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Overkill – The Grinding Wheel

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , on 7th February 2017 by Pieni

Overkill
“The Grinding Wheel”
Thrash metal
Release: 10th February 2017
Via Nuclear Blast

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I’m having mixed feelings about Overkill’s new album. Maybe my expectations were too high after Testament’s “Brotherhood Of The Snake” and Kreator’s “Gods Of Violence”, and also an underground project called Infraktor that I’ve been keeping close tabs on; my thrash metal flame’s been rekindled and was eager for “The Grinding Wheel” to keep fueling it. But…

The length of the songs is an automatic downer for me. Yes, it’s not exactly new that Overkill like to shred away longer than the rest of their fellow thrash bands, but I believe it’s the first time they’re pulling an average of six minutes per song (literally, kids – it’s ten songs in one hour; do the math). That’s just too much.

At least they diversify the structure and it’s not the same riff over and over plus a 3-minute solo; it doesn’t get boring out of repetition and here lie my mixed feelings. Crafted compositions are clear, rich with groovy patterns, but some kind of binding agent is amiss. The opening track, “Mean Green Killing Machine”, for instance. The introductory drum beats are promising but soon reveal they’re not getting anywhere; a Judas-Priest-like melody and the rock’n’roll piece that it leads to are both pretty catchy, but fall somewhat adrift among the main riffing.

One of the features I’ve always loved the most in Overkill was their bass line, but D.D. Verni’s presence here is shallower than usual – needless to say, another downer. And as if that wasn’t enough, in “Shine On”, one of the songs where the bass stands out a little, Bobby Blitz sounds like a chicken when singing “come on” in the chorus, ruining the moment.

Curiously enough, one of my favorite tracks is less thrash, as the aforementioned rock’n’roll comes at full force in “Come Heavy”. But the rebellious “Red White And Blue” follows suit in terms of preferences and that one is as thrashy as it goes. The rest of the album… well, let’s just say that it lives up to its title: it… grinds.

3,5/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

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Vagos Open Air 2015 – 3rd day

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 15th August 2015 by Pieni

Ironwsword, Bloodbath, Overkill, Orphaned Land, Alestorm, Ne Obliviscaris, Midnight Priest
Quinta do Ega, Vagos (PT)
9th August 2015
Promoted by Prime Artists

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Bloodbath

Last year, Prime Artists added one more day to the festival and the change was meant to stay. So here we were, on the third, last and more diverse day of Vagos Open Air 2015.

Personally, I still see Midnight Priest as an Iron Maiden and Judas Priest rip-off, but whether the crowd thought the same or not, they didn’t seem to care, banging those heads to songs like “Into The Nightmare” or “Rainha da Magia Negra” (Black Magic Queen). It’s a festival, a party, and they’re making copy+paste of some legendary riffs, so not even the broken high pitches of singer Lex Thunder ruined the mood. It was the shortest set of the day and it finished with “À Boleia Com o Diabo” (Hitchhiking with the Devil).

www.facebook.com/midnightpriest

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Ne Obliviscaris

Ne Obliviscaris are touring the world thanks to a crowdfunding but I didn’t know so many of their fans came from Portugal – besides the wild crowd they had during the show, the signing session/meet & greet lasted more than the one-hour gig itself! I guess the guys from down under were just as surprised, but obviously happy. And it was deserved. Their extreme prog is exquisite and seductive enough to stand out from the other bands on the bill, but then the way they performed it – even in hot daylight – was more than enthralling to everyone who’s into that kind of music. And some of them had the chance to hold singer/violinist Tim Charles on the last song, “And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope”, as he jumped into the crowd and crowdsurfed.  Promising to come back as soon as possible, they all left the stage smiling.

www.facebook.com/NeObliviscarisBand

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Alestorm

The original bill featured Halestorm and, as I think I’ve told you before, here in Portugal we like stronger stuff. There was a lot of moaning on how they should bring Alestorm instead. Then Halestorm had to cancel – not sure why and don’t really care, as cancelling a gig due to “a scheduling conflict” sounds like a poor excuse, and therefore disrespectful to their fans – and the “bring Alestorm, you only have to remove the H!” request was all over the place. And Prime Artists answered the call! The Scottish pirates (who claim coming from the “darkest depths of the Caribbean”) came and conquered with their inebriating (yeah, pun intended) folk. Talking about how they could sense our smell when introducing “The Famous Ol’ Spiced” or how they weren’t here to steal our potatoes but to drink our beer (“Drink”), this was probably the happiest show of the whole fest.

www.facebook.com/alestormband

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Orphaned Land

I’ve seen Orphaned Land a few times and know how popular they are here, but still Kobi Farhi felt the need to explain to the crowd that he wasn’t Jesus Christ, he only looked like him. In fact, he couldn’t be Jesus as he wasn’t a virgin and made a lot of sex.  After such a fun gig of Alestorm, so much different from the soberer Middle Eastern metal of Orphaned Land, I guess an ice-breaking remark like this was needed, but Kobi always has something amusing to say. Not sure which song he introduced by singing some The Doors verse, but that early evening we could hear oldies such as “Sapari”, “In Thy Never Ending Way” or “Norra El Norra” mixed with more recent ones like “All Is One”, “Let The Truce Be Known” or “The Simple Man” (the latter dedicated to us). All with a lot of clapping-to-the-rhythm and sing-alongs. Beautiful concert, so the news of an upcoming acoustic tour, which will include Portugal, was more than welcome.

