New Jersey thrash metal legends OVERKILL have announced the European headlining “Killfest 2016” tour in November. Support will come from CROWBAR, SHREDHEAD and DESECRATOR.
“Killfest 2016” tour dates, featuring OVERKILL, CROWBAR, SHREDHEAD, DESECRATOR:
Nov. 02 – CH – Zürich – Dynamo
Nov. 03 – I – Brescia – Circolo Colony
Nov. 04 – I – Pinarella – Rockplanet Club
Nov. 05 – A – Graz – Explosiv
Nov. 06 – D – Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
Nov. 07 – D – München – Backstage
Nov. 08 – D – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
Nov. 09 – D – Köln – Essigfabrik
Nov. 10 – D – Erfurt – HSD Erfurt
Nov. 11 – D – Osnabrück – Hyde Park
Nov. 12 – D – Weissenhäuser Strand/Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise
Nov. 13 – D – Berlin – SO36
Nov. 15 – PL – Warsaw – Progresja
Nov. 16 – PL – Krakow – Kwadrat
Nov. 17 – H – Budapest – Barba Negra Club
Nov. 18 – A – Vienna – Szene
Nov. 19 – CZ – Zlin – Winter Masters Of Rock
Other OVERKILL dates:
Jun. 14 – RUS – St. Petersburg – A2 (w/ ONSLAUGHT)
Jun. 15 – RUS – Moscow – Yotaspace (w/ ONSLAUGHT)
Jun. 17 – F – Clisson – Hellfest
Jun. 18 – D – Gardelegen – Metal Frenzy
Jun. 19 – B – Dessel – Graspop
Jul. 13 – D – Balingen – Bang Your Head!!! Festival
Jul. 15 – S – Gävle – Gefle Metal Festival
Jul. 16 – E – Barcelona – Rock Fest
Legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL are set to kick off their upcoming tour on April 1st in Villeurbanne’s Centre Culturel Oecuménique (France). The band has recently posted the brand-new tour trailer which can be seen below:
On this tour, the band will play a special anniversary show at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen, Germany on April 16th, 2016. That evening the band will play the albums “Horrorscope” (25th Anniversary) and “Feel The Fire” (30th Anniversary) in their entirety! And if that wasn’t enough, the show will be recorded for an upcoming DVD release capturing an event that every thrash metal fan should not miss!
Vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth states:
“Hallo Killers! This April 16, in Oberhausen we are putting together a special show, one that celebrates our history together. On this day in April we’re recording the video and audio for not one but two OVERKILL releases. The bludgeoning »Horrorscope« and where it all began for us, »Feel The Fire«. A full night of kill from the past, celebrated in the present. It’s your music, your scene, your metal. So be there, be loud and be proud!”
OVERKILL live 2016:
01.04. F Villeurbanne – Centre Culturel Oecuménique
02.04. F Rennes – Antipode Mjc
03.04. F Paris – Le Trabendo
w/ VADER, ONE MACHINE
05.04. UK Birmingham – The Rainbow Warehouse
06.04. UK Manchester – Sound Control
07.04. UK Leeds – Leeds Uni Stylus
08.04. UK Glasgow – The Classic Grand
09.04. UK Belfast – The Limelight
10.04. IRL Dublin – The Academy
12.04. UK Bristol – The Fleece
13.04. UK London – o2 Academy Islington
14.04. NL Leiden – Gebr. De Nobel
16.04. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle 2 (w/ THE HAUNTED)
28.04. PRI San Juan – Thrash The Island Festival (w/ ANTHRAX, MEGADETH)
14.06. RUS St. Petersburg – A2 (w/ ONSLAUGHT
15.06. RUS Moscow – Yotaspace (w/ ONSLAUGHT)
17.06. F Clisson – Hellfest
18.06. D Gardelegen – Metal Frenzy
19.06. B Dessel – Graspop
13.07. D Balingen – Bang Your Head!!! Festival
15.07. S Gävle – Gefle Metal Festival
16.07. E Barcelona – Rock Fest
11./12.11. D Weissenhäuser Strand/Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise
Formed back in 1980, before any of the names in thrash who are so big today, such as METALLICA, MEGADETH and SLAYER, exploded into life the forefathers of them all, New Jersey thrash instigators OVERKILL. As with many bands who have been around for over thirty years, it is only natural to have had line-up changes, which OVERKILL have, but with no detriment to them, always having had the constant strength of vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni there.
