Overkill Release Pummeling New Song ‘Our Finest Hour’
It's been over three decades since New Jersey's Overkill released their Feel the Fire debut and they know as well as any fan that their brand of street-born thrash is still as potent as ever. With their 17th studio album, The Grinding Wheel, expected to arrive in February of next year, the Jersey boys have offered a sample from the thrash platter with the chest-beating "Our Finest Hour."
Clocking in at just under six minutes, Overkill run through wild tempo changes, delivering a riffstorm that begs for windmill headbanging. The push and pull of the opening moments are guided by fevered drumming before settling in as the verse arrives. Bobby Blitz, who will be 58 next year, proves yet again that he's one of the most enduring frontmen around, with no signs of wear on his inimitable voice.
The arrangement on "Our Finest Hour" is unforgiving, especially over the circle-pit inducing mid-section, which quickly degrades into a stomping mid-tempo groove, invoking more images of flying fists and elbows.
The song will see a physical release on Nov. 4 as a 7" single through Nuclear Blast with options of green, black, clear or splatter vinyl. Pre-order your copy here.
Speaking with Full Metal Jackie about recording on the road for the forthcoming album, Blitz said, "It was killer because I like to tour while we’re writing because it’s a great transference. That live energy on the stage that transfers over to tape. Not the tape, but digital information. You can’t feign that. It’s like coming off, me personally, in San Antonio or San Francisco and being able to hit the back of the bus and put down some demo vocals. The last memory or experience I had with the band, was all about 110 percent. That kind of feeling, so it transfers easily."
Overkill, Nile 2017 Tour Dates
2/14 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Trocadero Theatre
2/15 — Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora Ballroom (w/ Lordi)
2/16 — Columbus, Ohio Park Street Saloon
2/17 — Chicago, Ill. @ Concorde Music Hall
2/18 — Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Cabooze
2/19 — Lawrence, Kan. @ Granada
2/20 — Englewood, Colo. @ Gothic Theater
2/22 — Seattle, Wash. @ El Corazon
2/23 — Portland, Ore. @ Hawthorne Theater
2/25 — Anaheim, Calif. @ City National Grove
2/26 — Tempe, Ariz. @ Club Red
2/27 — Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theater
2/28 — Dallas, Texas @ Trees
3/01 — Houston, Texas @ Scout Bar
3/02 — San Antonio, Texas @ Alamo City Music Hall
3/03 — New Orleans, La. @ Southport Music Hall
3/04 — Ybor City, Fla. @ The Ritz Ybor
3/05 — Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
3/06 — Charlotte, N.C. @ The Fillmore*
3/07 — Norfolk, Va. @ The NorVa*
3/08 — Washington D.C. @ Howard Theatre*
3/09 — Clifton Park, N.Y. @ Upstate Concert Hall*
3/10 — Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium
*with Amorphis, Swallow the Sun
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