METAL ALLIANCE TOUR Featuring: Overkill
Overkill, Crowbar, Havok, Black Fast, Invidia
10261 Technology Blvd E
Dallas, TX, 75220
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
This event is 16 and over
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Metal Alliance Tour
For Metal Heads by Metal Heads.
Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band from New Jersey (USA).
The band known for rejecting several names, which includes "Virgin Killer", this new band finally settled on "Overkill", naming themselves after a Motörhead album.
Overkill were formed in New Jersey when a previous D.D. Verni/Rat Skates (real names: Carlos Verni and Lee Kundrat - the stage names were tributes to favourite punk bands, the Ramones featuring Dee Dee Ramone, and the Damned, featuring Rat Scabies... Bobby Blitz was taken from The Dead Boys' Johnny Blitz!) project, a punk band called The Lubricunts, broke up in 1980. (There's a picture of the Lubricunts demo cover in the Wrecking Your Neck liner notes.) D.D. quickly wanted to form a new band, so he put out an ad which was answered by guitarist Robert Pisarek (who came up with the name Overkill), but he was quickly replaced by Dan Spitz and Anthony Ammendolo.
Early covers (especially those done under the Virgin Killer name in the very very early days) were punk songs for the most part, including selections by the Ramones, and The Dead Boys. By 1980, they had recruited two guitarists (names forgotten over time) and the setlist included songs by Motorhead ("Overkill", half of the Ace of Spades album, and others), Judas Priest ("Tyrant" was their closer for a while), and later Iron Maiden and Riot, as well as a smattering of punk covers, which were played with extra distortion, intensity, and concentration on riffs.
In 1981, guitarists Dan Spitz (later of Anthrax) and Anthony Ammendolo left the band and Rich Conte entered with Mike Sherry. At this point, they started writing originals, including "Grave Robbers", "Raise the Dead", "Overkill", and "Unleash the Beast Within". More originals would follow, including "Rotten to the Core". Somewhere around this time Rich and Dan left and Bobby entered with Joe somebody on guitars. The band became a staple at New York and New Jersey clubs around 1982, and soon Bobby lived up to his "Blitz" nickname, earning an ejection from the band for a few days in 1983!
Around this time, the fluorescent green logo was adopted - it was specifically chosen to stand out on a poster with lots of red logos of other bands on the bill.
The lineup would stay consistent until 1987, when "Rat" Skates left the band. He was replaced by Mark Archibole for a few gigs, and then on a permanent basis Sid Falck, previously of Paul Di'anno's Battlezone. (Bobby Blitz once said that the only former member he misses is co-founder Rat Skates.) Then, in 1990, Bobby G. left and was replaced by Rob Cannavino and Merritt Gant (Faith or Fear).
This lineup lasted until 1992, when Tim Mallare came in on drums. Rob and Merritt both left the band in 1995 (Rob became a motorcycle racer, and Merritt formed several other bands), being replaced by Joe Comeau (Liege Lord) and Sebastian Marino. Joe left in 1999 to become the vocalist for Annihilator, and the Coverkill album was recorded with new guitarist Dave Linsk. Sebastian left to spend more time with family, so Linsk played all the guitar parts on 2000's Bloodletting album, and Derek Tailor joined for the subsequent tour, and was also featured on Killbox 13. Tim Mallare left Overkill on his own accord after 14 years with the band in 2005.
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth: vocals (1980-)
Carlo "D.D. Blaze" Verni: bass (1980-)
Dave Linsk: lead guitar (1999-)
Derek "Skull" Tailer: rhythm guitar (2001-)
Ron Lipnicki: drums (2005-)
As undisputed heavyweight champions of the New Orleans sludge sound, CROWBAR have remained a true force in aggressive underground music for over a decade.
Even with an ambitious and genre-defining musical legacy in their wake, CROWBAR continues to evolve while remaining the sonic definition of 'heavy.' Guitarist and vocalist Kirk Windstein's wrecking ball of charged emotion remains as crushing as ever...
