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Below is our complete Overkill news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Overkill Issues "The Grinding Wheel" Details

Today, legendary New Jersey thrashers Overkill have announced their upcoming eighteenth album, "The Grinding Wheel." The album will be released on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth comments: “Grinding on! Here we come again kids, strapped to the Grinding Wheel! Bang your head.”

"The Grinding Wheel" was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap (Testament, Exodus, Accept). The artwork (shown below) was created again by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Soilwork, Death...).

The track listing for "The Grinding Wheel" is:

1. Mean Green Killing Machine
2. Goddamn Trouble
3. Our Finest Hour (see lyric video here)
4. Shine On
5. The Long Road
6. Let's All Go To Hades
7. Come Heavy
8. Red White And Blue
9. The Wheel
10. The Grinding Wheel More...

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Overkill Premieres New Song "Our Finest Hour"

Overkill premieres a new song and lyric video entitled "Our Finest Hour", taken from the upcoming new album "The Grinding Wheel", which will be out in stores February 17th via Nuclear Blast.

Check out now "Our Finest Hour" below.

Comments frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth : More...

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Overkill Announces New Single, Tour Dates

Overkill is putting the finishing touches on upcoming studio record "The Grinding Wheel." To give fans a taster of what to expect from this forthcoming record, a brand-new single titled "Our Finest Hour" will be released in the first week of Overkill's European tour, on November 4th.

The 7" single will be available on black, clear, green, and splatter vinyl, with pre-orders online here Listen to a first snippet below. The band comments:

"Looks like the 'machine' is up and rolling, but for all good things we wait. The delay for 'The Grinding Wheel' will take us to 2/17, at the start of the US tour... but fear not, the Euro tour will happen and happen with some new music!

"Friday Nov. 4th, we will let go of the first cut; 'Our Finest Hour,' available on various colors of vinyl along with some ear shattering madness. We will also have it with us on the road to quench your thirst and fill the hunger. So you heard it here first and you can hear more live the first time on tour! To the road, onward and upward into '17!" More...

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Rock Carnival Announces 2nd Year Details

New Jersey, get ready to rock harder than ever: the second annual Rock Carnival will take place on September 30th, October 1st and October 2nd in Lakewood, NJ at First Energy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws.

As with its inaugural year, which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees, the second annual Rock Carnival will feature classic carnival rides and entertainment, the most delicious food truck offerings, high-action pro wrestling, beer gardens pouring the tastiest of brews, and of course... the best in local, national and international rock and heavy metal music performances.

This year will introduce a "Classic Rewind" Friday night concert, featuring some special performances from 2015 acts returning to the event they loved. Three-day general admission and reserved seat weekend packages for this year's Rock Carnival go on sale Friday, May 13th at 12:00pm Eastern time.

The first wave of Rock Carnival live music entertainment to be announced is topped by single-day headliners Twisted Sister, whose performance will mark an official farewell show for the U.S. northeast. More...

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Ozzfest And Knotfest Combining

Remember that new collaboration teased via Twitter between Ozzy and Slipknot back when it looked like Ozzy had gone missing? Turns out Ozzfest and Knotfest are going to combine together.

The news was announced today in an event at Los Angeles today where Sharon and Ozzy appeared together with the members of Slipknot (check out footage below).

This new combined festival is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets will go on sale May 20th. Confirmed bands include: More...

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Overkill And Vader Lay Waste To Bristol

It truly is wonderful that so many of the old guard of thrash metal are still going strong. Even better, it's especially wonderful that Overkill are still around, stronger than ever and representing the genre perhaps better than anyone else. This month, the band embarked on their most extensive tour of the United Kingdom yet, bringing along two stellar groups including one of Europe's most beloved death metal veterans, Vader and the multinational progressive thrash outfit, One Machine.

