Overkill To Release New Album “Scorched” in April, Premiere New Song “The Surgeon”

Overkill have announced that their new album, “Scorched,” will be released on April 14. You can check out the effort’s first single, “The Surgeon,” below:

“Scorched” Track Listing:

01. “Scorched”
02. “Goin’ Home”
03. “The Surgeon”
04. “Twist Of The Wick”
05. “Wicked Place”
06. “Won’t Be Comin Back”
07. “Fever”
08. “Harder They Fall”
09. “Know Her Name”
10. “Bag O’ Bones”

Frontman Bobby Blitz commented:

“Man, it seems like for F-in ever since we chatted!!!! Ha! I tell you what, this is the longest ever between Overkill releases, Feb ’19 to April ’23.

For me, it became my ‘peterpandemic’ go-to. I wrote my part, tore it down, then again and again. I found myself still changing parts while Colin was mixing! It became the normal in a very abnormal time, sanity amongst the insanity.

Somewhere in ‘Scorched‘ that is all reflected, a common thread, it is the place I went to get what I needed, maybe what “we” needed. It’s different, that’s for sure an old-school approach/mix in a modern world….was it worth the wait? You tell me…….see ya on the road! Horns up!”

The band currently have the following European dates booked with Exhorder and Heathen:

04/13 Bochum, GER – Zeche
04/14 Zwolle, NET – Hedon
04/15 Osnabrück, GER – Hyde Park
04/16 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
04/17 München, GER – Backstage
04/18 Stuttgart, GER – LKA
04/19 Zürich, SWI – Komplex
04/21 Parma, ITA – Campus Industry
04/22 Fontaneto, ITA – Phenomenon Club
04/23 Saarbrücken, GER – Garage
04/24 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
04/25 Vorselaar, BEL – De Dreef
04/26 Paris, FRA – Trabendo
04/28 Pamplona, SPA – Totem
04/29 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2

Overkill To Release New Song “The Surgeon” Next Week

Overkill will be releasing a new song, titled “The Surgeon,” on January 27. That track will appear on the band’s upcoming album “Scorched.”

Former Overkill & Anvil Guitarist Sebastian Marino Passes Away

Former Overkill and Anvil guitarist Sebastian Marino has sadly passed away. He was 57 years old.

Marino’s friend Bruce Pilato issued the following statement:

“FAREWELL to my dear friend Sebastian Marino, who died suddenly in the early hours of today after being rushed to a hospital while doing a sound job on New Year’s Eve in Florida. Sebastian owned and operated AUDIO IMAGES one of the most acclaimed audio & video production companies in the country. He and I go back to the 1980s and in the mid 1990s we worked together with Linda Rutherford & Celtic Fire, which featured his first wife. It was Sebastian who I approached for a road crew when I first started working with Carl Palmer in 2005. Sebastian essentially brought a slew of top quality production people who made up the road crews of Carl Palmer’s band; ASIA; YES and other platinum level acts around the globe. A brilliant musician in his own right (he played guitar for OVERKILL and ANVIL among others)- he was like a best friend to any working musician or road tech’s who interacted with him. He always treated them fairly and often working for less than he should have just so the music could survive. Sebastian… you were a diamond whose legacy will shine on forever. RIP, pal.”

Overkill commented as well:

“It is with heavy hearts that we morn the passing of our good friend and great musician, Sebastian Marino.

Seb was an asset in the studio as well as on the stage for the three releases he did with us.

Most importantly, he was a great friend, who remained a great friend beyond the band.

The music world has lost one of the good ones.”

Anvil’s Steve “Lips” Kudlow also paid tribute to Marino:

“Condolences to my friend Sebastian Marino’s family and friends. Seby was a dear friend and I will miss him profoundly!! Worth the Weight was an extremely special Anvil album and it will keep Seby alive through our history forever! RIP SEBASTIAN MARINO”

Watch Overkill Perform New Song “Wicked Place” In Oberhausen, Germany

During Overkill’s December 9 set at the Ruhrpott Metal Meeting festival in Oberhausen, Germany, the band performed a new song titled “Wicked Place.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. The track will appear on the group’s upcoming album “Scorched.”

Overkill Announce April European Tour

Overkill have announced an April European tour. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Scorched.”