HAVOK the thrash metal powerhouse reigning from Colorado formed in 2004. After two self-released albums, the band caught the attention of England's Candlelight Records. Burn was released in early spring of 2009. Incorporating blisteringly fast guitar riffs, machine-like drumming, groovy bass lines, searing leads, and hard-hitting vocals, HAVOK is able to maintain that *punch-you-in-the-throat* style of music. Fast forward to 2011 and the Denver-based thrashers return with their second album. The band turns the heat up with new thrash anthems. Time Is Up immediately showcases the band's highly skilled musicianship.Blistering guitar work once again highlights the album. Song standouts include album opener "Prepare for Attack," "Fatal Intervention," "Covering Fire," and"Scumbag in Disguise."
Although there are many other thrash bands out there, there is one thing that sets HAVOK apart from the others. This band puts their own stamp on the genre by employing a more technical side of music, while maintaining the feel. HAVOK's live show is where the band really catches peoples' attention, with their non-stop energy level and their ability to get the audience involved. They are a must-see for any fan of live music! HAVOK has received tons of positive feedback for their efforts to make thrash a mainstay in modern music: and they will continue to spread the intensity until they decide the job is done! Given their talent, determination, and constantly growing fan base, HAVOK is destined to become a mainstay in this scene!
Speed demons and hell-raisers, take heed! Circle-pitting, beer drinking, hair-swinging, spider-fingered goodness, that’s the name of the game for BLACK FAST, America’s newest neo-classic riff masters. Ripping pages from Death's technical death metal guidebook, the St. Louis foursome conjures the spirit of the late, great Chuck Schuldiner while channeling the viciousness of Megadeth's young-and-hungry Dave Mustaine and blistering aggression of Kreator’s Mille Petrozza.
Creating a modern twist on the energetic riffs of metal’s glory days, BLACK FAST harness the spirit of their metal forefathers, whether exploring hand-cramp-inducing riffs or blazing through straightforward thrash. BLACK FAST songs have a hungry ferocity reminiscent of the Bay Area thrash scene, the likes of which haven’t been this raw or hyper-charged in decades.
BLACK FAST has the musical chops to move seamlessly between the progressive licks of Voivod and the scorched-earth devastation of vintage Megadeth with reckless abandon and a bleak but empowered vibe as wrought by the Midwest. Both guitarist Trevor Johanson and bassist Ryan Thompson have jazz degrees. Drummer Ross Burnett has been playing since kindergarten while Akin knew he wanted to be in a metal band very early in life.
Since 2011 BLACK FAST has fit right in on lineups with thrash revivalists like Havok, Battlecross, Revocation, Toxic Holocaust and Warbringer and modern metal merchants like Cavalera Conspiracy and Shadows Fall. BLACK FAST won the 2012 St. Louis ‘Headbang for the Highway,’ contest and played the Sumerian Records stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Kansas City.
In 2013 MetalSucks.net selected BLACK FAST as one of the best unsigned acts in their 'Unsigned and Unholy' column and the band's self-released EP Starving Out the Light nabbed "Best of the Year" nods by Metal Storm and No Clean Singing. Standout tracks “Progenitors of Predation” and "Starve" display the mix of thunderous thrash, filthy riffs and full-on swagger that is BLACK FAST. “Obelisk” has become the band’s calling card, instantly connecting in the live setting, like Black Fast’s very own “Angel of Death.”
BLACK FAST’s soundtrack to society’s collapse is relentless. Possessed by unbridled energy and a palpable desperation, the band has a fierce vitality that will not go unnoticed. Watch for their label debut on eOne Music in 2015.
When perusing the lineup of Invidia and recognizing the names of current and former members of In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch and Skinlab you might think you have the band figured out. You don’t. While the ten-legged Las Vegas based wrecking crew certainly bring elements of their other bands to Invidia’s sound this is a beast that stands apart, and their debut As The Sun Sleeps makes this very fucking clear. “While what we’re doing is still ‘metal’ there were no rules when we started this band,” says vocalist Travis Johnson, who formerly fronted Flatline and currently handles bass duties for In This Moment. “The mixing of ideas and styles worked for us because we let it, and every song is different from the last. Not having to ‘stay in the box and write the same stuff everyone already likes’ was pure gold, and an exhilarating opportunity for us all.” While a core sound unites the tracks across the record under the watchful eye of producer/manager Logan Mader (Once Human, Machine Head), the band gleefully crash through sub-genre walls, embracing everything from industrial sludge to Bay Area thrash, a boot placed firmly up the ass of everything they do. “Of course we set out to make a killer record, but what made it so unique was the way everyone worked together. We all trust Logan without question, we all knew him or had worked with him previously. It was a really positive, comfortable environment to create in, so the music just evolved really fast but at the same time smoothly, and it was a fun, exciting experience.”
