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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 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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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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