Two metal legends are teaming up for one hell of a co-headlining tour - Symphony X and Overkill - and it's going to be killer! This will make the first time in the existence of these New Jersey bands that they're going to play a show together in their own "backyard."
Kicking off on September 18 in Worcester, MA. the combined 24-date tour will hit markets throughout the U.S. and Canada before wrapping things up a month later in New York City. Guaranteed to be double dose of quality live metal with both Symphony X and Overkill both at the top of their game, this is one show fans of either band need to get their butts to this autumn.
Thrash-masters, Overkill are still riding high on the release of their seventeenth studio album, White Devil Armory. Debuting last summer, the album peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200, making it Overkill's highest chart position thus far, and sold close to 9,000 copies in the U.S. its first week alone.
Overkill vocalist, Bobby Blitz, spoke with Full Metal Jackie’s radio show after the album came out: "You know what I hear on this record and I can only compare it to what’s been recently done by us. It seems to be a high acceptance of this type of metal right now. So I think we are kind of exploring and we’re going to take advantage of that kind opportunity. The difference between this and the last one is that we dusted off a few more of the tools that we've acquired over the years."
Although Symphony X's most recently release was a bit further back (2011's Iconoclast), these guys are currently putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to that release. The forthcoming release will be the ninth studio album for Symphony X and is due out late in 2015.
Michael LePond, bassist for Symphony X, recently spoke with Talking Metal about the new material: "I think this album is not gonna be as heavy as our last one, Iconoclast. If I had to compare this one, I would say it's a combination of The Odyssey meets Paradise Lost. It has a lot of classic Symphony X elements in it, and I think our old fans are really gonna appreciate this one. So we're really excited about it."
LePond went on to say, "It wasn't a conscious decision to go back to the older sound; it just kind of happened. That's the way we write songs. We just start writing songs, and wherever it takes us, it takes us. But there's a lot of really cool, classic Symphony X things in there. It's very, very musical. It concentrates just more on solid songs and great melodies."
Tickets for the Symphony X/Overkill tour go on sale everywhere on April 15.
Symphony X and Overkill North American co-headlining tour:
Sept. 18, 2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Sept. 19, 2015 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY **
Sept. 20, 2015 Dome Theater – Niagara Falls, NY
Sept. 22, 2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Sept. 23, 2015 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI **
Sept. 24, 2015 House of Blues – Chicago , IL
Sept. 25, 2015 Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Sept. 26, 2015 Mill City Nights – Minnesota, MN **
Sept. 27, 2015 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA **
Sept. 29, 2015 Mac Ewan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA **
Sept. 30, 2015 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB – CANADA **
Oct. 1, 2015 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA **
Oct. 2, 2015 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
Oct. 3, 2015 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA **
Oct. 5, 2015 The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center – San Francisco, CA **
Oct. 6, 2015 The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA **
Oct. 7, 2015 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
Oct. 9, 2015 The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
Oct. 10, 2015 210 Kapones – San Antonio, TX **
Oct. 11, 2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Oct. 13, 2015 The Ritz – Tampa, FL
Oct. 14, 2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA **
Oct. 15, 2015 The Filmore – Charlotte, NC **
Oct. 16, 2015 The Filmore – Silver Spring, MD
Oct. 17, 2015 Terminal 5 – New York City, NY
** – Symphony X headlining dates