview with Bobby Blitz". HardRadio. Retrieved 2014-01-03.