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Public sales for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal 2014 will start Monday April 8th at 5PM EST. Are you ready for Round 4 of The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise?
As this will be the last time the cruise will be sailing on the “Majesty of the Seas,” the organizers have a very special treat for all you sailors: everyone that becomes a ticketed and paid passenger before July 27th, 2013 will be able to vote where they are going to steer that old lady.
The first 7 out of 40 bands on board have already been announced:
The festival will sail Monday, January 27, 2014 on the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL and will not return to the real world until Friday, January 31, 2014.
Ticket prices start at US $666 plus US $319 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24h room service! More info is available at this location.
Over the course of their upcoming European tour, followed by several festival shows, legendary U.S. thrash metallers Ovoerkill are going to release a special limited tour edition of “The Electric Age."
The limited 2CD tour edition will be released on April 19th, 2013 and comprise the regular album as well as a 4 additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at “The Metro” in Sidney, Australia, on September 25th, 2010. Pre-orders are available at this location. The tracklist reads as follows:
CD 1 “The Electric Age”:
1. Come And Get It
2. Electric Rattlesnake
3. Wish You Were Dead
4. Black Daze
5. Save Yourself
6. Drop The Hammer Down
7. 21st Century Man
8. Old Wounds, New Scars
9. All Over But The Shouting
10. Good Night
CD 2 “Live from OZ”
2. Long Time Dyin’
4. Walk Through Fire More...
Overkill has been out on tour with Testament, 4ARM, and and Flotsam and Jetsam. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about dropping off the run due to vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth becoming ill:
"Due to Bobby's ongoing bout with pneumonia, we have regretfully decided to cancel the remainder of our shows on 'The Dark Roots Of Thrash' tour.
"Blitz's condition has gotten slightly worse [after Saturday's show in Worcester, Massachusetts] and he needs some time to get back to 100%. We would like to thank Testament for a great tour and look forward to everyone back on the road soon.
"After some time for recovery, we'll be back out in the spring for our Scandinavian tour. See you then!!"
For more info and to find out about upcoming live shows, head over to the Overkill Facebook profile here.
Australia's 4ARM has been confirmed as the opening act for "The Dark Roots Of Thrash" tour with Testament, Overkill, and Flotsam And Jetsam, which kicks off tonight at the House Of Blues in Anaheim.
The first four dates will not feature Flotsam And Jetsam on the bill, since the band is busy with the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. 4ARM is touring in support of its recent album, "Submission for Liberty," which spawned an official video for the title track. Watch that video after the tour dates.
01/31 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/01 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/02 Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/04 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/05 Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/06 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
02/07 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
02/09 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
02/10 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
02/12 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/13 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
02/14 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre
02/15 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
02/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/17 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
02/18 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/20 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
02/21 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
02/22 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
02/23 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
02/25 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
02/26 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
02/27 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
02/28 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades More...
U.S. thrash veterans Overkill have announced a new Scandinavia tour, and the band comments:
"Well the wait is over....we are finally coming to Finland to do our first tour in almost 30 years of touring thru Europe and we could not be more psyched! We have done the Tuska Festival twice before and the crowds there were always tremendous. We are really looking forward to the entire Scandinavian tour and will be pulling out a bunch of old tunes as well as the new! See ya on tour!“
4/17 Tampere, Finland Pakkahoune
4/18 Helsinki, Finland Tavastia
4/19 Joensuu, Finland Kerubi
4/20 Oulu, Finland Club Teatria
4/21 Rytmikojaamo, Finland Seinajoki
4/22 Tallin, Estonia Tapper
4/23 Riga, Latvia Meina Piektdina
4/24 Vilnius, Lithuania New York
4/25 Warsaw, Poland Proxima
4/26 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
4/27 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio
4/29 Gothenburg, Sweden Sticky FIngers
4/30 Oslo, Norway John Dee
5/1 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Slussen
5/2 Haugesund, Norway Karmoygeddon Festival
5/3 Grimstad, Norway Bluebox
Mighty thrash veterans Overkill have announced the dates of the European run for this year's Killfest tour in support of "The Electric Age," which was released earlier this year. Commented frontman Bobby Blitz: “It’s the Electric Age and you’re invited! See you on tour this October, let’s tear it up together, AGAIN!”
Dates for the run are available below. You can also check out the official lyric video for Overkill's "Wish You Were Dead" at this location.
