New Jersey a state known these days for the fake tans of the cast of the Jersey Shore, but it wasn’t always like that. This state used to be a hot bed for heavy metal. In the 1980’s artists such as Zakk Wylde, Skid Row, and thrash metal titans Overkill called New Jersey home. Overkill is back with what is sure to be a great album entitled ‘The Electric Age’ (Nuclear Blast), their follow up to 2010’s ‘Iron Bound’ (E1/Nuclear Blast) which was a crash course in pure thrash metal. The new album was recorded at bassist D.D. Verni’s studio and will be released in North America March 27th. It will be Overkill’s sixteenth album to date, a truly amazing feat.
Overkill recently released a track from the album entitled ‘Electric Rattlesnake’ which is a thrash metal fans dream come true. The track starts out and sounds like Overkills regular sound mixed with a really early Metallica attitude. Around the 3:30 mark of the track is my favorite part which sounds a lot like something Black Sabbath would have done in the Dio era, mixed with Overkill front-man Bobby Blitz Ellsworth’s signature vocal styling.
It seems as though Overkill is like a fine wine, getting better with old age. I’m looking forward to the new album and will review it when it comes out!
Check out The Track ‘Electric Rattlesnake’ Below as well as the Music Video for ‘Bring Me The Night’ off of 2010’s Iron Bound: