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The following dates have been confirmed by Overkill's official Myspace:
8-2 Wacken Open Air Wacken, Germany
8-11 Maximum Rock Festival 11:00 pm
10-3 The Amp Elmira, NY
10-4 Jaxx Springfield, VA
10-5 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA
10-6 Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ
10-7 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
10-8 The Webster Theater Hartford, CT
10-9 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA
10-10 The Muse Nashville, TN
10-11 The Mad Hatter Covington, KY
10-12 Al Rosa Villa Columbus, OH
10-13 Harpo's Concert Theater Detroit, MI
10-14 The Pearl Room Mokena, IL
10-15 The Rock Maplewood, MN
10-16 Reverb Cedar Falls, IO
10-17 Pops Annex Sauget, IL
10-18 Peabody's Cleveland, OH
10-19 The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY
10-20 Mark's Place Bedford, NH
10-21 BB King's New York City, NY
11-17 Mogador Theater Bogata, Columbia - SA
New Jersey thrash metal legends OVERKILL, who recently inked a new deal with Bodog Music, will release their new studio album, entitled Immortalis, this fall.
The signing will reunite Overkill with Jonny and Marsha Zazula, previous owners of Megaforce Records, the label responsible for putting metal on the map and bringing Overkill's New Jersey thrash metal to the world. The Zazulas are now a part of the Bodog Music Team in the United States.
"Whoever said you can't go home again?" said Overkill frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth in a recent press release. "Well, whoever it was, they were wrong, as this reunites Overkill with their first and biggest supporters. Here we come - again!"
"I went to meet up with Overkill at their recent sold out show in NYC and they were better than ever," says Jonny Zazula. "They're heavy as hell and I loved it."
Since forming in 1980, Overkill has put out over 20 albums. Despite various lineup changes, the band has never gone on hiatus and has continued to stay true to the metal genre it helped create. With Megaforce Records and their management company, Crazed Management, the Zazulas were responsible for the early careers of such bands as METALLICA, ANTHRAX and MINISTRY, among many others.
"Now, as it was 20 years ago when we signed Overkill, I continue to have the utmost respect for what they have done," Marsha Zazula says.
The upcoming album and corresponding East Coast tour will feature Overkill's latest lineup, which along with Ellsworth, includes original bassist D.D. Verni, guitarists Derek "The Skull" Tailer and Dave Linsk, as well as the newest member to join the band, drummer Ron Lipnicki.
Ellsworth says Lipnicki "adds a new dimension of brutality to a proven formula. I was knocked on my ass by his talent. We look forward to debuting him on our upcoming Bodog Music release."
Overkill released three albums on Megaforce Records before making the jump to Atlantic Records where a string of critically-lauded albums, including 1991's quintessential Horroscope, solidified Overkill as one of the best metal bands of all time. In the past few years, the band has released such gems as Killbox 13 (2003) and ReliXIV (2005).
There are few names as well-respected as Overkill, and with the resurgence of metal in the music word, this band is poised to return to the top. Overkill is ready to show old metal heads they still have it and to teach the new schoolers exactly how it's done.
Overkill on tour:
4 - The Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
5 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
6 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
7 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
8 - Huntington Music Hall - Huntington, WV
9 - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
10 - The Muse - Nashville, TN
11 - The Mad Hatter - Covington, KY
12 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
13 - Harpos Concert Theater - Detroit, MI
14 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
15 - The Rock - Maplewood, MN
16 - Reverb - Cedar Falls, IA
17 - Pops - Sauget, IL
18 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
19 - The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY
20 - Mark's Place - Bedford, NH
21 - BB King's - NYC, NY
According to a posting on OVERKILL's web site, the band has been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
ALL THAT REMAINS
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DIR EN GREY
ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK
FAIR TO MIDLAND
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO
RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER
SECRETS OF THE MOON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
SWALLOW THE SUN
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
THE VISION BLEAK
TYPE O NEGATIVE
Veteran East Coast thrashers OVERKILL have signed with Bodog Music in the U.S. and TVT in Europe for the release of their follow-up to 2005's "ReliXIV", tentatively due in September/October. A U.S. tour will immediately follow the album's release. Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows:
Oct. 04 - The Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
Oct. 05 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
Oct. 06 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Oct. 07 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 08 - Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
Oct. 09 - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 10 - The Muse - Nashville, TN
Oct. 11 - The Mad Hatter - Covington, KY
Oct. 12 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
Oct. 13 - Harpo's Concert Theater - Detroit, MI
Oct. 14 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
Oct. 15 - The Rock - Maplewood, MN
Oct. 16 - Reverb - Cedar Falls, IO
Oct. 17 - Pops Annex - Sauget, IL
Oct. 18 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 19 - The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct. 20 - Mark's Place - Bedford, NH
Oct. 21 - BB King's - New York City, NY
A video clip of OVERKILL vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth discussing how he suffered a stroke in 2002 was recently posted on the web site of "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal", the much-anticipated documentary profiling the thrash metal scene of the early Eighties and its impact on the music scene. You can check it out at this location (Windows Media).
Century Media announce the signing of montreal's The Agonist:
It is extremely rare to find an up-and-coming metal band taking strong political stands, much less one that’s led by a dominating, beautiful, edgy female. But it is exactly this unique dynamic that led Century Media Records to sign Montreal’s THE AGONIST (formerly The Tempest) to a worldwide deal. This quartet delivers introspective, scathing lyrics, and their debut album Once Only Imagined, which is set for a summer release, will definitely catch people’s attention.
Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz’s vegan roots fuel her need to promote the protection of the planet and its inhabitants, and she does so through this outlet. Along with guitarist Danny Marino, bassist Chris Kells and drummer Simon McKay, each member brings their own rich musical backgrounds to the table, creating the perfect expression of melody and madness. Make no mistake, this is a straight-up metal band that holds nothing back with one goal in mind: to make music that is as catchy as it is heavy; as sweet as it is loud; and as angry as it is melancholy. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/theagonist for new photos and new tracks. A new track, “Rise and Fall,” also appears on Century Media’s free spring sampler.
Alissa states: “We were definitely intrigued when Century Media took notice, simply by chance, after hearing a few unmastered tracks of ours. This partnership with Century gives us the platform to say what we need to say and do what we need to do, and that is promote and educate the public on some fundamental causes that are quickly being forgotten, voiced through provoking music that carries the message home.” More...
Overkill singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and Hades guitarist Dan Lorenzo joined forces in 2006 to form The Cursed, who are readying the release of their debut full-length, "Room Full of Sinners," on May 22nd , via Screaming Ferret.
Along with bassist Job the Raver and drummer Mike Cristi, the group spent much of the spring and summer of 2006 writing and rehearsing new material.
The video for "Evil, in the Bag" will be serviced to all online outlets, with MTV2's Headbanger's Ball having expressed positive feedback to multiple spins.
Songs from "Room Full of Sinners" include:
2. Evil, in the Bag
3. Breaking Her Down
4. Best of the Worst
5. Native Tongue
6. Serpentine Slither
7. All's Right
8. Leven Als God in Frankrijk
9. One Time
10. Queen of the Down
11. Generate Her
The band's lineup consists of:
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - vocals (from Overkill)
Dan Lorenzo - guitar (from Hades)
Mike Cristi - drums (from Non-Fiction)
Job the Raver - bass (from Murder 1)
More dates have been released for OVERKILL’s U.S. tour later this year:
October 6 - Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
October 14 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 17 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
October 19 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
October 21 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
The Cursed have now finished recording their debut album form Screaming Ferret Wreckords entitled "Room Full Of Sinners." The band features Overkill frontman Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth, former Hades guitarist Dan Lorenzo, bassist Job The Raver (Murder 1) and drummer Mike Cristi (Non-Fiction).