Tour Dates:

04/13 Bochum, GER – Zeche
04/14 Zwolle, NET – Hedon
04/15 Osnabrück, GER – Hyde Park
04/16 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
04/17 München, GER – Backstage
04/18 Stuttgart, GER – LKA
04/19 Zürich, SWI – Komplex
04/21 Parma, ITA – Campus Industry
04/22 Fontaneto d’Agogna – Phenomenon Club
04/23 Saarbrücken, GER – Garage
04/24 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
04/25 Vorselaar, BEL – De Dreef
04/26 Paris, FRA – Trabendo
04/28 Pamplona, SPA – Totem
04/29 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
04/30 Madrid, SPA – BUT

Overkill Reveal New Album Title

Overkill’s Jason Bittner has confirmed that the band’s upcoming album will be called “Scorched.” The drummer said the following:

“Last one of the year!!!! See you in 2023 with ‘Scorched’ – the 20th album in the OVERKILL catalog! Night all!!! Back on a plane home in less than 8 hours, and my weekend is farrrr from done…..more on that soon!”

D.D. Verni Says Overkill’s New Album Will Be “A Little Bit More Doomy”

During a recent interview with Hardrock Haven, Overkill bassist D.D. Verni talked a bit about the band’s new album. According to him, the effort will be “a little bit more doomy.”

Verni said the following:

“All the drums are done. All the guitars are done. I still have to do the bass. Blitz [Bobby Ellsworth, OVERKILL singer] has gotta get to his vocals. But I had almost all of it written when we went out on the tour before COVID, ’cause that’s where we were in our cycle. So I had to have my part — the music for the record — pretty much done. I had two songs left that I had to do when I got back home. ‘Cause that’s where we needed to be, ’cause the record was supposed to come out in the fall of that year or whenever. But then we were, like, ‘We’ve got a little extra time.’ And then we had more extra time.”

“It was funny, because usually I’ll kind of demo up everything at home, all the songs, and I’ll send it out to the guys, and then they’ll learn the stuff from the demo and then we’ll get together and play. [And then we’ll decide] ‘Maybe it should be faster or slower’ — we kind of noodle around till it feels good in the room. But we weren’t able to do that ’cause of COVID. But now that it’s taken so long, we could have done that. So, I don’t know exactly… This one’s still gonna be a bit of an odd record ’cause it was kind of done all remotely — everything. We’re gonna put out a record of songs that we’ve not one single time stood in a room and played together.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“Compared to the other ones… It’s hard to say. It’s maybe got a little bit more SABBATH-y kind of parts in it, a little bit more doomy.

I know Colin Richardson’s gonna mix it. Poor Colin. We thought we were gonna do it, and then we pushed him off, and then we pushed him off again, and then we pushed him off again. An we said, ‘You know what? We’ll call you when we’re ready.’ So whenever that’s gonna be, we’ll call him again. But we’re psyched about that ’cause he’s just great. He’s a great mixer and a great producer. So if nothing else, it’ll sound great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Overkill Tentatively Planning To Release New Album In April 2023

During a recent interview with 69 Faces Of Rock, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth offered an update on the new Overkill album. According to him, the band are tentatively planning to release the effort in April 2023.

Ellsworth said the following:

“We didn’t record all the parts yet. We like to keep it as fresh as possible. The drums are done; the guitars are done. D.D. [Verni] and I need to sit down and finalize a few things. We’re looking for an April 2023 release, followed by a European tour.”

He also added the following about the record’s musical direction:

“It’s gonna be hard to figure it out for me until it actually takes shape. It seems a little bit more eclectic for us. It’s riff driven, not rhythm driven. The songs will contain two or three different riffs throughout it — the main [riff] and then two that are kind of secondary riffs, which I think is a little bit unique for us, to be singing over something like that. Heavy, of course. I mean, there’s some sledgehammer stuff on it — that kind of big, thick groove. I think the other side of it is that it shows kind of experienced speed, would be the word. Some of them just take off.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Guitarist Dave Linsk To Miss Overkill’s Upcoming Tour, Vio-lence’s Phil Demmel To Fill In

Overkill guitarist Dave Linsk will be missing the band’s spring tour due to “personal reasons.” During his absence, Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) will be filling in.

Frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth told the Chicago Tribune the following:

“We’ve used Phil in the past when we’ve had issues. We’re prepared. We’re ready. It’s not about the strength of the individual but about the strength of the unit. We found that out with Phil when he stepped in. It’s just nice to be able to do what you do whether you’re the concertgoer or whether you’re the concert performer. Let’s get back to normal. Let’s do what we do best. Let’s have a little bit of fun.”

Tour Dates (with Prong):

03/03 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
03/04 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
03/06 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
03/07 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
03/08 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
03/09 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
03/10 Chicago, IL – Concord
03/11 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
03/12 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
03/13 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
03/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
03/16 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
03/17 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
03/18 New York, NY – Palladium
03/19 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre