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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 Announces South American Tour

New Jersey based thrash metal legends Overkill will be heading to South America in May. The venues have not yet been confirmed but here are the tour dates:

May
13 - Caracas, Venezuela
14 - Bogota, Columbia
15 - Santiago, Chile
16 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
17 - Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Overkill And Exodus To Tour Europe

As previously reported, Metal Church has had to pull out of their European trek with Overkill due to guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof suffering from back problems. However European thrash fans will not be disapointed as filling the shoes of Metal Church will be thrash metal legends Exodus. Also on the bill will be young, Irish thrashers Gama Bomb and Torture Squad.

The tour dates are as follows:

February 20 - UK London @ Carling Islington Academy
February 21 - NL Uden @ De Pul
February 22 - NL Enschede @ Atak
February 23 - GER Aschaffenburg @ Colos Saal
February 24 - GER Hamburg @ Markthalle
February 25 - GER Bochum @ Zeche
February 27 - ESP Barcelona @ Bikini
February 28 - ESP Madrid @ Sala Live
March 1 - ESP Alicante @ Nave 8
March 3 - SWI Pratteln @ Z7
March 4 - ITA Milano @ Rolling Stone
March 5 - GER Augsburg @ Spectrum
March 6 - CZ Zlin @ Metalmania Festival

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Metal Church Cancels European Tour

German based Pirate Smile Promotions has posted the following message online:


"We have to inform you that METAL CHURCH cannot do the planned tour with OVERKILL in spring 2009.

"Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitars) was suffering with his back problems for a long time. After several treatments this summer all looked good so far, but last weekend it got so bad again that his doctor warned him about doing a bigger tour before the problem is solved. More...

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Overkill Announces European Tour Dates

In February New Jersey's thrash veterans Overkill will go on their Immortalis European Tour 2009. They will be supported by Metal Church and Torture Squad. More...

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Adastra To Release Their Second Full-Length Album

Finnish metallers Adastra are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album, "Death Or Domination," for a December 2008 release via Violent Journey Records. The CD is scheduled to be mastered on October 9 at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland by Svante Forsbäck. Adastra has also released the new album's track list which is as follows:

1. Locked On To You
2. One Chance
3. Death Or Domination
4. Man Mk. II
5. Helsinki 1939
6. Who Threw The First Stone
7. Devil Knows You're Dead
8. Lost
9. Wasted Life
10. The Longing

Adastra has been confirmed for the Jalometalli festival, set to take place August 15-16 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. Also scheduled to appear are Overkill, Blitzkrieg, Satyricon, Mayhem, Sotajumala and Mortal Sin, among others.

According to the band's official bio, Adastra is "a modern heavy metal band that derives its influences from a wide range of class acts. Old-school-style clean-vocals of Ville Siikamäki, combined with the rapid leads and heavy riffs of Olli Anttila and Jari Hartman and the steady pulse of Santeri Vauramo's bass, controlled by the precise drumming of Jussi Ruokolainen, create the music of Adastra."

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Warbringer Hits The Road, Shoots New Video

After returning home from Germany's Wacken Open Air festival and touring throughout Europe alongside labelmates Sworn Enemy and All Shall Perish, L.A. thrash warriors WARBRINGER now set their sights back on North America as they prepare to embark on back to back tours. The first trek, which kicked off on Aug. 22nd, sees the group as direct support to the Finnish sensation Finntroll and the second run, which kicks off on Oct. 1st, as direct support to legendary thrash titans Overkill.

John Laux (guitars) states: "Thanks to everyone who saw us on the Metal Hammer stage at Wacken Open Air. There is nothing compared to hearing thousands of thrashers screaming 'Total War' louder than your own stage monitors. We loved the energy and can't wait for the next opportunity to slay the masses. We can't wait to get back on the road throughout North America with Finntroll and then Overkill, which means we are hitting a lot of places so be sure to check out the MySpace page because we are most likely coming your way. Thrash til death."

WARBRINGER just completed a new video for the vicious track, "At The Crack of Doom," with up-and-coming director Joe Hendrick. The clip is a savage, performance based video that unleashes a fury of aggression and all out thrash madness.

Hendrick states: "The aesthetic style and vibe of this video is drastically different from their previous video. We have numerous smooth, wide, crane and dolly shots that show off the location, resembling the look of the metal videos from the 80's."

