The Wings of War

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The Wings of War
Overkill - The Wings of War.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)
RecordedJune–October 2018[1][2]
StudioGear Recording Studio, Shrewsbury, New Jersey
SKH Recording Studios, Stuart, Florida
JRod Productions, Pomona, New York
Length51:03
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerOverkill
Overkill chronology
The Grinding Wheel
(2017)
The Wings of War
(2019)
Singles from The Wings of War
  1. "Last Man Standing"
    Released: December 14, 2018[3]
  2. "Head of a Pin"
    Released: January 18, 2019[4]

The Wings of War is the 19th studio album by American thrash metal band Overkill, to be released on February 22, 2019.[5][6][7] It will be the band's first album to feature drummer Jason Bittner, making it the band's first one without Ron Lipnicki since ReliXIV (2005), as he left Overkill shortly after the release of its predecessor The Grinding Wheel (2017).

Production[edit]

About a year after the release of The Grinding Wheel, Overkill announced that that they were in the studio working on demos for their nineteenth studio album.[8] Two months later, Bittner announced on his Facebook page that they were "in pre-production" for the album, writing, "And were in pre production this week.......been awhile since I dusted the 'ol Rolands off but we're pressed for space..."[9]

When asked in an April 2018 interview with Jimmy Kay of Canada's The Metal Voice what fans could expect to hear from the album, frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth stated, "I think we caught a wave on the last four records. Part of that wave was Ron Lipnicki behind the drums, and Ron is now gone, so I don't know what to expect. But the beauty of it is that when you're inside the writing team, that's what becomes motivational. Now, obviously, it's gonna be a heavy metal record; we don't deviate so much from our formula, but what is that record gonna sound like? At this point, it sounds like a metal record to me. I think Jason Bittner's addition to the band is gonna make it bombastic in some cases; he's the state of the art when it comes to hitting the skins. So I really think that we have an opportunity here to make something that is great. Who knows? It could be a new chapter, and somewhere in that realm of unknown is what excites me now." Ellsworth also stated that the album was expected to be released in February 2019, and ten songs were written "but they're all up for change. The way we kind of write is it evolves from a riff and then it becomes a song and then it becomes arranged."[10]

On June 1, 2018, the band announced that they had begun recording their nineteenth studio album.[1] During an interview with Eddie Trunk on Trunk Nation on October 10, 2018, bassist D. D. Verni announced that the album was finished; he was quoted as saying, "I just got the final sequencing and all that, so that's all buttoned up. We're working on the cover now. We still don't have a title — we're gonna have to come up with that soon — but we have a lot of things floating around. And the new release will probably be in February."[2]

On November 28, 2018, Overkill announced that their nineteenth studio album was titled The Wings of War and will be released on February 22, 2019. On the making of the album, Ellsworth stated: "It was a blast making The Wings of War! It is something old feeling new again, as our chemistry was altered by the addition of Jason Bittner. I was curious from the get-go, how would it pan out? I think what we accomplished here is a new, upgraded Overkill that embraced the new chemistry, while taking our roots into the present. The new formula produced not only more raw power, but more places to go with melody, a win, win. The key is being not only interested in the change, but part of it. I'll tell you what, it's still fun as hell making Overkill records."[6][11][12]

On January 3, 2019, the group released the first trailer of the album in the form of a documentary series entitled “Welcome To The Garden State”, which tells about the history of the band[13].

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Last Man Standing"5:49
2."Believe in the Fight"5:03
3."Head of a Pin"5:56
4."Bat Shit Crazy"4:33
5."Distortion"6:09
6."A Mother's Prayer"3:58
7."Welcome to the Garden State"4:42
8."Where Few Dare to Walk"5:25
9."Out on the Road-Kill"4:41
10."Hole in My Soul"4:47
Total length:51:03

Personnel[edit]

Overkill

Production

Artwork and design

  • Travis Smith – cover art, layout

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "OVERKILL Begins Recording New Album: Photos". Blabbermouth.net. June 2, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "OVERKILL Completes Work On New Album; February 2019 Release Expected". Blabbermouth.net. October 10, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "OVERKILL: Lyric Video For New Song 'Last Man Standing'". Blabbermouth.net. December 14, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "OVERKILL: Lyric Video For New Song 'Head Of A Pin'". Blabbermouth.net. January 18, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "OVERKILL – announce new album "The Wings Of War", cover artwork & tracklist released!". Nuclear Blast. November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "OVERKILL To Release 'The Wings Of War' Album In February". Blabbermouth.net. November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Overkill Set February Release For New Album 'The Wings Of War', Unveil Cover Art & Track Listing". ThePRP.com. November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "OVERKILL Is Working On New Music". Blabbermouth.net. February 9, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "OVERKILL Is 'In Pre-Production' For Next Album". Blabbermouth.net. April 17, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "OVERKILL To Release New Album In February 2019". Blabbermouth.net. April 28, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  11. ^ "HeadBanger.ru - OVERKILL To Release 'The Wings Of War' Album In February". headbanger.ru. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Overkill to return with new album The Wings of War". November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  13. ^ Blabbermouth (January 3, 2019). "OVERKILL Members Discuss Their Beginnings In First Episode Of 'Welcome To The Garden State' Documentary". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved January 10, 2019.