Posts Tagged ‘overkill’
with Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth
at O2 Islington Academy, London
13th March 2014
Interview by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photos by Graham Hilling
“I’m not sure what the fuck is going on here with these lights!” laughs Bobby, as we board the Overkill tour bus, which does appear to be operating some pulsing disco light setting. “This is like day one for me. I dunno if it bothers you or not – I feel like I’m doing a porn!” He laughs again.
Hang the lights. We got things to discuss. Especially as given that Overkill’s forthcoming new album has been delayed, and with it the rest of the European tour, we’re lucky we’re here at all. With the band about to take in a handful of dates throughout the UK, including a headline spot at Hammerfest, we grab a few moments of frontman Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth’s, one of heavy metal’s nicest guys, time to talk about the new record (It was probably the hardest one to make for me…), the music industry (But for some reason there’s always a want for this stuff. There’s always a need….), seizing opportunities (You know take that chance and if you can and succeed more times than fail you can string days into years and into decades…), and pie…
OVERKILL’s highly anticipated new album, White Devil Armory, is due to be released worldwide in July. In North America it will be released by eOne Music and in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was tracked at Gear Recording and will be mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012’s “The Electric Age”.
The tracklist is as follows:
‘Where There’s Smoke…’
‘Down To The Bone’
‘King Of The Rat Bastards’
‘Another Day To Die’
‘It’s All Yours’
‘In The Name’
70000 tons Of Metal is the biggest heavy metal cruise on the planet. It has gained and created a loyal and fanatical following amongst metal fans around the globe in a short few years. Even though there were a lot of discussions, and even some outrage on the official 70000tons forum and social media, about the long silence while waiting to hear about the booking of the bands. However, the whole cruise was a surrealistic experience for journalists and fans alike. Spirits were not dampened by a rainy day which whipped the Caribbean sea and the ship, Majesty Of The Seas, about. The metallic mayhem on the sea sailed from Miami, Florida to Costa Maya, Mexico and back. Here is the brief write-up of all these bands who appeared on the ship.
Article by Arto Lehtinen and Timo Hanhirova
Pics by Arto Lehtinen
Bass player Russ Bergquist – DuskMachine
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics
Here comes an update on what DuskMachine is up to. The band features a lot of well known names like drummer Randy Black, singer Joe Comeau and bass player Russ Bergquist. The interview is with Bergquist, and we spoke about the bands second album entitled DUSKMACHINE, and of course about the brilliant guest appearance on the album. If you are curious about the music of DuskMachine then continue onwards. Read the rest of this entry »
Overkill / Kreator
The Legends of Thrash Tour
The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
October 31, 2013
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf
Jersey Metal legends, OVERKILL are entering the studio on Monday to begin tracking their next record due out sometime next year. The new material will be tracked at Gear Recording and mixed by Greg Reely, who also mixed “The Electric Age.”
European Killfest 2013 Scandinavian leg
Electric Hellfire – support act
Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
27/4 – 2013
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
BOBBY “BLITZ” ELLSWORTH
INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA
Overkill is a classic thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. The band was one of the early thrash metal bands in U.S., along with such names as Anthrax, Exodus and mighty Metallica, who helped to create the thrash metal scene in the early 80’s. To date, Overkill has released 16 studio albums and sold more than 25 million worldwide. During their long journey, Overkill has gone through many line-up changes. The remaining original members, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and D.D. Verni, have successfully guided the band through both good and difficult times and the band is here to stay. In April 2013, Overkill arrived to Finland to do a five-concert mini-tour. I had the chance to sit down with Bobby in Helsinki and we discussed various topics including the recent “Dark Roots of Earth” tour, producing, history, personal life, and the list goes on….
Returning to North America in support of their thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist, German thrash overlords KREATOR will be performing in New York City at Stage 48 with hometown thrashers Overkill on November 23rd & 24th.
KREATOR frontman/guitarist Mille Petrozza shares the following about the scheduled sonic devastation:
“We are more than excited to play with the strongest thrash metal band that ever came out of New York – the mighty Overkill! They’ve been a major influence on KREATOR and they are killer guys. Our friends from Warbringer will also join us. It does not get more brutal than this! ”
Pre-sale tickets are available at EnterTheVault.com. There will be a special limited number of tickets that will grant admission to BOTH shows. VIP tickets include a pre-show Meet & Greet with both KREATOR and Overkill, plus a special poster created to commemorate the event.
Testament / Overkill / Flotsam and Jetsam
February 13, 2013
Review by Infamousbutcher
Photos by SheWolf
Overkill, 3 Inches of Blood & Purified In Blood
@ O2 Islington Academy
7th October 2012
Review by Joffie Lovett
Photography by Michelle Murphy
It’s a warm Sunday evening in Islington and a mass of Metal fans are gathered at the entrance to the O2 Academy. Each person seems to have a smile on their face, whether young or old as whether you’re a long-time fan of Overkill or whether you’re seeing them for the first time, you know that this is a band that will deliver nothing short of an ass-kicker of a show and more!
Interview with Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth
Conducted by: Carlos M. Llanas
Since the early 80’s, Overkill has been ripping stages and releasing albums consecutively, and to this day, they continue to put on energetic and exciting live shows. They have conquered many fans with their style of thrash metal, and they are considered by many as one of the greatest thrash bands that ever existed; I have to agree completely. How can you not? With classic releases like "Feel the fire" and "Taking Over", they helped pave the roadway for a genre with a scene that has benefit greatly by these records. Sure, the scene has increased significantly since the mid-2000’s, but unlike these "Junior Thrashers", Overkill never forgot, and never forgave.
Tuska Open Air 2012
Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
June 27-29, 2012
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Sivulahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is a new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with the burning and hot asphalt underfoot. When raining, at least the area won’t turn to one hell of a big mud fest.
Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be at the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date.
The line-up looked once again – amazing. Megadeth and Ministry and of course the Swedish war trad metallers were headliners, but Lamb Of God had to pull out of Tuska because of the arrest of the frontman in Republic Czechia and was replaced by Finntroll and Animals As Leaders had to cancel as the band managed to miss the flight. Of course a few cult metal bands like Saint Vitus, A.R.G. could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 26,000 people visited Tuska during three days.
Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.
Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Petri Da Costa
Tags: A.R.G., Arcturus, Battle Beast, BEHEMOTH, Demigod, Edguy, Exodus, Finntroll, Horna, LOCK UP, MEGADETH, Ministry, Napalm Death, overkill, Sabaton, SAINT VITUS, SKELETONWITCH, SONATA ARCTICA, Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
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OVERKILL drummer Ron Lipnicki performed with guitarist/vocalist Vinnie Camarillo and bassist Murry of Kansas City thrashers MEATSHANK, and members of local acts VANLADE and HELLEVATE for a rendition of METALLICA’s “Seek and Destroy” at the Riot Room in Kansas City on April 26th. The performance came during an after-party gig following OVERKILL’s appearance at Kansas City’s Beaumont Club with GOD FORBID, DIAMOND PLATE, SUIDAKRA and local openers MARASMUS. Video footage can be viewed here.
|Meatshank, Vanlade, Hellevate, and OVERKILL!!!!!!!!|
Lipnicki was in the audience watching the jam session and when “Seek and Destroy” began he was heard to shout “Oh, I know that song!” then jumped unto the stage and took the reins from MEATSHANK drummer Shane Cook. It was an unforgettable moment that will forever live in the memories of those involved.
MEATSHANK’s Scavengers album is streaming in its entirety at meatshank.stereokiller.com. Please get in touch for digital review/radio copies and/or to set up an interview.