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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 Signs With Bodog Music, TVT Europe

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).

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The Agonist Sign Worldwide Deal With Century 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...

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The Cursed Ready Debut Full-Length

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:

1. Sweeter
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)

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Overkill Release More Tour Dates

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

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The Cursed Finish Recording New Album

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).

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Overkill Announce 2007 Tour Dates

US thrash legends OVERKILL have announced the following shows for 2007:

January
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.

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Goatwhore To Appear On HBB Dec 2nd

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...

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Seattle Metal Festival Returns In 2007

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.

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Gigantour 2006 Schedule Gets Tweaked

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...

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Mustaine On Gigantour 2

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.

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Overkill To Headline Second Stage At Gigantour

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."

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Overkill Announce First 2007 Tour Dates

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.

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Prong Bassist To Join Speed\Kill/Hate On Tour

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.

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Overkill In Talks To Play Gigantour 2006

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.

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Overkill and Prong Team Up For US Tour

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.

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Overkill at Starland Ballroom

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...

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Drummer Tim Mallare Quits Overkill

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.

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ex-Hades Guitarist Comments On Overkill Drummer

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."

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Mustaine "Narrows Down List" Of Gigantour Bands

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

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Former Hades Dummer Joins Overkill

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.

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