As powerful and fresh as ever, the band released their 17th studio album “White Devil Armory” in 2014 and have just recently released their limited edition box set “Historikill: 1995 – 2007”, featuring eleven OVERKILL albums on 13 CD’s and a bonus CD (including demos, remixes and an unreleased cover song) in digi sleeves, via Nuclear Blast.
Senior Manager Alison Booth recently had an entertaining and enlightening discussion with vocalist Bobby about the new release, forthcoming tour dates, British fans and their sense of humour, plus lots more. Check out a few excerpts and the full chat on the audio player below.
Talking about the “Historikill” box set, Bobby explained:
“It’s an era of metal that was probably not the most popular with regard to being in any type of limelight or spotlight, it was the underground, darker days. Just prior to this, Metallica changed the world with a bunch of their music – they were picked up by Elektra Records and many of the other major labels followed suit. You were a horse for these big labels, you were supposed to make them cash. But the cool thing about this type of music and thrash in general was that it was really hard to be, kind of hard to saddle a wild horse you know. And what ended up happening was that a lot of bands didn’t follow suit with Metallica and a lot of labels started disposing of them when grunge came in, you know they couldn’t get rid of bands fast enough. Everybody either quit or went to smaller labels who started understanding we came from the underground, that’s where they should be and Overkill’s one of those bands.
Because of that change we started managing ourselves, we started taking our business and bringing the fences in and understanding that if we were smaller, we’d be less penetrable by the outside. So we managed ourselves, cut some great deals and the Historikill period is that era for us. It was great releases from the underground, regardless of popularity. Just because it wasn’t popular didn’t mean it wasn’t worth doing, I mean this was something we loved doing. I think it’s that great crash course for the fan that has gotten on board in 2008, 2009, maybe our last three releases where popularity has not waned any more, but it’s exalted, it’s back to some degree. So here’s this era you can experience when it wasn’t the easiest thing to do and not the most popular, but still solid, really upscale, tight thrash releases.”
Bobby spoke of the early days of OVERKILL:
“We were born of the NWOBHM meets Motörhead meets the New York punk scene. We were fans of those types of genres and I think if you put the NWOBHM and the Ramones, The Dead Boys, Iggy Pop and The Heartbreakers and you spun it all around, you get Overkill when you threw it out on the floor. There was no rules, we were a cover band playing stuff off ‘The Ace Of Spades’ and ‘Young, Loud And Snotty’ by The Dead Boys. So we presented ourselves to both types of fans and eventually we morphed into one. And I think what was cool about it was that it was happening in other places too, around Essen Germany there were bands called Kreator and Sodom. It was happening on the West Coast with Exodus and Metallica and Megadeth and Slayer, and all this stuff was kinda happening.
But there was no rules, there was nothing to follow. I mean there was a music blueprint to follow, but not with regard to this music – we weren’t joining something, we were part of the creation of it. So how was it, it was chaos! But it was killer. I think the thing that made it happen, is the fact that there was no world wide web. It was a big world and it was a frontier – we had to walk into places and shake hands, knock on doors and be insulted. It kinda makes you the people who you are when that happens, so it was awesome.”
Discussing the next album, Bobby stated:
“I’m more of the media guy, my partner D.D. plans, you know we get together and confirm plans for the future. We’re looking towards the end of ’16, October, trying to jump ourselves into a great time to release, to be able to do what we really like doing which is live shows. I mean the studio’s fun, don’t get me wrong, the studio is action versus reaction, but the pay off is the live show, especially for me personally. I found my drug and it happens behind monitors and in front of amplifiers and drums and that’s where I like to be. So we’re looking toward mid October for a release in ’16 and immediate touring to follow.
When it comes to writing you know there’s something about this band, I can only speak for ourselves – a lot of guys during the darker days of metal just kinda quit, ‘how come nobody recognises my genius?’ you know? ‘Well, ‘cos you’re sitting in your parents’ basement, playing guitar and chain smoking’. [laughs] So I kinda think that our work ethic has been instilled from the areawe grew up in. Our parents and grandparents handed us this ‘if you work hard and do it with a smile, you’ll be the happiest man on the face of the earth,. You’ll find something you love and you’ll take it to new places.’ And I think when it comes to writing that’s the way we kinda look at it and it’s about action versus reaction, but we never stop writing. It’s not that we sit down and say ‘oh it’s time to write’, it’s really more time to assemble what we’ve all written at that point and that’s where we are right now, we’re right before the assembly point. The riffs will become songs and the melody lines will dance over the top of those riffs.”
