Talk about planning ahead, Overkill and Kreator have locked in dates for a North American tour this fall. (more…)
The performance video was shot in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Jan. 9, and directed by Kevin Custer (Hatebreed, Testament).
Off OVERKILL's new album, The Electric Age, out now. Buy it on Amazon: [link]
Watch more metal vids at http://metalinjection.net - We talk to Overkill frontman Bobby Blitz about the 25th anniversary of legendary thrash band, Overkill and how he has kept coming up with new material, how they prevailed in the music business and more insight.
Happy 2013 Metal Injection Junkies! 2012 proved to be a huge year for Metal Injection and even some of us personally, but in order to see any kind of growth, you sometimes have to look to the past to notice where you stand today.
Last year I created a retrospective series called On The Record that looked back on the changes in metal over the last 10 years. Now that we've celebrated the end of 2012 with our usual year-end round up lists, I thought it might be fun to step back even further in time and see just how far we've come in 25 years. In this post I'll be taking a look at the year 1987! (more…)
Without question, Testament's Dark Roots of Earth is making my year-end top albums list. The album is a monster and I am still blasting it months after release. The one thing that I am surprised about is the band has yet to go on a headlining run to support the record, opting to continue their touring with Anthrax and Death Angel earlier this year.
That all changes in 2013, as the band has announced "The Dark Roots of Earth Tour" with killer direct support from one of the other best live acts in metal right now, Overkill and openers Floatsam & Jetsam and 4Arm (which may just be the worst name for a band EVAR). The tour kicks off January 30th in San Francisco. Here is the full routing: (more…)
I've always found the practice of naming such a strange and fascinating concept. Today more than ever we put such a huge importance on finding the right name for things be it a nick name, stage name, band name, or even a profile user name. I'm sure at some point in your life you've even thought about changing your own birth name to something cooler.
I started wondering about all the names in metal history we've come to know and love, who they started out as, and more importantly how their new names came to be. After several nights of research I was legitimately shocked to learn how many names in metal aren't birth names at all, this list barely even scratches the surface. But for the sake of keeping things interesting, I included only the names that had a back story I can write about.
In this piece, we will reveal the real identies of, and navigate the origins of Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Avengened Sevenfold, Korn, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Nergal of Behemoth, Cronos of Venom and many more. (more…)
Every month, Decibel scribe Shane Mehling reviews the four videos that appear in the mag under “Decibel’s Clips of the Month at Metal Injection.” This month, watch picks from In Solitude, Overkill, Tombs and Warlock. (more…)
Overkill has made a great total of one major change to their sound over the past three decades. That occurred back in 1991, when the band followed up Horrorscope - many a fan's fave 'kill opus – with the universally reviled I Hear Black, a limp dick attempt to update their sound to fit in with the post-Pantera groove metal zeitgeist that pleased exactly no one.
To the band's credit they performed an auto-correct almost immediately, and since then they've settled into a measured compromise between their early full-speed-ahead thrash and the more riff-based groove metal template. (more…)
Overkill are set to release their new album, The Electric Age, and with new music comes new touring. I saw these guys absolutely tear the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise a new one a few weeks ago. Overkill are underrated thrash legends, who constantly churn out a great live show. And, they're bringing another great live band out with them: God Forbid will be direct support on the tour, with Diamond Plate and Suidakra also on the bill. Here are the tour dates: (more…)
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2012 Lineup Announced (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Headline)
The fine folks behind the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival got an early start on announcing the lineup for this year's event. The fourteenth iteration of the festival will go down from Friday April 20th until Sunday the 22nd, three days of metallic hardcore madness. There is a lot of variety on the bill this year, with the main headliners being Killswitch Engage, Black Dahlia Murder, Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Periphery and one more surprise headliner to be announced on January 2nd. Here is the full billing for each day: (more…)
Overkill are currently in the studio working on a new album, but that isn't stopping them from planning for the future. The band has put together a pretty solid touring package with support from Belphegor, Aborted, Blackguard, System Divide, and Diamond Plate. A full night of metal, if you ask me. You have a long wait to go until this tour starts on April 20th in Philly. Here is the full itinerary: (more…)
Woah! 70,000 Tons of Metal just got greater. We just got press releases announcing the additions of thrash legends Overkill and Whiplash to the cruise that already features such big names as Cannibal Corpse, Coroner, Amorphis, God Dethroned and others. Tickets are running out fast for the most metal cruise of all time, so if you're thinking about it, now is the time to act.
This is some bittersweet news. Everybody got really excited when Chuck Billy talked about a Fall tour Testament had planned with Anthrax, Overkill and Death Angel. Well, turns out it wasn't set is stone. Overkill posted on their official site that they will not be touring in the Fall, instead chosing to enter the studio to record a follow-up to their awesome 2010 release, Ironbound. They made it explicitly clear that they were not on the Anthrax tour. While seeing the band live, especially in that environment would have been really really fun, I can't help but get excited for new music from the band.
Testament may have been quiet for the first half of 2011, but that's just because they were busy churning out a brand new thrash opus to rape our ear pussies with. The band is set to release The Dark Roots Of Earth later this year, in October. The band is currently recording the album with Andy Sneap, a man who knows his metal (previously working with Megadeth, Exodus and countless others). As we previously reported, the band has enlisted Gene Hoglan and Chris Adler to help fill in on drums for the injured Paul Bostaph.
But that's not all. In a recent interview, Chuck Billy announced that the band has plans to interview with Anthrax, Overkill and Death Angel in October/November to promote the new album release. That sounds like a really exciting tour for thrash fans to attend. It's sorta crazy how thrash is seeing these huge resurrgance. This is a tour that would not do nearly as well 15 years ago as it would now. Good to see all these bands getting their due!