OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has issued the following update:
"Welcome aboard... We're back from Wacken [Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany]...and holding in our greasy, little hands the footage from a night well spent with an international metal crowd on a chilly August night in Germany. Looks like you are going to get to share in it, even after the fact; as we look to include some of that Wacken night in the release of 'Immortalis' this October 9.
"So what's new kids? Keeping your heads in that up and down? Horns up? Here, too, seems we have a helluva year planned... touring... video... and your general fucking around all of the planet.
"We got underway with the project quite awhile back, before the Gigantour [in late 2006]... but didn't finish until this past July. I think the most time ever taken for a release by us.... and in our opinion well worth the extra time. Another self-produced project from the bowels of a dark New Jersey studio. It's all about the end result.... and top-notch it is.... Randy Blythe [of LAMB OF GOD] stepped in to give the track 'Skull and Bones' the ultimate hellish vocal duet vibe.... man, that motherfucker is loud!
"Ron [Lipnicki, drums] stepped up and knocked it out of the park... the best 'hands' in OK, hands down! I think when a guy enters this type of situation... the adrenaline is at such a high level he becomes contagious, like a 'good' disease. He shines throughout the record...and you'll know it from the opener, 'Devil's in the Mist'.
"We look forward to seeing you on the road... October!!!"
"Immortalis" will be released on October 9 via Bodog Music. The group's collaboration with Bodog reunites OVERKILL with Jonny and Marsha Zazula, previous owners of Megaforce Records, the label responsible for putting metal on the map and bringing OVERKILL's New Jersey thrash metal to the world. The Zazulas are now a part of the Bodog Music team in the United States.
Since forming in 1980, OVERKILL has put out over 20 albums. Despite various lineup changes, the band has never gone on hiatus and has continued to stay true to the metal genre it helped create. With Megaforce Records and their management company, CraZed Management, the Zazulas were responsible for the early careers of such bands as METALLICA, ANTHRAX and MINISTRY, among many others.
The upcoming album and corresponding East Coast tour will feature OVERKILL's latest lineup, which along with Ellsworth, includes original bassist D.D. Verni, guitarists Derek "The Skull" Tailer and Dave Linsk, as well as the newest member to join the band, drummer Ron Lipnicki.
OVERKILL released three albums on Megaforce Records before making the jump to Atlantic Records where a string of critically lauded albums, including 1991's quintessential "Horroscope", solidified OVERKILL as one of the best metal bands of all time. In the past few years, the band has released such gems as "Killbox 13" (2003) and "ReliXIV" (2005).
OVERKILL performing "Rotten to the Core" at this year's Wacken Open Air festival: