As I Lay Dying Debuts ”Blinded’ Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

As I Lay Dying debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Blinded‘ Friday.  Directed by Frankie Nasso, the video features the band performing its new single before a packed crowd in what is meant to reflect the band in a live setting.

AILD Front man Tim Lambesis talked about the video’s creation in a recent interview.

“We had an incredible experience working with Frankie Nasso, who chose to direct the video for ‘Blinded’ based largely on his personal passion for the band,” he said.  “Additionally, there was incredible energy from fans who showed up for the shoot, which made it an unforgettable experience.”

The musical arrangement at the base of ‘Blinded’ presents elements of many of its past compositions while its lyrical content presents a seemingly introspective statement in which front man Tim Lambesis addresses his past actions and trying to move past what he has done.

‘Blinded’ is the fourth single (and video) to come from As I Lay Dying’s forthcoming seventh full-length studio recording Shaped By Fire. The album has also produced the singles (and videos for) ‘Redefined,’ ‘My Own Grave‘ and ‘Shaped By Fire.’  The album is scheduled for release Sept. 20 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Shaped By Fire Track Listing:

  1. Burn To Emerge
  2. Blinded
  3. Shaped By Fire
  4. Undertow
  5. Torn Between
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. The Wreckage
  8. My Own Grave
  9. Take What’s Left
  10. Redefined
  11. Only After We’ve Fallen
  12. The Toll It Takes

Pre-orders are open now for Shaped By Fire.  The record will be available on CD and vinyl. Its vinyl pressing details are noted below

Shaped By Fire is available in the following formats:

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

  • CD Digipak
  • Vinyl
    • Beer W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 2000)
    • Bone W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 500)
    • Red W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 250)
    • Orange / Black Swirl Vinyl (Limited to 250)
    • Black Vinyl
    • Clear Vinyl (Limited to 300)
  • T-shirt Bundle (Includes CD digipak & t-shirt available in sizes: S-XXL)

As I Lay Dying is in the midst of the Latin and European leg of its tour in support of Shaped By Fire.  The band will return to North America to continue promoting the album beginning Nov. 15 in Las Vegas, NV.  The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 15 in Los Angeles, CA and features stops in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Denver, CO and Portland, OR.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for the Shaped By Fire U.S. tour with AFTER THE BURIAL and EMMURE
11/15/2019  Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/16/2019  Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren — TICKETS
11/18/2019  Dallas, TX @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/19/2019  Houston, TX @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/21/2019  New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/22/2019  Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre — TICKETS
11/23/2019  Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte — TICKETS
11/24/2019  Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall — TICKETS
11/25/2019  Boston, MA @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/26/2019  Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts — TICKETS
11/27/2019  Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre — TICKETS
11/29/2019  Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — TICKETS
11/30/2019  Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom — TICKETS
12/01/2019  Reading, PA @ Reverb — TICKETS
12/02/2019  Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues — TICKETS
12/03/2019  Chicago, IL @ House of Blues — TICKETS
12/04/2019  Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater — TICKETS
12/06/2019  Denver, CO @ Summit — TICKETS
12/07/2019  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex — TICKETS
12/09/2019  Seattle, WA @ El Corazón — TICKETS
12/10/2019  Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom — TICKETS
12/11/2019  Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades — TICKETS
12/12/2019  Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater — TICKETS
12/13/2019  Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *SOLD OUT*
12/14/2019  San Diego, CA @ SOMA — TICKETS
12/15/2019  Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *SOLD OUT*

More information on As I Lay Dying’s upcoming tour dates, its new video, album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.asilaydying.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying

Twitter: http://twitter.com/asilaydyingband

 

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As I Lay Dying Signs New Record Deal; Announces Album Title, Release Date; Debuts New Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records added another band to its artist roster this week.

The company added As I Lay Dying to its roster, according to a news release sent by the company.  The document states the band — in its original lineup — will release its new album Shaped By Fire Sept. 20 through the label.

The album will be available on CD, vinyl and exclusive bundle with T-shirt.  The full details on each platform’s release is noted below.  Pre-orders are open now.

 Shaped By Fire is available in the following formats:

  • CD Digipak
  • Vinyl
    • Beer W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 2000)
    • Bone W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 500)
    • Red W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 250)
    • Orange / Black Swirl Vinyl (Limited to 250)
    • Black Vinyl
    • Clear Vinyl (Limited to 300)
  • T-shirt Bundle (Includes CD digipak & t-shirt available in sizes: S-XXL)

The band released a collective statement about signing to the label.

“We are honored to join forces with Nuclear Blast Records in releasing our new album Shaped By Fire,” the statement read.  “Their legacy and contribution to the heavy music scene in undeniably incredible and we are proud to call their label home.  We are thankful for their support and enthusiasm, and together we look forward to sharing the best AILD record yet!”

The band added, “We are tremendously grateful to have found positive resolve from the worst moments of our history.  The previous chapter of our journey was one of pervasive hurt and pain.  Subsequent years found us on varied paths — all of which led toward resolutions of growth, healing and reconciliation.  As I Lay Dying’s collective purpose is to share a message of hope for everyone through the empowering outlet of music, and we are humbled by the overwhelming support we have received from family, friends and fans so far.”

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s title track/lead single Friday.  The video crosses footage of the band performing its new single with a man covered in burns crawling on the ground of the set as burning embers fly through the air above him.

The band talked about the video’s treatment and the song’s musical arrangement in a separate statement.

“While lyrically akin to the other Shaped By Fire single releases ‘My Own Grave‘ and ‘Redefined,’ we explored some different musical territory to incorporate within our established sound.  We’d like to thank our director Mathias Arnell, all of the crew and actors that contributed to making this video with us under the very hot conditions.”

The full track listing for Shaped By Fire is noted below.

Shaped By Fire Track Listing:

  1. Burn To Emerge
  2. Blinded
  3. Shaped By Fire
  4. Undertow
  5. Torn Between
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. The Wreckage
  8. My Own Grave
  9. Take What’s Left
  10. Redefined
  11. Only After We’ve Fallen
  12. The Toll It Takes

As I Lay Dying will tour this summer, fall and winter in support of Shaped By Fire.  The band’s tour, which is scheduled to launch Sept. 87 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, features dates overseas and across North America.

The South American and European legs of the tour are scheduled to run through Oct. 19 in Cologne, Germany.  After that leg ends, the band will take some time to rest and recharge before launching the North American leg of the tour Nov. 15 in Las Vegas, NV.  That leg of the tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 15 in Los Angeles, CA.

The band’s full tour schedule is noted below.

Worldwide Dates:
09/07/2019  Sao Paolo, BRA @ Butanta Tropical — TICKETS
09/08/2019  Rio De Janiero, BRA @ Circo Voador — TICKETS
09/10/2019  Buenos Aires, ARG @ El Teatrito — TICKETS
09/12/2019  Santiago, CHI @ Blondie — TICKETS
09/14/2019  Mexico City, MEX @ Plaza Condesa — TICKETS
09/15/2019  Bogota, COL @ Auditorio Lumiere — TICKETS
09/24/2019  St.Petersburg, RU @ Cosmonav — TICKETS
09/25/2019  Moscow, RU @ Glavclub — TICKETS

w/ CHELSEA GRIN, UNEARTH, and FIT FOR A KING:
09/27/2019  Leipzig, DE @ Haus Auensee — TICKETS
09/28/2019  Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle — TICKETS
09/30/2019  Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller — TICKETS
10/01/2019  Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Klubben — TICKETS
10/02/2019  Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio — TICKETS
10/03/2019  Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle — TICKETS
10/04/2019  Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin — TICKETS
10/05/2019  Munich, DE @ Zenith — TICKETS
10/06/2019  Vienna, AT @ Gasometer — TICKETS
10/07/2019  Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra — TICKETS
10/09/2019  Milan, IT @ Magazzini Generali — TICKETS
10/10/2019  Zurich, CH @ Volkshaus — TICKETS
10/11/2019  Grenoble, FR @ La Belle Electrique — TICKETS
10/12/2019  Barcelona, ES @ Apolo — TICKETS
10/13/2019  Madrid, ES @ La Riviera — TICKETS
10/15/2019  Paris, FR @ Bataclan — TICKETS
10/16/2019  Brussels, BE @ AB — TICKETS
10/17/2019  Tilburg, NL @ 013 — TICKETS
10/18/2019  Saarbrücken, DE @ E-Werk — TICKETS
10/19/2019  Cologne, DE @ Palladium — TICKETS

