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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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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"
"Hello From The Gutter"
"Wrecking Everything"
"Killbox 13"
"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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Overkill Releases New Music Video

After releasing a lyric video for the track, Overkill has now debuted an all new music video for the "Armorist" single. Check it out below courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

Directed by long time collaborator Kevin J. Custer, the video depicts the raw power that emulates from the bands viscous live show. "We had a head banging riot working with Kevin Custer, he has an eye for the performance and the fast editing hand. Just what the doctor ordered for a face-melting, thrash-a-thon," says frontman Bobby Blitz.

This is the third time Custer has directed the band's visual element. Prior to "Armorist" he was tapped for "Bring Me The Night," from "Ironbound" in 2010 and "Electric Rattlesnake" from "The Electric Age" in 2012.

Blitz continues, "I was quite blown away with his use of natural light in Armorist, as if he let the sun in through the windows, then controlled how it was used. Horns up Kids, here comes the Overkill/Custer, Armorist!"

Overkill will release seventeenth LP "White Devil Armory" on July 22nd via eOne Music in North America, and July 18th overseas via Nuclear Blast. Check out our review at this location. More...

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Overkill Premieres Lyric Video For New Track

Legendary thrashers Overkill released a lyric video for the new track "Armorist." The song will appear on the upcoming new album "White Devil Armory" which drops via Nuclear Blast Records on July 18th in Europe and July 22nd in North America via eOne Music. A review for the album can be found at this location.

The track list for "White Devil Armory" is:

1. Freedom Rings
2. Where There's Smoke...
3. Pig
4. Amorist
5. Down To The Bone
6. Bitter Pill
7. King Of The Rat Bastards
8. Another Day To Die
9. It's All Yours
10. In The Name

Check out "Armorist" here: More...

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Overkill Shoots New Music Videos

Jersey thrash outfit Overkill has been hard at work preparing for the release of a seventeenth LP, "White Devil Armory."

The band shot two videos over the weekend with esteemed director Kevin J. Custer. "Fantastic to have Kevin on board again, when he's directing the direction is intense!" says frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth.

This is the fourth video Custer has directed for the band, most notably "Electric Rattlesnake" from previous LP "The Electric Age." Blitz continues, "Each time the prior results have been spot on, so our confidence is high for this shoot. From the directors eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"

Overkill will release "White Devil Armory" on July 22nd via eOne Music in North America, and July 18th overseas via Nuclear Blast. More...

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Overkill Announces European Tour

With the release of new album "White Devil Armory" scheduled for this summer, the New Jersey thrash metal veterans in Overkill now announce an extended European tour for October and November 2014.

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!“

"White Devil Armory" will be out 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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Thought Chamber Pulls Out Of ProgPower USA

Glenn Harveston, promoter for ProgPower USA, has announced that San Francisco's Thought Chamber has been forced to pull out of this year's festival to be held from September 10-13th, 2014 in Atlanta Georgia.

The following announcement was made by vocalist Ted Leonard: "Ted Leonard here….We regret to announce that, due to my scheduling conflicts, Thought Chamber will not be able to participate in ProgPower USA 2014. I feel terrible about this, but have had unforeseen commitments arise that unfortunately cannot be changed. We are truly honored to have been invited to perform at ProgPower USA. Glenn Harveston has built one of the best progressive metal festivals in the world, and we hope that Glenn will forgive our unforeseen cancellation and allow us to return in the future. This was totally unexpected, and evidence that I've completely overloaded my plate. I would like to personally and publicly apologize to Glenn Harveston, my band mates, and to any ProgPower USA fans that may have purchased tickets solely to see Thought Chamber."

Harveston has named the replacement act as Greek progressive metal band Need. The band released the latest album "Orvam - A Song for Home" in January. As a preview, check out the track "Mother Madness" from the album here: More...

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Overkill Reveals Artwork & Track Listing Of New LP

Legendary thrash act Overkill unveiled the artwork and track list for the upcoming new album "White Devil Armory."

The album is due out July 18th via Nuclear Blast Records and was tracked at Gear Recording and will be mixed by Greg Reely. The track list is:

1. Freedom Rings
2. Where There's Smoke...
3. Pig
4. Amorist
5. Down To The Bone
6. Bitter Pill
7. King Of The Rat Bastards
8. Another Day To Die
9. It's All Yours
10. In The Name More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal: Day One

It seemed like one year had passed in a blink of an eye. No sooner had I experienced my first 70,000 Tons of Metal, which included a birthday that saw Helloween, Rage (w/Lingua Mortis Orchestra) and Metal Church play, than I was plotting my next adventure on the high seas. The floating festival is not only the most unique and phenomenal metal sojourns in the world, its boasts a diverse genre spanning 40+ bands. Though the 2013 installment represented an array of bands more geared towards my personal favorite tastes, a “Barge to Hell” like fog is built up around this year with Carcass, Obituary, Massacre, Death: DTA Tours, Satyricon, Terrorizer among a few which has swung the pendulum towards a harsher environment. For the traditional and power styles there is return act and “athletic rock” legends Raven, German euro power and proclaimed “happy metal” act Freedom Call, German symphonic metallers Xandria, Israeli symphonic ambassadors of peace Orphaned Land and the 700 piece traveling city Haggard, which single handedly make this 71,000 Tons of Metal. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Finalizes Lineup

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the final band just as the floating festival sets sail today. It was no surprise as Germany's Atrocity was named. The band makes up the majority of Leaves' Eyes, who are also on the cruise, and both acts will set out on a North American Tour with Moonspell this weekend right after the cruise returns to Miami on Friday morning (see tour dates here).

The sold out event will set sail at 4:00pm today from Miami with a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico on Wednesday before heading back to Miami on Friday morning. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide daily reports on all of the festival activities.

The final lineup is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Freedom Call
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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