Overkill's Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth Names His Top 5 Heavy Metal Cities
American thrash pioneers Overkill will be issuing 'The Electric Age,' their 16th (!) studio album later this month. Recorded and mixed at Gain Studios in New Jersey, which is owned and operated by bassist D.D. Verni, it's the follow-up to 2010's critically acclaimed 'Ironbound' album.
Formed in New Jersey in 1980, Overkill's no-nonsense take on thrash is informed by classic punk rock and NWOBHM and has helped make them one of the most influential groups within our community. Next month, the quintet will head out on the Electric Age Tour which will find Overkill being supported by God Forbid, Diamond Plate and Suidakra.
To help celebrate their upcoming album and tour, Overkill frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth gave Noisecreep his list of the 'Top 5 Heavy Metal Cities' he's come across during his band's three-plus decades of touring.
#5: Tokyo, Japan
"That's right – the jewel of the Far East. It's so damn crowded there that there are times when you feel you're walking on people as opposed to next to them. But it's a true beauty in its own right and when the band plays, the cultural differences stop. The universal language of head banging is what I'm talking about. These guys and girls know how to tear it up and tear it up they do. It's all out in Tokyo, an over-the-top metal experience.
#4: London, England
"This city has always had a music mystique, a true mecca, I suppose, for headbangers and rockers alike. It's such a proper place, yet it's so downright dirty when it comes to letting loose. It can get quite hooligan amongst the proper. The gigs are loud, the crowds are louder and it's been