W.F.O. (album)

Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 15, 1994 (1994-07-15)[1]
RecordedApril–May 1994
StudioAmbient Recording Co., Stamford, Connecticut
GenreThrash metal
Overkill chronology
I Hear Black
Wrecking Your Neck

W.F.O. (Wide Fucking Open) is the seventh full-length studio album by thrash metal band Overkill, released on July 15, 1994 on Atlantic Records. The album contains "hidden songs" on track 98 the songs start at 10:00, featuring the band warming up in the studio, playing "Heaven and Hell" by Black Sabbath, "The Ripper" by Judas Priest and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by Jimi Hendrix. The instrumental song "R.I.P. (Undone)" was written as a tribute to Criss Oliva, co-founder of the band Savatage, who died nine months before the release of the album.[2]

W.F.O. is the last Overkill album released by Atlantic Records, who released their previous five albums, and their last album with guitarists Rob Cannavino and Merritt Gant. W.F.O. and I Hear Black were re-released on Wounded Bird Records in 2005.


W.F.O. was the first album Overkill produced themselves. On the making of the album, frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth explained to Gavin Report:

We did it ourselves. We used Terry Date back in 1991, but he's almost unreachable now. Between the success of the Horrorscope album and the Pantera and Soundgarden albums, he's really off the map. We know our area and we just try to expand on it. We've never been one for tasting the flavor of the day. I think our longevity is due to the fact that we're not really followers. We enjoy our area and explore within it. A lot of people might say that it's not really artistic to say that you can't expand, but we just know where we're most potent. We just turned up the intensity with each record, as compared to exploring what people are calling alternative, grunge or industrial. The songs are born in a rehearsal room where everyone says 'we're there.' We put on a few finishing touches and then record it. We did this whole thing from soup to nuts this time and it was important that we saw that vision all the way through to the end. We had an option to take a producer but I've co-produced seven records with D.D., Rob is fantastic behind the board and Merritt has great ears. We just decided to go in an do it and not let anyone fuck with our vision.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard9.0/10[5]

AllMusic's Jason Anderson gave the album a positive review, awarding it four stars out of five and stating, "W.F.O. probably represents the formal beginnings of a '90s commercial swoon for the thrash metal band." Anderson then added, "By the time of this 1994 release, the group's popularity might have been waning a little due to rock fashion trends leaning heavily away from thrash or anything that reminded listeners of the '80s. That's not to say that W.F.O. isn't a fine recording. It is probably one of the band's best, and last, thrash juggernauts."[6]

W.F.O. reached number nine on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in 1994,[6] making it Overkill's third-highest chart position (after I Hear Black and Ironbound, which peaked at number three and number four respectively).[7] Unlike many of their previous albums, it did not chart on the Billboard 200.[7]

Track listing[]

1."Where It Hurts"5:33
2."Fast Junkie"4:21
3."The Wait/New High in Lows"5:46
4."They Eat Their Young"4:57
5."What's Your Problem"5:10
6."Under One"4:14
7."Supersonic Hate"4:17
8."R.I.P. (Undone)"1:43
9."Up to Zero"4:07
10."Bastard Nation"5:38
11."Gasoline Dream"6:49
Total length:57:38

Hidden tracks[]


"The Wait/New High in Lows" samples a quote from the 1993 crime film Carlito's Way.



Chart (1994) Peak
Billboard Top Heatseekers 9[6]


  1. ^ "Overkill - W.F.O. - Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2017-01-04.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "The Official Savatage Homepage". Savatage.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  3. ^ Rene, Sheila (September 2, 1994). "Gavin Rocks - Artist Profiles". Gavin Report.
  4. ^ Anderson, Jason. "W.F.O. - Overkill : Songs, Reviews, Crs, Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  5. ^ Kupfer, Thomas (1994). "Review Album: Overkill – Horrorscope review". Rock Hard (in German). No. 87. Archived from the original on 2017-01-05. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  6. ^ a b c "W.F.O. - Overkill : Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  7. ^ a b "Overkill - Awards". Allmusic.com. Archived from the original on 2015-10-09. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  8. ^ "BMI: Songwriter/Composer: VERNI CARLO". Repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26.[permanent dead link]

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