Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, will be coming to London as a part of the ‘MTV Headbangers Ball’ Tour 2017 later this year, which also includes 16 European dates.
On this trek the band will be joining forces with metal legends Max & Iggor Cavalera, Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium and up and coming German death squad Deserted Fear.
Full dates are as follows:
“MTV Headbangers Ball’ Tour 2017
Max & Iggor Cavalera, Overkill, Insomnium, Deserted Fear
26th Nov – (DE) Leipzig – Hellraiser
27th Nov – (DE) Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
28th Nov – (NL) Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg Ronda
29th Nov – (DE) Hamburg – Große Freiheit 36
30th Nov – (DE) Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
1st Dec – (DE) Geiselwind – Christmas Bash
2nd Dec – (CZ) Zlín – Winter Masters of Rock
3rd Dec – (AT) Vienna – Gasometer
4th Dec – (DE) Munich – Backstage
5th Dec – (IT) Milan – Live Music Club
6th Dec – (FR) Istres – L’Usine
7th Dec – (CH) Pratteln – Z7
8th Dec – (DE) Oberhausen – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
9th Dec – (DE) Gießen – Hessenhallen
10th Dec – (BE) Antwerp – Trix
11th Dec – (DE) Saarbrücken – Garage
12th December – London – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Overkill’s latest record ‘The Grinding Wheel’ was released in February of this year.
‘The Grinding Wheel’ was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus) and the artwork was created again by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Soilwork, Death…).
Although everybody seems to have a different account of who came first in the world of New York/New Jersey area thrash metal, it seems certain that New Jersey’s Overkill have stayed around the longest, and have never let their fans down by remaining musically consistent and true to their roots for an impressive 35 years with an unprecedented 18 studio albums under their belts.
The massive contribution to thrash by heavy metal partners in crime Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni (who cofounded Overkill the same year Ronald Reagan was elected President) is undeniable and remains unchallenged by those in the know. Overkill were formed about one year before Slayer and Anthrax and a couple of years ahead of Metallica, with all of the aforementioned bands pushing forward a new style of music drawing from NWOBHM, hard rock and punk.
Through much hard work and a slew of infamous live performances at New York area clubs like L’Amours, Overkill established a reputation as a blue-collar, working man’s metal band. After the band released a self-financed EP in 1984, Overkill broke onto the scene in 1985 with ‘Feel The Fire’, a crushing thrash assault. The self-proclaimed ‘Wrecking Crew’ – originally consisting of vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, bassist D.D. Verni, guitarist Bobby Gustafson, and drummer Rat Skates – were on a tear, borrowing heavily from punk rock roots while adding a venomous metal crunch that allowed them to compete favorably with peers like Testament, Anthrax, and Megadeth. The guys have been part of the Nuclear Blast family now since 2009 and are one of the most successful East Coast thrash bands in history.