Overkill To Release “The Atlantic Years 1986 – 1994” Box Set In October

Overkill will be releasing a new box set titled “The Atlantic Years 1986 – 1994“ on October 29. The set is available to pre-order on CD and vinyl and it will feature the following records: “Taking Over,“ “Under The Influence,“ “The Years Of Decay,“ “Horroscope,“ “I Hear Black,“ and “W.F.O.“

D.D. Verni Offers Update On New Overkill Album: “We’ll Probably Start Mixing In The Fall”

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” D.D. Verni offered an update on the new Overkill album. According to him, the band will “probably start mixing [the effort] in the fall.”

Verni said the following:

“We’re still recording. The record’s done, for the most part, but we’re still recording — still some bass, still some vocals, a good amount of that to be done. We’ll probably start mixing in the fall, is what I would think — something like that. And we have Colin Richardson set up to mix the record. He’s done a few records for us in the past, and we’re psyched about it. He’s done a ton of stuff — SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD… Just a great mix guy. So we’re psyched to get him back on board.”

He continued when asked about release plans:

“We’re probably looking at a record and tour… Like everybody, we’ve had tours all around the time [of the pandemic] that we just keep canceling and moving. So the newest moving one is to be out in the States in March, with the record, and then after that in Europe end of April into May. That’s currently what’s on the books. But as the months go by, as it gets better, as it gets worse — who the hell knows? That’s the current plan.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Overkill Announce “609 F!!kin’ Days Later” New Jersey Show

Overkill have officially announced the rescheduled date for their show at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey. The event, which is now being called “609 F!!kin’ Days Later,” will take place on November 13 and it will also feature Demolition Hammer and Sworn Enemy.

Overkill Bassist’s D.D. Verni & The Cadillac Band To Release Debut Album In September

Overkill bassist D.D. Verni’s swing project, D.D. Verni & The Cadillac Band, will be releasing their debut album, “Let’s Rattle,” on September 17. You can find a video for the effort’s first single, “Cadillac Man,” below:

“Let’s Rattle” Track Listing:

01. “Cadillac Man”
02. “Shake It Swing It”
03. “Give Me Your Number”
04. “Olivia…That’s Who!”
05. “Powerhouse”
06. “Cold Hearted Woman”
07. “School Of Rock n’ Roll”
08. “L-O-V-E”
09. “Just Say U Love Me”
10. “Manhattan Baby”
11. “Close Your Eyes and Dream”
12. “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”
13. “The One Who Loves You”

Anthrax, Sum 41, Etc. Members Join Forces For Medley Of Mötorhead, Judas Priest, & Iron Maiden Covers

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Baksh (Sum 41), Tom Thacker (Sum 41), Danko Jones, and Jean Genus (Hank Von Hell, etc.) have joined forces for a quarantine medley of Mötorhead‘s “Overkill,“ Judas Priest‘s “Electric Eye,” and Iron Maiden‘s “Murders In The Rue Morgue.“ You can check that out below:

All of the musicians commented:

Dave Baksh:

“As a 1980 baby my first exposure to metal was the big four, my love for their music made me want to learn more about where they came from. Who were the innovators for them? Who moved an entire genre forward for their generation? This question lead me to the term “New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.” A genre within a genre so powerful that its music still inspires to this day.

From artists, skaters and even the Rainbow’s video poker machine so many have had their lives touched by Motörhead, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. We chose these songs in our medley as a tribute to all the bands that are part of the infamous N.W.O.B.H.M. Our lineup for this one was something that I could only have dreamed of. Thank you, Tom, Jean, Danko, Charlie and please send love from our family to yours.”

Charlie Benante:

“When Dave asked me to be a part of a Medley featuring Mötorhead, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden how could I say no? Then he told me Danko, Tom and Jean would be a part of it! That added a whole other dimension to it. This was fun and it really takes me back to a time when Heavy Metal was great.”

Danko Jones:

“‘Overkill‘ by Mötorhead is probably the most perfect rock song ever written. Lyrically, it keeps with its title, ending thrice! It also contains the drumbeat that laid the foundation for an entire genre of music.

‘Electric Eye‘ is the clarion call for one of the greatest Priest albums in their canon.

‘Murders In The Rue Morgue‘ is one of the best songs of the Di’ Anno era.

Although I have a million miles to go chasing the three legends who sang these songs, I am grateful to be given a chance. Being able to sing alongside these fine gentlemen was an honor.”

Tom Thacker:

“What an honor to rock this metal medley with these very talented dudes whose bands I love and respect! And Dave Brownsound, my bro-in-sound! So stoked to be a part of this!

Iron Maiden was one of my first musical loves and remain a favorite to this day. The first record I heard was Number of the beast. I listened on repeat until the tape wore out. It seemed much more substantial than a lot of the other bands, theatrical, literary, it was like a school course that fucking rocked. So much more than just killer riffs. But the riffs were enough for me!!

Electric eye is my favorite Judas Priest song. Halford’s voice sounds so sinister. It is the ultimate metal voice. And the Priest twin guitar attack… devastating. Like two tornadoes colliding.

There is no band more badass than Motörhead. They scared the shit out of me as a kid. The riff for Overkill has so much raw power just playing it will lay waste to an army of posers”

Jean Genus:

“Motörhead, Priest, Maiden… If there are any bands that have changed the rock world, it is probably these. In their completely own ways.

The first stadium show I ever went to was an Iron Maiden show. Just a little kid in a stadium with 75.000 people. I think that was one of those moments you think to yourself.. I wanna do that!

And as a bassist…what can I Say Steve Harris, Ian Hill & Lemmy. Three fine British Gentlemens👌”

Neil Peart (Rush) To Be Honored At Modern Drummer Festival

LiveXLive have partnered with Modern Drummer to stream a virtual tribute concert for the late Neil Peart (Rush) as part of the Modern Drummer Festival. The event will take place on September 12 and it will feature: Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Ray Luzier (Korn), Eric Singer (KISS), Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theater), Jason Bittner (Overkill), and more. Tickets can be found HERE with proceeds set to benefit brain tumor research.

Overkill To Begin Recording New Album This Month

Overkill will be hitting the studio this month to start the recording process for their new album. Jason Bittner recently confirmed the news in the below Instagram post. The record is tentatively set to be released in April 2021.

Overkill Planning To Release New Album In April 2021

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Testament, Overkill, Etc. Members Perform Death’s “Overactive Imagination” In Quarantine

Jason Bittner (Overkill, Shadows Fall) has joined forces with Felipe Roa (ex-Shadows Fall), Bobby Koeble (ex-Death), and Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, ex-Death) for a quarantine performance of Death’s “Overactive Imagination.” You can check that out below:

Bittner commented:

“Well there’s a bunch of explaining that goes along with this video and a history of sorts…

After the whole pandemic started, I contacted my longtime friend and former bandmate Felipe Roa (SHADOWS FALL touring guitarist after Jon joined ANTHRAX) to see if he wanted to do some ‘quarantine covers’ and I proposed ‘Wake Up Dead’ by Megadeth, and by now you have seen that one. At the time of discussion Felipe asked if I wanted to do a DEATH tune, knowing that they are one of my all-time fave bands as well as his, and we used to jam DEATH in soundchecks all the time. Initially my first reaction ‘ummmm, I don’t know if I want to do that much WORK, hahaha,’ but as soon as he said ‘Overactive Imagination’ I was in – I used to jam this song all the time in my formative years but I did wonder if I could still pull it off. After a couple days of shedding and trying to be 25 again, we had a completed drum track, which I even sent to my pals (former Death drummers) Richard Christy and Gene Hoglan for ‘approval’. Sean [Reinert] already gave me the green light from Heaven.

At first we were just going to do it the two of us, but I had a plan. Here’s some crazy trivia – while I attended Berklee College of Music in the 80’s, I played in a band with Bobby Koeble and we actually recorded a few original songs wayyyyyy back in the late 80’s. Bobby later went on to join Death for the Symbolic album and still plays in DEATH TO ALL. After not speaking for over 30 years I hit up Bobby, reconnected (which I’d been meaning to do for years) and asked him if he wanted to do this tune with us and he said yes right away. He asked who was playing bass and I told him Felipe probably would do that too… unless… ‘Unless what?’ Unless I can get Steve to do it… So the next point was to contact my friend, and one of the greatest bass players out there, Mr. Steve DiGiorgio to see if this could be possible.

At first Steve wasn’t sure if he could commit due to his many projects, so we actually asked our friend Bill Bodily (Ex- Toxik, Flotsam And Jetsam touring bassist) to do the bass since Steve wasn’t available. In the meantime, I had sent Steve the track after we put Bobby on it just to ‘make sure’ he couldn’t do it. I had a feeling if Bobby committed, Steve would follow. A week later he did send his tracks, so first off THANK YOU to Steve for going above and beyond in such a quick and timely manner, and also to Bill for being our ‘backup’, sorry it didn’t work out – next time!

So there you have it folks, we put a lot of work into this one because we absolutely love this band in every incarnation, and I am proud to say that I am friends with a lot of the people who have played in their ranks so… so this one goes out to… Terry Butler, James Murphy, Richard Christy, and Gene Hoglan. Lastly, a moment to remember past members Scott Clendenin, my former bandmate and friend Ralph Santolla, my longtime friend and mentor Sean Reinert, and lastly the one and only Chuck Schuldiner for being one of the greatest songwriters to ever grace the Metal world!! Enjoy and share!!”

Watch Exodus, Overkill, Etc. Members Cover Megadeth’s “Wake Up Dead”

Jason Bittner (Overkill, Shadows Fall), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Jack Gibson (Exodus), and Felipe Roa (Angor, ex-Shadows Fall) recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of Megadeth’s “Wake Up Dead.” You can check that out below: