Thrash Kings OVERKILL Announce New Drummer, Jason Bittner!

The mighty New Jersey based thrash lords OVERKILL have just announced the addition of new drummer Jason Bittner to their lineup. Keep reading for the whole story on the change below.

From The Press Release

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 the OVERKILL history with their new drummer, Jason “Sticks” Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM).

OVERKILL would like to announce it’s 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 the OVERKILL machine.
Jason is a long time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoke for themselves.  Let the touring continue…onward-upward!”

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 can not wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the ‘Mean Green Killing Machine!'”

Catch OVERKILL live:
06/20/2017  Bel Etage – Kiev – UA
06/22/2017  Opera Concert Club – St. Petersburg – RU
06/23/2017  Volta Club  – Moscow – RU
06/24/2017  Copenhell Festival – Denmark

08/09/2017  Brutal Assault Festival – Czech Republic
08/10/2017  Party San Festival – DE
08/11/2017  Leyandes Festival – ESP
08/12/2017  Into The Grave Festival – NL
08/13/2017  Zeche – Bochum – DE
08/15/2017  Tivoli – Bremen – DE
08/17/2017  More Than Festival – Slovakia
08/19/2017  Summer Breeze – DE
10/14-15/2017  Loudpark – Tokyo – JP

Headbangers Ball Tour [+]
11/26/2017  Hellraiser – Leipzig – DE [+]
11/27/2017  Lka – Stuttgart – DE [+]
11/28/2017  Ronda – Utrecht – NL [+]
11/29/2017  Große Freiheit – Hamburg – DE [+]
11/30/2017  Huxleys – Berlin – DE [+]
12/01/2017  Christmas Bash – Geiselwind – DE [+]
12/03/2017  Gasometer – Vienna – AT [+]
12/04/2017  Backstage – Munich – DE [+]
12/07/2017  Z 7 – Pratteln – CH [+]
12/08/2017  Ruhrpott Metal Meeting – Oberhausen – DE [+]
12/09/2017  Hessenhallen – Gießen – DE [+]
12/11/2017  Garage – Saarbrücken – DE [+]

Order you copy of The Grinding Wheel here:

The Grinding Wheel made its debut at #69 on the US Billboard Top 100 as well as secured #65 on the Top Albums in Canada. Below are the worldwide chart placements for The Grinding Wheel.


#4 Hard Music
#50 Current
#65 Top Albums
#5 UK Rock Top 40
#10 Germany
#14 UK Indie Top 40,
#17 Sweden Rock/Metal
#23 Switzerland
#44 Finland
#55 Australia
#145 UK
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:
#3 Musical Direction:
#4 Bobby’s Relationship With Music:
#5 Heavy Metal Charities:
#6 Bobby’s Influences:
Track-by-track #1:
Track-by-track #2:
Track-by-track #3:
“Our Finest Hour” Lyric Video:
“Mean, Green, Killing Machine” Lyric Video:
“Goddamn Trouble” Music Video:
“Shine On” Music Video:

About Michael Juvinall (6698 Articles)
I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5 and metal fan since I was 14. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all-around affinity for things that go bump in the night! I'm also a huge fan of extreme metal music.

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