Review by Jeff Maki
Being the die-hard thrash metal fan you are, you’ve watched The Grinding Wheel album trailers, checked out the lyric videos for both “Mean Green Killing Machine” and “Our Finest Hour,” the music video for “Goddamn Trouble” and, hopefully, read our new interview with frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. There’s been a hell of a lot of promotion for this album–incredibly, Overkill’s 18th of its career—and we’ve been part of it. With good reason, because this is one of the finest hours of thrash metal in recent years. Blitz said the band “thinks it’s better” than new albums by Anthrax, Megadeth or Testament. You know what? He might be right. (more…)
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Review by Jeff Maki
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Legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill, will unleash their upcoming 18th studio album, The Grinding Wheel, on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. To date, the band has revealed a series of album trailers for the album discussing the artwork, lyrics, musical direction and much more. Today, the band revealed their fifth trailer in which vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth talks about his heavy metal charity organization “Rock Against Dystrophy.”
Check out all the trailers for The Grinding Wheel inside. And in case you missed it, be sure to read our brand new interview with Blitz here! Straight from the gutter, the frontman tackles everything from current-day-competition, Overkill history and, of course, more info on The Grinding Wheel than you can withstand!
Tags: 80s metal, 90s metal, Andy Sneap, Bobby Blitz Ellsworth, heavy metal, Horrorscope, I Hear Black, Ironbound, Mean Green Killing Machine, Megadeth, Metallica, New Jersey, New Releases, nuclear blast, Our Finest Hour, Overkill, Slayer, Testament, The Grinding Wheel, The Years of Decay, Thrash, thrash metal, Under The Influence, Wrecking Crew
From the first time I heard the thrash metal anthem “Hello from the Gutter,” off of the 1988 album Under the Influence, I was hooked on Overkill. Then came “Elimination” and “Time to Kill” and “Horrorscope,” and you get the idea. The New Jersey band formed at the same time as other bands in the United States, from coast to coast, and around the world, were creating the new, chaotic subgenre devoid of rules and against the grain of what was considered heavy metal at the time. It would come to be known as thrash metal. With a notable winged-skull mascot named “Chaly,” and releases like The Years of Decay (1989), Horrorscope (1991) and I Hear Black (1993), the band was a regular on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, toured and became known all over the world. There’s even a strong sentiment among fans and metal purists that the “Big Four” should be expanded to include the likes of Overkill, Testament, Exodus, and others. Yes, Overkill is that important, and, in other words, they can be considered living legends. Throughout the turbulent metal scene in the ’90s, the band continued to crank out albums, and kept going strong in the 2000s.
That leads us to the present, when Overkill is about to release its 18th album. The Grinding Wheel is as heavy as it is diverse and dangerously fun. Members have come and gone, but the instantly recognizable voice of the band, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, remains. Blitz recently called in to say hello from the gutter, talk about the new album and Overkill’s three decades of thrash metal with Live Metal’s Jeff Maki. (more…)
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Legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill, will release their brand-new single, “Our Finest Hour,” on November 4th through Nuclear Blast. Check out the fitting lyric video for the title track inside! The track comes from Overkill’s upcoming album, The Grinding Wheel, which will be released February 2017. (more…)
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Overkill has debuted another all new music video for their newest single “Bitter Pill,” from its seventeenth LP White Devil Armory. The effort is the follow up to the critically acclaimed The Electric Age, released in 2012. Directed by long time collaborator Kevin J. Custer, the video is the fourth time the veteran director has directed an Overkill video including “Armorist,” released most recently.
17 albums for Overkill now? Are you kidding me?! I remember in the late ’80’s/early ’90’s seeing their videos for “Hello From the Gutter” and “Elimination” on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. I became a fan back then and needless to say, I’m getting back into this new Overkill music now.
View both new Overkill videos inside and pick up the new release today. (more…)