Legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL will release “Live In Overhausen” on May 18 via Nuclear Blast.
Celebrating the band’s history, “Live In Overhausen” captured not one but two album anniversaries. Fans assembled on April 16, 2016 at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen, Germany for the 25th anniversary of “Horrorscope” and 30th anniversary of where it all began, “Feel The Fire”.
OVERKILL singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth comments: “From the stage to your eyes and ears! ‘Live in Overhausen’, celebrating ‘Feel The Fire’ and ‘Horrorscope’ in one filmed/recorded concert in Germany, from 2016. A rare two-hour look at what has transpired over three decades in one of the world’s hotbeds of metal. Hang on to your hats, kids, it’s going to be a ‘thrashy-ride’!”
Today, the band has unveiled the first video from the historic show. Check out the “Hammerhead” performance clip below.
“Live In Overhausen” will be available in different formats:
* 2 CD + Blu Ray Digipak
* 2 CD + DVD Digipak
* LP (Limited edition Splatter, Green, Black)
* Feel The Fire (Live in Overhausen)
* Horrorscope (Live in Overhausen)
* Mail-Order Edition
“Live In Overhausen” track listing:
03. Blood Money
04. Thanx For Nothin’
05. Bare Bones
07. New Machine
09. Live Young Die Free
10. Nice Day – for a Funeral
12. Raise The Dead
13. Rotten To The Core
14. There’s No Tomorrow
15. Second Son
17. Feel The Fire
18. Blood And Iron
19. Kill at Command
21. Fuck You
OVERKILL utilized a stand-in drummer — the band’s soundman Eddy Garcia, who is also a member of the El Paso, Texas act PISSING RAZORS — for the Oberhausen show because the group’s then-drummer, Ron Lipnicki, was forced to stay home due to undisclosed family issues.
OVERKILL last year announced the addition of drummer Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM) to the group’s ranks.
OVERKILL recently returned to the studio to resume work on demos for its upcoming album. According to a post on the band’s Facebook page, at least four new songs are in varying stages of completion at this point, with more to come.
Ellsworth told Australia’s 3D Radio about the band’s songwriting and recording process: “Well, for us, coming from the old school, to some degree, it has to be physical. And what I mean by that is standing in a room with the others, splitting a pizza, splitting a beer, sweating, coming up with some good ideas, occasionally, or even more than occasionally, going, ‘Oh my God! That sucked.’ And then moving from there into what the modern era offers us, and that’s the Pro Tools and trading files back and forth over the Internet, because instantaneous ideas can be traded from home now. So we use kind of a combination of the old ‘let’s sweat it out and tune the guitars up’ to the modern day of ‘let’s get down with the computers and exchange our ideas.’ So it works both ways for us. So it’s a combination of the old and the new.”
Ellsworth went on to say that OVERKILL has “adapted” to the new writing and recording techniques. “But,” he added, “we’ve never abandoned the studio rehearsal space. That, to us, is necessary. I think it gives us a link to how we started. And I think there’s something very humbling about saying, ‘Sure, this was still worth it back then.’ And to some degree, when you think of this type of music — metal in general, aggressive — I think it needs to be presented as a group, or understood as a group, as opposed to invididuals just coming up with ideas. So the combination really works for us. And I think this keeps us grounded.”
OVERKILL‘s latest album, “The Grinding Wheel”, was released in February 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by OVERKILL and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, ACCEPT). The artwork was created again by Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, SOILWORK, DEATH).