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OVERKILL's BLITZ Details 'Made In America' Project With MIKE PORTNOY And PHIL DEMMEL

28-09-2019

OVERKILL’s BLITZ Details ‘Made In America’ Project With MIKE PORTNOY And PHIL DEMMEL

Prior to OVERKILL’s September 12 performance in Oporto, Portugal, vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth spoke with Underground’s Voice. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On his upcoming project with Phil Demmel (Vio-Lence, ex-MACHINE HEAD) and Mike Portnoy (Twisted Sister, ex-DREAM THEATER):

Bobby: It was a fun project. It was kind of a summertime hobby project. Phil, Mike, Mark Menghi from METAL ALLEGIANCE did a record called ‘Made In America – The 1970s’, so we took American bands that were done in the ’70s and thrashed up the approach. GRAND FUNK RAILROAD’s ‘We’re An American Band’; MOUNTAIN; CACTUS; BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. We put the MACHINE HEAD, SONS OF APOLLO, METAL ALLEGIANCE, OVERKILL spin on the whole thing. It’s a cool project.”

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“The Wings Of War” was released on February 22 via Nuclear Blast.

Demmel, Portnoy, Ellsworth and Menghi have previously performed together in METAL ALLEGIANCE, the all-star collective that is anchored by Menghi, Portnoy, MEGADETH’s David Ellefson and TESTAMENT’s Alex Skolnick. In addition to their semi-frequent live appearances with the group, Demmel played on three tracks on METAL ALLEGIANCE’s 2015 self-titled debut, while Ellsworth contributed vocals to one song on the project’s 2018 sophomore effort, “Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty”.

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