There was barely any time for the audience to digest what they were about to see, as due to a noise level curfew, One Machine were still finishing up their sound check, before launching into their set without warning, made ironic by the opening number, "Forewarning" from their new album, "The Final Cull." It's a solid opener from a band with enormous stage presence, led by vocalist Chris Hawkins, whose combination of David Lee Roth style theatrics, humour and vocal prowess makes for a classic example of a heavy metal frontman. One Machine has an extremely crushing live sound that makes the music sound much more immersive than in the studio and though their set was a short one, consisting only of five songs, they certainly made an impact, winning new fans and providing an exhilarating start to the evening. More...

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Overkill Posts Tour Trailer

The New Jersey thrashers from Overkill are set to kick off their upcoming tour on April 1st in Villeurbanne's Centre Culturel Oecuménique (France). A teaser trailer just came online and can also be seen below.

On this tour, the band will play a special anniversary show at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen, Germany on April 16th, 2016. That evening the band will play the albums "Horrorscope" (25th Anniversary) and "Feel The Fire" (30th Anniversary) in their entirety. If that wasn't enough, the show will be recorded for an upcoming DVD release.

Vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth states: "Hallo Killers! This April 16, in Oberhausen we are putting together a special show, one that celebrates our history together. On this day in April we're recording the video and audio for not one but two Overkill releases. The bludgeoning 'Horrorscope' and where it all began for us, 'Feel The Fire.' A full night of kill from the past, celebrated in the present. It's your music, your scene, your metal. So be there, be loud and be proud!" More...

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Metal Labels Launch Cyber Monday Sales

While most of the heavy metal Black Friday sales have ended, several labels are still running online Cyber Monday deals today with super cheap digital and physical albums. Here's some of the more notable sales if you still want to pick up a couple of releases today:

A host of vinyl and CD albums are now on sale today only at the Nuclear Blast America webshop.

Use the code "CYBERMONDAY2015" and receive 50% off absolutely any album at the Deathwish Inc. Bandcamp page.

All of the digital MP3 albums at the Facedown Records store is set at $2.50 today only.

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Overkill Announces Special Anniversary Show

Thrash outfit Overkill just announced a special anniversary show at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen, Germany set to take place on April 16, 2016. On that evening the band will play the records "Horrorscope" (25th anniversary) and "Feel The Fire" (30th anniversary) in their entirety.

If that wasn't enough, the show will be recorded for an upcoming DVD release. Vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth states:

"This April in Oberhausen we will celebrate not one anniversary but three in one, by recording for DVD, 'Horrorscope' and 'Feel The Fire' in their entirety, and 30 years touring Germany. Why Germany? Well this is where it all started for us, and truly our first home when it comes to live performance.

"It is not so much the celebration of the releases but more so one that celebrates our solidarity and commitment to the Deutsche-metal scene from the beginning....so join us, be loud and above all BE metal! Over the wall boys and give 'em the cold steel!" More...

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Vader Joining Overkill On Tour

Polland's Vader is very pleased to announce the death metal band will be performing as special guest to Overkill on the "Killfest" tour 2016. Playing in support will be the British metallers from One Machine.

April 5th – Birmingham, Rainbow Warehouse
April 6th – Manchester, Sound Control
April 7th – Leeds, Stylus
April 8th – Glasgow, Classic Grand
April 9th – Belfast, Limelight 1
April 10th – Dublin, Academy
April 12th – Bristol, The Fleece
April 13th – London, O2 Islington Academy

Vader released the heaviest studio album of the group's career last year, according to frontman Peter W. The album in question is "Tibi Et Igni," which was released globally via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Overkill Announces New Tour Dates

The New Jersey-based thrash metal titans from Overkill are delighted to announce they will be returning to the U.K. and Ireland this coming April, 2016 for a run of headline shows entitled the Killfest tour. Enigmatic frontman Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth had to say on the announcement:

“We are happy to announce we are coming back to the UK, to thrash it up with our cousins across the pond! Yes, yes, yes boys and girls from New Jersey to England, Ireland & Scotland the "Wrecking Crew" comes your way next April, kicking off in Birmingham on the 5th. So let’s mark the dates and remember, I'm easily disappointed! HA! Over the wall boys and give 'em the cold steel!!!”

You can see the wrecking crew live in the following cities:

April 5th – Birmingham, Rainbow Warehouse
April 6th – Manchester, Sound Control
April 7th – Leeds, Stylus
April 8th – Glasgow, Classic Grand
April 9th – Belfast, Limelight 1
April 10th – Dublin, Academy
April 12th – Bristol, The Fleece
April 13th – London, O2 Islington Academy

Overkill is also currently preparing for the release of the band's first worldwide Nuclear Blast output, an absurd limited edition box set of 14 CDs entitled |HistoriKill: 1995 – 2007." Pre-orders and the full track listing are up now at this location.

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Overkill Releasing 14 CD Set

New Jersey-based thrash metal veterans Overkill recently inked a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

The band‘s first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast will be a special box set of 14 CDs: "HistoriKill: 1995 – 2007," which will be released on October 16th. It will include eleven Overkill albums on 13 CDs plus an extra bonus CD (including demos, remixes and an unreleased cover song) all in digi sleeves. The box will include the following albums:

"Wrecking Your Neck"
"The Killing Kind"
"From The Underground And Below"
"Necroshine"
"Coverkill"
"Bloodletting"
"Hello From The Gutter"
"Wrecking Everything"
"Killbox 13"
"ReliXIV"
"Immortalis" More...

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Overkill Signs Worldwide Deal With Nucear Blast

New Jersey's thrash outfit Overkill is proud to announce a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

Previously signed to the label in Europe only, a special box set comprised of the band’s entire back catalog will be the first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast, due out this Fall and coinciding with a co-headlining North American tour with fellow Jersey natives & progressive metal juggernauts Symphony X.

"Overkill is now a part of the Nuclear Blast family for the entire world,” states band manager John Finberg. “I have worked with the U.S. office on various projects as of late and they have a true understanding of what to do and how to do it. This upcoming box set is the start of the next chapter in the band’s career.”

Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo commented on the signing of Overkill: “NB is proud to announce a world-wide deal with Overkill. We’ve worked with them outside North America for the past few years, but it was time to extend the deal and have them join the North American family as well. Nuclear Blast America welcomes the legends!”

Overkill ocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth shares the following about the upcoming tour: “This should just kill! Pure Jersey, power, and class!” More...

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Overkill Returning To Europe

U.S. thrash outfit Overkill will return to European shores this coming March, supporting latest onslaught "White Devil Amory," which saw the New Jersey thrash metal veterans taking the international charts by storm with the following entries:

Germany: #20
Finland: #28
Switzerland: #31
Austria: #53
UK: #148

"White Devil Armory" was released on July 18th, 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." See the band live: More...

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Trivium To Headline Bloodstock 2015

The heavy hitting Florida metal heads from Trivium are revealed as the Bloodstock Friday main stage headliners in a U.K. exclusive for 2015.

Frontman Matt Heafy raves: “The UK is where the world first took notice of Trivium, and to pay true homage to that, Trivium will be playing the most Metal festival that exists in the UK: Bloodstock! We are thrilled beyond words to celebrate our first time at Bloodstock with the the UK’s Metal elite.”

Other new confirmations include Sabaton and Agalloch. The currently announced festival lineup is as follows:

Rob Zombie, Trivium, Within Temptation, Opeth, Sabaton, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Ihsahn, Orange Goblin, Death DTA, Nuclear Assault, 1349, Dark Angel, Armored Saint, Belphegor, Overkill, Ensiferum, Agalloch

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Bloodstock Confirms New 2015 Bands

While everyone’s talking about Christmas approaching, the Bloodstock festival organizer's sights are firmly fixed on next August. What better way to roll into the festive season than to announce three more crackin’ bands for 2015’s premier heavy metal event?

