Overkill Announces New Drummer Jason Bittner

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Announce New Drummer

Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner
Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner

Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, ‘The Grinding Wheel’,  as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to OVERKILL’s history with their new drummer, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam).

OVERKILL would like to announce its newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner,” comments Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. “We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy ‘The Mexicutioner’ Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of theOVERKILL machine. Jason is a long-time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoken for themselves.  Let the touring continue… onward-upwards!”

Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner states:
“When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said ‘Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?’ It really didn’t take much for me to write back a one word answer… ABSOLUTELY!  I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I cannot wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the ‘Mean Green Killing Machine!'”

Overkill’s upcoming tour dates:
20th June – Bel Etage – Kiev – UA
22nd June – Opera Concert Club – St. Petersburg – RU
23rd June – Volta Club  – Moscow – RU
24th June –  Copenhell Festival – Denmark
9th August – Brutal Assault Festival – Czech Republic
10th August – Party San Festival – DE
11th August – Leyandes Festival – ESP
12th August – Into The Grave Festival – NL
13th August – Zeche – Bochum – DE
15th August – Tivoli – Bremen – DE
17th August – More Than Festival – Slovakia
19th August – Summer Breeze – DE
14-15th October – Loudpark – Tokyo – JP

Headbangers Ball Tour
26th November – Hellraiser – Leipzig – DE
27th November – Lka – Stuttgart – DE
28th November – Ronda – Utrecht – NL
29th November – Große Freiheit – Hamburg – DE
30th November – Huxleys – Berlin – DE
1st  December – Christmas Bash – Geiselwind – DE
3rd December – Gasometer – Vienna – AT
4th December – Backstage – Munich – DE
7th December – Z 7 – Pratteln – CH
8th December – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting – Oberhausen – DE
9th December – Hessenhallen – Gießen – DE
11th December – Garage – Saarbrücken – DE

Order your copy of ‘The Grinding Wheel’ here:
Digitally via iTunes
Limited Edition Green Vinyl
Limited Edition Digipack CD, CD or Limited Edition Gatefold Double Vinyl

The Grinding Wheel was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus). The artwork was created again by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Soilwork, Death…).

More on ‘The Grinding Wheel’:
#1 Title & Artwork: 
#2 Lyrics: https://goo.gl/uekGva
#3 Musical Direction: https://goo.gl/cU1Dtj
#4 Bobby’s Relationship With Music: https://goo.gl/qWkI6z
#5 Heavy Metal Charities: https://goo.gl/yt5TzI
#6 Bobby’s Influences: https://goo.gl/XQe0xI
Track-by-track #1: https://goo.gl/vfxlzr
Track-by-track #2: https://goo.gl/HydTXy
Track-by-track #3: https://goo.gl/fleqMZ
“Our Finest Hour” Lyric Video: https://goo.gl/S8af9J
“Mean, Green, Killing Machine” Lyric Video: https://goo.gl/baEjYR
“Goddamn Trouble” Music Video: https://goo.gl/qJdRVX
“Shine On” Music Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U0g9AsieWY

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About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!