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Overkill

Live in Chicago, April 2012

Review by Mike Heitzman

It’s never a disappointment when the Jersey White boys come to town. From the very second we walked up to the Bottom Lounge and saw Bobbie “Blitz” Ellsworth (lead singer of Overkill) standing outside talking to the crowd just like he was one of us, we knew we were in for a great show.

The Jersey White boys took the stage and just devastated the crowd. The place was packed with Overkill fans, and the crowd sure didn’t disappoint either. There were vicious mosh pits all the way through their set. You could just feel the excitement level rise during the first few beats of the first song. They played a lot of new stuff from their newly released Electric Age CD, which was just awesome to hear live. They also did not skimp on playing old stuff. Favorites such as “Deny the Cross” and their famous encore song “F*** You” just hammered the crowd and were played out with perfection. They also surprised us with one of my personal favorites, “Old School,” which is a great punk metal drinking song. Many glasses were raised in cheers during that number. Blitz Ellsworth and company sure did not disappoint during the entire set. For being over 50 years old, he sure has not slowed down at all. He still maintains a huge stage presence and does not slow down during their long set. Of course, Dave Linsk (lead guitar) and D.D. Verni were no slouches, either. They played with absolute perfection and fury. Their newer guitar player, Derek "The Skull" Tailer, was just hamming it up for the photographers and was so animated he made me chuckle at times. Their newer drummer, Ron Lipnicki, was surely no disappointment either and can keep up with all the brutal Overkill beats from both old and new songs.


Kat Heitzman
 
Kat Heitzman
   

In summary, Overkill is a must see if they ever come to your town. You have not lived until you have seen Overkill play, and from the looks of it, those boys are far from done yet. I am sure Overkill will come out with at least one more CD and will tour for many more years.

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