Although everybody seems to have a different account of who came first in the world of New York/New Jersey area thrash metal, it seems certain that New Jersey’s Overkill have stayed around the longest, and have never let their fans down by remaining musically consistent and true to their roots for over 30 years.
There are few names as well respected as Overkill, and with the resurgence of metal in the music world, this band is poised to return to the top. Overkill are ready to show mature metal heads they still have it and are geared up to teach the new schoolers exactly how it’s done.
The band gained their first major label deal with 1987’s Taking Over. They signed to Atlantic and remained with the label for 7 years, based on the strength and consistency of their music. Under The Influence (1988) and 1989’s The Years of Decay (1989) brought Overkill to new heights in their career. Sid Falck would replace founding drummer Rat Skates on drums to bring his own brutal percussive assault to Verni’s already powerful rhythm section. The band had already established a rabid fan base with songs like “Rotten ToThe Core” and “Hammerhead” (as well as their infamous cover of D.O.A.’s “Fuck You”), and new songs like “Evil Never Dies” and “Hello From The Gutter” would become Overkill mainstays as well. A video for “Hello From the Gutter” was garnering much fan response when it received play on MTV’s Headbangers Ball.
The band’s W.F.O. album (1994) would be Overkill’s final album with Atlantic, as they would release their first official full-length live assault, Wrecking Your Neck on CMC in 1995. Overkill released 3 more full length albums (Killing Kind, From The Underground and Below, and Necroshine) by 2000.
Bloodletting (2000) was released on Metal-Is, and the band added guitarist Dave Linsk to the fray. The current Overkill lineup would be completed with the release of the live album Wrecking Everything, recorded in Asbury Park, NJ, and the addition of second guitarist Derek Tailer in 2002.
Overkill released Killbox 13, one of their most well-received albums to date, on Spitfire Records in 2003. ReliXIV and Immortalis followed, continuing the Overkill legacy.
On October 30, 2009, Overkill inked a multi-album deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s debut album for the label, Ironbound — which was described as a true “thrashter-piece” — was released on February 9, 2010. The album received much acclaim, both critically and fan wise, and described by some as an instant classic.
This was followed up in 2012 with the release of The Electric Age, which continued the tone set on Ironbound, to much acclaim.
The band’s latest album, White Devil Armory, was released on July 22nd, 2014.
Formed in 1993 by Sanders, bassist / vocalist Chief Spires, and drummer Pete Hammoura, then later augmented in 1996 by second guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade, NILE’s symphonic arrangements unleashed a unique approach to their uncompromising technicality and Middle Eastern-tinged songwriting with their two EPs, Festivals Of Atonement (1995), Ramses Bringer Of War (1997), and their first full-length, 1998’s Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka. Rightfully earning themselves a world tour with Morbid Angel and a festival debut at Dynamo Open Air in 1999, NILE were quickly gaining an onslaught of new fans that revered them as one of metal’s most devastating new bands. Once home (and with the assistance of drummer Derek Roddy after Hammoura tore his shoulder), Sanders and company began work assembling and arranging the song fragments and ideas that were fermenting while on the road. Every night was spent obsessively researching (the lyrics alone took a year to finalize!), composing, arranging and re-arranging before entering Soundlab Studios in Columbia, South Carolina with producer/engineer Bob Moore to record the result of their meticulous labor: the masterfully grandiose and cinematic Black Seeds Of Vengeance, Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album Of The Year” for the year 2000.
Relentless touring through the U.S. and Europe followed, and it would be two years before the band would return to work with Bob Moore at Soundlab Studios (with new vocalist & bassist Jon Vesano replacing Chief Spires and drummer Tony Laureano replacing Hammoura in tow) on In Their Darkened Shrines, enthusiastically commended by Terrorizer Magazine as “a hair’s breath from perfection” and giving us the live staple “Unas Slayer Of The Gods.” NILE joined road forces with Arch Enemy, Napalm Death, Voivod, Strapping Young Lad, Danzig, Opeth, and Superjoint Ritual, made renowned appearances at Italy’s Gods Of Metal and Fields Of Rock festivals, headlined in Japan for the first time, came back to the States to tour with Kreator and Vader, then returned to Europe for the X-Mass Festival.
Again, the band would rest before committing themselves to recording 2005’s Annihilation Of The Wicked with engineer Bob Moore and producer/mixer Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nevermore) at Soundlab. Incorporating African choirs and the exotic instrumentations from sitars, tables, tempuras, and kettle drums, the album was summed up best by Guitar World Magazine who branded it “the perfect soundtrack to a blinding, flesh-burning apocalypse.” Showcasing the drum talents of George Kollias, Annihilation validated every accolade heaped upon NILE. Tours with King Diamond, then Hypocrisy & Decapitated followed in the U.S.; with Unleashed, Hate Eternal, and Behemoth and later Incantation and Dying Fetus through Europe; and a festival appearance at Norway’s Hole In The Sky kept NILE on the road for over a year, leaving audiences in awe with their exhaustive work ethic, their tenacity & persistence, and their mind-numbing musicianship.
Two years and a new record label later, NILE return in the full glory of all their majestic malevolence. Clean, articulate, studied, and rooted in the algebraic drumming and incendiary blast-beats of George Kollias and the Mach-3 tandem guitar work and double-vocal assault of Sanders & Toler-Wade, Ithyphallic (referring to the ancient practice of portraying statues of gods with huge, mystically-proportioned phalluses as a sign of strength and fertility) continues to advance the scope and magnitude of death metal. A bold statement of ancient ferocity, NILE’s fifth album is resplendent with epic arrangements and savage extremity and is testimony to the band’s extreme range of expression manifested through a variety of tempos & time signatures and their intelligent subject matter, which — when combined – invokes an unmistakable power. Retaining the band’s exceptionally high standard of sound is long-time engineer Bob Moore; Ithyphallic’s sonic clarity comes courtesy of Neil Kernon’s painstaking production.
No band has ever committed themselves so deeply within a subject matter as has NILE, as demonstrated by the tracks “Ithyphallic,” “What Can Safely Be Written,” “The Essential Salts,” and the ravaging “Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water.” “Karl Sanders,” observes Decibel Magazine, “plays with one foot on the Great Pyramid, the other on Sirius B, and every atom of his considerable technique harnessed in the service of the Other.” Noted for their individuality, NILE inspire the exploration of new paradigms among their colleagues. ” Ithyphallic is doomy, twisted, and warped, yet intricately crafted with brutal and intense clarity and pronunciation,” writes Brave Words And Bloody Knuckles, “a scourge that proves NILE is one of the most important death metal bands today.”
If history is fundamentally a record of human interaction and if possessing knowledge of the past can grant us the key to our future, the question begs to be asked: are we doomed to live out the same horrors, the same curses, the same trappings of greed as have so many civilizations before us? Come. Your personal history lesson awaits you…
ABOUT VALIANT BASTARDS–
Deep in the lands of Portland Oregon, lived an evil sorcerer. His only purpose in life was to spread chaos and mayhem throughout the world. Summoning demons, spirits and unholy beasts from the bowels of hell, there looked to be no hope left for humanity. As the end drew near, the skies blackened and the air became thick and shrouded in smoke… but through the dust and rubble, four warriors took up arms against this menacing fiend. Sir Rusty, Wielding his axe of destruction, forged from the bones of his fallen enemies. Sir Eric, with his bellowing hammer of justice, clearing all in his path with a single blow. Sir Scott, harnessing the power of the twin blades and war drums, made from the skin of the foulest of beasts. And Sir Lucas, with his relentless battle shouts and slicing scythe of death. Together, these noble heroes were known as the VALIANT BASTARDS, forever to fight against the evils of this land.
ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL INJUSTICE–
An unexpected surprise occurs when you first hear Chronological Injustice. While listening to their incredibly well written songs, you’d think you were experiencing a seasoned national band. The brain child of 11 year old Gunnar DüGrey took several years to come to fruition, but when it did at the beginning of his 8th grade year of school, it took off like wild fire! Fast forward to seeing them live..and it hits you. Still in the prime of their youth, these phenomenal musicians have already shared the stage with huge acts such as Nile, Sepultura, Morbid Angel, Soulfly, Decapitated. EYEHATEGOD, Goatwhore, Soilwork, Powerman 5000, Metal Church, Destruction, Within the Ruins, Havok, and Lorna Shore. In 2016 they reformed out of the ashes of two of the top Metal bands in the Northwest. From Seattle, Unhaloed members merged with C.I. to create a dominant force in the Northwest. Members include Gunnar DüGrey with his newly acquired endorsement deals with Dean Guitars and Randall Amps on lead guitar, James Sumner on lead vocals, Ben Gesik on rhythm guitar, Gabriel Wright on bass and Charlie Gesik on drums. They have a well grounded attitude, unbelievable confidence and the fervor to command any stage. The world is limitless for Chronological Injustice!
Chronological Injustice is a concept written around mans cruelty towards his fellow man in the name of greed, power, religion, or any other excuse made up to torture his brothers throughout history. Their stories need to be told to keep us from forgetting the past, or we are destined to repeat it. The saddest part is that we will never run out of stories to tell. Never forget..
ABOUT DAMAGE OVERDOSE–
Damage OverDose (DOD) is a Native American Brutal Metal band made up of brothers Chuck Hudson (vocals and guitar) and DW Hudson (Drums), Brian Poland (2nd guitar), and Chris Martin (bass). A live set is simply the only way to witness how brutal and heavy this band really is. The music can be described as Aggressive, Brutal, Groove Metal. Formed in late 97′, DOD has been playing live since May of 98′, playing with local bands around Oregon, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, and California.