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Latest Overkill News

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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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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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

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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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