Originally Posted by El Gordo
Compared to what Metallica were doing? They were probably playing faster than Slayer were at this point. Hit the Lights, The Mechanix, Motorbreath, plus covers of The Prince, Am I Evil and Blitzkrieg... Doesn't matter though, Overkill were probably thrashing harder than either of them in 1982 even though no setlists exist.
I'm not talking about the speed of the music, I'm talking about the Satanic imagery and lyrical content. They essentially took the ideas of Venom to a new level.