New England Metal and Hardcore Fest 2024 Books Killswitch Engage, Converge, Machine Head, Suicidal Tendencies, As I Lay Dying, Bane, Overkill, Better Lovers, Nails, and More

New England Metal & Hardcore Fest launched back in 1999 and took place at the famed Palladium in Worcester through 2018. It was often held over two or three days, with multiple stages and top-tier acts like Megadeth, Manowar, DragonForce, Opeth, Between the Buried & Me, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, and more appearing through the years. It was always a “who’s who” of the metal and hardcore scene and was a “not to be missed” event each Spring. It took a brief break after 2018 but returned to much fanfare in 2023 with Parkway Drive, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, and more. Today, the 2024 edition has been announced and the lineup is stacked. It features literally every single band you’d want to see at a metal and hardcore festival. The two-day extravaganza will take place on September 21 and 22 at the Palladium. NEM&HCF faves Killswitch Engage will be playing a special 25th anniversary show and will headline the first night. Slaughter to Prevail will headline the second night. Continue reading

Watch Jason Bittner (Overkill, Shadows Fall) Play “Down For Life” with Biohazard

Hardcore Metal Legends Biohazard continued their reunion/comeback last night at a sold-out show in Albany, New York! The band was drummed by area native and drummer Jason Bittner of Overkill, and Shadows Fall fame to perform their 1990s classic track “Down For Life!” The video was captured by Drew Stone of Stone Films and The New York Hardcore Chronicles series, who is currently working on a documentary about the band. The band has a year of touring, festival sets, and new music planned according to our recent interview with Billy Graziadei! Watch the video here! Continue reading

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR: STAFF PICKS – Steve Tovey’s Top Albums of 2023

As we barrel down towards the end of the year, we are sharing End of Year lists from staff, bands, and some friends in the business. Check out our Senior Editor Steve Tovey’s picks for his Top Albums of 2023!Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 266 – The Steve and Keefy Power Hour, May 2023 Edition


Execute Order 66 – on your eardrums! It’s a May the 4th (be with you) special edition of The Steve and Keefy Power Hour! Senior Editor Steve Tovey joins Chief Editor Keefy, recapping the Rock and Metal Releases for April 2023, and previewing May’s essential new heavy music! They may or may not be playing with their action figures as they chop it up! Yes, they discuss the new Metallica and Overkill, too! Shoutout to our amazing team of reviewers worldwide.


In the end, everything comes back to Mat Davies and Iron Maiden.

RIP to the Master.

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Adds Overkill, Mentors, Among New Bands for 2023

Presented by District 19, Eindhoven Metal Meeting returns in December 2023 at the legendary venue Effenaar. The fest has added nine new bands: Wrang, Massive Assault, Cryptosis, Helleruin, Koldbrann, Mentors, Bodyfarm, Overkill, and Misþyrming. The bill now has 33 bands, but may add some more in time. Ticket, hotel, and travel info can be found at the link below.

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SONIC VOYAGE: Overkill – The Discography 1985 – 2023


The musical – the Discography series hosted by the one and only Ojayy of Ghost Cult Mag. This episode features Overkill! Their new album “Scorched” is out now via Nuclear Blast Records! Whether you’re a die-hard music fanatic, or just wondering how many albums a band has, Sonic Voyage is the new destination for exploring the depths of the music world.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Overkill – Scorched


Seems like we’re going to have to score another one for the bad guys. And by bad guys, I am referring to some of Thrash Metal’s pioneers who refuse to acknowledge the passage of time and are still melting amp heads like it was 1986.

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INTERVIEW: Bobby Blitz of Overkill Checks in with a “Scorched” Track-By-Track Album Breakdown

Ghost Cult’s Ojaay caught up with Thrahs legend Bobby Blitz of Overkill to discuss their new album Scorched- coming soon from Nuclear Blast Records. Dwelling on almost 40 years of Overkill history, Blitz discussed the changes in the band over the years, how he and DD Verni write songs, how he has evolved as a singer, and a track-by-track breakdown of the new album.

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PODCAST: Episode 251: The Steve and Keefy Power Hour, April 2023 Edition

Time for another edition of The Steve and Keefy Power Hour! Senior Editor Steve Tovey joins Chief Editor Keefy, recapping March 2023 Rock and Metal Releases and previewing April’s essential new heavy music! Two white guys and music nerds pontificate on the music you love. Also, will we have new music soon from Ghost, Slipknot, Foo Fighters, and Iron Maiden? Shoutout to our amazing team of reviewers worldwide. Also, also, RIP Mat Davies as always. Hosted by Ojaay!

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