Overkill + Nile, with Axeslasher, Necropanther @ The Gothic Theater, Denver CO
I’m always amazed at how many “classic” bands have escaped my notice, despite being a metalhead for 20 years. New Jersey’s OVERKILL is one such band. The name had been floating around in my head for quite some time, but I never had any solid concept of either their history or their sound. Thankfully, I had a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with whom many say should be the “fifth” member of thrash metal’s “Big Four” (METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, SLAYER.)
Two local support acts were on the bill tonight. The first, Denver-based NECROPANTHER, I missed due to arriving a bit late to the venue. But fortunately, I arrived just in time to catch horror-themed thrashers AXESLASHER.
I’m a sucker for both props and fake blood, which AXESLASHER provided via a fake human head impaled on a pike that sprayed blood over the front moshers.
Their cheeky catchphrase “Eat Pizza. Worship Satan” gave me the giggles, as did their “pizza-gram” logo (consisting of a pentagram made up of pizza slices.) Overall, a very entertaining show!
Florida’s NILE was my nascent exposure to any kind of technical death metal, so they’ll always occupy a little piece of my black heart. Their seminal album “Black Seeds of Vengeance” is now 17 years old, but it may be the best example of the technical death metal genre ever produced. Tonight’s performance had an extra note if intrigue as NILE’s longtime frontman Dallas Toler-Wade had quit the band a couple weeks ago, clearing the way for newcomer Brian Kingsland on guitars and vocals.
NILE has reverted to their original “triple-attack” vocal format, which had both guitarists and bassist alternate growls. Previously, Toler-Wade handled most of the vocal duties.
I also am very fond of NILE’s bandleader Karl Sanders, whom I met at a gig in NYC about five years ago. He is an incredibly friendly man, something an audience member can easily tell by watching him on stage.
He always has a huge smile on his face as he belts out his trademark riffs and guttural gurgles. There’s something refreshing about seeing metal musicians looking joyful (especially given NILE’s style of music), given that metals emotional aesthetic is typically limited variations of “grim” or “brutal” or “evil”.
My only critique is that musically, they sounded a bit sloppy on a couple songs. My personal favorite song “Black Seeds of Vengeance” sounded smeared and inconsistent as the band tried to stay in sync. I’m sure the next time NILE comes to town, they’ll have gelled as a band and will have things a bit tighter.
Sacrifice Unto Sebek
Defiling the Gates of Ishtar
Hititte Dung Incantation
The Fiends Who Came to Steal the Magick of the Deceased
In the Name of Amun
Black Seeds of Vengeance
Within 30 seconds of their opening song, OVERKILL had won me over. These guys have been on the road for 30-plus years, and the skill and enthusiasm of their performance reflected that amazing depth of experience.
Frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth commanded the stage like a frenzied panther.
Bassist D.D. Verni was no slouch either, wielding his instrument like a cannon.
Something about OVERKILL’s music allows his basswork to shine in the mix, unlike many modern metal bands who arrange or mix their music to where the bass appears buried.
Guitarists Dave Linsk and Derek “The Skull” Tailer dutifully worked their corners of the stage, with Mr Linsk’ soloing being another musical highlight.
Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have recently announced their upcoming eighteenth album,, The Grinding Wheel,which will be released on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Last week, the band have revealed the first video trailer in which they were talking about the album title and the cover artwork. Today, they publish the follow-up! In this second trailer, the band discuss about the lyrics of the new album. If you don’t want to miss this new video, watch it here via YouTube:
Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have announced their 2017 North American trek with Egyptian themed technical death metal champions and labelmates NILE. The 25-date tour will kick-off on February 14th at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, make stops in Chicago, Anaheim, and Washington, DC before ending at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.
Bobby “Blitz Ellsworth comments, “Can’t wait to roll ‘the wheel’ down the road. This Feb & Mar, USA, coming to a stage near you! Let’s make it another one to remember! Onward! Upward!”
OVERKILL will be touring in support of their upcoming album, The Grinding Wheel, which will be released February 10th via Nuclear Blast. Recently, the band released the video for “Our Finest Hour”. Enjoy an impression of the mighty thrash inferno with this lyric video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElxZ1oz9A68
NILE is touring in support of their latest release What Should Not Be Unearthed.Watch the official lyric video for “Evil To Cast Out Evil” on the Nuclear Blast Youtube Channel.
“All of us in NILE are really looking forward to the upcoming USA Tour with OVERKILL. This Tour is going to be Metal as Fuck,” comments NILE Mastermind Karl Sanders.
Joining OVERKILL and NILE for select shows are melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS and melodic doom/death merchants SWALLOW THE SUN.