www.facebook.com/OrphanedLandOfficial

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Overkill

Thrash metal returned to Vagos in the form of Overkill – our “ugly cousins from New Jersey”, as Bobby Blitz himself described them. They indeed have a solid, crazy fan-base here – fans that make Bobby feel like he’s fifty again. Yes, fifty, not fifteen – he’s not only a top thrash metal singer and owner of a chocolate shop, he’s also a humorist. The chosen tracks to represent their latest “White Devil Armory” were “Armorist” and “Bitter Pill”; the rest were the usual classics such as “Necroshine”, “In Union We Stand”, “Rotten To The Core”, “Horrorscope”, “Hello From The Gutter”… I confess that after the little speech about brotherhood, my brain whispered “bastard nation” when Bobby said “’cause we are”, but the sentence finished with “Ironbound” after all. I wonder if I’ll ever hear “Bastard Nation” live ever again. The gig finished with the mandatory “Fuck You”, and just like three years before (see here), Bobby provoked us with “is this Portugal or España?”, when he wanted to hear us louder. And just like in that other V.O.A. edition – in fact like every time someone tells us such words – it worked.

www.facebook.com/OverkillWreckingCrew

If you’re one of those who saw Nick Holmes joining Bloodbath with very skeptical eyes, it’s about time to dismiss that feeling: the guy is definitely up to it! I had the confirmation with the release of “Grand Morbid Funeral” last November, but the ultimate trial by fire is always on stage. And when you’re a Paradise Lost fan for about 20 years, like I am, you also know that it may take you a couple of shows to get that proof, as Nick’s mood affects his performance proportionally.

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Bloodbath

But as soon as “Old Nick” addressed the audience, by the way he said “We’re Bloodbath from Sweden and Yorkshire. I’m the one from Yorkshire” I could tell he was in an excellent mood, meaning he would also excel in this show. And he did. Bloodbath played a little something from the four albums they’ve released so far, pleasing old and new fans, and giving Nick the chance to show how the songs once sung by Mikael Åkerfeldt and Peter Tägtgren weren’t lessened at all by his vocal tone and skills. “Eaten” and “Cry My Name” were the encore of the probably most brutal gig of Vagos 2015.

www.facebook.com/bloodbathband

It’s not easy for an underground band to wrap up a festival with so many international famous names. Many people left after Bloodbath, but many also stayed to see national heavy metal veterans Ironsword. Along with Filii Nigrantium Infernalium the previous night, they were also special guests in this festival, and once more I believe it was anniversary related – the band celebrated their 20th this year. But also have a new album out, “None But The Brave”, released last May, which their setlist was pretty focused on. In the end of its title-track, singer/guitarist Tann said something about how we were entitled to a special version of this new song, but since I’m not that familiar with their work, I don’t know if it was really some “special version” or if someone messed up and they had to improvise. Whatever the case, they did good and some vigorous fans screamed IRONSWORD, IRONSWORD!”. “Burning Metal” wasn’t just the last song but also the description of the show.

www.facebook.com/IronswordOfficial

And it was over. Three days that seemed to last forever and, at the same time, so quickly went by. That’s how good memories feel like, I suppose. Well, let the preparations for Vagos 2016 begin!

Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Note: we weren’t granted access to the photopit, so no gallery this year.

Sanctuary European tour kicking off today with Nick Cordle on the guitar

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 3rd March 2015 by Pieni

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After their reunion last year, with the release of “The Year The Sun Died”, Sanctuary are now about to embark on an European tour, where they’ll perform a classy mix of old and new stuff. The tour starts tonight with a headlining show in London, and from tomorrow on, the band will ride as Overkill support. Sanctuary will resume their role as headliners for the two last gigs, in Greece. Check all dates here:

03.03.2015 (GB) LONDON / Underworld (headline show) *
04.03.2015 (D) BRAUNSCHWEIG / Meiers Music Hall**
05.03.2015 (D) LEIPZIG / Hell Raiser**
06.03.2015 (D) MEMMINGEN / Kaminwerk**
07.03.2015 (A) WÖRGL / Komma VZ**
08.03.2015 (A) VIENNA / Szene**
09.03.2015 (SRB) BEOGRAD / Dom Omladine**
10.03.2015 (SLO) LJUBLJANA / Kino Sisak**
11.03.2015 (HR) ZAGREB / Tvornica**
13.03.2015 (HU) BUDAPEST / Club 202**
14.03.2015 (PL) KATOWICE / Mega Club**
15.03.2015 (PL) GDANSK / B90**
17.03.2015 (NL) ZWOLLE / Hedon**
18.03.2015 (F) METZ / Les Trinitaires**
20.03.2015 (GR) THESSALONIKI / Eightball Club
21.03.2015 (GR) ATHENS / Gagarin205
22.05.2015 – 24.05.2015 (DE) GELSENKIRCHEN
* supported by Metasoma and Monument
**supporting Overkill

 photo Nick-Cordle_zpsi0iyx4kh.jpgWith the departure of Brad Hull, Sanctuary found in Nick Cordle the perfect live replacement: “We are excited to welcome Nick Cordle from Arch Enemy and Arsis to the Sanctuary team. Nick is an amazing musician and we believe he will bring a fresh energy to the line-up. You can see Nick Cordle with Sanctuary this March touring Europe on the Killfest tour”, says guitarist Lenny Rutledge.

