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Overkill – Taking Over


Taking Over is the second studio album by thrash metal band Overkill, released in March 1987. The album is Overkill’s last to feature drummer Rat Skates, who left the band later in 1987 and was replaced by Sid Falck.

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. Overkill then headlined their own shows in July–August, with Testament opening.

“Wrecking Crew” and “In Union We Stand” have been played live at almost every Overkill show to date, with the former being considered one of the band’s signature songs, as well as being the title of their official website (

Track listing

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

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