Tickets for the confirmed shows are now available for purchase at Enterthevault.com and all other ticket outlets.
Catch OVERKILL live at the following dates:
2/14/2017 Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA
2/15/2017 Agora Ballroom (w/ LORDI) – Cleveland, OH
2/16/2017 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
2/17/2017 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
2/18/2017 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
2/19/2017 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
2/20/2017 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
2/22/2017 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/23/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/24/2016 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
2/25/2017 City National Grove – Anaheim, CA
2/26/2017 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
2/27/2017 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
2/28/2017 Trees – Dallas, TX
3/01/2017 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
3/02/2017 Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
3/03/2017 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
3/04/2017 The Ritz Ybor – Ybor City, FL
3/05/2017 Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
3/6/2017 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC **
3/7/2017 The NorVa – Norfolk, VA **
3/8/2017 Howard Theatre – Washington, DC **
3/9/2017 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY **
3/10/2017 Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/11.2017 Starland Ballroom – Sayerville, NJ **
** With AMORPHIS & SWALLOW THE SUN
Although everybody seems to have a different account of who came first in the world of New York/New Jersey area thrash metal, it seems certain that New Jersey’s OVERKILL have stayed around the longest, and have never let their fans down by remaining musically consistent and true to their roots for over 30 years.There are few names as well respected as OVERKILL, and with the resurgence of metal in the music world, this band is poised to return to the top. OVERKILL are ready to show mature metal heads they still have it and are geared up to teach the new schoolers exactly how it’s done.
The men of OVERKILL are: Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – Vocals D.D. Verni – Bass Dave Linsk – Lead Guitar Derek Tailer – Rhythm Guitar Ron Lipnicki – Drums
The last time Overkill was in Calgary was about a decade ago in a small bar. It was the first time the New Jersey thrashers had ever been to Calgary. I had the pleasure of having dinner with a couple of the guys in the band and while happy to be in town they said, realistically they would not come back. The Western Canadian leg is too small and too far to play to small crowds. They wanted to play cities they had never been to before, at least once, but they doubted they would ever come back. Well, as the Overkill songs says, ‘Never Say Never’, as they returned as part of a co-headlining gig with Nuclear Blast label-mates and fellow New Jersey-ites, Symphony X. The last time Symphony X played in Calgary they played in a bigger venue as support to Iced Earth. So it is very likely that Symphony X was perhaps disappointed they played a smaller hall (Capacity: 1000), half the size as last time, and it is possible that Overkill were much happier playing a much bigger venue – four times as big! It’s all about perception.
With the imminent release of their Historikill: 1995-2007 box set we had a chat with Overkill’s iconic vocalist Bobby Blitz to discuss belt buckles, being a tourist, and what’s in store for the fans with this mega, 13 CD box-set.
Picture the scene: a field in south Derbyshire. One moment, quaint and calm; serene, leafy and undisturbed.
But then, as the sun arises to the midday point one cloudless Thursday in august, thousands upon thousands of heavy metal fans swarmed forth out of the woodwork that is England 2015, to attend the twelfth official Bloodstock Festival (11th open air to be exact).
New Jersey-based thrash metal veterans OVERKILL recently inked a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band‘s first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast will be a special box set titled, HistoriKill: 1995 – 2007. It is scheduled to be released this fall and will include eleven OVERKILL albums on 13 CDs and a bonus CD (incl. demos, remixes and an unreleased cover song) in digi sleeves.
New Jersey’s metal elite are joining forces on August 22nd to play Rock Against Dystrophy’s benefit concert, “Rock Out to Knock Out Muscular Dystrophy”. The event will take place at New Jersey’s rock and metal haven Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. This summer marks the third year of the benefit concert and its second with an All Star lineup. Tattoo Tony of Under My Skin Tattoo is returning for his third year as the event MC.
OVERKILL, New Jersey’s highest-ranking admirals of thrash, are proud to announce their worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Previously signed to the label in Europe only, a special box set comprised of the band’s entire back catalogue will be their first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast, due out this fall and coinciding with their co-headlining North American tour with fellow Jersey natives & progressive metal juggernauts SYMPHONY X.
“OVERKILL is now a part of the Nuclear Blast family for the entire world,” states band manager John Finberg. “I have worked with the U.S. office on various projects as of late and they have a true understanding of what to do and how to do it. This upcoming box set is the start of the next chapter in the band’s career.”
Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo commented on the signing of OVERKILL:
“NB is proud to announce a world-wide deal with Overkill. We’ve worked with them outside North America for the past few years, but it was time to extend the deal and have them join the North American family as well. Nuclear Blast America welcomes the legends!” Read the rest of this entry »
“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.