Singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL will enter the studio the first week of February to begin laying down the vocals on the band’s new album. The CD is being tracked at Gear Recording and will be mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012’s “The Electric Age”.
OVERKILL pushed back the projected release date of its new CD to July from the previously announced March. As a result, the band has postponed all shows originally scheduled for March (except for the U.K. dates) to the fall.
Said OVERKILL in a statement: “We are still working on the new record, but this is gonna be worth the wait, with more old-school, face-melting thrash!”
OVERKILL’s new CD will be released in North America via eOne Music and in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records.
Speaking to Steppin’ Out magazine, Ellsworth stated about OVERKILL’s upcoming album: “The new record has a blend of what we’ve done over the past half decade. I’m noticing it’s a more punchy heavy metal record with more dimension than the last record had. Where is it going to end up on the food chain? I really don’t know. But my feeling is it’s an eclectic collection of moments from us. ‘The Electric Age’ came across, to me, as kind of a two-dimensional thrash record. This one is punchy but has a whole different bunch of ways to go and things to hear on it.”
OVERKILL released a very special limited tour edition of “The Electric Age” in Europe on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The limited 2CD tour edition included the regular album as well as a four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia on September 25, 2010.
“The Electric Age” sold 6,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 77 on The Billboard 200 chart.