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ROCK HARD festival announces first bands

Veröffentlicht am 1. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Rock Hard Festival, News, Saxon, Cirith Ungol, Live, Concert, Overkill, Marduk, Thundermother, Night Demon, Dool, Attic, The New Roses, Diamond Head, Tiamat, Uli Jon Roth

ROCK HARD festival announces first bands
ROCK HARD festival announces first bands

This year’s Rock Hard Festival edition will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th of May - the Whit Weekend. As usual the Rock Hard team could put together a very exciting billing, which looks like this so far:

  • Saxon
  • Overkill („Feel The Fire“ & „Horrorscope“-Set)
  • Tiamat („Clouds“- und „Wildhoney“-Set)
  • Uli Jon Roth  („Scorpions Revisited“)
  • Marduk
  • Cirith Ungol
  • Backyard Babies
  • Diamond Head
  • Dool
  • Night Demon
  • Nocturnal Rites
  • Thundermother
  • The New Roses
  • Attic
  • + 8 top atcs to be announced!



CD review OVERKILL "The Grinding Wheel"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Februar 2017 von Markus W. in Overkill, News, Nuclear Blast, Thrash Metal, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Punk

(9/10) The Bay Area is seen as the cradle of thrash metal and its bands like Metallica that became the spearhead of this genre, no doubt. However, also the East Coast had and has to offer some great thrash metal. New York is the hometown of some excellent bands like Anthrax, groups that embarked many years on a metal journey that still ongoing.

Another very influential band from the East Coast is Overkill, guys that released with “Feel the Fire” a debut that was ground breaking. It was the art of merging metal and punk to a new sound that was revolutionary and fascinating up till today. The first release was just mind-blowing and fortunately this record was more than a one-hit wonder. “Taking Over” became a very well received second step, followed by many other discs.

Overkill is basically driven by the only two remaining founding member, - D.D. Verni on bass and ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth on vocal duties. It’s these two guys being more than influential for Overkill’s sound, something that goes for the old stuff as well as it’s valid for the new album “The Grinding Wheel”.

The ten songs that made it on this longplayer are 100% Overkill. The band didn’t change a lot and basically it picks up again where they stopped with the earlier released “White Devil Armory”.

“Mean Green Killing Machine” is the first step on this ten leg journey through metal. It’s a mighty drum beat that shakes you awake, accompanied by a first riff. Things built up to a raging Overkill smasher that has the right punch and energy level. What stands out though with the opener is the melodic and surprisingly traditional middle section. British 80's metal shimmers through brightly in this part of the tune.

“Goddamn Trouble” is next. It’s Overkill at its best, followed by the raging “Our Finest Hour”. “The Long Road” reminds partly of “the Years of Decay” times, at least I had to think of “Elimination” more than just a few times while listening to the numbe.

More towards the end it’s the grooving "Red White and Blue” that demands strong neck muscles and it's the epical title track, with its eight minutes and the dramatic ending, that rounds off a longplayer which shows that being a dinosaur doesn’t mean that you're old. Overkill managed to keep their old spirit, develop their trademarks and keep their passion. All this leads to the fresh and powerful “The Grinding Wheel” as being another blueprint for East Coast thrash metal and a true highlight in 2017.





  1. Mean Green Killing Machine
  2. Goddamn Trouble
  3. Our Finest Hour
  4. Shine On
  5. The Long Road
  6. Let’s All Go to Hades
  7. Come Heavy
  8. Red White and Blue
  9. The Wheel
  10. The Grinding Wheel



Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: February 10th, 2017


CD review OVERKILL "The Grinding Wheel"

Live review OVERKILL/ONE MACHINE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.04.2016

Veröffentlicht am 15. April 2016 von Markus W. in Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Live Review, News, Overkill, One Machine, Power Metal

After having hosted a show of German thrashers Exumer earlier this year it was the right moment for another thrash metal night in Leiden. This time it's the legendary Overkill that stopped for one show in Holland, inviting fans to a journey back in time.

