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  • The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter Quick View

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    The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter

    Brand New Live Album Recorded Around The Globe On The Hugely Successful SOLD OUT The Book Of Souls World Tour 2016 - 2017!


    The Book Of Souls World Tour began its two-year,
    round-the-world odyssey in February 2016 in Florida.
    The band played 117 shows to well over 2
    million fans in 36 countries, across six of the seven
    continents traveling well over 100,000 miles.


    The Book Of Souls was Maiden's first ever double
    studio album and their most successful chart-wise
    to date, debuting at the No.1 spot in over 40
    countries around the world and No.4 in the U.S.A.

    LP 1
    1. If Eternity Should Fail (Live at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia - Friday 6th May 2016)
    2. Speed of Light (Live at Grandwest Arena, Cape Town, South Africa - Wednesday 18th May 2016)
    3. Wrathchild (Live at 3 Arena, Dublin, Ireland - Saturday 6th May 2017)
    4. Children of the Damned (Live at Bell Center, Montreal, Canada - Friday 1st April 2016)
    5. Death or Glory (Live at Wroclaw Stadium, Wroclaw, Poland - Sunday 3rd July 2016)
    6. The Red and the Black (Live at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan - Thursday 21st April 2016)


    LP 2
    1. The Trooper (Live at Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzalez, San Salvador, El Salvador - Sunday 6th March 201
    2. Powerslave (Live at Plaza Dell'Unita D'Italia, Trieste, Italy - Tuesday 26th July 2016)
    3. The Great Unknown (Live at MRA Arena, Newcastle, England - Sunday 14th May 2017)
    4. The Book of Souls (Live at Download Festival, Donington, England - Sunday 12th June 2016)


    LP 3
    1. Fear of the Dark (Live at Arena Castelao, Fortaleza, Brazil - Thursday 24th March 2016)
    2. Iron Maiden (Live at Estadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Tuesday 15th March 2016)
    3. The Number of the Beast (Live at Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany - Thursday 4th August 2016)
    4. Blood Brothers (Live at Download Festival, Donington, England - Sunday 12th June 2016)
    5. Wasted Years (Live at HSBC Arena, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Thursday 17th March 2016)

    Iron Maiden
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  • Live After Death Live After Death Quick View

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    Live After Death

    BMG and INgrooves Music Group will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl in the United States.


    The albums will be cut from the original UK analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980's releases.


    The release of these high quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of Maiden's authentic 1980's vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park's Sonisphere Festival in the UK, this now completes Maiden's 1980's touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.

    1. Churchill's Speech (Intro)
    2. Aces High
    3. 2 Minutes to Midnight
    4. The Trooper
    5. Revelations
    6. Flight of Icarus
    7. Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    8. Powerslave
    9. The Number of the Beast
    10. Hallowed Be Thy Name
    Iron Maiden
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  • Maiden England Maiden England Quick View

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    Maiden England

    First Time Unedited Release of This Perofmance on Vinyl


    Features Five Previously Unavailable Tracks


    Universal Music Enterprises is proud to announce the highly anticipated double picture disc release of Maiden England '88. This live show was filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band's Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son World Tour. The concert has been specially upgraded and extended from the existing 1989 release and now includes three previously unreleased encores: "Running Free," "Run To The Hills," and "Sanctuary," thereby completing the full concert with a total running time of 110 minutes. Maiden England '88 now offers a snapshot of a bygone era in which the band, as they continue to do today, devote their all in delivering the ultimate live experience for their fans.

    1. Moonchild
    2. The Evil That Men Do
    3. The Prisoner
    4. Still Life
    5. Die With Your Boots On
    6. Infinite Dreams
    7. Killers
    8. Can I Play With Madness
    9. Heaven Can Wait
    10. Wasted Years
    11. The Clairvoyant
    12. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
    13. The Number Of The Beast
    14. Hallowed Be Thy Name
    15. Iron Maiden
    16. Run To The Hills
    17. Running Free
    18. Sanctuary
    Iron Maiden
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  • Running Free - Live Running Free - Live Quick View

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    Running Free - Live

    BMG and INgrooves Music Group will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl in the United States.


    In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7'' singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original UK analogue master tapes. Released in replica artwork packaging, this will be the first time ever that these black vinyl singles have officially been made available in the U.S. and sure to become a must-have item for fans, collectors and anyone who missed out first time round.


    The release of these high quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of Maiden's authentic 1980's vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park's Sonisphere Festival in the UK, this now completes Maiden's 1980's touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.

    1. Running Free - (Live)
    2. Sanctuary - (Live)
    Iron Maiden
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  • The Clairvoyant - Live The Clairvoyant - Live Quick View

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    The Clairvoyant - Live

    BMG and INgrooves Music Group will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl in the United States.


    In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7'' singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original UK analogue master tapes. Released in replica artwork packaging, this will be the first time ever that these black vinyl singles have officially been made available in the U.S. and sure to become a must-have item for fans, collectors and anyone who missed out first time round.


    The release of these high quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of Maiden's authentic 1980's vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park's Sonisphere Festival in the UK, this now completes Maiden's 1980's touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.

    1. The Clairvoyant - (Live)
    2. The Prisoner - (Live)
    Iron Maiden
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  • Live At The Marquee 1986 Live At The Marquee 1986 Quick View

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    Live At The Marquee 1986

    Limited Edition 140 Gram White Vinyl


    Back in the mid '80s, Andy Scott, guitarist, songwriter and producer was living in London carving out a new career for himself after forming Sweet who had no less than 13 UK Top 20 hit singles from 1971-1978 when he bumped into his old agent and from that meeting he decided to put together the next generation of the band.


    Mick Tucker on drums, Paul Mario Day (ex Iron Maiden) on vocals, Phil Lanzon (Uriah Heep) on keyboards and Mal McNulty (Slade) on bass and Andy of course on lead guitar. It was one hell of a line up and a band with a much harder edge which is where Andy had always been keen to take Sweet.


    Live At the Marquee was originally released in 1989 even though the concert had been recorded in 1986 prior to the Clubs closure in 1988. Two additional live tracks from that performance have been added as bonus tracks which are available for the very first time on vinyl!

    LP 1
    1. Action
    2. Sweet FA

    3. Love Is Like Oxygen

    4. Restless

    5. No You Don't

    6. Guitar Segue

    7. Someone Else Will

    8. Drum Solo

    9. Set Me Free


    LP 2
    1. Ballroom Blitz

    2. Fox On The Run

    3. AC/DC (bonus track)

    4. Burn On The Flame (bonus track)

    Sweet
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  • Run To The Hills - Live (7) Run To The Hills - Live (7) Quick View

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    Run To The Hills - Live (7)

    BMG and INgrooves Music Group will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl in the United States.


    In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7'' singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original UK analogue master tapes. Released in replica artwork packaging, this will be the first time ever that these black vinyl singles have officially been made available in the U.S. and sure to become a must-have item for fans, collectors and anyone who missed out first time round.


    The release of these high quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of Maiden's authentic 1980's vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park's Sonisphere Festival in the UK, this now completes Maiden's 1980's touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.

    1. Run to the Hills - (Live)
    2. Phantom of the Opera - (Live)
    Iron Maiden
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  • Rock In Rio Rock In Rio Quick View

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    Rock In Rio

    180-gram 3xLP reissue of Iron Maiden recorded live in Brazil on the last night of the Brave New World Tour.
    LP 1
    1. Intro (Arthur's Farewell)
    2. The Wicker Man
    3. Ghost of the Navigator
    4. Brave New World
    5. Wrathchild
    6. 2 Minutes to Midnight
    7. Blood Brothers
    8. Sign of the Cross
    9. The Mercenary
    10. The Trooper


    LP 2
    1. Dream of Mirrors
    2. The Clansman
    3. The Evil That Men Do
    4. Fear of the Dark
    5. Iron Maiden
    6. The Number of the Beast
    7. Hallowed Be Thy Name
    8. Sanctuary
    9. Run to the Hills

    Iron Maiden
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Flight 666 Flight 666 Quick View

