Sure it was great to see the news earlier today about the 25th Anniversary celebrations for the Vans Warped Tour (seen HERE just in case you didn’t scroll too far back), but this is the kind of news that makes the morning coffee all the more enjoyable. The Masters of Thrash in Overkill will tour for their new album and you can check out the full press release, poster and dates down below.
The Press Release:
Legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL are proud to announce The Wings Over USA 2019 tour. Kicking off on April 25th in Baltimore, the tour will make stops in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Nashville before concluding in Boston on May 11th. Joining the tour are none other than San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends and label mates DEATH ANGEL and ex-members of Megadeth, Shadows Fall and Scar The Martyr, ACT OF DEFIANCE.
Bobby Blitz comments “”We look forward to bringing ‘The Wings’ over the USA. It’s been a long road but the journey is not over yet. DEATH ANGEL and ACT OF DEFIANCE join us on this jaunt so prepare yourself for a righteous beating. Let the headbanging begin in April!”
OVERKILL will be touring in support of The Wings Of War which was recorded at Gear Recording Studio in New Jersey, SKH Studio in Florida, Shorefire Studio and Jrod Productions with engineering handled by DD and Dave. The album was produced by the band while Chris “Zeuss” Harris handled the mixing and mastering. Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, SOILWORK, DEATH…) was once again enlisted to create the artwork for the album.
Tickets for the tour are available for purchase this Friday, February 1st at 10AM local time.
The Tour Dates:
4/25/2019: Sound Stage/ Rams Head – Baltimore, MD
4/26/2019: Theater of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/27/2019: Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
4/28/2019: House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
4/29/2019: Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
4/30/2019: St Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
5/01/2019: Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
5/02/2019: House of Blues – Chicago, IL
5/03/2019: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
5/04/2019: The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
5/05/2019: Delmar Hall – St Louis, MO
5/06/2019: The Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
5/08/2019: Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
5/09/2019: Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
5/10/2019: PlayStation Theater – New York, NY **w/ Life Of Agony
5/11/2019: Paradise – Boston, MA
The band also announced they will have a special release day show on February 22nd at Jamesburg Elks Lounge 2180. The night hosted by Old Bridge Militia Foundation will include performances by HEADMOTOR and ALEX KAYNE as well as raffles and giveaways.
Watch the lyric video for the first single, “Last Man Standing” here: https://youtu.be/uIfUeUCYudo
The band launched their multi-part documentary series entitled “Welcome To The Garden States”. Watch the various parts below:
Part I: Band Origin & Name
Part II: Early influences the Genre
Part III; East Coast vs. West Coast
Stay tuned for the upcoming episodes that will detail the journey to the upcoming album, The Wings Of War..
The gentlemen of OVERKILL are: Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – Vocals, D.D. Verni – Bass, Dave Linsk – Lead Guitar, Derek Tailer – Rhythm Guitar and Jason Bittner – Drums
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Having been an Overkill fan for decades I can honestly say that I am excited about this one. I don’t think that I have ever seen a bad Overkill show and without being sarcastic about it, don’t think that one has ever happened. Blitz and Company know how to command the stage and bring you a Heavy Metal thrill ride from the moment the show begins until the very last second. Death Angel of course are also solid providers of the craft and will not disappoint any of the fans arriving early to get a proper space and though I’ve caught them once and listened on a few occasions, I am not yet as up on AOD as I would like to be. You know this sounds like a good time and you can share with me your thoughts down below on just how excited you are about it. See you next time.