But before this trip started it was time to 'prepare' the fans. This task was given to One Machine, a UK-based band that actually did a pretty good job. It was their last show with Overkill on this tour and they used the given time of 45 minutes to warm up the fans and present themselves in the best possible way. One Machine plays thrash metal that has also a bit of a progressive touch; something that makes them sound very intereresting. The five-piece invested a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but unfortunately they didn't recieve more than just some polite applaus.

This was real downer and it became obvious that people came for Overkill only, a fact that led to a quite empty room and I think the bar was more crowded than the frontrow. I felt sorry for the band, since they really did a good job. Anyhow, it is what it is.

It was a while ago when I have seen Overkill for the last time. It was back in 2012 when the five-piece stopped at the Paard Van Troje in The Hague as a part of the "Killfest" tour. I still remember this show very well since it was one of those concerts that spread hell of a lot of energy and it was amazing to see the guys, keeping this great spirit alive over all these years. This is pure dedication for doing what they like to do and I guess that this is also a crucial factor for the band's success.

This time the guys came from a few shows in UK, being on their way to Germany - and what fits better than having a stop halfway in Leiden, Holland.

The approach of this show was a kind of starting from new and go back in time. "Armorist" from the latest album "White Devil Armory" brought the fans up to speed. This song, together with "Electric Rattlehead", has been the only ones from the newer material the New Jersey guys released. The rest was oldschool Overkill material that covered the releases of the first six years. What a great decision and what a feast for the fans.

The biggest focus was on two albums which are both classics in the rich discography of the five-piece. "Horrorscope" was almost played entirely (seven songs) and the second album that made a big part of the setlist was the debut "Feels the Fire", with another seven tracks that have been performed live. The rest of the show was a retrospective on some of the other Overkill highlights. One song from "Under the Influence" was present as well as the loudly celebrated "Elimination" from the "The Years of Decay" record.

I, actually everybody, that joined this show, appreciated the focus on these Overkill milestones. Not only that I grew up with with songs like "Feel the Fire", it was also tracks like "Raise the Dead" which the guys played for the last time in 1986 (if I counted right). And "Blood and Iron" hasn't been on the setlist for many years either. But the real highlight came next to "Thanx for Nothing'", a song that was introduced by Blitz as being that old, that we need to go back to the "Kennedy Adminstration" era. OK, that was a bit exaggerated and there was no need to go that far back in time. It's actually 1985 we are talking about, a year when Overkill released their debut that contained a song called "Second Son". Overkill didn't play this track for the last 30 years and it wasn't even on the setlist for the UK shows earlier this month. No surprise that the band turned the venue into a madhouse by playing this masterpiece.

All in all it was, after having seen Dirkscheider two days ago, another journey back in time, when metal started to raise. And in case you have a chance to see the upcoming show in Oberhausen on April 16th, you should take it, since the band announced to play "Feel the Fire" and "Horrorscope" in their entirety. Horns up.

Live review OVERKILL/ONE MACHINE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.04.2016

Setlist Overkill:

  1. Armorist
  2. Rotten to the Core
  3. Electric Rattlehead
  4. Hello from the Gutter
  5. Hammerhead
  6. Feel the Fire
  7. Blood and Iron
  8. Coma
  9. Infectious
  10. Bloody Money
  11. Bare Bones
  12. Nice Day ... For a Funeral
  13. Horrorscope
  14. Thanx for Nothin'
  15. Second Son
  16. Raise the Dead
  17. Overkill
  18. Elimination (Encore)
  19. Fuck You (Encore)


Setlist One Machine:

  1. Forewarning
  2. The Distortion of Lies and the Overdriven Truth
  3. Summoning of the Soul
  4. The Final Call
  5. New Motive Power
  6. Armchair Warriors
  7. Screaming for Light


Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: April 14th, 2016


Metal Hammer Paradise - First bands announced

Veröffentlicht am 16. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Apocalyptica, Overkill, Tour, Festival, Blues Pills, News, Onkel Tom, Dew-sented, Year Of The Goat

The first bands for this years Metal Hammer Paradise festival are announced. The winter festival takes place on November 11th and 12th in the Ferienpark Weissenhäuser Strand in Germany and the following act are confirmed already:

