A live video of OVERKILL performing the track "Elimination" at radio personality Eddie Trunk's annual Halloween party on Oct. 29 at the Hard Rock Café in New York City has been posted online at this location (12.3 MB, Windows Media). Sitting behind the drum kit during OVERKILL's set was none other than DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, who was filling in for regular OVERKILL drummer Tim Mallare. Also making an appearance in the video on backing vocals and air guitar is Mets catcher Mike Piazza, a longtime heavy metal fan and frequent guest on Trunk's radio show.
Speaking to Eddie live on Q104.3 FM prior to the performance, Portnoy said about the opportunity to jam with OVERKILL, "It [is] awesome. To people that don't know me, they just know DREAM THEATER, they probably think this is the most pairing in the world — the OVERKILL fans probably think this is like Neil Peart playing with PANTERA. But [the people that] know me know my metal roots. I grew up going to see OVERKILL at L'Amour [club in Brooklyn]. I would see OVERKILL and EXODUS and TESTAMENT and ANTHRAX and that whole scene — that whole scene, that old '80s scene, that whole metal scene, that was me, man. So this is totally in my blood, and I'm totally psyched."
As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported on October 9, OVERKILL have inked a two-album deal with Sweden's Regain Records. The agreement, which covers the entire world outside the USA, will begin with the release of the group's next studio album, tentatively due in early spring 2005. The band will follow up the upcoming CD with extensive worldwide touring (USA, Europe, Japan and more).
OVERKILL's last studio album, "Killbox 13", was released in 2003 via Spitfire Records.