BPMD (Overkill, Vio-lence, Etc.) Share Video For Cover Of Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic”

BPMD, the band featuring Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), have premiered a new video for their cover of Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic.” This track is from the band’s new covers album “American Made,“ which is set to be released on June 12.

Bobby Blitz commented:

“I remember waaaaaaaaaaay back when Overkill formed, we were cutting our teeth on covers as I was finding my way around the mic. The Aerosmith covers were right in my wheelhouse, so when Mike [Portnoy] picked ‘Toys’ to cover, I was like… ‘Hell Yea’!”

Phil Demmel added:

“It was tricky because Aerosmith have two guitarists, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, playing different things. So, as one guitar player, I had to pick a medium place between the two that sounded good. I thrashed it up a little by adding a lot of down picking and some gallops and triplets.”

“American Made” Track Listing:

01. “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” (Ted Nugent cover)
02. “Toys In The Attic” (Aerosmith cover)
03. “Evil” (Cactus/Willie Dixon cover)
04. “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” (ZZ Top cover)
05. “Saturday Night Special” (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
06. “Tattoo Vampire” (Blue Öyster Cult cover) (feat. Buck Dharma)
07. “D.O.A.” (Van Halen cover)
08. “Walk Away” (James Gang cover)
09. “Never in My Life” (Mountain cover)
10. “We’re An American Band” (Grand Funk Railroad cover)

BPMD (Overkill, Vio-lence, Etc.) Sign With Napalm Records

BPMD, the band featuring Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. As previously reported, the group’s debut album, which is tentatively titled “American Made,” will feature covers of tracks from the 1970s.

Menghi commented:

“We’re super excited about our first BPMD record. Last summer, I was inspired and came up with this crazy idea and here we are, not even a year later, and it’ll see the light of day in these very trying times. The planet needs something to feel good about, and I 100% whole-heartedly believe these tunes will do the trick. Buckle up and make way for BPMD…”

Ellsworth added:

“The BPMD sessions were very fun. They took us all back to our roots and even pre-roots. As it developed, we all realized it was something special, as did Napalm Records, with one listen!”

BPMD are currently scheduled to make their live debut at the Old Bridge Elks Lodge in New Jersey on May 30 as part of “Bulldozer Bash 5.” That event will benefit the Old Bridge Militia Foundation.

Mike Portnoy, Phil Demmel, Bobby Blitz, & Mark Menghi To Release “American Made” Covers Album Under The Name BPMD

During an appearance on “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show,” Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) revealed that his new project with Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) will be called BPMD. The group plan to release a new covers album titled “American Made” later this year.

Demmel said the following:

“It’s called BPMD. So it’s Bobby Blitz, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi and Phil Demmel — BPMD. It’s all cover tunes from American bands of the ’70s. It’s called ‘American Made‘, [and it’s got songs from] ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Gang, Aerosmith, Grand Funk Railroad — all these cover tunes that we modernized them and not really thrashed them up, but we made kind of metal versions of them.

And we think we found maybe a label home, and we’re looking to put the record out here probably at the end of the first quarter, maybe beginning of second quarter. It’s all up in the air right now.”

He then added the following after being asked who came up with the idea:

“Mark Menghi did. He said he was around his campfire listening to a Skynyrd song, and he’s all, ‘Hey, I wanna record this and get some guys.’ And he called us up. I flew out to Portnoy’s house, and we had the songs we picked. Each of us picked two, and then we had two songs that were kind of band picks that we needed to do. And we flew out to Portnoy’s house in Pennsylvania. I flew in one day, did tracks, flew out the next day, went home and recorded guitar tracks and solos in a day. And the guys did their other tracks. We got it done pretty fucking quick.”

Demmel also revealed his favorite track from the effort:

“I’m gonna have to say… There’s a sleeper track. It’s a Blue Öyster Cult song called ‘Tattoo Vampire’ that I picked. And Buck Dharma from Blue Öyster Cult actually played on the song. And it’s got kind of a punky feel. ‘Cause the original track is kind of rock and roll, but Menghi or Portnoy had this idea to make it kind of a Ramones feel. So we picked it up. So, ‘Tattoo Vampire’ is my favorite.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Arch Enemy, Ex-Slayer, Etc. Members To Join Metal Allegiance At Anaheim, CA Show

Metal Allegiance have added more special guests to their January 16 show at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Here’s the full list of participants: Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Slayer, etc.), Dave Davidson (Revocation, etc.), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, etc.), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (Misfits), Chuck Billy (Testament), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), John Bush (Armored Saint), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Jack Gibson (Exodus), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Troy Sanders (Mastodon, etc.), and Alex Skolnick (Testament). WWE wrestler Erick Rowan will serve as the MC at the event and Exmortus, Weapons Of Anew, and Trauma will open.

Metal Allegiance To Cover Black Sabbath’s Self-Titled Album During Halloween Show In Chicago

Metal Allegiance have announced that they will be performing Black Sabbath’s 1970 self-titled debut album in full during a special Halloween (October 31) show at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL. However, it’s worth noting that David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.) do not appear to be taking part in this concert. The other core members, Mark Menghi and Alex Skolnick (Testament), will perform with Bobby Blitz (Overkill) and Brann Dailor (Mastodon). Crobot, Weapons Of Anew, and Metalfier will open.