Metal Hammer Paradise - First bands announced

OVERKILL on tour in Europe

Veröffentlicht am 11. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Overkill, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, News, Tour, Heavy Metal

OVERKILL on tour in Europe

New York-based skull-crushers Overkill are coming to Europe in April for playing some headliner shows. Most of the concerts will be in the UK, after having started the tour in France. In addition also one show in The Netherlands and one gig in Germany are part of this tour \m/

Furthermore the band will do some of the big European open airs this year:

April 2016

01 – CCO Villeurbanne – Lyon – FR
02 – Antipode – Rennes – FR
03 – Trabendo – Paris – FR
05 – Rainbow Complex – Birmingham – UK
06 – Sound Control – Manchester – UK
07 – University Union – Leeds – UK
08 – The Classic Grand – Glasgow – UK
09 – The Limelight – Belfast – UK
10 – The Academy – Dublin – UK
12 – The Fleece – Bristol – UK
13 – O2 Academy Islington – London – UK
14 – Gebr de Nobel – Leiden – NL
16 – Turbinenhalle 2 – Oberhausen – DE
28 – Coliseo De Puerto Rico – PR

June 2016

17 – Hellfest – Clisson – FR
19 – Graspop Festival – BE

July 2016

13 – Bang Your Head – DE
15 – Gefle Metal Fest – SE
16 – Rock Fest Barcelona – ESP

Photo: Hakon Grav
Photo: Hakon Grav

Photo: Hakon Grav


CD review MEMORAIN "Duality of Man"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Memorain, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, News, CD Review, Metallica, Overkill, Bay Area

(7/10) Memorain from Greece started in 1999 and one thing that stands out over the years are the various changes in the band's line-up. It was in 2014 when an almost full renewal of the band took place. Aris Nikoleris (g), Sevan Barsam (d) and Vagelis Kolios (v) joined in at that time and it seems that the band is quite stable since then.

The guys from Athens, Greece can look back on six full-length albums with the next one to be released pretty soon.

End of January "Duality of Man", longplayer number seven, will be available at your record dealer. The album comes with eleven new thrash anthems that are mainly based on the eighties Bay Area metal. The sound of Metallica shines through more than once, but there is more that influenced Ilias Papadakis and Co.. "Lost in Vain" is, especially in the beginning, inspired a lot by Slayer's "Raining Blood" and "The End of Hope" comes surprisingly melodic.
The guys also include some East Coast references in their sound. "The Last of Light" for example has some parts that are influenced by New York's Overkill. The chorus almost sounds like having Blitz behind the mic.

Memorain's sound might not be very innovative and the bands trademarks aren't maybe that unique. However, "Duality of Man" rocks very much and is real headbanger stuff.






  1. Demons Hunt
  2. Guardian Knight
  3. The Giant
  4. The Last of Light
  5. Inside My Eyes
  6. The End of Hope
  7. Lost in Vain
  8. The Cresent
  9. Broken Dreams
  10. Since I Remember
  11. The Final Message


Label: ROAR

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 29th, 2016

CD review MEMORAIN "Duality of Man"

CD review GAMA BOMB "Untouchable Glory"

Veröffentlicht am 11. November 2015 von Markus W. in Gama Bomb, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Overkill, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal

(8/10) The first thing that stand out with this album is the cover. No monsters and no apocalyptic scenary is decorating the frontpage of "Untouchable Glory". Instead the artwork reminds more to a poster promoting a 70's James Bond film. However, I think that it fits good and supports to stand out from the rest.

The music of the five guys from Northern Island is maybe a bit less outstanding but still quite good. Gama Bomb continues with their trash-/speed metal mixture that reminds more than once to Overkill.

It is mainly the voice of Philly Byrne that has a lot in common with Blitz', but also the melody lines and the phrasing reflects the mighty New York five-piece.

What I like with "Untouchable Glory" is the unleashed energy that comes with this album. The twelve songs are all kept under the four minutes; something that makes the album spot on. "Untouchable Glory" doesn't come with some unnecessary bells and whistles. The record contains the pure metal experience that is fast and furious.

Gama Bomb added another longplayer to their discography that is real and without folderol. Horns up.