US thrash legends OVERKILL have announced the following shows for 2007:
19 - Eck's Saloon - Lakewood, CO
20 - Showbox - Seattle, WA (Seattle Metal Festival)
21 - Whisky A-Go-Go - West Hollywood, CA
23 - Good Times Emporium - Somerville, MA
24 - Mark's Showplace - Bedford, NH
25 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
26 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
27 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
28 - BB King's - New York City, NY
Overkill are currently in the studio recording the followup to 2005's RELIXIV.
Southern black metal/sludge masters GOATWHORE will be heading over to the MTV studios in New York City on Wednesday November 29th to tape their segment which will air on Saturday, December 2nd. The band’s video for 'Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult' will air this Saturday, November 11th.
As previously reported, Goatwhore are confirmed for the Seattle Metal Festival which will be held on January 20th, 2007, at The Showbox in Seattle, Washington. More...
Returning after a three-year hiatus, the Seattle Metal Festival will be on Jan 20, 2007, at The Showbox in Seattle, Washington.
This year’s lineup – a mixture of metal veterans from the US and abroad, as well as up and coming national acts - will be: Overkill, God Forbid, Destruction, Into Eternity, Ghoatwhore, The Human Abstract, Mnemic, and Arsis.
The festival is promoted by Frank Hetzel of Howitzer Productions and the main sponsor is Dragon Monkey Media. Hetzel is the creator of the Seattle Metal Festival and the Northwest Deathfest, as well as the promoter of many metal shows in the Seattle area.
“I put the Seattle Metal Fest on the back burner for a while because I felt that it should become a stronger festival- a show with great national metal acts that people would travel from all over the Pacific Northwest to see,” said Hetzel. “It took some time to work out the logistics for a festival of this size and with the help of Dragon Monkey Media; the show is coming together smoothly.”
Dragon Monkey Media LLC is a Northwest-based media company promoting local musicians and artists by providing an internet resource to allow them to showcase their artistic works through its associated record label, Hot Monkey Records, and its affiliated production company, Dark Angel Productions.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 11 through Tickets West (www.ticketswest.com) and The Showbox box office, as well as seattlemetalfest.com, Silver Platters in Seattle, and Scrape Records in Vancouver, B.C. The Showbox is located at 1426 1st Ave. in Seattle, WA (www.showboxonline.com, 206-628-3151). Tickets will be $25.00 advance and $30.00 day of show. This is an all ages event with alcohol available for purchase to those at least 21 years old with ID.
With the start of the second annual Gigantour looming on the horizon, organizers have tinkered with the schedule a bit, to include adding several new stops to the run.
Originally due to launch Sept. 7 in San Diego, the outing will now get underway Sept. 6 in Boise, ID, and won't hit San Diego until Sept. 9; the move knocks off the schedule a previously announced Sept. 9 show in San Luis Obispo, CA. Meanwhile, new stops have been added in Oklahoma City, OK; Boston; and Atlantic City, NJ.
The main-stage roster for the majority of the tour features headliners Megadeth, as well as Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, and The Smashup. The Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston stops, however, won't include Into Eternity, Sanctity and The Smashup, and those three bands, as well as Overkill, won't be on board for the tour's Las Vegas engagement, which is now confirmed to take place at the House of Blues.
Tickets for most shows are on sale now, while those for stops in Chicago and Atlantic City will hit the box office Saturday (8/26). Details are shown in the itinerary below.
Gigantour is the brainchild of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who last year mounted an inaugural run that also included Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. That trek is documented on the forthcoming "Gigantour 2005," a live set that comprises a two-disc audio version that hits stores tomorrow (8/22), and a two-DVD video version that surfaces Sept. 5.
Earlier this year, Megadeth signed a new record deal with Roadrunner Records.
