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Overkill @ B.B. King Blues Club (1/28/2007)

The place is always insanity when Overkill comes a knocking and tonight would be no different as the band took to the stage at B.B. King Blues Club. This would be only my second show into the Metal Year 2007 and the exciting time found Joey Belladonna and Metal Church opening the show. Meliah Rage appeared as well but we sadly missed them. Photos and comments about what we did catch are easy to find, just click the logo below to be taken to our article on the main PiercingMetal.com site.

Logo - Overkill

Artist: Overkill
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Metal Church, Joey Belladonna, Meliah Rage, Red Red Hand
Date: 1/28/2007
Label: Spitfire Records

January was almost over in Metal Year 2007 and what an ending it would have with another great show at B.B. King Blues Club. Tonight would be an appearance by the legendary Overkill – a band that for over two decades have always known the formula for making the audience insane, causing intense neck strain from mass head banging and capable of making the blood to flow faster in ones Metal heart. Are you excited yet? Well, imagine how those members in the audience felt tonight because it would also find Meliah Rage, Joey Belladonna from Anthrax, and the mighty Metal Church as well as newcomers Red Red Hand performing. The very definition for the evening would be Metal, pure and simple. Accepting no substitutes, we adventured into our familiar stomping grounds and found Meliah Rage completing their set. Sadly, we missed this new band RRH and by the sound of the last couple from Meliah we knew we had missed some worthy introductory thunder. Oh well, lets hope they come back around soon so we can make up for this. Joey Belladonna would come up next and this performance was almost immediately following the breaking news that he would no longer be taking part in the reunited Anthrax. We had reviewed the appearance of them at Starland Ballroom and the last time we saw Joey solo he was on the drums. Tonight he would remain in front of the microphone and command a very energetic group of musicians. There was a long turnaround time in setting up and I feared a cut back set as result of this, but as soon as he hit the stage, I worried no more since JB was kicking some ass once again for a hungry Metal crowd. He had a limited amount of room to perform on and this allowed the audience to be very close to him during this set. He was continually reaching over the photo pit on a number of occasions and slapping the hands of the fans. His set was made up of original numbers and a couple of Anthrax classics, but the slow setting up time caused him to play about five out of the seven listed numbers. He was entertaining, and still has the pipes for these songs and was met with a large level of approval so here is to continued success Joey. Be you with Anthrax or not we are waiting with excitement for more material from you.
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PiercingMetal Talks To Kurdt Vanderhoof of Metal Church (1/28/2007)

If you are a fan of balls out pure Heavy Metal power than you can never go wrong with one of the legendary mainstays in the genre, and I am speaking about none other than Metal Church.  I always loved that name since it resonated loud and when the band steamrolled into town as one of the openers for Overkill I was fortunate enough to have some time to sit down and speak to the band’s founding member, guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof. We secured some space in the backstage region of B.B. King Blues Club and got to talking about the band’s new members and newest release on SPV Records.  Kurdt was a friendly dude who I definitely enjoyed speaking to and to see how the dialogue went down he early part of 2007 and was one of our first covered gigs of the year and not only featured Overkill as headliner, but Joey Belladonna (formerly of Anthrax) and Meliah Rage as support.  It was a really intense Metal night that no one left disappointed from. In 2006, Kurdt and his Metal Church band mates recorded and released “A Light In The Dark”; it would be an album that finds Kurdt as the only original member remaining in the roster but yet despite this there is a familiar feel to the recording. We asked him about the old days, the new days, the new members and music and here is the conversation we had.

PiercingMetal.com: We are standing here talking to Kurdt Vanderhoof of Metal Church one of the long-standing pioneers of the Thrash Metal movement. Kurdt, you have been part of the band since the beginning; I wanted to ask you what it was like being part of the growing Thrash Metal movement back then.

Vanderhoof: Well it was certainly quite exciting because it was a real groundswell and everyone was interested and it was just a real exciting time. Back then we were playing with all the bands like Anthrax, Slayer, and Metallica who were part of this movement and you really felt like you were part of something big.

PiercingMetal.com: What appealed to you most about the aggressive music that this was as compared to the more conventional Hard Rock in the States and the NWOBHM from Europe.

Vanderhoof: Well it was the influence of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal that got me into it and this was kinda transferred for me since I was also very into the first wave of British Punk as well. For me this got a little tired musically so when I started catching wind about the stuff that was going on in England at that time, it was like the perfect transition. So that was really exciting getting into the Iron Maiden, The Motorhead, The Saxon and the others who were along those lines. It felt like “here is my music” and especially when you are a kid of twenty years old.
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“A Light In The Dark” by Metal Church

Artist: Metal Church
Title: “A Light In The Dark”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 6/27/2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Attention head bangers it is time for Church – Metal Church that is, and with “A Light In The Dark” we find the band still going strong and creating solid Metal under the watchful creative direction of Kurdt Vanderhoof (the group’s sole original member). Lead singer Ronny Munroe proves his salt with his second outing in the band on powerful numbers like “Mirror Of Lies” and the epic “Temples Of The Sea”, a tune that runs just short of ten minutes. Ronny has the required Metal powers when needed but he also shows the ability of just being an impressive Rock singer with a wide range of vocal styles. He was the perfect person to fill the role of singer in this band and I am sure going forward he will establish quite a fan base for himself. Another change in the group is that the new album also features the talents of Jeff Plate on drums. Jeff replaces Kirk Arrington who left due to health complications in 2006, and brings with him the expertise of working with Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Chris Caffery. Plate’s style is something that long time fans will appreciate as he is no stranger to playing quality Metal. The group is rounded out by Jay Reynolds and Steve Unger who handle the second guitar and bass duties on the recording and have been members of the band since the previous album “Weight Of The World”. Regardless of the band being comprised of a completely new lineup they still manage to deliver the goods and are perfect for those listeners who are seeking a Classic Metal sound without it being retro or dated. Metal Church was always a pure entity when it came to the genre and since their formation in 1981 has influenced many bands that followed them.
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