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Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam) joins Overkill

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:32 AM (PST)

Jason Bittner, a drummers drummer who is a scene vet and has of course played with bands like the much missed Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam and briefly with Crisis, has joined thrash titans Overkill. This is a pretty fucking insanely good fit as Jason’s style is going to synch up very well for the band.

Press release here:

Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to the OVERKILL history with their new drummer, Jason “Sticks” Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM).
“OVERKILL would like to announce it’s newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason “Sticks” Bittner,” comments Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. “We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy “The Mexicutioner” Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the OVERKILL machine.
Jason is a long time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoke for themselves. Let the touring continue…onward-upward!”

Jason “Sticks” Bittner states, “When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said ‘Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?’ It really didn’t take much for me to write back a one word answer………ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I can not wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the ‘Mean Green Killing Machine!'”

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Show Review: DORO – 30 years at Gramercy, NYC

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM (PST)

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Doro Pesch brought 30 years of metal power to Gramercy in NYC last night and my ears are still ringing. People flew in from places as diverse as Florida, Poland and more for a special Monday night event and last of a short North American run celebrating Queen Doro‘s reign. The heavy metal thunder was alive and kicking all night long. You know it is gonna be a great night when one of the first things you see is Bobby Blitz from Overkill hanging out in the downstairs Gramercy lounge just kickin’ it and taking casual photos with excited fans.I am home now the next day listening to recent thrash-terpiece “Give A Little” from Overkill’s 2010 LP Ironbound (such a great and bouncy chorus and brilliant structure to that tune).

Click HERE for a show recap!

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Metal Queen Doro Pesch has the golden voice of pure classic metal that can always soothe or rally any weary hearts or surge adrenaline into the hard rock hordes. Doro is touching back down in North America and working on finishing touches for a 30th Anniversary DVD as well as releasing the special edition of Raise Your Fist with a new bonus CD of killer covers and new stuff. It is always a humbling honor to speak with such a true figure of real rock n roll. I have the utmost respect for Doro.

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Photo Jun 02, 9 18 13 AMJersey Thrash legends OVERKILL have been hard at work preparing for the release of their seventeenth LP, White Devil Armory. The band shot two videos over the weekend with esteemed director Kevin J. Custer. “Fantastic to have Kevin on board again, when he’s directing the direction is intense!” says frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth.This is the fourth video Custer has directed for the band, most notably “Electric Rattlesnake” from their previous LP The Electric Age. Blitz continues, “each time the prior results have been spot on, so our confidence is high for this shoot. From the directors eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!”

OVERKILL will release White Devil Armory on July 22nd via eOne Music in North America, and July 18th overseas via Nuclear Blast.

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A7X announce Madly In Anger For Those About to Rattleheads tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM (PST)

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Avenged Sevenfold are a much bigger band than most of the bands I really enjoy (Sister’s Disguised Vulture‘s kills this shit!). Hitting it big doesn’t mean that you automatically suck or whatever. They have certainly worked hard… and I have to say I think the recent debate over Hail To The King borrowing liberally (see…A7X are liberal now!) from every major hard rock hit ever started an interesting conversation about how much influence is too far. I think the problem is that A7X cited classic bands as their influences and wanted to hearken back to classic metal but then seemed to some to mumble and act like they magically really wrote the riffs on Hail To The King rather than shuffle a few riffs here and there.

That said, M. Shadows probably gave the performance of his career on Hail To The King and does have a killer voice. The only tune that really bothered me on that album (besides the tolling bell and the spoken bridge in “Sandman of Fire”) was the blatantly Megadeth riff rip-off “Heretic”). The G n’ R inspired “Doing Time” was more fun than “Riad n The Bedouins” (and I like Chinese Democracy, frankly), while most of Hail To The King was pretty fun. It seemed like the band were cutting loose a bit and relaxing after all the seriousness of Nightmare. But yeah, when you are that big most stuff is pretty calculated. Time to own up, dudes. It’ll take a lot of the heat off.

Evile were clearly inspired by Metallica’s …And Justice For All on their fantastic Five Serpent’s Teeth disc, but the difference is they didn’t directly cop “greatest hits” riffs with some minor tweakery.

Anyway, “Sheperd of Fire” is a damn catchy tune vocally if you can ignore the Sandman of it all. A7X have decided to name their new tour the “Sheperd of Fire Tour” and it kicks off April 12th in British Columbia. Hellyeah are support on the tour. That’s right. A dude from Pantera is opening for A7X. Kill me now. Fuck, that makes me mad. And I don’t even hate A7X at all like some people, but that is just wrong.

Tour dates Below.

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Skeletonwitch announce European tour with Overkill

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM (PST)

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Ohio Thrashers Skeletonwitch have announced a European tour with Overkill!

While that tour won’t start until March 2014, Skeletonwitch will be tearing across North America with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem, Wolvhammer, Amon Amarth and Enslaved.

Skeletonwitch are touring in support of their latest album Serpents Unleashed.

Check out Skeletonwitch’s tour dates, including North American dates here.