"It is exciting to be some place you are respected, understood and appreciated," Mustaine said a statement. "The truth is there's a lot of people I've known there over the years. I'm stoked we're all coming back together again to work on this project."
Roadrunner plans to release "United Abominations," Megadeth's follow-up to 2004's "The System Has Failed," later this year, according to the label.
Here are the latest Gigantour 2006 tour dates: More...
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the "Forums" section of the Gigantour web site:
"Welcome to Gigantour 2006! I doubt I will get to meet many of you, but just know that I look forward to those of you that I do meet.
"I am very proud of the bands that I have chosen this year. And although some of us are similar, most of us aren't. One thing is that the guitarists are what makes me the proudest!
"To stand among the next generation of lead guitar heroes is thrilling, and while some may doubt the validity of what I am going to say, I look forward to seeing if I can learn anything from these excellent musicians. Old dogs can learn new tricks.
"I also want to keep an eye on all of the vocalists, especially the dude from THE SMASHUP, he has to sing in at least four or five different charachters when he sings — hella kewl!!! Knowing me, it's prolly all of the band taking turns and I'm just completely fooled.
"So, that's it for now. Come back soon, come back often, come out and see us on Gigantour 2006 North America, unless you are in Australia, then stay there and we'll come to you for Gigantour 2006 Australia, fondly called G.2006.OZ.
"Thank you for being part of my dream, part of this tour, part of our scene, and I will be watching you!"
The second edition of MEGADETH's Gigantour festival trek, which bowed last summer, will begin on September 7 in San Diego, California and feature LAMB OF GOD, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, THE SMASHUP, INTO ETERNITY and SANCTITY in addition to the headliner.
MEGADETH will release a new studio album, called "United Abominations", on October 31 via Roadrunner Records.
A CD of the first Gigantour will be out on August 22, while a DVD arrives on September 5.
OVERKILL's official web site has been updated with the following message:
"Well, it's been rumored for a while but now we can confirm that OVERKILL will be headlining the second stage on the upcoming Gigantour starting Sept. 7th. DD [bass] and Blitz [vocals] met with Dave Mustaine [MEGADETH mainman and Gigantour mastermind] last summer while on tour in California and spoke about being part of the tour, and over the last few months were able to put it all together. Says DD, 'It's not many tours that would take out an old-school thrash band, so we are really psyched to get out there!'
"In other news, the new OVERKILL album is just about complete. The band were planning to be in the studio in late August, but will move it to after the Gigantour to start recording, so you may hear some songs on this run. OVERKILL will be doing headlining shows on the off days of this tour as well so keep checking here for updates."
New Jersey old-school thrashers OVERKILL have lined up the following dates in early 2007:
Jan. 19 - Lakewood, CO @ Eck's Saloon
Jan. 20 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Jan. 21 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Jan. 23 - Somerville, MA @ Good Times Emporium
Jan. 24 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Showplace
Jan. 25 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Jan. 26 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Jan. 27 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Jan. 28 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
OVERKILL are continuing to tour in support of their "ReliXIV" album, available now on Eagle Rock/Spitfire Records.
Old-school thrashers SPEED\KILL/HATE have tapped PRONG bassist Mike Longworth for their upcoming Metal Crusaders Tour, which is scheduled to begin May 26 in Montreal, Quebec. Longworth will be filling in for regular SPEED\KILL/HATE bassist Derek Tailer, who is unable to do the tour due to "personal reasons." Drumming duties on the tour will be handled by former SINDROME skinsman Tony Ochoa, who has now been named a "full-time member" of the group.
In addition to SPEED\KILL/HATE, Metal Crusaders Tour will feature performances by VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE.
SPEED\KILL/HATE recently signed a deal with Escapi Music. The band's debut album, "Acts of Insanity", which is scheduled for release in the U.S. on June 6, features current OVERKILL axeman Dave Linsk and Mario Frasca on vocals (of note, OVERKILL drummer Tim Mallare and OVERKILL guitarist Derek Tailer play on the album as well).