Laux (guitars) further comments: "A brand new WARBRINGER video should be showing up online sometime in the middle of next month. Originally we wanted to shoot at a castle, but we ended up performing 'At the Crack of Doom' at a very old, evil and torn up building in the Mojave desert. This video is a performance piece like 'Combat Shock,' but we also had extras running around in hooded robes carrying torches as part of a post apocalyptic cult or something. Needless to say, after working on the project we are very excited for its release."

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Toxic Holocaust Posts Two New Songs Online

TOXIC HOLOCAUST has posted two new songs taken from their upcoming Relapse debut, "An Overdose Of Death..." These tracks, "Gravelord" and "War Is Hell," can be heard now via the band's MySpace page.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST has also posted additional in-studio footage shot while recording "An Overdose Of Death..." last month in Seattle. The second episode can now be viewed here or below.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST recorded "An Overdose Of Death..." with producer Jack Endino (HIGH ON FIRE, ZEKE, DWARVES) at Soundhouse Recording studios. "An Overdose Of Death..." is set for a September 2nd North American release date, September 8th internationally.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST will begin touring in support of "An Overdose Of Death..." this Summer as they join AT THE GATES on their reunion tour. This tour, which also includes DARKEST HOUR and MUNICIPAL WASTE, will kick-off on July 9th in New York City. TOXIC HOLOCAUST will also be playing a number of headlining shows on their way East to start to the tour. TOXIC HOLOCAUST will follow-up the AT THE GATES tour with an appearance at the Hole In The Sky Festival in Norway and a Fall tour with OVERKILL.

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Toxic Holocaust Posts In-Studio Footage Online

TOXIC HOLOCAUST has posted new in-studio footage shot while recording "An Overdose Of Death…" last month in Seattle. This first episode can be viewed here.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST recorded "An Overdose Of Death…" with producer Jack Endino (HIGH ON FIRE, ZEKE, DWARVES) at Soundhouse Recording studios. "An Overdose Of Death…" is set for a September 8th internationally release. More...

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Toxic Holocaust Concert Footage Available to Watch

Toxic Holcaust's April 28th show at BB King's in New York City was recorded by the website woozyfly.com and is available to watch on Woozyfly.com. The video is Toxic Holocaust's entire 20 minute set and comes from their most recent U.S. tour with Hate Eternal, Soilent Green, and Skeletonwitch.

Toxic Holocaust are currently recording their Relapse Records debut, "An Overdose Of Death". Daily studio updates are currently available via their MySpace page. "An Overdose Of Death" is expected to see a late Summer release date. More...

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"Get Thrashed" DVD Release Date Announced

"Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal" will be released on DVD in August. The DVD features footage and interviews with thrash legends ranging from Metallica to Kreator to Hirax. You can read an interview with director Rick Ernst at this location.

The complete list of bands interviewed is as follows:

Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Godsmack, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Testament, Overkill, Death Angel, Shadows Fall, Meshuggah, In Flames, Strapping Young Lad, Stone Sour, Superjoint Ritual, Lamb of God, Vio-lence, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction , Nuclear Assault, Voivod, Chimaira, Biohazard, Fozzy/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, Sepultura, Kittie, The Haunted, DRI, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage, Heathen, Hirax More...

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Voivod And Disturbed Added To Heavy MTL Festival

Voivod, Disturbed and Rev Theory are the latest additions to Montreal's two day festival, Heavy MTL. The full lineup is as follows:

June 21: IRON MAIDEN, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MASTODON, HAMMERFALL, HATEBREED, OVERKILL, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, SYMPHONY X, UNEXPECT, LAUREN HARRIS, DETHKLOK and more.

June 22: MÖTLEY CRÜE, VOIVOD, ANTHRAX, DISTURBED, REV THEORY, 3 DAYS GRACE, SHADOWS FALL, PRIESTESS, DROWNING POOL and more.

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Line Up Announced For Heavy Mtl Festival

For the first time ever in Montreal, a 2 day metal festival dubbed Heavy Mtl will be held on June 21-22. The lineup is as follows:

Saturday, June 21, 2008:

Iron Maiden
3 Inches of Blood
Symphony X
Overkill
Unexpect
Hammerfall
Mastodon
Hatebreed
Type O Negative
Dethklok / Metalocolypse
Lauren Harris

Sunday, June 22, 2008:

Motley Crue
Shadows Fall
Priestess
Three Days Grace
Drowning Pool
Anthrax
Warrant

Tickets for this event go on sale this Saturday, April 18th at noon.

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Complete NEMHF 2008 Lineup Revealed

The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.

The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.

"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.

Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.

The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.

Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.

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Overkill Announce More US Tour Dates

Veteran New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL will embark on a tour of U.S. and Canada this fall. Support on the trek will come from TOXIC HOLOCAUST and WARBRINGER.

The dates are as follows:

Sep. 25 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Sep. 26 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Sep. 27 - Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Sep. 28 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Sep. 29 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
Sep. 30 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Brickhouse
Oct. 01 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Oct. 02 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
Oct. 03 - Mexicali, MX @ El Jardin
Oct. 04 - Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
Oct. 05 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 06 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 07 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
Oct. 09 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
Oct. 10 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Oct. 11 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Oct. 12 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
Oct. 13 - Toronto, ONT @ El Mocambo
Oct. 14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Oct. 15 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
Oct. 16 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Oct. 17 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct. 18 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 12, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.

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Overkill Announce New U.S. Tour Dates

Veteran New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL have scheduled the following U.S. dates:

Oct. 11 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
Oct. 14 - Rex Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA

More shows will be announced soon.

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Kataklysm Reveal Album Guests

KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono has issued the following update:

"Kataklysm just recently finished mixing their new album (Prevail) at Audio Hammer Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Jason Suecof. The album is going through a mastering process as we speak and should be wrapped up by the end of the week. In other words, fully complete and ready to kill!

The anticipated album will also feature guest solo appearances by Pat O'Brien (CANNIBAL CORPSE), Dave Linsk (OVERKILL) and producer and guitar shredder Jason Suecof himself! The band promises a monstrous album that will pummel you from start to finish. The album artwork and track list will be unleashed next Monday on the bands MySpace page and website. stay tuned!"

Prevail is scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast Records on May 23rd (Europe) and May 27th (North America, rest of world).

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10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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Gigantour CD/DVD Details Revealed

The second coming of Megadeth's acclaimed traveling metal festival Gigantour arrives on both DVD and CD April 22 via Image Entertainment. Conceived in 2005 by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Gigantour resurrects metal's focus on stellar musicianship.

The Gigantour DVD and CD follow Image Entertainment's fall 2006 release of the debut Gigantour CD and DVD, which featured performances by Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Anthrax (CD only), Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex.

Gigantour 2 features over an hour of performances by iconic and influential heavy metal pioneers Megadeth, along with Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, The Smashup, and Into Eternity. Recorded in DTS 5.1 surround sound, the DVD version also features a behind the scenes look at the 2006 tour, while both the DVD and CD offer a hidden bonus track--Megadeth's "Peace Sells."

The release of the Gigantour 2 DVD and CD coincides with this year's Earth Day--perfect, really, since MUSTAINE has said, with a laugh, about Gigantour's mission of emphasizing true musicianship and virtuosity: " I think that in a small way, we are cleaning up the environment of crappy bands."

Meanwhile, in February Megadeth heads to Europe--where recently announced new guitarist Chris Broderick (Nevermore, Jag Panzer) will make his debut with the band alongside Mustaine, drummer Shawn Drover, and bassist James Lomenzo, before returning for this year's Gigantour.

The 29-date North American trek kicks off April 12 at The Fillmore in Denver and criss-crosses the U.S. and Canada until its May 22 finale at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Phoenix . Joining Megadeth on this year's tour are Scandinavian death metal band In Flames, Finland's Children of Bodom, Arizona's modern extreme Job for a Cowboy, and Oakland, CA heavy power trio High on Fire.

The DVD and CD tracklisting: More...

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Unleashed, Gorefest & Gorgoroth To Play Inferno

Unleashed, Gorefest and Gorgoroth have been added to the Inferno Metal Festival set to take place in Oslo, Norway on March 19-22.

Gaahl of Gorgoroth will be speaking at the Inferno Music Conference. This is a tandem event with Inferno Festival during the daytime hours.

Other bands confirmed for the festival include Behemoth, Tristania, Cult of Luna, Satyricon, 1349, Overkill and Destruction.

For more information, visit www.infernofestival.net

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Overkill Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

In a posting on the official Bloodstock website, legendary thrashers Overkill have been confirmed to play the festival alongside other acts such as Opeth, Dimmu Borgir and more. The post on the site reads as follows:

"The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that New York thrash veterans OVERKILL have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008."

The band recently released their latest album "Immortalis" to a strong critical acclaim.

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