OVERKILL CONFIRMED FOR BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008!
The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that New York thrash veterans OVERKILL have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Overkill rose to prominence during the 1980sâ€™ thrash boom alongside contemporaries such as Testament, Exodus and the so-called â€˜big fourâ€™ â€“ Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. After releasing a self-financed EP in 1984, the band â€“ then consisting of vocalist Bobby â€˜Blitzâ€™ Ellsworth, bassist D.D. Verni, guitarist Bobby Gustafson and drummer Rat Skates - signed to the legendary Megaforce label, releasing their storming debut â€˜Feel The Fireâ€™ in 1985. By 1987â€™s crushing and anthemic â€˜Taking Overâ€™ the band had bagged a prestigious deal with Atlantic Records which would last a further seven years. Sid Falck replaced Rat Skates for 1988â€™s â€˜Under The Influenceâ€™ and â€˜89â€™s â€˜The Years Of Decayâ€™ and this period saw the band enjoy immense success including exposure on MTV.
1991â€™s â€˜Horrorscopeâ€™ saw Gustafson replaced by two guitarists, Rob Cannevino and Merritt Gant as the band faced the challenges of the new decade. 1993â€™s â€˜I Hear Blackâ€™ and â€˜W.F.O.â€™ from â€™94 brought the Atlantic days to a close but as many old-school outfits went to ground or simply gave up during the difficult mid-to-late â€˜90s, Overkill persevered, issuing no less than five albums between 1996-â€™99. Come the new millennium, they took advantage of the nascent metal resurgence and continued their dogged work ethic with regular tours and releases including â€˜Bloodlettingâ€™, â€˜Killbox 13â€™, â€˜ReliXIVâ€™ and finally in 2007 â€˜Immortalisâ€™, which saw them sign with Bodog Music and reunite with Jonny and Marsha Zazula, previously owners of Megaforce.
By staying true to their roots for over twenty years and no less than fourteen albums, Overkill have deservedly earned the most difficult prize of all â€“ respect. Theyâ€™re ready to thrash the old guard and show the new kids how it's doneâ€¦
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OVERKILL â€“ Wrecking Your Neck - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.