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Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on July 9, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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New Jersey Thrash Metal veterans OVERKILL will embark on a European headlining tour in November. Support on the trek will come from U.S. Sludge Metal kings CROWBAR, Aussie thrashers DESECRATOR and Israel-based metallers SHREDHEAD.

Commented OVERKILL vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth: “Let the killing begin – yes, yes, yes, here we go again. With a lead foot and speed, and a hammering stampede, as our ears they will bleed… we are preparing to start recording our next project… indeed. The riffs and ideas have been flying and exploding, all systems are go and the ‘wheels’ are rolling. This October, the next OVERKILL, we will be there…will you?”

Killfest 2016 Dates:

Nov. 02 – CH – Zürich – Dynamo
Nov. 03 – I – Brescia – Circolo Colony
Nov. 04 – I – Pinarella – Rockplanet Club
Nov. 05 – A – Graz – Explosiv
Nov. 06 – D – Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
Nov. 07 – D – München – Backstage
Nov. 08 – D – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
Nov. 09 – D – Köln – Essigfabrik
Nov. 10 – D – Erfurt – HSD Erfurt
Nov. 11 – D – Osnabrück – Hyde Park
Nov. 12 – D – Weissenhäuser Strand/Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise
Nov. 13 – D – Berlin – SO36
Nov. 15 – PL – Warsaw – Progresja
Nov. 16 – PL – Krakow – Kwadrat
Nov. 17 – H – Budapest – Barba Negra Club
Nov. 18 – A – Vienna – Szene
Nov. 19 – CZ – Zlin – Winter Masters Of Rock

Other OVERKILL Dates:
Jul. 13 – D – Balingen – Bang Your Head!!! Festival
Jul. 15 – S – Gävle – Gefle Metal Festival
Jul. 16 – E – Barcelona – Rock Fest

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OVERKILL is scheduled to enter the studio this month to begin recording the drums for the follow-up to 2014’s “White Devil Armory”, tentatively due in October via Nuclear Blast.

Regarding how OVERKILL approaches the songwriting process nowadays, Blitz told Metal Wani: “What we do is we couple where we came from and where we are. Where we came from is the days of rolling two-inch tape, being in a room together, feeling the music, feeling the walls, sweating… That’s the old-school way of doing. So that’s the way it’s gotta start. But then as it starts developing, we start using more technology. We start using Pro Tools. We go to different studios and we’ll work simultaneously. Dave [Linsk, guitar] will be in Florida doing some guitar leads. I might be in Jersey doing some vocals. D.D. [Verni, bass] might be dropping some bass down at his home studio. So it becomes this really cool process of being able to upload those files at the end of the day, have the other guy pull them down and go, ‘Oh, I see what he’s doing now.’ So we use both. We’re in the room together, and then later on it develops into a wonderful world of Pro Tools and file sharing over Dropbox.”

Blitz also talked about the general musical direction of OVERKILL‘s new material and how it compares to some of the band’s previous efforts. He said: “I never can really tell until it’s done. I mean, that’s always the surprise for me. I know even before we start the record it’s gonna be an OVERKILL record. But when it’s taking shape, I can’t say it feels like this or it feels like that. It’s more the more current OVERKILL. And what I mean by that is that it’s got that ‘Ironbound’, ‘The Electric Age’, ‘White Devil Armory’ feel to it, with the way especially the drums have been written. And I think that’s probably the only characteristic that is solid right now in this opinion, because everything else has changed around, which is kind of cool at this point.”

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OVERKILL played a special anniversary show on April 16 at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen, Germany. The evening saw the band perform their classic records “Horrorscope” (which is celebrating its 25th anniversary) and “Feel The Fire” (30th anniversary) in their entirety. And if that wasn’t enough, the show was professionally filmed and recorded for an upcoming DVD and CD.

OVERKILL utilized a stand-in drummer – their soundman Eddy Garcia, who is also a member of the El Paso, Texas band PISSING RAZORS – for their recent European tour because the band’s regular drummer, Ron Lipnicki, was forced to stay home due to undisclosed family issues.

Garcia previously played with OVERKILL for their appearance on the 2012 edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise.


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Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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With the release of their new album White Devil Armory scheduled for this Summer, New Jersey Thrash Metal veterans OVERKILL now announce an extended European tour for October and November 2014. The band will hit the road in support of their upcoming output. Joining OVERKILL on tour will be L.A.-based metalheads PRONG, Swedish speed youngsters and labelmates ENFORCER as well as Greek Heavy Metal outlet DARKOLOGY.

Commented OVERKILL vocalist Bobby Blitz: “We hit the European shores on October 30th of this year, with our White Devil Armory version of ‘Killfest’. With us will be PRONG & ENFORCER. We look forward to banging out the new tunes, as well as some of the old school classics we have banged our heads to over these past 28 years of touring. Until then, Horns UP!”
Check out OVERKILL live at the following dates:

30.10. ESP Barcelona – Razz2
31.10. ESP Madrid – Shoko
01.11. PT Lisbon – Paradise Garaje
02.11. ESP Bilbao – Kafe Antzokia
04.11. I Milano – Live Club
05.11. CH Pratteln – Z 7
06.11. D Karlsruhe – Substage
07.11. D Osnabrück – Rosenhof
08.11. D Bremen – Tivoli
09.11. D Nürnberg – Hirsch
11.11. D Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal
12.11. D Hamburg – Markthalle
13.11. D Berlin – Postbahnhof
14.11. D Cologne – Essigfabrik
15.11. NL Uden – De Pul

Presented by EMP, Rock Hard, Guitar, EMP Rock Invasion

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White Devil Armory will be out on July 18, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012’s The Electric Age.

The track listing of White Devil Armory will be as follows:

01. XDM
02. Armorist
03. Down To The Bone
04. PIG
05. Bitter Pill
06. Where There’s Smoke
07. Freedom Rings
08. Another Day To Die
09. King Of The Rat Bastards
10. It’s All Yours
11. In The Name


(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Overkill - White Devil Armory - promo cover pic - 2014

New Jersey Thrash Metal veterans OVERKILL will release their new album, White Devil Armory, on July 18, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and will be mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012’s The Electric Age.

The track listing of  White Devil Armory will be as follows:

01. Freedom Rings
02. Where There’s Smoke…
03. Pig
04. Amorist
05. Down To The Bone
06. Bitter Pill
07. King Of The Rat Bastards
08. Another Day To Die
09. It’s All Yours
10. In The Name


Said OVERKILL in a statement: “We are still working on the new record, but this is gonna be worth the wait, with more old-school, face-melting thrash!”

Speaking to Steppin’ Out magazine, OVERKILL vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth stated about the band’s upcoming album: “The new record has a blend of what we’ve done over the past half-decade. I’m noticing it’s a more punchy heavy metal record with more dimension than the last record had. Where is it going to end up on the food chain? I really don’t know. But my feeling is it’s an eclectic collection of moments from us. “The Electric Age” came across, to me, as kind a of two-dimensional Thrash record. This one is punchy but has a whole different bunch of ways to go and things to hear on it.”

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OVERKILL released a very special limited tour edition of  “The Electric Age” in Europe on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The limited 2CD tour edition included the regular album as well as four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia on September 25, 2010.

You can order your copy of  “The Electric Age” at this address:


(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , on September 4, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Thrash Metal icons KREATOR and OVERKILL will be touring North America together, beginning October 30th in Baltimore Maryland! This “Legends Of Thrash Tour 2013” will no doubt be raising the fiery depths of hell, for our Metal masses to revel in! Thrash Metal warriors WARBRINGER will be lending their lethal support as well! Metal be thy name!

Check out the tour dates and venues below! The “Legends Of Thrash Tour 2013” will be raging right through November! Whoa!