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    Flight 666

    180-gram 2xLP reissue of 2009 live album from Iron Maiden. 1st time on Black Vinyl in the US.
    LP 1
    1. Churchill's Speech
    2. Aces High
    3. 2 Minutes To Midnight
    4. Revelations
    5. The Trooper
    6. Wasted Years
    7. The Number Of The Beast
    8. Can I Play With Madness
    9. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner


    LP 2
    1. Powerslave
    2. Heaven Can Wait
    3. Run To The Hills
    4. Fear Of The Dark
    5. Iron Maiden
    6. Moonchild
    7. The Clairvoyant
    8. Hallowed Be Thy Name

    Iron Maiden
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Death On The Road Death On The Road Quick View

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    Death On The Road

    180-gram 2xLP reissue of 2005 live album from Iron Maiden. Never before available on LP in the US.
    LP 2
    1. Wildest Dreams
    2. Wrathchild
    3. Can I Play With Madness
    4. The Trooper
    5. Dance Of Death
    6. Rainmaker
    7. Brave New World
    8. Paschendale
    9. Lord Of The Flies


    LP 1
    1. No More Lies
    2. Hallowed Be Thy Name
    3. Fear Of The Dark
    4. Iron Maiden
    5. Journeyman
    6. The Number Of The Beast
    7. Run To The Hills

    Iron Maiden
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • En Vivo! (Live At Estadio Nacional Santiago) En Vivo! (Live At Estadio Nacional Santiago) Quick View

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    En Vivo! (Live At Estadio Nacional Santiago)

    Universal Music Enterprises is proud to announce the release of En Vivo!, a new live Iron Maiden album here on picture disc double LP. The album was recorded on April 10, 2011 in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago during the Round The World In 66 Days leg of The Final Frontier World Tour and it captures a magnificent performance by the band, ardently embraced by the legendary passion and energy of their Chilean fans.


    The set list moves seamlessly between songs from Iron Maiden's most recent studio album, 2010's The Final Frontier through to classic fan favorites from the band's vast and varied catalog. Maiden's Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11 saw the band circumnavigating the globe for the third time in their customized Boeing 757 - Ed Force One, piloted by lead singer Bruce Dickinson, and playing 98 shows in 36 countries to over 2 million fans.


    Bass player and founding member Steve Harris comments, After much consideration, we chose the Santiago show as we felt it was one of our best performances of the entire tour and to play at the prestigious Estadio Nacional was a landmark moment for us. For reasons known to our fans, it took a long time before we got to play our first show in Chile, and once we did get to play a show, the response was so phenomenal we just had to keep coming back, and its gotten better and better each time!

    LP1
    1. Satellite 15
    2. The Final Frontier
    3. El Dorado
    4. 2 Minutes To Midnight
    5. The Talisman
    6. Coming Home
    7. Dance of Death
    8. The Trooper
    9. The Wicker Man


    LP2
    1. Blood Brothers
    2. When the Wild Wind Blows
    3. The Evil That Men Do
    4. Fear of the Dark
    5. Iron Maiden
    6. The Number of the Beast
    7. Hallowed Be Thy Name
    8. Running Free

    Iron Maiden
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  • En Vivo! En Vivo! Quick View

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    En Vivo!

    180-gram 2xLP reissue of 2011 live album recorded in Santiago, Chile in 2011. 1st time on Black Vinyl in the US.
    LP 1
    1. Satellite 15

    2. The Final Frontier

    3. El Dorado
    4. 2 Minutes To Midnight
    5. The Talisman
    6. Coming Home
    7. Dance Of Death
    8. The Trooper
    9. The Wicker Man


    LP 1
    1. Blood Brothers
    2. When The Wild Wind Blows
    3. The Evil That Men Do
    4. Fear Of The Dark
    5. Iron Maiden
    6. The Number Of The Beast
    7. Hallowed Be Thy Name

    8. Running Free

    Iron Maiden
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  • Breakin' Outta Hell Breakin' Outta Hell Quick View

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    Breakin' Outta Hell

    MIGHTY bearers of the stadium-rock torch, Airbourne is releasing their fourth studio album, Breakin' Outta Hell. Produced by Bob Marlette, who helmed the very first Airbourne outing, & engineered / mixed by Mike Fraser (Aerosmith, AC/DC, etc.).


    The band has spent the past 10 years establishing themselves as a true force of nature - living on the road, selling out major venues, charting albums & appearing on bills with some of rock's most legendary names, from Iron Maiden to the Rolling Stones.

    1. Breakin' Outta Hell
    2. Rivalry
    3. Get Back Up
    4. It's Never Too Loud For Me
    5. Thin The Blood
    6. I'm Going To Hell For This
    7. Down On You
    8. Never Been Rocked Like This
    9. When I Drink I Go Crazy
    10. Do Me Like You Do Yourself
    11. It's All For Rock N' Roll
    Airbourne
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  • Kill 'Em All (Deluxe Box Set) Kill 'Em All (Deluxe Box Set) Quick View

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    Kill 'Em All (Deluxe Box Set)

    Limited To 30,000


    Kill 'Em All Remastered On 180 Gram Vinyl


    Double LP Featuring A Previously Unreleased Live Set At Espace Balard - Paris, France, 1984


    Jump In The Fire Picture Disc


    5 CDs Including Kill 'Em All Remastered, An Unreleased Interview, Rough Mixes, And Previously Unreleased Live Sets


    Live DVD Featuring A Previously Unreleased Live Set From Chicago In 1983


    64 Page Book Including Essays, Never-Before-Seen Photos, Various Ephemera


    Metallica Patch


    Deluxe numbered box set of Kill 'Em All including four vinyl records, five CDs, one DVD, a hardcover book including never before seen photos and a patch.


    The LPs include a newly remastered 180 Gram pressing of Kill 'Em All, a previously unreleased double LP - Live at Espace Balard, Paris, France - February 9th, 1984, and a Jump In The Fire picture disc.


    The CDs include a remastered Kill 'Em All, an unreleased 1984 Metal Forces interview with Bernard Doe (complete with radio IDs from Lars, James, and Cliff), a CD of previously unreleased rough mixes from Lars' vaults, and two full live shows from Middletown, NY in 1984 and Palo Alto, CA in 1983.


    Additionally, the box set contains a DVD of a previously unreleased live set from Chicago in 1983, a 62 page hardcover book featuring new essays and never-before-seen photos, as well as a Metallica patch.


    Metallica's debut album--originally released in 1983--is a masterpiece of thrash metal, and as good a marker as any for the debut of the genre. Fusing the rapid-fire attack of bands like Motorhead with a guitar style reminiscent of such British heavy metal bands as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Metallica essentially created a new kind of metal. Several of the songs from this 1983 album have since become classics, including Seek & Destroy, The Four Horsemen, and Jump in the Fire. Essential for any heavy metal fan.

    LP 1: Kill 'Em All (Remastered) 180 Gram
    1. Hit The Lights
    2. The Four Horsemen
    3. Motorbreath
    4. Jump In The Fire
    5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
    6. Whiplash
    7. Phantom Lord
    8. No Remorse
    9. Seek & Destroy
    10. Metal Militia


    LP 2: Live At Espace Balard, Paris, France - February 9th, 1984 *Previously unreleased
    1. The Ecstasy of Gold
    2. Hit The Lights (Live)
    3. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    4. Jump In The Fire (Live)
    5. Phantom Lord (Live)
    6. No Remorse (Live)
    7. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    8. Motorbreath (Live)
    9. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
    10. Whiplash (Live)
    11. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    12. Metal Militia (Live)


    LP 3: Jump In The Fire Picture Disc
    1. Jump In The Fire
    2. Seek & Destroy ("Live" at The Automatt)
    3. Phantom Lord ("Live" at The Automatt)


    CD 1: Kill 'Em All (Remastered)
    1. Hit The Lights
    2. The Four Horsemen
    3. Motorbreath
    4. Jump In The Fire
    5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
    6. Whiplash
    7. Phantom Lord
    8. No Remorse
    9. Seek & Destroy
    10. Metal Militia


