Friday, 5 May 2017

OVERKILL Announces New Drummer!


Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, ‘The Grinding Wheel’, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to OVERKILL’s history with their new drummer, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam). 

"OVERKILL would like to announce its newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner," comments Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. "We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy ‘The Mexicutioner’ Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the OVERKILL machine. Jason is a long-time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoken for themselves. Let the touring continue... onward-upwards!"

Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner states: 
"When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said 'Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?' It really didn't take much for me to write back a one word answer… ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I cannot wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the 'Mean Green Killing Machine!'"

Overkill’s upcoming tour dates:
20th June - Bel Etage – Kiev – UA
22nd June - Opera Concert Club – St. Petersburg – RU
23rd June - Volta Club – Moscow – RU
24th June - Copenhell Festival – Denmark
9th August - Brutal Assault Festival – Czech Republic
10th August - Party San Festival – DE
11th August - Leyandes Festival – ESP
12th August - Into The Grave Festival – NL
13th August - Zeche – Bochum – DE
15th August - Tivoli – Bremen – DE
17th August - More Than Festival – Slovakia
19th August - Summer Breeze – DE
14-15th October - Loudpark – Tokyo – JP

Headbangers Ball Tour
26th November - Hellraiser – Leipzig – DE
27th November - Lka – Stuttgart – DE 
28th November - Ronda – Utrecht – NL 
29th November - Große Freiheit – Hamburg – DE 
30th November - Huxleys – Berlin – DE 
1st December - Christmas Bash – Geiselwind – DE 
3rd December - Gasometer – Vienna – AT 
4th December - Backstage – Munich – DE 
7th December - Z 7 – Pratteln – CH
8th December - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting – Oberhausen – DE
9th December - Hessenhallen – Gießen – DE
11th December - Garage – Saarbrücken – DE 

The Grinding Wheel was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus). The artwork was created again by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Soilwork, Death...).

More on ‘The Grinding Wheel’:
#1 Title & Artwork: https://goo.gl/TiKlFU
#3 Musical Direction: https://goo.gl/cU1Dtj
#4 Bobby's Relationship With Music: https://goo.gl/qWkI6z
#5 Heavy Metal Charities: https://goo.gl/yt5TzI
#6 Bobby's Influences: https://goo.gl/XQe0xI
Track-by-track #1: https://goo.gl/vfxlzr
Track-by-track #2: https://goo.gl/HydTXy
Track-by-track #3: https://goo.gl/fleqMZ
"Our Finest Hour" Lyric Video: https://goo.gl/S8af9J
"Mean, Green, Killing Machine" Lyric Video: https://goo.gl/baEjYR
"Goddamn Trouble" Music Video: https://goo.gl/qJdRVX
"Shine On" Music Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U0g9AsieWY

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