It’s really good to visit The Chance for a show after two years. It’s a long Metro-North Railroad train ride from the city but it’s always worth it once you’re there.
Bay Area thrashers Vio-Lence might have only been around for eight years but what a magnificent near-decade it was. From their classic hyper-aggressive debut Eternal Nightmare (MCA Records) to the controversial lyrics of ‘Torture Tactics’ and a deliciously questionable vegetable soup and vinegar “vomit bag” plastic record sleeve, the band also launched the career of a certain Robb Flynn who went on to form 1990s game-changers Machine Head, eventually to be followed by guitarist Phil Demmel. With three studio albums under their belts, the band went their separate ways in 1993, only becoming a full-time going concern again in 2019.
By 1992, Metal was all but on its knees. Traditional bands had become dinosaurs and previously popular scenes were burnt out. There were exceptions, of course. Slayer were playing arenas, Metallica had global domination in their sights, death metal was approaching its peak and across northern Europe, black metal was literally rising from the ashes of burned churches. But for the rest of the world, grunge and other alternative scenes were the new kings, all drawing inspiration from the bands they were replacing but without any of that old fashioned baggage.Continue reading
Thrash metal veterans Overkill have announced a headline tour for the USA, starting in March of 2022. Direct support on the trek will come from Prong. All tour dates can be seen below. The band has been working on a new album for release next year and just released a boxed set of their Atlantic Records output in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Overkill has booked its first show back – “609 nine days later” since their last time on stage was supposed to happen at the same venue. The legendary thrashers will perform at The Wellmont Theater in New Jersey, in a show that was to have taken place last March 14th and featured M.O.D., now off the bill. Direct support will come from Demolition Hammer and Sworn Enemy. The public on-sale went live today and this show is expected to sell out! Overkill has been in the studio working on a new album, according to social media posts from drummer Jason Bittner.
Sad news to report as Marsha Zazula, the legendary co-founder of Megaforce Records which launched the careers of Metallica, Anthrax, King’s X and many others, has died. She was 68 years old. News of her passing was shared by her daughter Rikki, writing: “RIP Mom April 21, 1952 -January 10, 2021 Your love, Your strength, Your memory and Your music has changed lives and will continue to FOREVER.” Marsha formed Megaforce with her husband Jon “Jonny Z” Zazula in 1983, as metal music lovers and entrepreneurs with no prior industry experience, but founded a brand that will always hold an iconic place in the hearts of metal fans and band. In Jonny’s 2020 memoir, he largely credited a lot of the success of the label to Marsha. The label released Metallica’s first two albums, 1983’s “Kill ‘Em All” and 1984’s “Ride The Lightning”, before the band signed to Elektra. Other bands they fostered and worked with included Testament, Overkill, Ace Frehley, Ministry, Stormtroopers Of Death, Raven, and many more. The Zazula’s latest venture was Breaking Bands, a music management, and services company run with Chuck Billy of Testament and Maria Ferrero. RIP Marsha.
First Row Talent boss John Finberg is the gatekeeper of some of the biggest touring bands in the Rock and Metal World concert touring the world: Nightwish, Epica, Amorphis, Warbringer, Suffocation, Immolation, Sonata Arctica, Overkill, and The Agonist, are among his current and past clients. To say he is enormously powerful and influential is an understatement. In an expose from Metalsucks.net today with many people alleging sexual harassment, bullying, racism, misogyny, and threats of violence from Finberg for many years. The article has case of after case of people and bands with run-ins with him, and all of it sounds appalling. Many former victims, bands, and music journalists took to social media to rant about him and comment on the story. Finberg has made no comment at press time, and it is unclear if Metalsucks attempted to reach him for comment before running the story. Typically in the case of sex assault allegations, you change the names of the victims for protection, which they did, and often don’t get a comment first from the accused so they don’t further endanger their victims with more threats. You can read the story at the link on their site. TW for sexual harassment and threats of violence.
In a post to social media, long-running Thrash Metal legends Overkill will enter the studio next week. The new album is tentatively due for an April 2021 release via Nuclear Blast. Earlier today, drummer Jason Bittner posted a photo of some of the equipment he will be using during the recording sessions, and he included the following caption: “COVID won’t stop the new OVERKILL record from being made…..tracking starts a week from this Monday……holy shit that’s soon…..I’d like to send a HUGE shoutout to a few of my endorsers that know a time crunch and are still here for me during these rough times!!!” Overkill’s last album “The Wings Of War’ was released in February 2019.Continue reading