First up is thrash outfit Overkill. Front man Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth says: “We are loading the BIG guns and setting sail for the UK this summer! Be warned! The island is in danger, it's a White Devil Army....Lets make Bloodstock 2015 a bloodbath!”

Folk metal Finns Ensiferum are also joining the party, having recently wrapped recording on brand new album, "One Man Army," set for release on February 23rd.

Austrian blackened death metal overlords Belphegor will also make a return to Catton Park in 2015. Frontman/guitarist and founder Helmuth Lehner comments: “Belphegor returns to the ingenious Bloodstock Open Air! We will play at the main stage and promote our latest offering ‘Conjuring The Dead.’ Belphegor will bring you the most intense ritual possible. Join the pit and prepare for Diabolical Death Metal chaos.” More...

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ProgPower USA XV: Day 1 (Friday)

There really was no better way of preparing for the official days of 2014’s ProgPower USA festival than to have gone “Full Circle” with Pagan’s Mind, DGM, and Draekon the night before, on September 11th in Atlanta, GA. For the 12th of September, if you weren’t waking up late and shmammered from the after-party the night before, you were soon to be treated to a variety of international bands: From Greece, the proggy show-stealing Need, performing their latest album, “Orvam: A Song For Home.” From Germany, the power chant-fest that is Orden Ogan. From Norway, young prog super-champs Leprous. From Sweden, the humble prog-titans of Seventh Wonder were to perform their “Mercy Falls” album. Finally (and again from the Scandinavian countries!) from Finland, the prestigious major-key-masters of Stratovarius were to perform their 1997 album, “Visions.”

With doors opening at 1:30 in the warm Atlanta afternoon, crowds and pizza (courtesy of nearby restaurant DaVinci’s) flowed in steadily to Center Stage, combining with drinks, merchandise, band members, and a few awesome wheelchair-bound metalheads with passion for the music for a very warm “Welcome to ProgPower!” feeling. Truly, ProgPower is a festival like none other in the US - full of friendly faces, excitement, and a sense of brotherhood. Further, the first band of the day (Need), personified this enthusiasm and attitude perfectly as they took the stage at 2PM. They would have the crowd in their pocket within three songs. More...

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Prong Kicking Off North American Tour

The New York metal mainstays from Prong are hitting the the road beginning today - September 10th - in Los Angeles, CA through October 14th in San Francisco, CA.

Many of the dates will see Prong playing alongside thrash masters Overkill. Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot's "Knotfest" October 25th in San Bernardino, CA. Full details are available below. The band comments:

"Prong starts our U.S. / Canada tour at the legendary Whiskey A- Go -Go in West Hollywood, CA. This is our first trip on this continent since our release of our Ruining Lives LP, after two successful European tours. We have a new 7" single out 'Remove, Separate Self' and will be selling it at shows as well as our first 'Turnover' 7".

"This is so cool because it reminds me of the old days when we sold our demo tapes and our initial EP 'Primitive Origins' at shows. So please check out our dates at this location. We are also excited about joining up with our old buddies Overkill on a good amount of our dates. So come on out and I'll see you on the road." More...

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Overkill Releases "Bitter Pill" Video

New Jersey thrash outfit Overkill just put out an official music video for the track "Bitter Pill," taken from brand new album "White Devil Armory" (reviewed here). Check out the clip below.

Commented vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth: “Hello world, metal world, thrash world! WDA has landed and you my friends are the fucking recipients of the carnage! So, stand up, assume the position, legs apart, bent at the waist...eyes up, neck at the ready! And bang thy motherfucking head, this my friends is ‘Bitter Pill’!...........Give 'em hell boys!!!”

You can also see the band's previously released video for "Armorist" over here, and you can catch Overkill live on these dates:

30.10. ESP Barcelona - Razz2
31.10. ESP Madrid - Shoko
01.11. PT Porto - Hard Club
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 More...

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