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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.
Former HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo sent the following message to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
"So I'm sitting in South Beach on vacation and I see word is out that my friend Ron Lipnicki is now playing drums for OVERKILL. I'm reading the posts and steam is coming out of my ears.
"First off...I won't get into why Tim [Mallare] is not currently on tour with them. I'll let Blitz [OVERKILL singer] and DD [Verni, OVERKILL bassist] answer that.
"Blitz told me last Friday that they needed a drummer so I recommended the best drummer in metal — Ron Lipnicki. Ron didn't even have a pasport until yesterday, the day he left for his first European tour.
"Trust me, though — Ron pisses on just about anybody you've seen play drums. He's not good...he's on another level. He hits harder and has better timing than 90 percent of the top-name drummers.
"A couple years ago after Ron went through his first five days in a row of chemotherapy, he told me he wanted to jam! This kid is one tough motherfucker. He's a super-nice kid too, cancer free for two years. Go see him play...then you tell me who you think is better on drums than Ron."
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:
OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.
I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.
My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.
After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.
This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.
We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.
Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.
Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Former HADES drummer Ron Lipnicki will be joining OVERKILL on their upcoming European tour, which kicks off this Friday (May) in Vosselaar, Belgium. It is presently unclear if Lipnicki will be joining the band as the permanent replacement for Tim Mallare, who 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.
JAG PANZER and PAINMUSEUM have been confirmed for the Louder Harder Faster festival, set to take place June 3-5 at the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, PA. This will be a unique event for PAINMUSEUM: When drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, HALFORD) was unable to cancel prior engagements for this particular performance, Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, ex-SLAYER, SYSTEMATIC, FORBIDDEN) was called upon to fill in for this one night only. Also performing with PAINMUSEUM will be Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X).
The highlight of the festival will be an extremely rare performance by the classic TESTAMENT lineup of Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass) and Louie Clemente (drums). The weekend of metal mayhem will also include performances by the full original lineup of New York thrash titans NUCLEAR ASSAULT and SPEED\KILL/HATE, featuring members of OVERKILL.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.
Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."
The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."
A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.
The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.
RESPONSE NEGATIVE, the Florida-based death/thrash metal act featuring former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson, have officially called it a day. "Lack of professionalism and drive from within the band and a lack of label interest prompted the split," according to Gustafson. Look for Bobby and former RESPONSE NEGATIVE frontman Nick Barlow to launch a new project during the coming months.
Sonata Arctica have added new dates to their forthcoming North American tour starting in April. Their itinerary now includes: More...
Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.
Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...
Megaforce Records will re-release OVERKILL's two classic early albums, "Fuck You and Then Some" and "Feel the Fire", on one CD February 22, 2005. These albums not only showcase the early years of the band, but also represent some of the finest early thrash metal.
New York thrash quartet OVERKILL formed in the early 1980s and these releases feature the classic line-up formed by vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and guitarist Bobby Gustafson. After garnering a reputation for pounding speed and technique, OVERKILL became contemporaries of heavy hitters like METALLICA, TESTAMENT, and ANTHRAX.
1985's "Feel the Fire" is the full-length debut that made quite a splash within the heavy metal community. It possessed all the blistering riffs and complete abandonment fans would learn to expect from OVERKILL. With band classics like the title track and "Rotten to the Core", this release solidified a loyal fan base as the band expanded their sound. This classic original band lineup remains the fan's favorite and this album paved the way for OVERKILL, and ultimately helped define a generation of spastic and relentless metal. 1996's "Fuck You and Then Some" remains an unapologetic and in-your-face album that is a classic with thrash fans.
CAGE has been confirmed to play at the Earthshaker Festival 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. MANOWAR will headline the festival and will also feature TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, RHAPSODY, GRAVE DIGGER, MASTERPLAN and many other bands.
Overkill has announced the following dates as the start for their nationwide tour. Dates are as follows:
4/8- Jaxx Nightclub- Springfield, VA
4/10-The Chance- Poughkeepsie, NY
4/21- Crocodile Rock- Allentown, PA
4/23 Starland Ballroom- Sayreville, NJ
Testament, Overkill, Children of Bodom, Rhapsody, Grave Digger and Masterplan are among the latest bands confirmed for Earthshaker Fest 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
A poster for the festival can be viewed at this location.
As previously reported, festival headliners Manowar are currently in studio working on a new song to be performed at EarthShaker Fest 2005. The band warn the fans that this will be only one of the many great surprises they are preparing for this show and the Mega Fan Convention.
2005 marks the 20th anniversary of OVERKILL signing their first record deal. Their 14th full-length studio album will be entitled, ReliXIV, and is set for a March 22nd release through Eagle Rock/Spitfire Records. The band's perhaps best known for thrash staples like "I Hate You", "Hello From The Gutter" and "Years of Decay."
Long-running New Jersey thrashers Overkill have set "Relix IV" a the title of their new album, tentatively due in March 2005 via Spitfire Records in the U.S. and Regain Records in Europe.
"Relix IV" track listing:
01. Within Your Eyes
03. Loaded Rack
04. Bats In the Belfry
05. A Pound Of Flesh
08. The Mark
09. Play The Ace
10. Old School
Overkill's last studio album, "Killbox 13", was released in 2003 via Spitfire Records.
Finland's Finntroll is the latest act to be confirmed for the Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place on August 4-6, 2005 in Wacken, Germany.
The other confirmed bands to appear are Accept, Sinner, Nightwish, Marduk, Overkill, Obituary, Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, Ensiferum, Illdisposed, Endstille, Turisas, Mercenary, Eisregen and Potentia Animi. More bands will be announced soon.
Playing on the Blackstage at the 2005 Wacken Open Air Festival is Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi.
Other bands confirmed for W:O:A 2005:
Axel Rudi Pell
W:O:A is to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany.