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Overkill_-_White_Devil_ArmoryToday marks the release of Overkill’s 17th studio album White Devil Armory. Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth joined us in the Hangar a couple of weeks ago to talk about the record and the history of Overkill. It’s another lesson in old school thrash done the right way. Check out the videos below for a taste of the record and a look behind the scenes with Overkill bassist D.D. Verni



Before we move onto Megadeth being featured in the Hangar this coming weekend here’s one more thing for Judas Priest. Their North American tour kicks off October 1st and you can bet your ass we will be at a couple of these shows, plan accordingly

Tickets and merchandise bundles are available for pre-sale for most dates now on their website, and will become available for the general public Friday, July 18th at 10:00am local time. Priest will be joined by special guests Steel Panther.

10/01 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
10/03 – Hammond, IN @ The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
10/04 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
10/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays
10/10 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Harrah’s
10/11 – Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
10/14 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMass
10/15 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
10/17 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
10/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
10/19 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
10/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
10/22 – Evansville, IN @ Ford Center *
10/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
10/25 – Portsmouth, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion
10/26 – Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Amphitheatre
10/28 – Duluth, GA @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center
10/30 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live Arena
11/02 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
11/04 – Laredo, TX @ Laredo Energy Arena
11/06 – Allen, TX @ Allen Event Center
11/07 – Austin, TX @ FunFunFun Fest
11/08 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia
11/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Jobing Arena
11/13 – Highland, CA @ San Manuel Casino
11/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
11/16 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
11/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
11/19 – Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
11/21 – Boise, ID @ CenturyLink Arena
11/22 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome



1907740_10202362209447128_5633185896234047348_nEarlier in the year Testament made a line-up change when original bassist Greg Christian left the band and the re-hired former Death bassist Steve DiGiorgio. Ok Testament at this point are famous for their line-up changes so here’s the bass timeline for Testament.

Greg Christian:        1983-1997
Derrick Ramirez:    1997-1998
Steve DiGiorgio:     1999-2002
Greg Christian:        2004-2014
Steve DiGiorgio:     2014-Present

(Image from Greg’s Facebook page)

Understand? Greg just went to his Facebook page to explain his reason for leaving the band…again.

“F— it. Last week I said I’d do this, so here it is. And if this gets picked up by any sites, all I have to say is, I can say whatever the f— I feel like on my own page. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. I’m in the US of A and this is my free speech.

”The last straw [was as follows]. [I was] sitting at the bar in the Seoul/Incheon airport [in South Korea], with a couple of the entourage, and Chuck [Billy] walks up and casually says he just spent three grand, cash, on a first-class upgrade. [He] said he thought it was worth it to be more rested for the first Euro show, in a couple days. Then, of course, Eric [Peterson] gets up and walks over to the ticket counter (gotta keep up with the Jones’s or the Kardashians or whoever lol).
[Here's some] perspective. As my employer, in a business I helped start and put (at that time) just over 20 years into — 12 then 8 — and helped build from nothing the first time and helped resurrect from almost nothing the second time, this $3K for one first-class upgrade stuck in my mind, and when I got paid a couple weeks later, I was just thoroughly disgusted and done with Testament. ‘My employer’ thinks that his ass being in a more comfortable seat for one ten-hour flight is worth more than I was worth for five festival performances (on two continents — neither this one), a half dozen shi–y flights plus a week and a half away from home and my family.
I did this as a job…
I don’t make anything off anything else, so it’s not a situation where I get anything off the back end. In other words, promoting the band only helped my employers — not me.
I made $350 a day for show days, $175 a day for travel days / days off since 2005 — with not a penny more and no PD’s [per diems] so I had to spend about $300 out of pocket to eat in hotels and airports — or starve.
I don’t know actual numbers‬ — no one ever told me — but I heard rumors the band made $100K just for the one Korean show and watched both Chuck and Eric spend $$$ like it was true (of that I got about $700).
That’s disgusting.
Tune in next week if you want to read about a ‘band meeting’ a few years ago in Sao Paulo, Brazil (the last time I tried to talk to those guys about $$$) and hear a few of the things that were said…
Beyond ridiculous…”

Since it’s been more than a week there was no post about a band meeting but he did say this:

“- I know last week I said I’d talk about a band meeting that happened in São Paulo – I don’t care anymore – I’m done airing the ridiculous, and (believe it or not lol) I’m saying my final peace here – I could go on for as many years as I was back in Testament with stories of being slighted, lies, and greed, but my only real point or complaint is about live performance money. I don’t own any part of the records or anything else and don’t really care. But to use my name and likeness, as an original member, along with a ‘recognizable personality’ (for lack of a better term) on stage, along with what I actually brought to the stage, pretty consistently (just look at YouTube) and refuse to give me anything other than the beyond ridiculous deal of NOTHING EVER of show money – though I went through all the shitty travel, and all the other ‘downsides’ to everything, and had my face on the ads, did all the meet n greets, signings, and everything else – is simply wrong. Everything else aside – I worked for and earned, at least some kind of piece of that. That’s undeniable. And I’d’ve been happy with a much smaller piece than I felt I was worth. But not zero.

- I believe it’s personal. Directed solely at me. And I think there’s a high likelihood it’s a direct result of words I spoke back in ’96 – though not very tactful, I wasn’t exactly wrong about.
And to push a petty grudge like that to this point is something I just can’t understand. I would never do that to someone I hated, but to do that to someone you spent 20 years on the road with and helped you get where you are??? In my humble opinion (for whatever it’s worth) – that… that leaves me speechless – I just don’t understand it.

- FYI – for ALL the shows I played in 2013 and ALL the travel and ALL the time away from home and family – before taxes $37,775 – after taxes about $25k – with no PD’s and our travel schedule that’s actually more like about $21k – ya. that’s reality – and considering the $$$ Testament brought in for live performances in 2013 – cruel and unusual – Thanks guys. Love you too.
- I’ll post a pic of my W2 in the comments. Don’t want it to be the 1st thing people see, but if anyone has any doubts – there it is -

anyway… I know I can be a long winded fuck but I finally said my peace…
- this signals an end to my three weeks of throw-up Thursdays. I don’t know how anyone else even reads this shit. Makes me sick, but I had to let it out, and now that I have this summarized, it may be time to see what an attorney thinks… I dunno??? but I’m not holding my breath lol. anyway… on to new music…”

Sounds good Greg, looking forward to some new tunes!


In 1992 the unknown progressive metal band Dream Theater came out with their 2nd album and first with singer James LeBrie. (Hear our conversation with James from earlier in the year right here.) After the success of single “Pull Me Under” an eight minute power metal assault Dream Theater never looked back. This is the album that made progressive metal cool in the nineties. It’s also the album that my guitar teacher gave me and said “listen to this” with a devilish smile.

Dream_Theater_-_Images_and_WordsArtist: Dream Theater

Album: Images and Words

Release Date: July 7, 1992

Recommended listening: Pull Me Under, Under a Glass Moon, Take the Time

Anthony Maisano from Metal Insider says:

This is Dream Theater’s first album to feature James LaBrie, and it’s distinctly different from their debut album, Where Dream and Day Unite. The debut was more of a hair metal album, to me, but still featured awesome drumming and guitar work. Of course, this goes without saying, but John Petrucci is a god among guitarists, and Mike Portnoy is an amazing drummer. The instrumentation on the album is just great, as expected by Dream Theater. Petrucci’s solos are just…wow. Their work is both heavy, and interesting to listen to. No matter who their keyboardist, I’ve always loved the keyboard sounds Dream Theater used on their albums, too. Overall, the album is an almost thought provoking one that you can listen to and really analyze for hours.



Hammett-guitarworldMetallica’s debut Kill ém All was by all accounts the album that ushered in thrash metal as we know it, but it was their second album Ride The Lightning that put them above everyone else. No offense to any other metal bands from the eighties but this is the album that made it all possible. From the simplicity of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” to the complexity of the Dave Mustaine penned “Call of Ktulu” you knew upon first listen that this album was special. Cliff Burton really had his first hand at truly writing with Hetfield and Ulrich plus Kirk Hammet now had a tour with the band under his bullet belt and could go a little more nuts with the solos. Master of Puppets took every idea from this album and made it timeless, but it was Ride the Lightning that showed the world who Metallica really were. Oh and it was their first album for major label Elektra Records and it’s success allowed a ton of other real metal bands to get signed.

Check out Kirk Hammet in Guitar World celebrating the 30th anniversary of this metal classic:

“I remember “Fight Fire with Fire” and “Fade to Black” were finished in the basement of a friend’s house in Old Bridge, New Jersey. I think it was this guy called Metal Joe [Chimienti]. Before we went to Europe to tour and eventually record in Denmark, we stopped on the East Coast to play some shows. We knew we needed to finish some of these songs.

We had most of “Fade to Black,” except the end part were the solo happens, and I came up with that there. I remember we were writing “Trapped Under Ice” there too. We were using that fast Exodus riff, and James came up with the chorus and I added that whole middle instrumental part.Ride the Lightning was written in a few places: the house in El Cerrito, New Jersey, Copenhagen, and down in L.A. before James and Lars moved up to San Francisco.”

RidethelightningArtist: Metallica

Album: Ride the Lightning

Released: July 27. 1984

Recommended Listening: Fight Fire With Fire, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Creeping Death, Fade to Black Says:

Ride the Lightning finds Metallica aggressively expanding their compositional technique and range of expression. Every track tries something new, and every musical experiment succeeds mightily. The lyrics push into new territory as well — more personal, more socially conscious, less metal posturing. But the true heart of Ride the Lightning lies in its rich musical imagination.