During a recent interview with A&P-REACTS, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth offered an update on the new Overkill album. According to him, the band currently have 10 songs for the effort and they are hoping to release it in April 2021.
Ellsworth said the following:
“There’s 10 songs right now. I’m messing around with them, Dave Linsk [guitar] is messing around with them. Listen, there’s no better time to have the old norm for us during a time when the new normal is obviously right around the corner for all of us in the world.
So I think that we’re gonna have more time to write it, and I think this also gives us the opportunity to scrutinize it a little bit more, which we didn’t do on the last record, and I’m happy to have that extra time.”
He went on to discuss the album’s sound:
“I see it as a natural progression from ‘The Grinding Wheel‘ and ‘The Wings Of War‘. It think when we had done the ‘Ironbound‘ record, it almost became like a trilogy in there — it was kind of like ‘Ironbound‘, ‘The Electric Age‘ and ‘White Devil Armory‘, and they seemed to be the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost kind of a thing.
I think we kind of broke the mold a little bit with ‘The Grinding Wheel‘, and then I think a little bit more with ‘The Wings Of War‘. And on this one, I see it way more. And what I mean by that is that we’ve used other tools from our toolshed in the past, and that’s the slow grind that is coupled with that fast gallop. So it feels like a natural progression, but maybe two records ahead of what ‘The Wings Of War‘ is. And that’s probably as objective as I can be.”
He also added the following about release plans:
“April 2021 is what we’re targeting. We’re looking to start mixing it mid-December, so it should be done somewhere around the holidays or delivered in the first week of January type of thing. We’ve also gone so far as to tentatively search out [tour] dates on the release — 2021 in the U.S., or in North America for that matter.
And then Europe would be October of 2021. But we have the whole festival season that’s been canceled from this summer, is gonna be shifted to summer of 2021, so we’re gonna slide over into that Wacken and the Wacken cruise and a bunch of other things that we have on the plate.”