  1. Ninja Untouchables/Untouchable Glory
  2. Avenge Me!
  3. Drinkers, Inc.
  4. My Evil Eye
  5. Tuck Your T-Shirt In
  6. Ride the Night
  7. She Thing
  8. Witching Mania
  9. James Joint's
  10. Raging skies
  11. I Will Haunt You
  12. After the Fire


Label: AFM Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

CD review GAMA BOMB "Untouchable Glory"

CD review NUCLEAR ASSAULT "Pounder" EP

Veröffentlicht am 3. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Nuclear Assault, Thrash Metal, Hardcore, Heavy Metal, Punkrock, CD Review, News, Anthrax, SOD, Overkill

(7/10) Nuclear Assault is one of the those metal dinosaurs that are an essential part of the metal scene by still being not that very well known. They are the underground.

Dan Lilker and band mates have been around already since 1985. The guys have been one of the flagships of the New York metal scene in the 80's. Together with Anthrax, S.O.D. and Overkill the quartet belonged to the most important representatives of east coast metal. The bands debut from 1986, "Game over", is still a classic when it comes to a mix of hardcore and thrash metal.

A few more records later the band decided to disband in 1994, before they came back again in 2002 for some live shows. Another three years later "Third world genocide" was published and it took Nuclear Assault another ten year to release the new EP "Pounder".

The EP comes with four new songs that represent all the Nuclear Assault trademarks. "Pounder", the title track, is an raging thrash metal track with a merciless pushing rhythm section. It's a fast metal anthem that also could have been on "Game over" too. 

"Lies" takes over. The tune is kept a bit slower and is built on a heavy riff. Again, oldschool thrash that doesn't focus on musical perfection. It's the raw power that Nuclear Assault embedded in the four new tracks.

The more hardcore/punk like "Analog man" is the next station on this energetic journey before the slower "Died in your arms" closes the EP. This song starts slow with some vocal lines that are different from the rest of the album. It almost sounds like being inspirend by Danzig. An interesting track, even though the other three ones are better.

Nuclear Assault is definetely back. This EP is the best I heard from the band since "Game over' and I hope the guys have the chance to record a full-length album pretty soon. So far enjoy this EP. A real 12" 'pounder'.





  1. Pounder
  2. Lies
  3. Analog man
  4. Died in your arms


Label: Graviton

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release date EU: Already released

CD review NUCLEAR ASSAULT "Pounder" EP

CD review ABATTOIR "Vicious attack" re-release

Veröffentlicht am 22. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Abattoit, Overkill, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Metallica, Testament

(7/10) I guess that it's a few small things that sometimes decide of being successful or not. Listening to the latest re-release of Abattoir's "Vicious attack" triggered this thought again. The band, that was founded in 1982, had the same starting conditions as genre collesgues from e.g. Overkill. While the New York five-piece is still around, releasing great albums and play well perceived shows it became more quiet around Abattoir. There have been even times when the band disbanded, reunited just to split up again a few years later.
But who knows; maybe the newest re-release if their debut album that might break the spell and brings them back again. "Vicious attack" was the name of the debut album that was initially released back in 1985. The eight songs are all raw thrash metal tracks that presents a hungry young band. The joy with this album is this unique spirit from the eighties thrash metal times. Abattoir's songs aren't the most technical advanced ones. But it's metal that hits you right into the face.
Brutal riffs like in "Stronger than evil" are just awesome. This is pure power, combined with passion and dedication.
Also the title track with the dominant bassline are great. It feels like Overkill meets US metal. If it's needed to place a cover version on an eight song album can be discussed. But since it is a cool and respectless version of Motörhead's "Ace of spades" it's more than OK.
I'm not sure if this re-release will put Abattoir more into the spotlight. But I'm sure that the band will gain some new friends which might lead to a new album. I appreciated the trip back to a time when I discovered my passion for metal.
  1. Screams from the grave
  2. Vicious attack
  3. The enemy
  4. Ace of spades
  5. The living & the dead
  6. Stronger than evil
  7. Don't walk alone
  8. Game of death
Label: Marquee Records
Genre: Thrash Metal
CD review ABATTOIR "Vicious attack" re-release

CD review OVERKILL "White devil armory"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Juli 2014 von Markus W. in Overkill, Anthrax, Agent Steel, Thrash Metal, CD Review, Speed Metal, News

(9/10) I don't think, that I have to introduce Overkill to you. The New Jersey thrashers are already many many years around.

I can still remember the time when I heard their sound for the first time. It was in the mid of the 80's when a friend of mine recommended Overkill's debut "Feel the fire". The sound just blew me away. And the following album "Taking over" was even better. Both records are still milestones in thrash metal.

I also can remember when Overkill played the Metal Hammer Roadshow together with Anthrax and Agent Steel. Those have been really cool times.

In the meantime we are almost 30 years further in time and Overkill is still around. And this is good. As many other metal bands as well also Overkill had a bit of a harder time in the 90's when grunge had it's peak. But the fact that Overkill is still around shows the endless willpower and dedication to what they are doing. They came back with amazing records in recent history. "Ironbound" and "The electric age" come pretty close to the band highlights in the early days.

The constant factor in the band, which assures the continuity in the band are singer Bobby Ellsworth with his very recognizable voice and his way of phrasing. Bobby's vocal don't leave any space for a doubt that you're listening to Overkill. The other main pillar of the band in bass player D.D. Verni. It's him who adds the groove to the song and both together are the guarantors for thrash metal made by Overkill.

"XDM" is the instrumental overture for the coming thrash inferno which finds its start in "Armorist". You probably have seen the video clip already. It's a typical fast and aggressive Overkill songs which reflects all the bands trademarks.  "Down to the bone" doesn't take any prisoners either. I bit slower than the opener the songs is based on a cool riff. "PIG" could be seen as the continuation of the "Overkill" trilogy for the first records. It's a straight-forward smasher dominated by Blitz's vocals. The acoustic intro to "Bitter pills" reminds to the old Overkill days too. The tune spreads a threatening and frightening atmosphere. The fast "Where there's smoke" is another highlight on the album. You don't find time to breath during this track during this accoustical tornado, before the bassline, which introduces "Freedom rings", puts D.D. Verni into focus. The bass played and playes an important role in the sound from Overkill. And it is the rhythm section of bass and drums which are pushing this song to its limit. It's a mighty thrash riff that openes "Another day to die". Brutal is the right expression for this riff. The track itself stays in mid speed and it's again the pumping bass which gives the tune an extra personality. The last three songs "King of the rat bastards", "It's all yours" and "In the name" can easily keep this high standard too. "White devil armory" is THE thrash metal highlight this year. I can't imagine that there will be a better one.

With "White devil armory" Overkill added another milestone to their discography. It's an brilliant thrash metal record that sounds aggressive and authentic. After all the years Overkill still has the street credibility. For me it is the best Overkill record since "The years of decay". Thumbs up and thanks to the band for the great record.





  1. XDM
  2. Armorist
  3. Down to the bone
  4. PIG
  5. Bitter pill
  6. Where there's smoke
  7. Freedom rings
  8. Another day to die
  9. King of rat bastards
  10. It's all yours
  11. In the name

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review OVERKILL "White devil armory"

New album "White devil armory" from OVERKILL

Veröffentlicht am 31. März 2014 von Markus W. in Overkill, Thrash Metal, News

New Yorks thrashers Overkill revealed the cover from their coming record "White devil armory". In addition - here is the tracklist:



01. Freedom Rings 
02. Where There's Smoke...
03. Pig
04. Amorist
05. Down To The Bone
06. Bitter Pill
07. King Of The Rat Bastards 
08. Another Day To Die
09. It's All Yours
10. In The Name

New album "White devil armory" from OVERKILL

OVERKILL in the studio again

Veröffentlicht am 2. September 2013 von Markus W. in Overkill, Thrash Metal, News, Heavy Metal

American legendary metal band Overkill entered the studio today for recording their new album. Good news ;o)  The album is supposed to be released in 2014.

Photo: Nuclear Blast Records (Promo)

Photo: Nuclear Blast Records (Promo)