04.10. D Hannover - Musikzentrum
05.10. D Osnabrück - Rosenhof
06.10. NL Den Haag - Paard Van Troje
07.10. UK London - O2 Islington Academy
08.10. UK Sheffield - Corporation
10.10. IT Milano - Alcatraz
11.10. CH Pratteln - Z7
12.10. D Geiselwind - Musichall
13.10. D Straubing - Metal Invasion Festival
14.10. PL Katowice - Mega Club
15.10. CZ Prague - Meet Factory
16.10. D Saarbrücken - Garage
17.10. D Karlsruhe - Substage
18.10. B Antwerp - Trix
19.10. D Andernach - JUZ
20.10. D Bochum - Zeche
21.10. D Hamburg - Markthalle
Everybody has stage moves, but does that mean they are good? As part of Metal Injection's ongoing "Ask The Artist" series, the question of best and worst stage moves was posted to members of Dragonforce, Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, Fit For An Autopsy, Obey The Brave, The Acacia Strain, Skeletonwitch, Last Chance To Reason, The Contortionist, Holy Grail, Periphery, iwrestledabearonce, Hung, Overkill, God Forbid and Unearth.
Diamond Plate has announced that bassist and lead vocalist Jon Macak will be departing from the band's tour with Overkill and God Forbid to return home due to a recent family emergency. The band has decided to continue on with the remainder of the trek with tour manager and close friend Dan Valente filling in on bass and vocal duties.
Jon Macak stated, "I am very sad to say that I will not be able to be a part of the last six Killfest dates. I will be flying home to Chicago Sunday morning to be with my mother who is very ill and needs my support. There is a chance that she does not have much time left so I want to be by her side as much as possible. The rest of the band will finish the tour without me and I want to thank everyone for their support and understanding."
Diamond Plate also added, "We all wish Jon and his family strength through this incredibly hard time. Words can't describe how much Jon's presence will be missed on stage as a frontman, but most importantly our best friend. After these shows without him, we will come back stronger than ever and with a new understanding of what it means to be a band. An incredible thanks goes out to Dan Valente, our tour manager, who will help us finish the tour by handling bass and vocal duties. Thank you to all the fans for the support and understanding, and please keep Jon's family in your positive thoughts."
The final leg of the tour to include Dan will be as follows:
May 08 – Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
May 09 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
May 10 – Atlanta, GA -The Masquerade
May 11 – West Springfield, VA - Jaxx Nightclub
May 12 – New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
Overkill drummer Ron Lipnicki performed with guitarist/vocalist Vinnie Camarillo and bassist Murry of Kansas City thrashers Meatshank and members of local acts Vanlade and Hellevate for a rendition of Metallica's "Seek and Destroy" at the Riot Room in Kansas City on April 26th. The performance came during an after-party gig following Overkill's appearance at Killfest 2012 in Kansas City's Beaumont Club with God Forbid, Diamond Plate, Suidakra and local openers Marasmus. Lipnicki was in the audience watching the jam session and when "Seek and Destroy" began he was heard to shout "Oh, I know that song!" then jumped onto the stage and took the reins from Meatshank drummer Shane Cook. It was an unforgettable moment that will forever live in the memories of those involved. Meatshank's "Scavengers" album is streaming in its entirety at StereoKiller.
Overkill has revealed part one of a two part series giving fans a behind the scenes look into the new video for "Electric Rattlesnake." Check out the footage below, or find the full "Electric Rattlesnake" video at this location.
The band kicked off the "Electric Age Tour" this weekend as well with support coming from God Forbid, Diamond PLate, and Suidakra. Tour dates can be found here.
The single "Electric Rattlesnake" comes from Overkill's newest record "The Electric Age," which came out last month. More...
German Celtic pagan metal band Suidakra is kicking off a tour today with global thrash legends Overkill, God Forbid and Diamond Plate. The tour starts tonight April 20th in Philadelphia, PA and wraps up May 12th in New York, New York. Guitarist and front man Arkadius commented on the start of the band's North American tour:
"After playing three US tours in the past we are more than excited to come back and hit the road today. We are very excited to be presenting our latest album Book Of Dowth to the American audience for the first time. The States have been good to us the last few times we played here, so we're expecting some awesome shows and we are ready to meet some friends, fans and kick their asses ;-)!!"
Suidakra is touring in support of the "Book of Dowth" album (reviewed here) on the following dates:
4/20: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
4/21: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium - NEMF
4/22: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
4/23: Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willie's
4/24: Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
4/25: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/26: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
4/27: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
4/28: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
4/30: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/1: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/2: San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center
5/3: Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
5/5: Austin, TX @ Emo's East
5/6: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/8: Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone
5/9: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/10: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
5/11: West Springfield, VA @ Empire
5/12: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Chicago thrashers Diamond Plate are gearing up for a U.S. tour with thrash legends Overkill, which kicks off tomorrow, Friday, March 20th in Philadelphia.
Also joining Diamond Plate and Overkill on "The Electric Age Tour" are God Forbid and Suidakra. Diamond Plate lead guitarist Konrad Kupiec comments:
"We're excited as hell to be going out with the legends Overkill! Also being on a package with God Forbid and Suidakra makes the whole tour that much better. It's been months since we did a full US tour, so we can't wait to see all of our fans again. A few years ago as kids we had the honor of opening an Overkill show in Chicago and to this day it remains one of our best hometown shows. We're looking to recreate that same moment in every city on this tour. Come out and feel the energy!"