Confirmed dates for the Shaped By Fire U.S. tour with AFTER THE BURIAL and EMMURE
11/15/2019  Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/16/2019  Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren — TICKETS
11/18/2019  Dallas, TX @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/19/2019  Houston, TX @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/21/2019  New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/22/2019  Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre — TICKETS
11/23/2019  Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte — TICKETS
11/24/2019  Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall — TICKETS
11/25/2019  Boston, MA @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/26/2019  Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts — TICKETS
11/27/2019  Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre — TICKETS
11/29/2019  Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — TICKETS
11/30/2019  Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom — TICKETS
12/01/2019  Reading, PA @ Reverb — TICKETS
12/02/2019  Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues — TICKETS
12/03/2019  Chicago, IL @ House of Blues — TICKETS
12/04/2019  Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater — TICKETS
12/06/2019  Denver, CO @ Summit — TICKETS
12/07/2019  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex — TICKETS
12/09/2019  Seattle, WA @ El Corazón — TICKETS
12/10/2019  Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom — TICKETS
12/11/2019  Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades — TICKETS
12/12/2019  Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater — TICKETS
12/13/2019  Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *SOLD OUT*
12/14/2019  San Diego, CA @ SOMA — TICKETS
12/15/2019  Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater — TICKETS

More information on As I Lay Dying’s upcoming live dates, album, videos and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.asilaydying.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying

Twitter: http://twitter.com/asilaydyingband

 

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Michael Schenker Fest Debuts ‘Sleeping With The Lights On’ Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Reccords

Michael Schenker Fest unveiled the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Sleeping With The Lights On‘ Friday.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Revelation, which is scheduled for release Sept. 20.

The video for ‘Sleeping With The Lights On‘ crosses footage of the band performing its new single in a setting that actually presents the video being created with a nurse-type figure doing some not-so-nice things to a patient with a hammer.

Schenker talked briefly about the video in a recent interview.

“Many people in my interviews expressed how much they like this song, and I tell them: ‘Wait till you see the video.’  It brings it [the song] to a whole other level,” Schenker said.  ‘By the way ,the making of the video was a lot of fun and sometimes even spooky.  I hope you enjoy it!”

The premiere of the video for ‘Sleeping With The Lights On‘ comes less than two months after the band debuted the video for ‘Rock Steady,’ the lead single from Revelation.

Pre-orders for Revelation are open now.  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Revelation tracklist (CD-Digipak, 2-LP, Digital)
01. Rock Steady
02. Under A Blood Red Sky
03. Silent Again
04. Sleeping With The Light On
05. The Beast In The Shadows
06. Behind The Smile
07. Crazy Daze
08. Lead You Astray
09. We Are The Voice
10. Headed For The Sun
11. Old Man
12. Still In The Fight
13. Ascension
Bonus:
14. Armed And Ready (live)
15. Bad Boys (live)
16. Rock Bottom (live)

More information on Revelation is available now along with all of Michael Schenker Fest’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/michaelschenkerrocks

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MW_Schenker

 

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Kataklysm Announces New Live Dates

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Kataklysm is heading back out on the road.

The veteran metal outfit made the announcement Friday through a news release.  The document states the band’s upcoming “Meditations Over North America 2019 Tour” is scheduled to launch Sept. 4 in Joliet, IL and run through Sept. 26 in Worchester, MA.

The 21-date tour also features performances in cities, such as Baltimore, MD; Oakland,CA and Kansas City,  MO. Exhorder, Krisiun and Hatchet will serve as support throughout the tour.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for the Meditations Over North America 2019 tour with EXHORDER, KRISIUN & HATCHET are:
Sep. 04 Joliet, IL – The Forge
Sep. 05 Cave-in-Rock, IL – FULL TERROR ASSAULT
Sep. 06 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Sep. 07 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
Sep. 08 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Sep. 10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Sep. 11 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
Sep. 12 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
Sep. 13 Los Angeles, CA – Union
Sep. 14 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
Sep. 15 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Sep. 16 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
Sep. 17 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
Sep. 18 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Sep. 20 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
Sep. 21 Atlanta, GA – TBC
Sep. 22 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Sep. 23. Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
Sep. 26 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Sep. 25 Reading, PA – Reverb
Sep. 26 Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Tickets for the tour are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday.

Kataklysm’s upcoming tour is in support of its most recently released album Meditations(2018), which was released through Nuclear Blast Records.  The video for the album’s single ‘…And Then I Saw Blood’ is streaming here.