Cordle himself adds: “It’ll be a great pleasure to join Sanctuary on tour in Europe! I’ve admired the band for a long time and ‘The Year The Sun Died’ is a breath of fresh air. It’s a welcome challenge to work up these songs and I’m excited to get moving!”

SANCTUARY online: 
www.EnterTheSanctuary.com
www.facebook.com/sanctuaryfans
www.twitter.com/sanctuarymetal

Overkill to thrash the UK and Ire in March 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 12th October 2013 by Pieni

The New Jersey Wrecking Crew, a.k.a. Overkill, is preparing the release of its 18th studio album, which should be out in the Spring of 2014. The title is yet unknown, but what we do know is that the band will hit the UK and Ireland by the time of its release:
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More information and support to be announced soon!

http://wreckingcrew.com
www.facebook.com/OverkillWreckingCrew 

Gloryhammer announced for Hammerfest VI

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 28th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Gloryhammer – the new power metal band spearheaded by Alestorm frontman Christopher Bowes – have been announced for Hammerfest VI next year in Wales. They will be joining a host of other bands that includes KreatorOverkillSoilwork and Unleashed.

Hammerfest VI takes place at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales from Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th March 2014. Further details can be found at the Hammerfest official website.

Gloryhammer online:

http://gloryhammer.com
http://facebook.com/gloryhammer

Kreator reveal cover artwork for upcoming ‘Dying Alive’ DVD

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 13th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Teutonic thrash overlords Kreator have revealed the cover artwork for the band’s upcoming live DVD/Blu Ray Dying Alive, which will be released 2nd September via Nuclear Blast.

The DVD/Blu Ray features the band’s sold out homecoming show in Oberhausen, Germany on 22nd December 2012 after an extensive 45 days European tour in support of their highly successful album Phantom Antichrist. The packed and sweat driven show was filmed by 24 cameras as well as guitar and even mosh pit cams.

The DVD/Blu Ray contains the show, a behind the scenes documentary as well as video clips. Approximate total running time: 115 minutes. Dying Alive will be issued in the following various formats:

DVD/2CD
Blu Ray/2CD
Double Vinyl

You can pre-order Dying Alive at this location.

Kreator will also be playing at Hammerfest ‘Book Of The Dead’ along with Nuclear Blast label-mates, Soilwork, Overkill and Grand Magus on 13th – 16th March. For more info and tickets head over to this location.

Kreator online:

http://kreator-terrorzone.de/
http://facebook.com/KreatorOfficial

 

Testament announce exclusive Japan shows with Destruction and Death Angel

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament have scheduled two exclusive shows in Japan in March, 2013 with thrash legends Destruction and Death Angel. The shows will take place on 9th and 10th March, 2013 at Club Citta in Kawasak-Shi, Japan.

Fans can pre-reserve their tickets at this location this coming Saturday (8th December). Tickets will then go on sale everywhere on Saturday 22nd December. Further information on the exclusive shows can be found at this location.

Japan tour dates as followed:

March
9 – Club Citta – Kawasak-Shi, Japan
10 – Club Citta – Kawasak-Shi, Japan

Testament also recently announced their first US headlining tour in support of their new album, Dark Roots of Earth. The trek promises to be one of the best thrash metal line-ups of the year, with support coming from the world renowned Overkill and Flotsam And Jetsam, as well as Australian thrashers 4ARM.

VIP packages are now available for each show but will be on a limited basis per gig. Act now before they’re all gone!

VIP ticket packages will include the following:
– Meet and Greet with members of Testament.
– Photos with members of Testament.
– Special VIP collector pass.
– 8×10 photo of Testament.
– 1 Merchandise item.
– Discount Coupon for online shopping.
– VIP purchasers will receive a raffle ticket. Two lucky raffle winners per show will get to watch a portion of Testament’s set side stage with the opportunity to sing background vocals on ‘Into The Pit’!
– All VIP purchasers will be in an end of the tour drawing for a signature Eric Peterson Dean guitar signed by Testament.

US tour dates are as followed:

January
30 – The Filmore – San Francisco, CA*
31 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA*

February
1 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ*
2 – House of Blues – Hollywood, CA*
4 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM*
5 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
6 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
7 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
9 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10 – The Filmore – Charlotte, NC
12 – The Filmore – Silver Spring, MO
13 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
14 – Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
15 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
16 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
17 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
18 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
20 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
21 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
22 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
23 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
25 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
26 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
28 – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA

* Denotes Flotsam And Jetsam will not be playing