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Rebel Radio and FM Entertainment Present: “Metal Alliance”
- Black Fast
Although everybody seems to have a different account of who came first in the world of New York/New Jersey area thrash metal, it seems certain that New Jersey’s Overkill have stayed around the longest, and have never let their fans down by remaining musically consistent and true to their roots for over 30 years.
There are few names as well respected as Overkill, and with the resurgence of metal in the music world, this band is poised to return to the top. Overkill are ready to show mature metal heads they still have it and are geared up to teach the new schoolers exactly how it’s done.
The band gained their first major label deal with 1987’s Taking Over. They signed to Atlantic and remained with the label for 7 years, based on the strength and consistency of their music. Under The Influence (1988) and 1989’s The Years of Decay (1989) brought Overkill to new heights in their career. Sid Falck would replace founding drummer Rat Skates on drums to bring his own brutal percussive assault to Verni’s already powerful rhythm section. The band had already established a rabid fan base with songs like “Rotten To The Core” and “Hammerhead” (as well as their infamous cover of D.O.A.’s “Fuck You”), and new songs like “Evil Never Dies” and “Hello From The Gutter” would become Overkill mainstays as well. A video for “Hello From the Gutter” was garnering much fan response when it received play on MTV’s Headbangers Ball.
The band’s W.F.O. album (1994) would be Overkill’s final album with Atlantic, as they would release their first official full-length live assault, Wrecking Your Neck on CMC in 1995. Overkill released 3 more full length albums (Killing Kind, From The Underground and Below, and Necroshine) by 2000.
Bloodletting (2000) was released on Metal-Is, and the band added guitarist Dave Linsk to the fray. The current Overkill lineup would be completed with the release of the live album Wrecking Everything, recorded in Asbury Park, NJ, and the addition of second guitarist Derek Tailer in 2002.
Overkill released Killbox 13, one of their most well-received albums to date, on Spitfire Records in 2003. ReliXIV and Immortalis followed, continuing the Overkill legacy.
On October 30, 2009, Overkill inked a multi-album deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s debut album for the label, Ironbound — which was described as a true “thrashter-piece” — was released on February 9, 2010. The album received much acclaim, both critically and fan wise, and described by some as an instant classic. This was followed up in 2012 with the release of The Electric Age, which continued the tone set on Ironbound, to much acclaim. The band’s latest album, White Devil Armory, was released on July 22nd, 2014
Starting in 1989 and taking its name from the Crowbar group in NOLA (New Orleans), Kirk Windstein went on to pioneer slow and heavy music with a unique vocal style. Their first album, Obedience Thru Sufferingw as released in 1991, but failed to achieve notoriety. By 1993’s self-titled Crowbar album, personal friend Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual, among others) produced the record, which eventually led to national promotion on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. Phil sang back up on a few tracks and sang background on “Broken Glass” which rounded out the anthems “All I Had (I Gave),” “I Have Failed” and “Existence is Punishment” along with a new take on the Led Zeppelin song “No Quarter.” Following their success, the band went on to record music videos, major tours with Pantera, and more albums. Their band stage antics became infamous, which led to being immortalized in the Pantera “Home Video 3” and Crowbar’s “Like Broken” Home Video.
As time moved on, the band lost its founding members, with the exception of vocalist/guitarist Kirk Windstein. After Todd Strange left the band, the trademark 300-pound-plus band members slimmed down. The band continues to perform, borrowing members from NOLA metal bands like Goatwhore and Acid Bath. In their recent 2005 release, Lifesblood for the Downtrodden, Pantera bassist Rex Brown lent his bass duties and keyboard playing, and Down’s producer, Warren Riker.
As seen on the “Unsigned and Unholy” Metalsucks feature, Midwestern progressive thrashers BLACK FAST has a short but concentrated history. Formed in 2010 by fellow music students Aaron Akin, Trevor Johanson, Ryan Thompson and Ross Burnett, BLACK FAST has been melting faces and sharing the stage with bands like Havok, Vektor, Toxic Holocaust, Cavalera Conspiracy, Revocation, Forbidden, Warbringer, Nachtmystium, Enabler, Lazarus AD, and Agrimonia.
Black Fast recorded a self-titled EP in 2011 and in August 2013 they self-released their first full-length album, ‘Starving Out the Light,’ which helped them win accolades like ‘Best Thrash Metal” album in the 2013 Metal Storm Awards.
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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