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NEW JERSEY THRASHERS OVERKILL HAVE JUST RELEASED THEIR 18TH ALBUM ‘THE GRINDING WHEEL’ AND AS VOCALIST BOBBY “BLITZ” ELLSWORTH TELLS TERRORIZER, THE BAND ISN’T GRINDING TO A HALT JUST YET

OVERKILL

Overkill vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth is not only the frontman for one of thrash metal’s longest running institutions, but he’s also an archetype that folks from other parts of America (and around the world) have in mind when they imagine what a cool dude from New Jersey must be like. He’s a good-natured motor-mouth with an uproariously cackling laugh who exists as the antithesis to other Garden State stereotypes, like Jersey Shore meatheads and organized crime wiseguys. And when the chance to demonstratively regale a rapt audience with an entertaining tale from the mines of his memory bank becomes available, you can bet the brake pedal is being ignored until everyone within earshot knows what’s on his mind. So, when Terrorizer asks an open-ended question about the band’s present-day inner machinations and which priorities have become more dominant for its participants when compared to when they first assembled in 1980, we strap ourselves in and enjoy a ride on the verbal tilt-a-whirl.

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I have never come across someone in the metal community who doesn’t love Bolt Thrower – arguably one of the UK’s most well-loved institutions of the last (almost) 30 years. But the band is no more and we are left with a brilliant legacy in the guise of the band’s back catalogue. Their albums conjure up some really amazing memories for me; from seeing them back in the day at shows in Wrexham and Birmingham, but also my teenage years, hanging out with friends and listening to vinyl, smoking fags, drinking tea and marvelling both at the amazing artwork and of course their savage riffs and beats. But out of that band has emerged a fantastic NEW band in the guise of Memoriam, and it’s a friggin’ honour to have them on the cover of this month’s issue. This is not about nostalgia however, this is a new start, a new beginning. I have been privy to hear their debut album for quite a few months now and it’s so good. This is a band who have started a new path of their own and whose members are forging ahead with fresh creativity. Exciting times ahead – and I truly hope you enjoy reading all about their story thus far, straight from their own collective mouths. Elsewhere, as always, there’s a load of amazing interviews about amazing bands both new and established to read through and discover, that’ll keep you from thinking about all the fucked up shit that’s happening world-wide right now. Thanks for picking up a copy – without you, the readers, Terrorizer is nothing! See you next month. Darren Sadler
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