Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to the OVERKILL history with their new drummer, Jason "Sticks" Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM). "OVERKILL would like to announce it's newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason "Sticks" Bittner," comments Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. "We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy "The Mexicutioner" Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the OVERKILL machine. Jason is a long time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoke for themselves. Let the touring continue...onward-upward!" Jason "Sticks" Bittner states, "When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said 'Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?' It really didn't take much for me to write back a one word answer.........ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I can not wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the 'Mean Green Killing Machine!'" Catch OVERKILL live: 06/20/2017 Bel Etage – Kiev – UA 06/22/2017 Opera Concert Club – St. Petersburg – RU 06/23/2017 Volta Club – Moscow – RU 06/24/2017 Copenhell Festival – Denmark 08/09/2017 Brutal Assault Festival – Czech Republic 08/10/2017 Party San Festival – DE 08/11/2017 Leyandes Festival – ESP 08/12/2017 Into The Grave Festival – NL 08/13/2017 Zeche – Bochum – DE 08/15/2017 Tivoli – Bremen – DE 08/17/2017 More Than Festival – Slovakia 08/19/2017 Summer Breeze – DE 10/14-15/2017 Loudpark – Tokyo – JP Headbangers Ball Tour [+] 11/26/2017 Hellraiser – Leipzig – DE [+] 11/27/2017 Lka – Stuttgart – DE [+] 11/28/2017 Ronda – Utrecht – NL [+] 11/29/2017 Große Freiheit – Hamburg – DE [+] 11/30/2017 Huxleys – Berlin – DE [+] 12/01/2017 Christmas Bash – Geiselwind – DE [+] 12/03/2017 Gasometer – Vienna – AT [+] 12/04/2017 Backstage – Munich – DE [+] 12/07/2017 Z 7 – Pratteln – CH [+] 12/08/2017 Ruhrpott Metal Meeting – Oberhausen – DE [+] 12/09/2017 Hessenhallen – Gießen – DE [+] 12/11/2017 Garage – Saarbrücken – DE [+] [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]
The Grinding Wheel made it's debut at #69 on the US Billboard Top 100 as well as secured #65 on the Top Albums in Canada. Below are the worldwide chart placements for The Grinding Wheel. [if !supportLineBreakNewLine]
The Grinding Wheel made it's debut at #69 on the US Billboard Top 100 as well as secured #65 on the Top Albums in Canada. Below are the worldwide chart placements for The Grinding Wheel.
Canada #4 Hard Music #50 Current #65 Top Albums Worldwide #5 UK Rock Top 40 #10 Germany #14 UK Indie Top 40, #17 Sweden Rock/Metal #23 Switzerland #44 Finland #55 Australia #145 UK
The Grinding Wheel was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS). The artwork was created again by Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, SOILWORK, DEATH...).
More on The Grinding Wheel: #1 Title & Artwork: https://goo.gl/TiKlFU #2 Lyrics: https://goo.gl/uekGva #3 Musical Direction: https://goo.gl/cU1Dtj #4 Bobby's Relationship With Music: https://goo.gl/qWkI6z #5 Heavy Metal Charities: https://goo.gl/yt5TzI #6 Bobby's Influences: https://goo.gl/XQe0xI Track-by-track #1: https://goo.gl/vfxlzr Track-by-track #2: https://goo.gl/HydTXy Track-by-track #3: https://goo.gl/fleqMZ "Our Finest Hour" Lyric Video: https://goo.gl/S8af9J "Mean, Green, Killing Machine" Lyric Video: https://goo.gl/baEjYR "Goddamn Trouble" Music Video: https://goo.gl/qJdRVX "Shine On" Music Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U0g9AsieWY