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Thrash It Up! The Metal Alliance Tour Announces 2017 Line Up

Though the Summertime Blues haven’t quite hit us, the time has come to start sharing the announcements of the tours that will bring us into the Fall and what better one to start with than the mighty “Metal Alliance Tour”. Check out this years poster, dates and official press release. I’ll close it all up with some thoughts afterwards. Let’s go.

Fear The Riff Expo the nation’s premier gathering of boutique effects pedals and guitar gear in NYC proudly presents the 2017 Metal Alliance Tour. The tour is celebrating its 7th year as one of the most anticipated metal tours in the Metal Community. Each year this touring festival assembles a package that celebrates the various genres of Metal. We are very proud to announce New Jersey thrash metal legends OVERKILL, the undisputed titans of thrash metal as this year’s headliner.

Sharing the stage each night and crushing skulls on the Metal Alliance Tour will be New Orleans native doom/sludge band CROWBAR, Colorado thrash metal stalwarts HAVOK, technical thrash metal band BLACK FAST and INVIDIA featuring former members of SKINLAB.

The Metal Alliance Tour offers the fans upgrade VIP tickets that include meet & greet with bands, bottle of High River Sauces, Poster and a VIP Laminate. Tickets are available exclusively through ticket platform Soundrink. Advance Ticket Link: https://soundrink.com/#/tour/metal-alliance The Metal Alliance Tour will make the trek across the United States starting on September 9th. We hope to see you in the pit.
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Overkill Announces 2017 North American Tour With Nile

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You’ll have to forgive me for getting to this one a little later than planned but I was out and about our Metal Metropolis supporting a couple of other Nuclear Blast Records artists and wow what an exciting time that was. If you have not yet listened to the bands Epica and Fleshgod Apocalypse yet, do yourself a favor and search them on Spotify since they are outstanding. Now to the task at hand which is to share the press release about the 2017 North American tour by Thrash Metal monsters Overkill and their direct support Nile. Talk about a nuclear blast of a package. Read on.


The Press Release:
Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have announced their 2017 North American trek with Egyptian themed technical death metal champions and labelmates NILE. The 25-date tour will kick-off on February 14th at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, make stops in Chicago, Anaheim, and Washington, DC before ending at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.

Bobby “Blitz Ellsworth comments, “Can’t wait to roll ‘the wheel’ down the road. This Feb & Mar, USA, coming to a stage near you! Let’s make it another one to remember! Onward! Upward!”

OVERKILL will be touring in support of their upcoming album, The Grinding Wheel, which will be released February 10th via Nuclear Blast. Recently, the band released the video for “Our Finest Hour”. Enjoy an impression of the mighty thrash inferno with this lyric video:

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“Our Finest Hour” (Single) by Overkill

Artist: Overkill
Title: “Our Finest Hour” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 11/4/2016
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 4/5

Views about this latest track from the Thrash Metal Legends Overkill have been making the rounds for a couple of weeks now but I decided to post something on the day of its digital release so fans could order it straightaway after hearing our own thoughts on it. Well, I hope that they do that at least since it’s a cooking number from beginning to end and gives us a nice taste of what is to come from their upcoming album “The Grinding Wheel” which is the band’s first album on Nuclear Blast Records. That said, according to Blitz we’ll have to wait until February of 2017 for the full thing which makes getting this track around into the hands of the masses a paramount effort.
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“Immortalis” (Deluxe Edition) by Overkill

Artist: Overkill
Title: “Immortalis” Deluxe Edition
Label: E1 Entertainment
Release Date: 10/25/2010
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

Almost as fast as it appeared as a brand name for music, Bodog Music was gone and that left our boys in Overkill needing a label in order to properly deliver their message of Thrash Metal mayhem. Fortunately the band would lock in a deal with Nuclear Blast Records in Europe and E1 Entertainment here in the good old USA and all was well in the world. The band had released what was cited as their finest work to date with “Iron Bound” and even better for their fans, would re-release the album “Immortalis” and the live DVD “Live At Wacken 2007” in one sleek package. Having reviewed each item when they were initially released I am re-presenting those words for your ease of keeping track. Then I will close out with a few additional thoughts. Here we go.

Now some twenty seven years into their career the guys in Overkill have little to prove about their mastery of the Thrash Metal movement that is now mainly considered a vital segment of the hallowed Old School sound that many of us grew up on. Despite this, the legendary Thrashers return with “Immortalis”, their 14th studio effort, and it is here that we find the band returning more to their classic sound with just enough of the Metal fury of today. It also found the band reunited with Johnny and Marsha Zazula who helped initially launch the Overkill name into the Metal stratosphere. As an album it’s solid and definitely shows the world that they are not relics from the past who don’t know the scene that is around in Metal’s present day. One of the songs that prove this quite clearly is “Skull And Bones” which offers up a duet between Blitz and Randy Blythe from that band they call Lamb Of God (perhaps some of you have heard of them :). The two bands shared the stage at the second Gigantour and it was a great way for the Old School to meet the New. When compared to their last studio release “ReliXIV”, I have to admit that I liked this one a little bit more because on top of the thrashing there was a little more musical experimentation than I expected to find Overkill doing. Continue reading “Immortalis” (Deluxe Edition) by Overkill

Overkill @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (5/1/2010)

“Killfest” was in NYC and while the guys in Overkill originally hail from New Jersey, it’s pretty safe to call them one of New York’s most popular bands as well.  Tonight the band would be bringing their traveling Metal circus to the Nokia Theatre in Times Square and as the night progressed we would learn that the Metal was not the only excitement brewing in the city that evening.  The show itself featured Woe Of Tyrants, Evile, Warbringer, God Dethroned and Vader as support for the band and WOW, was that a lineup to sink one’s teeth into.  Click the bands logo below to be taken to the complete concert article on the main PiercingMetal.com site.

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Artist: Overkill
Venue: Nokia Theatre Times Square (New Yore1k, NY)
Opener: Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile, Woe Of Tyrants
Date: 5/1/2010
Label: E1 Entertainment

There are Metal shows and then there are METAL SHOWS and tonight my fiends was clearly going to be one of those events that went down in history for a number of reasons. The operating title of the tour was listed as “Killfest” and it was spearheaded by New Jersey’s own Overkill. The legendary Thrash Metal outfit was celebrating their latest release “Ironbound” on their new label E1 Entertainment and also a very productive 25 years at the craft of dishing out this kind of music.

Woe Of Tyrants: The first band up tonight would be Woe Of Tyrants, a not too long ago signing for the folks at Metal Blade Records. Interestingly enough, the last time I caught them they were appearing as one of the openers for the God Dethroned guys and they would be up on the stage shortly. So far, my absorption of the kind of Metal that these guys do is still rather new and they have not yet managed to snare me. They are tight in their delivery but it is not all that different for me to gauge a better view at this time. I need to see them again and perhaps sit down with a CD to offer you more. There was not yet much of a crowd when they played and from various parts of the room there was both indifference and interest going on at the same time. Just goes to show you that some folks love what others hate and vice versa. Evile was next.
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