The custom hockey apparel brand, PUCK HCKY, is going back to their heavy metal roots by signing on with two forefathers of thrash: Testament and Overkill.
The Testament line
Dubbed “Brotherhood of The Skate”, the Testament line features exclusive jerseys in San Jose colors (the band’s favorite NHL team), as well as jerseys in colors from the first original NHL hockey teams. The Overkill “In Union We Skate” line features jerseys, hoodies and more!
Chuck Billy of Testament states, “Testament has teamed up with PUCK HCKY to produce a collection of hockey jerseys for the fans! Our collaboration with PUCK HCKY is cleverly named “Brotherhood Of The Skate”. Playoffs are in full swing so get your Testament jersey and represent your team!”
For over three decades, Bay Area quintet Testament-Chuck Billy [vocals], Eric Peterson [guitar], Alex Skolnick [guitar], Steve DiGiorgio [bass], and Gene Hoglan [drums]-has consistently delivered unadulterated, unbridled, and unbreakable metal in its purest form without compromise or any signs of slowing down. Over the course of seminal releases ranging from The Legacy and Practice What You Preach to The Gathering and The Formation of Damnation, which won “Best Album” at Metal Hammer’s 2008 Golden Gods Awards, the group’s sales exceeded 14 million worldwide with 2 million in the U.S. alone. Most recently, 2012’s critically praised Dark Roots of Earth assaulted the charts, moving over 20,000 first-week copies and seizing #12 on the Billboard Top 200. However, in 2016, Testament returned with more teeth than ever with Brotherhood of the Snake [Nuclear Blast], debuting at #9 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart and at #20 overall.
The Overkill Line
Overkill is PUCK HCKY’s very first east coast thrash band, so it’s only natural that the colors in the line reflect hockey teams from New York and New Jersey. And of course, several merchandise options come in the band’s favorite color – green!
“We are so thrilled to announce our “Brotherhood of The Skate” collaboration with Testament, and our “In Union We Skate” collaboration with Overkill,” says Matt Marini, CEO of PUCK HCKY. “To add such legendary metal acts to our PUCK HCKY roster is seriously a dream come true for us. We have been fans of both bands for decades, and the fact that each of them continue to crank out amazing albums and tours illustrates the staying power of quality thrash metal! Once we found out the guys in both Testament and Overkill were hockey fans, we knew we had to collaborate with them! We think the metal community around the world will love hitting the ice and street in what we have created.”
Bobby Blitz of Overkill says, “Metal and hockey, Overkill and PUCK HCKY – sounds like someone is about to be checked into the boards! Overkill proudly announces a new signing, and that would be our ‘In Union We Skate’ partnership with PUCK HCKY, where we will be presenting jerseys, hats, and other fine gear fit for the ice and the pit! Metallic hockey street-wear. So let’s drop the puck and stand ’em up at the blue line… Ooooooooooh, now that’s got to hurt!”
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.
Other PUCK HCKY lines
The PUCK HCKY Team Roster currently includes:
- Snoop Dogg
- Hed PE
- David Ellefson of Megadeth
- All Hail The Yeti
- Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein
- Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal
- Monster Truck
- Ice Guardians movie
- 36 Crazyfists
- First Jason (Friday the 13th)
- Tomas Tatar (Detroit Red Wings)
- Marian Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks)
- Calvin Pickard (Colorado Avalanche)
- Eric Comrie (Winnipeg Jets)
- Thom Hazaert.
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