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Overkill Australian Tour Announced

Overkill will be out touring Australia this February and March. The band have the following dates booked:

02/28 Adelaide, AUS – Fowlers Live
03/01 Brisbane, AUS – The Zoo
03/02 Melbourne, AUS – 170 Russell
03/03 Sydney, AUS – The Factory Theatre
03/04 Perth, AUS – Rosemount Hotel

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The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal-Docu Out In January

An impressing list of musicians, record executives, journalists and more have taken part in the upcoming two-part ‘Inside Metal‘ documentary DVD, ‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal‘. Directed by Bob Nalbandian, the DVD will land on January 19th and showcases narration from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.

Below you can watch a clip from the DVD in which Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.) can be found discussing his first encounter with Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield back in 1981:

As the title suggests, the docu will focus on the early/mid-80s rise of thrash metal. Among those who were interviewed for the series are: More...

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Overkill Announces Australian Tour

American thrash metal legends Overkill has announced a string of headline shows in Australia, which will kick off at the end of February in Adelaide. You can see the tour dates below. Overkill are currently promoting their eighteenth studio album, "The Grinding Wheel," which was released earlier this year through Nuclear Blast Records.

The tour dates are as follows:

February 28 - Adelaide - Fowlers Live
March 1 - Brisbane - The Zoo
March 2 - Melbourne - 170 Live
March 3 - Sydney - The Factory Theatre
March 4 - Perth - Rosemount Hotel

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Overkill Announces New Drummer Jason Bittner

Legendary thrash act Overkill has kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of the highly-acclaimed eighteenth album "The Grinding Wheel," as well as adding another U.S. tour under the belt. Today, the band welcomes another addition to the band's history with new drummer, Jason "Sticks" Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam).

"Overkill would like to announce its newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner," comments Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. "We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy ‘The Mexicutioner’ Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the Overkill machine. Jason is a long-time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoken for themselves. Let the touring continue... onward-upwards!"

Bittner commented: "When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said 'Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?' It really didn't take much for me to write back a one word answer… ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I cannot wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the 'Mean Green Killing Machine!'" More...

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1st Annual Metal Maya Destination Fest Announced

ASK4 Entertainment - the creator and producer of ShipRocked - announces the first annual Metal Maya, a 4-day all-inclusive heavy metal destination festival vacation from October 29th - November 2nd at the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, just south of Cancun in the paradise of Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Metal Maya is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (also known as Day Of The Dead and “Hanal Pixán” to the Mayans of Yucatan Peninsula) and will feature performances from a dozen bands in a tropical paradise.

The initial music lineup includes Anthrax, Overkill, Superjoint, heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Death Angel, Otep, and Tim “Ripper” Owens, with more bands to be announced. The Metal Allegiance band will include Phil Demmel (Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Mark Menghi, Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, The Neal Morse Band), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste), and more special guests.

Metal Maya will be hosted by SiriusXM’s own Jose Mangin. Packages start at $1399 per person and go on sale Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00 PM ET at this location. More...

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Overkill Joining Headbangers Ball Tour 2017

New Jersey thrash group Overkill released latest studio album "The Grinding Wheel" on February 10th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast. Touring for the album is about to kick into high gear.

After playing a few shows in Russia and Ukraine as well as several summer festivals, the band will be joining forces with metal legends Max & Iggor Cavalera, Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium, and up and coming German death squad Deserted Fear for the annual MTV Headbangers Ball trek. Dates for the 2017 edition are as follows:

26.11. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
27.11. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
29.11. D Hamburg - Große Freiheit 36
30.11. D Berlin - Huxleys Neue Welt
01.12. D Geiselwind - Christmas Bash
03.12. A Vienna - Gasometer
04.12. D Munich - Backstage
07.12. CH Pratteln - Z7
08.12. D Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
09.12. D Gießen - Hessenhallen
11.12. D Saarbrücken - Garage More...

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Overkill Releases New Video

With only three months into 2017, legendary New Jersey thrash outfit Overkill has already released "The Grinding Wheel" album, followed by a lengthy U.S. trek that ended one week ago. Today, the band has released a new music video for new track "Shine On" as well. 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

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New Bands Added To Brutal Assault 2017

A bunch of new bands have been announced for the 22nd edition of Brutal Assault, which takes place this year in Fortress Josefov near Jaromer in the Czech Republic on August 9-12. Returning once more are heavy-weights Hatebreed, who last graced the fortress stages in 2012 and 2013. This is reportedly in response to festival-goers requests for more hardcore in the line-up.

The Dillinger Escape Plan will be including the festival in their series of farewell dates. It looks like the band's appearance here won't be affected by the bus crash that caused some European tour dates to be cancelled last month. Dillinger last played Brutal Assault in 2015.

Thrash veterans Overkill, touring in support of their recently released 18th studio album, "The Grinding Wheel", have also been added. No stranger to the fortress stage, Overkill last appeared at the festival in 2013.

Helsinki's Wintersun are newcomers to Brutal Assault, appearing for the first time. Can we assume they will be playing material from their long-awaited third album? There's no official word as yet. More...

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Photo Recap: 70.000 Tons Of Metal, Day 3 And 4

The largest and longest-running sea travel of its kind this year headed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti and back, featuring 61 bands playing 123 live shows on 4 stages to fans from 74 different countries. For most fans on board it’s "the" annual metal highlight. Below you can see George's personal extensive photo-recap of the events, scenery, and shows of his favourite bands taking place on "The Independence Of The Seas" metal-battleship:

Day 3: Labadee - Overkill - Marduk

Day 4: Unleashed - DevilDriver - Annihilator - Arch Enemy

If you missed the recap of day 1 and 2 you can watch it HERE.

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Overkill Posts "Goddamn Trouble"

New Jersey thrash metal band Overkill has unveiled a new video for the track "Goddamn Trouble," which comes from the band's 18th studio album, "The Grinding Wheel," due out on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Bobby Blitz states: "We hooked up again with Kevin Custer, the director behind the videos, 'Armorist,' 'Bitter Pill,' 'Rattlesnake,' and 'Bring Me The Night.' It was an 'all-day' event in the great state of New Jersey and Kevin shot two vids for us on that cold January day, 'Goddamn Trouble' & 'Shine On'. A long day but well worth it as he captured the metal-chaos and energy. So hit Play and get some Trouble." More...

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Overkill Posts Track-By-Track Breakdown

New Jersey thrash outfit Overkill recently announced upcoming eighteenth album "The Grinding Wheel" will be released on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band has finally revealed the first in a series of track-by-track trailers. So if you want to know everything about "Mean Green Killing Machine," "Goddamn Trouble," "Our Finest Hour," and "Shine On," be sure to check out the clip below.

"The Grinding Wheel" was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap and the cover artwork was once created again by Travis Smith. If you missed it, previously posted song "Mean Green Killing Machine" can also still be heard here. More...

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Overkill Streams "Mean, Green, Killing Machine"

Legendary New Jersey thrash group Overkill will release eighteenth album, "The Grinding Wheel," on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

To deliver another crushing thrash inferno right before Christmas, the band now unleashes a new lyric video for the wild hymn "Mean, Green, Killing Machine." Begin headbanging forthwith below!

Lead vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth comments: "Lets keep this rolling, 'Mean, Green, Killing Machine,' the opening track - brand new, from us to you! Bang thy head." More...

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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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