Watch Overkill’s Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth Perform Motörhead’s “Overkill” With A Tribute Band

Overkill’s Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth joined Motörhead tribute band Headmotör onstage for a cover of Motörhead’s “Overkill.” The performance took place on February 22 in Jamesburg, New Jersey as part of an album release party for Overkill’s new album “The Wings Of War.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Metal Allegiance Perform With Sepultura, Arch Enemy, Death Angel, Etc. Members In Anaheim. CA

Metal Allegiance, the band featuring core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) and Mark Menghi, performed at The House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA last night (January 24) and a stream of the show is available below. That concert saw the band performing Black Sabbath‘s self-titled debut album in full, as well as some of their own songs and covers of Slayer, Sepultura, Iron Maiden, etc. tracks. The following guests took part in the concert: Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), John Bush (Armored Saint), Chuck Billy (Testament), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Mark Tornillo (Accept), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), and Doyle (Misfits).

Metal Allegiance To Cover Black Sabbath’s Self-Titled Album At Upcoming Anaheim, CA Show

Metal Allegiance, the band featuring core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) and Mark Menghi, have announced that they will be performing Black Sabbath’s 1970 self-titled debut album in full during their January 24 show at The House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. That concert will also include another full set with the following guests: Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), John Bush (Armored Saint), Chuck Billy (Testament), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Mark Tornillo (Accept), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), and Doyle (Misfits).

Menghi commented:

“This past October we had the idea of covering the first Sabbath record while dressing up in costume for a one-time only (scaled down) MA show.

However, we had way too much fun and decided to bring it to Anaheim and incorporate the ‘scaled down’ four piece into the massive MA Anaheim show at our home away from home in SoCal. We’ll be doing a full MA set filled with the MA thrash attack you all know and love, covered by a few sprinkles of select gems and guests dosed with the first Sabbath record.

This show is NOT to be missed and will certainly be one for the ages.”

Skolnick added:

“It is a fun challenge to play Black Sabbath’s debut album – the music has as much in common with Cream and other psychedelic jam rock of the period as the future metal genre it inspired. Playing it live for Halloween (in full early 70s Sabbath regalia) for a packed house in Brooklyn was so special that we just had to bring this experience to friends at our annual Anaheim HoB bash!”

Metal Allegiance Announce January Anaheim, CA Show

Metal Allegiance, the band featuring core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) and Mark Menghi, along with multiple special guests, have announced that they will be performing at The House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA on January 24. Confirmed guests for the concert include: Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), John Bush (Armored Saint), Chuck Billy (Testament), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Mark Tornillo (Accept), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), and Doyle (Misfits).

Menghi commented:

“NYC might be home but Anaheim is the epicenter of our favorite and most epic MA gigs. Can’t wait for everyone to hear tunes from MA1 along with our new record Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty live along with some other amazing surprises we have in store. Gonna be another thrash-tastic night of MA branded thrash metal. Who knows, maybe Blitz and I will actually let the Jersey/NY jokes go for a night?”

Skolnick added:

“While there are many concerts in and around Orange County during late January,,when it comes to the heavy side of things, Metal Allegiance at HoB Anaheim is the place to be (as attested to by more and more fans each year). Even if I weren’t playing the show, this one would be at the top of my list to attend. Don’t miss it!”

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ANAHEIM SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! On January 24th, @metalallegiance will assemble at @hobanaheim for our annual winter assault. This marks the band's fifth year performing annually in Anaheim. The night will include several special guests as well as feature music from our self-titled album and our recent sophomore album, Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty. Joining us on stage that evening will be @andreaskisser (SEPULTURA), Mark Osegueda ( @deathangelofficial ), John Bush ( @thearmoredsaint ), @chuckfcknbilly ( @testamentofficial ), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), @trevortbdm ( @theblackdahliamurder_official ), Mark Tornillo ( @acceptworldwide ), Phil Demmel ( @machine_head ), @alissawhitegluz ( @archenemyofficial ) and @doylewolfgangvonfrankenstein (The Misfits) The night will be presented by @nuclearblastusa and sponsored by @ikmultimedia @murderinthefrontrow & @orangeamplifiers The VIP meet & greet package is now available for purchase with a general admission ticket for $100 or without a general admission ticket for $80. Please note that a ticket to the show is required to attend the pre-show meet and greet. Purchase your VIP packages here: http://bit.ly/MAwinterVIP Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase on Wednesday and Thursday via Ticketmaster. General admission tickets will be available for purchase to the public on Friday here: http://bit.ly/MAwinter2019 #metalallegiance #thrashmetal #markmenghi #alexskolnick #mikeportnoy #davidellefson #overkill #armoredsaint #deathangel #tbdm #archenemy #misfits @markmenghi @mikeportnoyinstagram @davidellefsonbass @alexskolnick #nuclearblast #metal

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Metal Allegiance To Cover Black Sabbath’s Debut Album Live At Brooklyn, NY Show

Metal Allegiance, the metal supergroup featuring core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi, along with multiple special guests, have announced a special Brooklyn, NY show in which they will be covering Black Sabbath‘s 1970 self-titled album in its entirety. The event will take place at the Brooklyn Bowl on October 27 and Judas Priestess, Alehkaine’s Gun, and Magus Beast will serve as support. It’s worth noting that Ellefson will miss the show due to his commitments to Megadeth. So far, Overkill’s Bobby Blitz has been the only guest to be announced.