KREATOR – OVERKILL – WARBRINGER – 2013 North American Tour Dates:

10/30 – Baltimore, Md. @ Soundstage

10/31 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Trocadero

11/01 – Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium

11/02 – Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda

11/03 – Toronto, Ontario @ Opera House

11/04 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Altar Bar

11/05 – Columbus, Ohio @ Al Rosa Villa

11/06 – Joliet, Ill. @ Mojoes

11/07 – Lawrence, Kansas @ Granada

11/08 – Englewood, Colo. @ Gothic Theater

11/09 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ In the Venue

11/11 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rickshaw Theater

11/12 – Seattle, Wash. @ El Corazon

11/13 – Portland, Ore. @ Hawthorne Theatre

11/14 – San Fran, Calif. @ Filmore

11/15 – Anaheim, Calif. @ The Grove

11/16 – Tempe, Ariz. @ Marquee Theatre

11/17 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theater

11/18 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees

11/19 – San Antonio, Texas @ Backstage Live

11/21 – Louisville, Ky. @ Diamond Pub & Billiards

11/22 – W. Springfield, Va. Empire

11/23 – New York, N.Y. @ Stage 48

11/24 – New York, N.Y. @ Stage 48

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Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on March 19, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Overkill - The Electric Age - Tour Edition - cover promo

Over the course of their upcoming European tour, followed by several festival shows, legendary U.S. Thrash metallers OVERKILL are going to release a very special limited tour edition of their latest masterpiece “The Electric Age” – only available for a short time!

The ltd. 2CD tour edition will be released on April 19, 2013 and comprise the regular album as well as a 4 additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at “The Metro” in Sidney, Australia, on September 25, 2010.

The tracklist reads as follows:

CD 1 “The Electric Age”:

1. Come And Get It
2. Electric Rattlesnake
3. Wish You Were Dead
4. Black Daze
5. Save Yourself
6. Drop The Hammer Down
7. 21st Century Man
8. Old Wounds, New Scars
9. All Over But The Shouting
10. Good Night

CD 2 “Live from OZ” –recorded in Sidney, Australia, (The Metro, Sept. 25th, 2010):

01. Horrorscope
02. Long Time Dyin’
03. Necroshine
04. Walk Through Fire

Make sure to get it, before it’s gone:

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Catch OVERKILL live on tour in spring and summer (# = together with LOST SOCIETY): 

17.04. FIN Tampere – Pakkahoune (#)
18.04. FIN Helsinki – Tavastia (#)
19.04. FIN Joensuu – Kerubi (#)
20.04. FIN Oulu – Club Teatria (#)
21.04. FIN Rytmikojaamo – Sinajoki (#)
22.04. EST Tallin – Tapper
23.04. LV Riga – Meina Piektdina
24.04. LT Vilnius – New York
25.04. PL Warsaw – Proxima
26.04. D Hamburg – Markthalle
27.04. DK Copenhagen – Amager Bio
29.04. S Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
30.04. N Oslo – John Dee
01.05. S Stockholm – Debaser Slussen
02.05. N Haugesund – Karmoygeddon Festival
03.05. N Grimstad – Bluebox
05.05. TR Istanbul – Headbangers Weekend
08.06. HR Zadar – Burning Sea Festival
29.06. B Dassel – Graspop
22.07. SLO Tolmin – Metal Days Festival
25.07. D Brande-Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
09.08. CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival
10.08. I Chiaromonte – XIX Agglutination Metal Festival

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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TESTAMENT – Dark Roots Of Thrash Tour 2013 > OVERKILL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, 4ARM Are Special Guests!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal albums, metal music, Music, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , on December 5, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

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Bay Area Thrash Metal legends, TESTAMENT, are proud to announce their first U.S. headlining tour since their phenomenal chart success with their new album, Dark Roots of Earth. The trek promises to be one of the best Thrash Metal lineups of the year, with support coming from the world-renowned OVERKILL and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, as well as Australian Thrashers 4ARM.

“It’s a thrill to announce our upcoming dates with OVERKILL and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM,” commented guitarist Alex Skolnick. “It’s a tour that brings together three different Metal bands from three different regions: West Coast, East Coast and Southwest. All three bands sound very different from one another yet are highly compatible. All have been around the block (and the world) a few times and all have managed to keep a sound that feels current. This tour will be a ‘must see’ for fans who remember the early days of Thrash/Speed Metal as well as those whose age is younger than the genre itself.”



30.01. USA San Francisco – The Filmore*

31.01. USA Anaheim – House Of Blues*

01.02. USA Tempe – The Marquee*

02.02. USA Hollywood – House Of Blues*

04.02. USA Albuquerque – Sunshine Theater*

05.02. USA Austin – Emo’s

06.02. USA Houston – House Of Blues

07.02. USA Dallas – House Of Blues

09.02. USA Atlanta – Masquerade

10.02. USA Charlotte – The Filmore

12.02. USA Silver Spring – The Filmore

13.02. USA Philadelphia – Trocadero

14.02. USA New York – Best Buy Theatre

15.02. USA Huntington – The Paramount

16.02. USA Worcester – The Palladium

17.02. USA Buffalo – Town Ballroom

18.02. CDN Toronto – Phoenix Concert Theatre

20.02. USA Cincinnati – Bogart’s

21.02. USA Grand Rapids – The Intersection

22.02. USA Milwaukee – The Rave

23.02. USA Minneapolis – First Avenue

25.02. USA Denver – The Summit Music Hall

26.02. USA Salt Lake City – In The Venue

27.02. USA Reno – Knitting Factory

28.02. USA Sacramento – Ace Of Spades


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OVERKILL “HORRORSCOPE” – 1991 Thrash Metal Classic Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands, thrash metal music with tags , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

OVERKILL – When I think back to 1991, I remember being piss-poor and madly in love with my eventual wife. Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale would stop over my house to play endless hours of Sega Genesis games; with NHLPA Hockey and John Madden Football being insanely addictive to us both! Yeah, 1991 sure seems like a long time ago… then there are days when it seems like 1991 was yesterday. Go figure.

When I did have a ten bill to spend on myself back then, I would usually buy a cassette cause CD’s had cost at least five to seven dollars more. One cassette I bought that I still own to this day is Overkill’s 5th release known as: Horrorscope. What an amazing Thrash Metal listen it still is, after all these (many) years! Man, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve listened to Horrorscope.

That Horrorscope cassette never wore out though. It’s now buried in a box of other cassettes of mine, somewhere  among other boxes of stuff. I would’ve dug it out to take a photo of it for this post, only I got too damn excited to announce Horrorscope as Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day! I did upgrade my ownership of Horrorscope to CD just a few years ago, believe it or not. My cassette version of Horrorscope boasts the cover you see at the very top of this post. Here is what the alternate cover looks like on my CD version:

Chaly graces this alternate cover for Horrorscope. F’n cool, huh?

This Overkill lineup heard on Horrorscope may not have been the original lineup, still, I’ve appreciated every Overkill lineup over the years. The mainstay duo of Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and D.D. Verni keeping this Overkill Thrash Metal machine thriving, over the decades, is nothing short of spectacular. The non-stop Thrash Metal assault upon my ears, which I’ve enjoyed from Horrorscope, is nothing short of spectacular either!

If you’ve begun compiling an Overkill collection of CD’s, vinyl or cassettes, you absolutely must buy Horrorscope sooner rather than later! Overkill even covers the 1973 Rock instrumental classic from The Edgar Winter Group: Frankenstein. Trust me when I say that this Overkill cover version is killer! I especially love this song (both the original and Overkill cover) during the Halloween season. Makes sense to me.

As with any Overkill album from their gloriously Thrashing catalog, Horrorscope is comfort food to my Metal lovin’ ears and Metal hungry soul. Some things in life were meant to bring me happiness: family, friends, Metal Buddies, Metal, mashed potatoes, cold beer, doritos and of course… Overkill. Metal be thy name.

Above is the back cover of the Horrorscope CD.


OVERKILL – Lineup On Horrorscope:

Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – vocals

D.D. Verni – 4 & 8 string bass, backing vocals

Sid Falck – drums

Merritt Gant – guitars, backing vocals

Rob Cannavino – guitars, acoustic guitars, backing vocals

HORRORSCOPE – Track Listing:



Blood Money

Thanx For Nothin’

Bare Bones


New Machine


Live Young, Die Free

Nice Day… For A Funeral



Horrorscope was originally released on Atlantic Records.

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