Legendary New Jersey thrashers Overkill will unleash their 19th studio record, The Wings Of War, on February 22, 2019, via Nuclear Blast.
Check out the video below for “Last Man Standing” from the album.
Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth comments: “It was a blast making The Wings of War! It is something old feeling new again, as our chemistry was altered by the addition of Jason Bittner. I was curious from the get-go, how would it pan out? I think what we accomplished here is a new, upgraded Overkill that embraced the new chemistry while taking our roots into the present. The new formula produced not only more raw power but more places to go with melody, a win, win. The key is being not only interested in the change but part of it. I’ll tell you what, it’s still fun as hell making Overkill records.”
The Wings Of War was recorded at Gear Recording Studio in New Jersey, SKH Studio in Florida and Jrod Productions with engineering handled by DD and Dave. The album was produced by the band while Chris “Zeuss” Harris handled the mixing and mastering.
It’s with over 30 years under their leather belts that these New Jersey natives prepare to unveil their latest offering, The Wings Of War. With 10 tracks and fifty one minutes long, their 19th full length album is the ultimate combination of sickening brutality and addictive melody. It was yet another incredible album cover design by Travis Smith that sparked the idea of what to name this next album. With 5 of the iconic Overkill winged skulls brooding powerfully around the table seemingly prepared for battle, The Wings Of War simply rolled off the tongue.
With the fresh addition of seasoned drummer Jason Bittner (ex-Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam, Stigmata), Overkill is experiencing a new chemistry this time around, truly giving the record a unique feel. The writing was funneled through its familiar foundation, but now had a fresh influence and energy that inspired the entire band. “We’ve never had an identity crisis,” adds frontman Blitz, “but we still like raising an eyebrow from time to time!”
Morphing into the modern day and taking advantage of the convenience of technological advances, this old school group of guys utilize technology for its instantaneous qualities that help fuel their momentum and prevent the build-up of stagnant ideas; an old formula that evolved with new life and new breath and that after all these years, still generates an exquisite power.