More information on Kataklysm’s upcoming tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.kataklysm.ca

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/kataklysm

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kataklysmband

 

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Sepultura To Stream Upcoming Concert

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Sepultura is making lemonade out of lemons.

The veteran thrash outfit was recently banned from performing live at The Palace – hamra in Beirut, Lebanon.  According to a news release sent Tuesday from Nuclear Blast Records stated the band was enacted by the nation’s general security office.  No reason for the ban was noted in the release.

The ban, the first ever in the band’s history, forced the band to cancel its performance at the noted venue.  It did not, however, keep the band from performing for its fans in Beirut.

As a result of the Beirut incident, the band announced through the news release, its May 2 performance in Dubai will be streamed online through the band’s official YouTube channel. The concert is scheduled to stream live at 10 p.m. Lebanese time, 9 p.m. CET and 3 p.m. EST.

The band’s members offered thanks to the staff of the Embassy of Brazil in Beirut for their support, Skull Session and Sepulnation around the world for covering the developing situation.

Sepultura’s upcoming live dates are part of an ongoing effort to promote its 2017 album Machine Messiah, which was released January 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records.  Machine Messiah spawned two singles — ‘I Am The Enemy‘ and ‘Phantom Self.’

Sepultura released eight studio interview sessions leading up to the release of Machine Messiah.  The videos are listed below.

Watch the Machine Messiah studio diaries here:

Studio Diary #1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Lp7ge8Q3w

Studio Diary #2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8vneH5RKt4

Studio Diary #3: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrkNouSAxT4

Studio Diary #4: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol2arUukE30

Studio Diary #5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0SveiuE_AY

Studio Diary #6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNa9K7GvcH4

Studio Diary #7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NdCDS0IM60

Studio Diary #8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHBU2wCu1JY

More information on Sepultura’s upcoming live streaming show is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.sepultura.com/br

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sepultura

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

 

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Michael Schenker Fest Debuts New Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Michael Schenker Fest debuted the video for its new single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘The Girl With The Stars in Her Eyes‘ on Tuesday.  The song is featured in the band’s debut album Resurrection, which was released last year through Nuclear Blast Records. The band is named after its founder, former UFO/Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker.

The video features a young woman dancing in a variety of settings, such as a dimply lit club, an open space with flaming twirlers and against a starlit background.  The song itself boasts a very 80s influenced hard rock sound while its lyrical theme obviously is about a young woman.

‘The Girl With The Stars in Her Eyes’ is just the latest single to be spawned from Resurrection.  The album has also spawned the singles ‘Take Me To The Church,’ ‘Warrior‘ and ‘Heart and Soul.’

Michael Schenker Fest will release its sophomore album Aug. 23 through Nuclear Blast Records.  According to Schenker, the album’s title is Revelation.  He talked about that and the album in whole in a recent interview.

“Based on the fun that we had recording Resurrection, the success of the album and the surrounding tours we undertook that were just fantastic, I was deeply inspired to make a start on writing new songs for a new Michael Schenker Fest album,” Schenker said.  “It is even a step up from Resurrection, with amazing input from all singers and all musicians.  I could not ask for a better result.  The songs are blazing, snappy, energetic, melodic, and with drummers like Simon Phillips and Bodo Shopf we got amazing results.  this time we even managed to record three great mid-tempo songs with all singers involved, singing their hearts out.”

Schenker added, “The album title and cover concept expresses things that have happened in my past as well as what is still happening at the present time.  It’s about passion and purity versus greed and corruption.  There is much to say.  It’s about time I let people know about some of this.”

Revelation was co-produced by Schenker and Michael Voss.  It was mastered by Christoph ‘Doc’ Stickel for CS Mastering/Vienna, Austria.

 

Courtesy;Nuclear Blast Records

The video’s debut comes as the band has launched a new string of live dates.  the latest tour schedule launched Monday and is set to run through May 18 in Austin, TX.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST North American dates are:

4/15/2019  Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
4/16/2019  Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
4/17/2019  Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
4/19/2019  Palace of Fine Arts – San Francisco, CA
4/20/2019  Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
4/21/2019  Revolution Hall – Portland, OR
4/22/2019  Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/24/2019  The Palace formerly Flames Central – Calgary, AB CANADA
4/27/2019  Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
4/28/2019  The Truman – Kansas City, MO
4/30/2019  Bourbon Hall –  St Louisville, KY
5/03/2019  The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
5/04/2019  Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
5/05/2019  Lafayette Theater – Lafayette, IN
5/07/2019  Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
5/09/2019  The Egg – Albany, NY
5/10/2019  The Palladium – Worcester, MA
5/11/2019  Irving Plaza – New York City, NY
5/12/2019  The Space at Westbury – Westbury, NY
5/14/2019  Ram’s Head Live 20 Market Place Baltimore, MD
5/15/2019  The National – Richmond, VA
5/16/2019  Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
5/18/2019  Empire Garage – Austin, TX

A promo video for the trailer featuring Schenker is streaming online here.  Meet and Greet packages are available here.