Apr. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater
Apr. 21 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Apr. 22 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
Apr. 23 - Columbus, OH - Screamin' Willie's
Apr. 24 - Detroit, MI - Blondies
Apr. 25 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Apr. 26 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
Apr. 27 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Apr. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Apr. 30 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 01 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
May 02 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom
May 03 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
May 05 - Austin, TX - Emo's East
May 06 - Dallas, TX - Trees
May 08 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
May 09 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
May 10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
May 11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 12 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
Victory recording artists Emmure will join the already-stacked lineup of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday, April 22nd.
"We couldn't be more excited and grateful to be a part of this year's NEMHF," said vocalist Frankie Palmeri. "Some of my favorite bands are playing and I think this is the best line up it's had in years."
Emmure will join a lineup of more than 75 bands, from Billboard-charting artists and festival veterans to new acts and future stars of the genre, as the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival takes over the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the weekend of April 20th through April 22nd.
A camera crew will be on hand this year to document the show for an upcoming film focusing on the history of the festival, behind the scenes footage and the development of the show. The documentary will be produced by Manny Santiago from Crimson Media and sponsored by Shook Clothing. More...
American thrash metal legends Overkill has posted their new music video online for the song, "Electric Rattlesnake." You can check it out below. The song comes from the groups latest studio album, "The Electric Age," which was released through Nuclear Blast Records last week and debuted on the Billboard 200 at #73 with approximately 6,700 units sold.
Speaking about the video, frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth stated: "Damn, this one BITES hard! Kevin Custer did it again! So plug us in yeah, set us free, this is a thrashing vid the way it’s supposed to be! Here we go kids , 'Electric Rattlesnake'!" More...
U.S. Thrash legend Overkill has posted a lyric video for the new song "Wish You Were Dead." The song appears on the band's new LP "The Electric Age," which is due out on March 27, 2012 (North America) through eOne Music and March 30, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records (EU).
The track listing for "The Electric Age" is as follows:
1. Come and Get It
2. Electric Rattlesnake (streaming here)
3. Wish You Were Dead
4. Black Daze
5. Save Yourself
6. Drop The Hammer Down
7. 21st Century Man
8. Old Wounds, New Scars
9. All Over But the Shouting
10. Good Night
Check out "Wish You Were Dead" here: More...
German Celtic pagan metal band Suidakra is preparing to make a return to North America this April. Suidakra will be hitting the road with global thrash legends Overkill, God Forbid, and Diamond Plate. The tour kicks off April 20th in Philadelphia, PA and wraps up May 12th in New York, New York.
Guitarist and frontman Arkadius commented on the bands North American tour: "After playing three US tours in the past we are more than excited to come back in april/may 2012 to cross the USA together with Overkill, God Forbid & Diamond Plate.We're looking forward to rock the cities with all these great bands!
"After the release of our latest album Book Of Dowth we were busy playing many shows here in Europe & Asia, so this is going to be our first time presenting Book Of Dowth to the American audience.
"The States have been good to us the last few times we played there, so we're expecting some awesome shows and we are ready to meet some friends, fans and kick their asses!" More...
The organizers of the Heavy MTL festival have now announced the lineup for the 2012 edition, which will take place on August 11th and 12th in Montreal. Further details on the festival are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Saturday August 11th
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
JOB FOR A COWBOY
VEIL OF MAYA
New York's own true metal band Manowar announced that the band will headline the Saturday, June 16, 2012 portion of Ost Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The event will be held from June 15-17, 2012 at the Romexpo.
Other acts confirmed are as follows:
June 15: Motley Crue, Dimmu Borgir, Overkill
June 16: Europe, Manowar
June 17: Megadeth, Motorhead, Lake of Tears, W.A.S.P.
Overkill has leaked another behind the scenes video clip surrounding the new record "The Electric Age" coming out March 27th, 2012. In this episode, lead vocalist Bobby "Blitz" answers questions about the recording process, themes behind the new record, and how the band keeps the process new and fresh. Check out the video below.
The band also recently released the first single "Electric Rattlesnake" off the upcoming record "The Electric Age." Listen to the song here. Overkill's 16th full length studio album is due out on March 27, 2012. The record will be released in Europe on Nuclear Blast Records on March 30, 2012.
Overkill also traveled to Asbury Park, NJ late last month to shoot a brand new music video for the above mentioned track locked away in the historic Paramount Theater. More...
The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 14 has announced the line-up for all three days of the event, which will occur from April 20-22nd at the Worcester Palladium. This is the longest running festival in the U.S., and the acts scheduled for each of the days follow below. More acts are being confirmed for this 14th annual festival as we speak. For ticket information head over to the festival's website.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20th:
The Black Dahlia Murder
The Acacia Strain
All Shall Perish
Conducting From The Grave
Fit For An Autopsy
Hour Of Penance
Legion and Relentless More...