    CD 2: Bernard Doe Interview + Radio IDs *Previously unreleased
    1. Metal Forces Interview with Lars, January 1984
    2. Radio IDs with Lars, James and Cliff from 1984


    CD 3: Rough Mixes From Lars' Vault, Bootleg Tracks & Whiplash Remix EP
    1. Motorbreath (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    2. Hit The Lights (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    3. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    4. Seek & Destroy (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    5. Phantom Lord (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    6. Whiplash (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    7. The Four Horsemen (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    8. Seek & Destroy (NOT Live from The Automatt) *Previously unreleased
    9. Phantom Lord (NOT Live from The Automatt) *Previously unreleased
    10. Jump In The Fire
    11. Whiplash (Special Neckbrace Remix)
    12. Seek & Destroy ("Live" at The Automatt)
    13. Phantom Lord ("Live" at The Automatt)


    CD 4: Live At J Bees Rock III, Middletown, NY - January 20th, 1984 *Previously unreleased
    1. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    2. Jump In The Fire (Live)
    3. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
    4. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    5. Phantom Lord (Live)
    6. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    7. Whiplash (Live)


    CD 5: Live At The Keystone, Palo Alto, CA - OCTOBER 31ST, 1983 *Previously unreleased
    1. Hit The Lights (Live)
    2. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    3. Jump In The Fire (Live)
    4. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
    5. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    6. Phantom Lord (Live)
    7. When Hell Freezes Over (Live)
    8. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    9. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
    10. Whiplash (Live)
    11. Creeping Death (Live)
    12. Guitar Solo (Live)
    13. Metal Militia (Live)


    DVD: Metallica Live At The Metro, Chicago, IL - August 12th, 1983 *Previously unreleased
    1. Hit The Lights
    2. The Four Horsemen
    3. Jump In The Fire
    4. Phantom Lord
    5. No Remorse
    6. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
    7. Whiplash
    8. Seek & Destroy
    9. Guitar Solo
    10. Metal Militia

    Metallica
    $149.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + 5 CDs + DVD - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Low Low Quick View

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    Low

    Import

    Testament is often credited as one of the most popular and influential bands of the thrash metal scene, having sold over 14 million albums worldwide.


    Testament in their early years supported legendary acts such as Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Megadeth, Overkill, Judas Priest, and Slayer. They also gained critical recognition for embarking on the European Clash of the Titans tour with Slayer, Megadeth, and Suicidal Tendencies. To this day, the band continues to record and perform live.


    Music On Vinyl is proud to present the re-issue of their sixth studio album, Low. This album is regarded by their fans as one of their best ever.

    1. Low
    2. Legions (In Hiding)
    3. Hail Mary

    4. Trail Of Tears
    5. Shades Of War

    6. P.C.

    7. Dog Faced Gods
    8. All I Could Bleed
    9. Urotsukidji
    10. Chasing Fear
    11. Ride
    12. Last Call (Instrumental)
    Testament
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    The Grinding Wheel

    Armed with pioneering pure metal proposals like "Death Rider," "The Beast Within," and "Raise The Dead" already in 1982, New Jersey's Overkill were a rock-solid part of the first clutch of bands forging in fire this music known as thrash metal. Along with Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and cross-town doppelgangers Anthrax, D.D. Verni and Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth were helping to create a new form of metal that is still as vibrant today as when the band's first album, Feel the Fire was issued by Jonny Zazula's Megaforce Records back in the spring of '85.


    Witness Overkill's 18th album of blistering yet precise and thought-provoking thrash magic, The Grinding Wheel, a record on which thrash's ultimate team of five machined parts shows up and executes to perfection with a little punk thrown in for bad measure.


    But a life dedicated to metal can be a grind, hence the title of this sparks-a-flyin' record. "It just makes sense for us," reflects D.D. "If you've been making metal for almost 40 years like we have, it can be a grind. But we also liked the old school metal idea of referencing "Grinder," the Judas Priest song, which suits the album because it has classic metal parts on it as well as the thrash parts. There's a blue collar feel to that title too, and that's how we approach Overkill. The guitar case is basically a lunchbox and we go to work."