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Warbringer premieres new video for “Black Sun, Black Moon”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM (PST)

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Los Angeles thrashers Warbringer have premiered a music video for their song “Black Sun, Black Moon”.

“Black Sun, Black Moon” comes off of IV: Empires Collapse which is out now, via Century Media Records.

Vocalist John Kevill had this to say about the video:

“We went out to the most desolate stretch of highway we could find out in the Mojave desert. It’s a fitting location for this song, which is a motorin’ heavy metal tune, with a Priest highway-rollin’ type feel crossed with the forbidding mysticism of the night!”

Check out the video and Warbringer tour dates (Warbringer is currently on tour with Overkill and Kreator) here:

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Warbringer announce release date for ‘IV: Empires Collapse’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM (PST)


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 Los Angeles thrashers Warbringer are set to release their newest album
 IV: Empires Collapse on October 15 via Century Media Records.

Drummer Carlos Cruz had this to say about making the new album:

“Musically, all five of us brought something for the rest of the group to work off of and we were all a part of chiseling away at the ideas. Having five band members with eclectic tastes in music from Crust Punk to Progressive music and everything in between brought about new musical directions for the material.”

Check out studio updates and tour dates with Overkill and Kreator here.

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Testament announce US tour with Overkill and Flotsam and Jetsam

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 6:56 AM (PST)

Bay Area thrash veterans Testament have announced details of an upcoming headlining US tour.  They will be touring with support coming from Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam, and 4Arm.

Click here for statements and tour dates.

The tour is being called The Dark Roots of Thrash Tour, named after Testament’s latest Nuclear Blast release Dark Roots of Earth.  Testament has also just finished a tour with Anthrax and Death Angel.  These guys never seem to stop and put on a mind blowing show every time, so if you get a chance go and see them.

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Overkill announce Killfest 2012 dates

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM (PST)

Overkill has announced the official dates for Killfest 2o12. The tour will be in support of their latest effort The Electronic Age.

Vocalist Bobby Blitz had these comments to make about the tour:

“It’s the Electric Age and you’re invited! See you on tour this October, let’s tear it up together, AGAIN!”

To see the list of dates, cities, and venues click here.

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Cover Art Battle: Epic of Epic Epicness

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

So we’re two week’s late on this one (we’re working on it!). I wish we could say it was because of good TV right but this is from the week before the A Game of Thrones season 2 premiere. I’m rambling. Here’s our top nominees for March 27th – an epic week of epic releases with epic covers: …it’s a damn long list. Just go and vote already!

***WINNER*** Borknagar – Urd

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Music Video: Overkill’s “Electric Rattlesnake”

Posted by Fireball13 on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 8:04 AM (PST)

New Jersey thrashers Overkill have released the new music video for their song “Electronic Rattlesnake.” The song is off the band’s new album The Electronic Age which was released last week via Nuclear Blast.

This video is the first we’ve seen of the band’s since their “Bring Me The Night” video was released in 2010. It is directed by veteran Kevin J. Custer.

Frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth commented on the video: “Damn, this one BITES hard! Kevin Custer did it again! So plug us in yeah, set us free, this is a thrashing vid the way it’s supposed to be! Here we go kids ELECTRIC RATTLESNAKE!”

Click here to check out the new video.

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Album Review: Overkill – “The Electric Age”

Posted by Allred on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM (PST)

Well, I think I am going to need to go to the hospital, or at least to an orthodontist. For at least ten days straight I have listened to nothing but The Electric Age, the latest full-length release from those New Jersey stalwarts, OverKill, and not only have my teeth been knocked cleanly from my face, but I also can’t seem to pick my jaw up off the floor.

Since the release of their debut, self-titled EP in 1984, OverKill have been a force to be reckoned with in the world of metal music. Prolific doesn’t even begin to break the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these guys. What is even more amazing than a thirty plus year career, containing sixteen full-lengths, three live albums, two EP’s, and a covers album, is the fact that OverKill have managed to do all of this while undergoing constant line-up changes, yet always having retained the ‘Kill sound.

Find out why OverKill continues to be the best thrash metal band on the planet right here.

Overkill release second single off upcoming album “The Electric Age”

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:07 AM (PST)

New York thrash legends Overkill have just released the second single from their upcoming album The Electric Age.  The song is called “Wish You Were Dead” and can be found in lyric video form right here.

The Electric Age is scheduled for release March 27th via E1 Entertainment. It will be released in Europe on Nuclear Blast on March 30th and will be the band’s sixteenth studio release.

Overkill will be touring in support of the release in April and May with God Forbid, Diamond Plate, and Sudikara.  More information can be found here.

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Overkill dates and locations for Killfest Tour 2012

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM (PST)

Metal thrashers Overkill have announced more information regarding their 2012 Killfest Tour. The band is to tour through Europe in October in support of their latest album The Electric Age- which is also the band’s thirteenth album together.  The band has not only announced official dates and venues for the tour but has also released information that a special guest will be joining them.

See dates, venues, and cities here.

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