The band’s origins date back to December 2015, though long relationships exist between the majority of the members. Conversations between Johnson and guitarist Brian Jackson (formerly of Skinlab) got the ball rolling, and soon afterward Jackson entered the studio with Mader to start “hashing out” some music. Getting wind of this, bassist Matt Snell (formerly of Five Finger Death Punch) – a long time friend and often tour mate of Jackson and Johnson – enthusiastically offered his services. Drummer Darren Badorine who had previously collaborated with Johnson was soon drafted into the fold, the final piece of the puzzle coming with ex-Skinlab guitarist Marcos Medina. “When we were looking for a second guitarist Brian said ‘dude, why didn’t I think of this sooner – I’ve got the perfect guy! Hang on lemme call him!’ That was it, super smooth and easy and the band was going. It was like it was ‘meant to be’.”
The various personalities and styles of the members soon gelled, and bonded and driven by a common goal they worked quickly and passionately. The result is a collection of songs that not only land with phenomenal force but skewer the listener with ruthless hooks. “That was our goal, what we wanted to do with these songs, but at the same time we didn’t want every track to be the same, so we firmly stuck to the idea of always doing what was right for the individual song. Logan was instrumental in this department. He really seems to inspire confidence while recording, and pulls music out of people they maybe didn’t know they had in them.” Listen to lead off track “Making My Amends” and you will get the full on Invidia effect: tighter than hell, built around monstrous grooves and armed with a truly scathing chorus that makes you want to punch whatever is in your vicinity at the time. Blast your eardrums with “Now Or Never” and you will be no less pummelled, but its industrial-infused thunder, propulsive rhythms and cinematic grandiosity will take you to a wholly different place. Or crank up “Feed The Fire” and embrace the southern grooves woven into its titanic riffing, its chorus and climax almost impossibly huge. Producer, Logan Mader says "I loved working on this album! Inivia's sound has huge balls while maintaining a great sense mass appeal with big hooks and heavy grooves. The guys are dead serious about making it all happen and very self sufficient. Producing records like this are the ones that make my job fun and inspiring."
In tandem with constantly switching things up musically, Johnson covers a variety of subjects in his lyrics, adding to the emotional resonance of the record. “There are songs like “Making My Amends”, which is about getting sober. Then there’s “Smell The Kill”, which is about being a sniper, and “Marching Dead”, which is about the dead rising and taking over the world, and “Truth In The Sky” is about being a liar and being outed for it. Like with the music there were no rules.” While Johnson never fails to deliver when it comes to unleashing his mighty larynx, adding a further element to the record the band drafted in Gemini Syndrome frontman Aaron Nordstrom to lend his tones to “The Other Side”. “He was in Vegas over at Brian’s pad, and he and I were bouncing ideas around on the tune and it just had to happen! Aaron is an amazing artist, his ideas on that song were so good, and his contributions are amazing.”
With the album primed to drop, those coming into contact with the band’s music will likely Google the definition of Invidia, and learn that the latin phrase refers to a sense of envy, conjuring a sense of spite and resentment at the success of others. It is not unreasonable to suggest that a great many bands currently operating in the active-rock/metal sphere will feel just that when confronted by the songs on As The Sun Sleeps, the album title also connected to this concept. “We’re a Vegas based band, we’re out at night, and that’s also when the ‘demons come out to play’, as the last track on the record says. You see a lot of envy and judgment in the world, even more so if you’re an ‘out every night’ sort of guy.” Of course, eliciting such feelings was not the band’s intent when they wrote and recorded the album, focused on making great songs and having fun with it. “When the fun is gone it becomes work, so a goal for us is to find a way to maintain a positive influence in what we do, and avoid it ever becoming something that seems like a chore. That’s how we make the music we make.” While Johnson remains committed to In This Moment he has every intent on touring hard with As The Sun Sleeps, not wanting Invidia to ever be considered a side project. “Who knows, maybe we’ll tour with In This Moment and I’ll get to pull a double every night!” he laughs. “Stranger things have happened!”
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