For more information on OVERKILL check out their official Facebook page here and official website here.
Just recently the Polish death metal icons VADER concluded their extended and successful European tour, as special guest on VENOM INC.‘s “Iron And Steel Tour 2015”. The band’s legendary frontman, Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek, wants to thank their fans about the tour, and furthermore he reveals also that VADER are confirmed as a Special Guest for OVERKILL‘s “Killfest 2016 UK/Ire Tour” next April, 2016 (see the poster below). Peter gives also more details about the upcoming album and plans to release a new EP.
Read below Peter‘s announcement:
VADERMANIAX !!! A week ago with a show in the club “Melodka” in city of Brno we ended another great tour with VENOM Inc. , DIVINE CHAOS and WITCHES. THANX so much for insane evenings!!! We’d like to apologize for cancelled shows in Jena and Munchen. The company [who was] responsible for our transportation, literally left us in Czech. Hope, we can play them [the cancelled shows] in the near future. We tried to remind the first decade of VADER on that tour. However, we can announce already the upcoming “Killfest” with OVERKILL and ONE MACHINE in UK/Ireland in April 2016. This will be the last tour before VADER enters studio to record a new album. It will be out by Nuclear Blast in Falls 2016. We also plan to release EP with new songs. STAY VADERIZED \m/ \m/
New Jersey-based thrash metal veterans OVERKILL recently inked a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band‘s first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast will be a special box set: “HistoriKill: 1995 – 2007” will be released on September 18th and will include eleven OVERKILL albums on 13 CDs and a bonus CD (incl. demos, remixes and an unreleased cover song) in digi sleeves.
The box will include the following albums:
– “Wrecking Your Neck”
– “The Killing Kind”
– “From The Underground And Below”
– “Hello From The Gutter”
– “Wrecking Everything”
– “Killbox 13″
Bonus CD tracklist:
New Jersey’s highest-ranking admirals of thrash, OVERKILL, are proud to announce their worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Previously signed to the label in Europe only, a special box set comprised of the band’s entire back catalogue will be their first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast, due out this fall and coinciding with their co-headlining North American tour with fellow Jersey natives & progressive metal juggernauts SYMPHONY X.
“OVERKILL is now a part of the Nuclear Blast family for the entire world,” states band manager John Finberg. “I have worked with the U.S. office on various projects as of late and they have a true understanding of what to do and how to do it. This upcoming box set is the start of the next chapter in the band’s career.”
Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo commented on the signing of OVERKILL:
“NB is proud to announce a world-wide deal with Overkill. We’ve worked with them outside North America for the past few years, but it was time to extend the deal and have them join the North American family as well. Nuclear Blast America welcomes the legends!”
The 24-date OVERKILL / SYMPHONY X co-headlining trek launches at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 18th, hits four Canadian cities, then wraps up with a very special night at Terminal 5 in New York City on October 17th : the first time in the bands’ combined histories that they’ll play a show together in their own backyard.
OVERKILL vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth shares the following about the upcoming tour: “This should just kill! Pure Jersey, power, and class!”
Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates below are on sale at EnterTheVault.com. VIP packages include a Meet & Greet session with both bands & an exclusive poster.
09/18/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA *
09/19/2015 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY **
09/20/2015 Dome Theater – Niagara Falls, NY *
09/22/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH *
09/23/2015 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI **
09/24/2015 House of Blues – Chicago , IL *
09/25/2015 Rave – Milwaukee, WI *
09/26/2015 Mill City Nights – Minnesota, MN **
09/27/2015 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA **
09/29/2015 Mac Ewan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA **
09/30/2015 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB – CANADA **
10/01/2015 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA **
10/02/2015 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA *
10/03/2015 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA **
10/05/2015 The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center – San Francisco, CA **
10/06/2015 The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA **
10/07/2015 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ *
10/09/2015 The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX *
10/10/2015 210 Kapones – San Antonio, TX **
10/11/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX *
10/13/2015 The Ritz – Tampa, FL *
10/14/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA **
10/15/2015 The Filmore – Charlotte, NC **
10/16/2015 The Filmore – Silver Spring, MD *
10/17/2015 Terminal 5 – New York City, NY *