On March 10, 2022, OVERKILL frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth was interviewed by Mark Kadzielawa of 69 Faces Of Rock on the band’s tour bus outdoors The Forge in Joliet, Illinois. Talking concerning the progress of the recording periods for OVERKILL‘s twentieth studio album, Blitz mentioned (as transcribed by Phoosi.com): “We did not report all of the elements but. We prefer to preserve it as contemporary as doable. The drums are completed; the guitars are completed. D.D. [Verni, bass] and I would like to sit down down and finalize a number of issues. We’re on the lookout for an April 2023 launch, adopted by a European tour.”
Requested concerning the musical route of the brand new OVERKILL materials, Blitz mentioned: “It is gonna be arduous to determine it out for me till it really takes form. It appears somewhat bit extra eclectic for us. It is riff pushed, not rhythm pushed. The songs will include two or three totally different riffs all through it — the principle [riff] after which two which can be sort of secondary riffs, which I believe is somewhat bit distinctive for us, to be singing over one thing like that. Heavy, after all. I imply, there’s some sledgehammer stuff on it — that sort of massive, thick groove. I believe the opposite facet of it’s that it exhibits sort of skilled velocity, could be the phrase. A few of them simply take off.”
Again in November 2020, Verni instructed MetalAsylum.web that OVERKILL‘s new LP could be combined by Colin Richardson. “He did a few data for us, and he is nice,” Verni mentioned.
Richardson beforehand labored with OVERKILL on 1997’s “From The Underground And Under”, 2000’s “Bloodletting” and 2003’s “Killbox 13”.
In June 2020, Ellsworth instructed A&P Reacts that the band’s new songs have been “a pure development from ‘The Grinding Wheel’  and ‘The Wings Of Battle’ . I believe once we had completed the ‘Ironbound’ report , it nearly turned like a trilogy in there — it was sort of like ‘Ironbound’, ‘The Electrical Age’  and ‘White Satan Armory’ , and so they appeared to be the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost sort of a factor,” he mentioned. “I believe we sort of broke the mould somewhat bit with ‘The Grinding Wheel’, after which I believe somewhat bit extra with ‘The Wings Of Battle’. And on this one, I see it far more. And what I imply by that’s that we have used different instruments from our toolshed up to now, and that is the gradual grind that’s coupled with that quick gallop. So it looks like a pure development, however possibly two data forward of what ‘The Wings Of Battle’ is. And that is most likely as goal as I may be.”
OVERKILL spent most of 2019 and early 2020 touring in assist of its nineteenth studio LP, “The Wings Of Battle”, which was launched three years in the past. The disc was recorded at Gear Recording Studio in New Jersey, SKH Studio in Florida and Jrod Productions with engineering dealt with by Verni and guitarist Dave Linsk. The album was produced by the band whereas Chris “Zeuss” Harris took care of the blending and mastering. Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, SOILWORK, DEATH) was once more enlisted to create the paintings for the album.
“The Wings Of Battle” marked OVERKILL‘s recording debut with drummer Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), who joined the band in 2017.
Final month, Blitz confirmed that guitarist Dave Linsk is sitting out OVERKILL‘s present U.S. tour as a consequence of “private causes” and is being briefly changed by former MACHINE HEAD and present VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel.
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