More information on Michael Schenker Fest’s upcoming tour dates, album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MichaelSchenkerRocks

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MW_Schenker

 

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‘The Wings Of War’ Is Another Powerful Musical Salvo From Overkill

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Don’t fix what’s not broken.  We all know and have used that old adage more than once in our lives, including the members of the veteran thrash metal outfit Overkill.  It is an adage that the band’s members have used from one album to the next over the course of now more than 30 years.  While the band has maintained a very distinct sound from one album to the next, it has also tweaked that sound just enough with each outing, to make every album fresh and interesting.  That is why the veteran New Jersey-based outfit has remained one of the elite names in the thrash community for such a long time.  The band’s latest album, The Wings of War – its 14th so far – supports these statements just as much as its past albums through its musical and lyrical content. ‘Believe in The Fight,’ which comes early in the 10-song record’s body, is just one of the songs that helps prove the noted argument.  ‘Where Few Dare To Walk,’ which comes much later in the 50-minute album’s run, also works to support the noted argument.  It will be addressed a little bit later.  ‘Welcome To The Garden State,’ the album’s latest single, also exemplifies the statements made here.  When the songs noted here are considered along with other songs featured in this record, such as ‘Last Man Standing,’ – the album’s opener – ‘Distortion,’ Hole In My Soul’ and the rest of the album’s offerings, the whole of The Wings of War proves that the members of Overkill still knows how to entertain audiences.  To that end, it proves that Overkill as a unit still has plenty of fight left.

Overkill’s most recently released album The Wings of War is a strong new showing from the veteran New Jersey-based thrash metal outfit.  That is because from start to finish, it is a record that shows the band still knows how to expertly tweak its familiar thrash sound just enough to keep things interesting for audiences and keep its music fresh.  One of the songs featured in this record that supports that statement comes early in the album’s run in the form of ‘Believe in the Fight.’  In terms of its musical arrangement, the song is everything that the band’s fan base has come to expect from the group.  At the same time, a close listen to the song reveals a subtlety in the guitar lines that makes the song comparable to some of the best classic works of Metallica and Anthrax.  That is evident not just in the guitar lines, but in the drums and the choruses.  The similarity is not exact, thank goodness, but it is close enough.  One could go so far as to make a comparison to the songs from Metallica’s debut album Kill ‘Em All in listening to this song.  That is, of course, just this critic’s own take on the arrangement.  The arrangement is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content plays its own important part to its whole.

The song’s lyrical content presents a proud, forceful message of believing in one’s own self and not giving up in life.  This is inferred most clearly through the song’s chorus in which front man Bobby Blitz sings, “We’re not going tired/Or slowing in the quiet night/And we’re not leaving something to believe in/When you think there’s nothing left at all/Believe in the fight/And we do it/In the dark/In the light/One last time/Let’s get it right/With a heart as cold as ice/I believe in the fight/ What do you believe in/In the dark/In the light/One last time/Let’s get it right/When there’s nothing left to believe in/Believe in the fight.”  That is a rather clear message.  Blitz adds to that message in the song’s lead and second verse, saying he is not the type to lie to a person and make that person’s situation worse, nor is the person that type to do the same.  It is sort of one of those “and another thing” statements that serves to say to listeners, “I’ll be straight with you and I know you’ll be straight with me, so don’t give up.  Keep believing and fighting.”  It really is a positive message.  When this positive, uplifting message is coupled with the song’s old school 80s thrash metal style arrangement, the result is a song that shows clearly how much Overkill still has to offer.  It is just one of the songs that serves to show how much fight this band still has.  ‘Where Few Dare To Walk’ is another example of just how much fight this band still has.

Just as is the case with ‘Believe in the Fight,’ ‘Where Few Dare To Walk’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangement.  Again, the arrangement can be compared to some of the best works from Metallica.  In this case, the comparison can be made to the works from the band’s landmark 1986 album Master of Puppets.  That is evident right from the foreboding sound of the song’s opening bars and right into heavy, grinding sound that launches not long after.  If one wanted, one could even make a comparison to Metallica’s equally beloved album Ride The Lightning with this arrangement, too.  Again, it is not the typical up-tempo thrash style work for which Overkill has become known over the decades.  The band has tried this sort of sound previously, but only rarely.  To that end, it makes this change of pace another example of the continued ability of Overkill’s members to keep things engaging and entertaining for listeners.  Its arrangement is just one part of what makes it so interesting, too.  Its lyrical content helps it stand out, too.

The song’s lyrical content comes across as another statement reminding listeners to maintain their inner strength.  This is inferred in the song’s lead verse, as Blitz sings, “Cross your t’s and dot your I’s/Take note when the raven flies/And always keep one eye upon the fool/Without fear or favor, speak to them/With good behavior to condemn/And keep the other eye upon the cruel.”  He comes across as saying, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  He goes on to sing, “Reach down deep/Stand your ground/We’ve only just begun/Turn no cheek/In step and pound/Until the job is done/And walk,walk.”  There, in that chorus, is that message of standing up for one’s self and not being afraid to stand up for something.  As if that is not proof enough, he further notes, “Call them out/On their s***/demand they listen/When you talk/wear them down/bit by it/And go where few dare to walk.”  Blitz is saying, be brave, be willing to stand up for something and for one’s self.  That is because there are so few people who are brave enough to do just that.  He even goes so far as to stress, “Do unto others as unto you/Bite down on the golden rule/And always keep a match to light the fuse/Walk softly/Carry a big stick/and disassemble brick by brick/And never think our outcome is to lose.”  This is another welcome, empowering statement from the band that is certain to resonate with plenty of listeners.  When it is coupled with the song’s arrangement, the whole of the elements makes this song yet another example of just how much fight this band still has in it and what makes the album in whole another example of why Overkill remains today one of hard rocks’ elite acts.  It still is not the last of the songs that serves to show what makes The Wings of War stand out just as much as Overkill’s past albums.  The loud, proud, fist-pumping anthem that is ‘Welcome to the Garden State’ is one more example of how The Wings of War proves how much Overkill as a unit still has to offer.

‘The arrangement at the center of ‘Welcome to the Garden State’ is yet another example of the ability of Overkill’s members to keep things fresh in that it takes the band’s familiar thrash style and crosses it with a more punk-style sound that ends up being comparable to some of Motorhead’s best works.  Yet again, here is Overkill as a unit changing things up just enough for listeners, and in turn keeping things quite interesting.  The song’s arrangement is just part of what makes it stand out.  Its lyrical content stands out just as much as its musical arrangement.

Simply put, this song is a musical and lyrical love letter to New Jersey.  Blitz proudly sings in his signature gravelly tone, “Welcome to the Garden State/The best damn place in the U.S.A./You may not agree/You bitch and moan/I’ve been everywhere/But it’s not like home.”  He adds at the end of the song’s lead verse, “Don’t f*** with a jersey devil.”  In other words, he’s showing his Jersey pride.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  As a matter of fact, this critic’s own father was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and spent plenty of time there (and across the Northeast since this critic’s ancestors apparently helped found parts of New England, including New Haven, CT) throughout the years.  In other words, while maybe not living there now, this critic has plenty of his own Jersey pride and can relate to Blitz’s words.  That includes Blitz’s reference to the traffic on the turnpike and Route 35.  That home-state pride is a fun addition to the album, and once more shows – in an especially unique fashion – the continued ability of Overkill’s members to keep things fresh and interesting.  When this is considered along with the other two songs noted here and the rest of the album’s offerings, fresh, interesting works couple with the band’s more familiar works for a whole that is another solid offering from Overkill.  It proves in whole to be an album that displays without doubt, this veteran hard rock outfit still has plenty of fight left in its members.

Overkill’s 14th full-length studio recording The Wings of War is a powerful new musical salvo from the veteran thrash metal band.  From start to end, this 10-song, 50 minute record gives listeners something old and something new.  The minor tweaks to the arrangements couple with lyrical themes that are just as certain to keep listeners engaged and entertained as the record’s musical content.  The end result is a record that is easily one more of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  It is available now.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest tour updates, news and more at:

 

 

 

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