"Acts of Insanity" was originally released in Europe in February 2005 via Listenable Records. A video for the song "Face the Pain" was filmed on April 6, 2005 with director Anthony M. Bongiovi of TBJ Entertainment, Inc., who has previously worked with SLAYER ("War at the Warfield" DVD), MARILYN MANSON ("Guns, God & Government" DVD), AC/DC and GODSMACK, among others.
Greg Wilson of Doomsdaymusic.com recently conducted an interview with D.D. Verni of OVERKILL/THE BRONX CASKET CO. fame. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Doomsdaymusic.com: Now speaking of shows I know you guys [THE BRONX CASKET CO.] were supposed to have one in October but you basically had it taken away from you what happened?
Verni: "Oh, we were supposed to play with VAN HELSING'S CURSE. I guess the people who run the band — I guess you call it a band — and the management and people in there are total, total fuck-ups. So it just got… I mean, they wound up not doing the show. They canned us because they didn't want a support band on it at all. It was not anything toward us in particular, they just didn't want a support band at all, so I don't know how it got through a promoter and into advertising and radio ads and everything else before they decided that but one hand didn't know what the other hand was doing and it was just basically a total mess so that whole thing kinda fell apart for them and us."
Doomsdaymusic.com: I know OVERKILL is touring through the first part of next year, what are your plans after that? Do you plan on taking THE BRONX CASKET CO. out on the road?
Verni: "We're talking right now about doing some stuff in April over in Europe. If that happens or not, I don't know. Even for OVERKILL, when we finish in February or March, we'll probably start thinking about doing a new record... We've even been talking with [Dave] Mustaine [MEGADETH] a bunch lately about doing the Gigantour and being a part of that for the summer time, so if we end up doing that we'll have to stop our writing process, but otherwise it looks like OVERKILL will finish up in February and work on getting to writing. And THE BRONX CASKET CO. — that's right when we're thinking about doing some touring, but that shouldn't be a problem, because that's me and Blitz [vocals] writing the songs so I can always send him... I already have some stuff for the new album and I can always send him some material if I go out on the road. It's a pretty easy process with me and Blitz when it comes to doing OVERKILL records."
Read the full article at DoomsDayMusic.
OVERKILL and PRONG will be teaming up for a U.S. tour early next year. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Feb. 16 - Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
Feb. 17 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
Feb. 18 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Feb. 19 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
Feb. 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
Feb. 21 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
Feb. 22 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Feb. 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
Feb. 24 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Feb. 25 - Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
Feb. 26 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
OVERKILL are continuing to tour in support of their "ReliXIV" album, available now on Eagle Rock/Spitfire Records.
Saturday, April 24th will forever be a day of infamy in my mind. I was witness to some of the worst opening acts to ever grace the stage, but on the brighter side I was witness to one of the greatest 80s trash bands to
ever live - Overkill! On April 24th at the Starland Ballroom I saw Overkill perform. If you ever get the chance to see them live, don't miss it -especially if you love thrash. Overkill combine amazing guitar work, great bass and drums, and top it off with the capability to destroy ear drums with the vocal work of Bobby Blitz. More...
Drummer Tim Mallare has offically left Overkill, according to a posting on the group's web site. Mallare is said to have exited the group of "his own accord. His contribution over the last 14 years have been at the highest level. He will be missed!
Joining Overkill as the permanent replacement for Mallare is Ron Lipnicki, formerly of Hades. "[Ron's] work and talents have been tireless through the band's Euro tour," according to a post on the band's web site. "Overkill looks forward to presenting their newest member to YOU on the road!"
Tim Mallare originally came into the group prior to the recording of 1993's "I Hear Black".
Overkill are continuing to tour in support of their "ReliXIV" album, available now on Eagle Rock/Spitfire Records.