    "One of the principles-if not characteristics-of the band is that it's been grinding through for long, long periods of time," seconds Blitz. "Decades to this point. And not necessarily with huge gains with regards to popularity, but for sure, with huge gains in as much as we can earn a living while doing the kind of music that we want. And so the idea of grinding it out over the decades became a device for writing the album, whether it would be riffs or lyrics."


    Despite, as D.D. says, the album's classic metal references (such as Black Sabbath in "Come Heavy" and Iron Maiden in "The Long Road" and the epic and cinematic title track), when the band gets up a full head of thrash steam, they bring to the party a trademark punk aesthetic, forged from trips on the train to CBGB and Max's Kansas City to witness original punk legends such as The Damned and The Dead Boys.


    "Punk is huge for Overkill," confirms Verni. "And it's something we very specifically brought back to the band in a sort of second wave, beginning with Ironbound in 2010 and then The Electric Age and White Devil Armory. I know from my end, it came from talking to the band and talking to fans. We had some of those metal records in the middle of our career where I wasn't paying enough attention to the punk rock vibe of the band. But just before we started writing Ironbound, I was very specific about getting back into that mentality, picking up on that energy again. You're not going to hear any Green Day or Ramones in us, but the energy and the attitude of punk mixed with the New York vibe that's what Overkill is, compared to other bands. You don't hear any of that in Megadeth; you don't hear any of that in Slayer. It's more specific to what we brought to the thrash world."


    Central to that premise is the incendiary "Let's All Go to Hades" which is sure to become a pit favourite. "This one was a hell of a lot of fun," says Blitz. "You know, I've always written abstractly. I'm not the guy who says, 'I'm going to crush your skull into dust.' I like writing more so from an abstract point of view, putting a slew of thoughts together that create one idea, like a puzzle more than a specific black or white. And when I looked at all these lyrics when I was done, I said, oh my God, I'm 57 and I finally matured (laughs). Oh, this is gross! (laughs). But I do like tongue-in-cheek songs like 'Hades,' where it says, sort of let's all go to the Bataclan, you know, stand arm in arm and sing 'Killed by Death.' I kind of tied in not long ago events, specifically what happened in Paris, with losing Lemmy. After that, I'm on a train from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient express, which actually existed (laughs)-it actually went from Paris to Istanbul. So that one is mapped out a bit more."


    Adds D.D., "It's not a 'smash your face into the wall' kind of song. It got a little bit of fun in it. I know any time you talk to the really heavy thrash guys, they go, 'Oh, no, no, no-no fun allowed. It's got to be heavy and brutal every second.' But that song definitely has a bit of fun in it. And we've done that before, with things like 'Old School' and 'Fuck You.' We're not afraid to do a bit of that sometimes."


    Another favorite lyric of Blitz', which is set to a non-nonsense old school thrash track, is "Our Finest Hour." "It's about the recognition of sameness," explains Ellsworth. "I think people are comfortable when they recognize themselves in someone else. And 'Our Finest Hour' is kind of a detailed journey through that concept. It's like, 'Come on over here; I recognize you.' I've always been a firm believer in the fact that it's great to accomplish things on your own, but people are always stronger as a group-that's the basic outline of that tune."


    At the other end of the spectrum from punk is a song like "The Long Road." D.D. readily agrees that there was a Maiden influence as part of this one's crafting. "Oh yeah, for sure. The opening, along with a little section in there with the vocals, definitely feels like New Wave of British Heavy Metal.


    More evident in the band's panoramic classic metal passages, but even articulated here on "Our Finest Hour," is another storied Overkill trademark, the definition one gets in the band's bass parts. Combine this with the Mensa-like percussive wizardry of Ron Lipnicki (laid bare for all to hear at headphone levels through the smack of his gravity-defying double bass work), and The Grinding Wheel emerges as a record with a remarkable rhythm section foundation from which to rise.


    "I've had that kind of sound now for a long time," says Verni. "There are a lot of bass players that say, 'I want to feel the bass.' And it's like, I just couldn't give a shit about feeling the bass. To me that's low-end. Guitars have low-end, kick drums have low-end, bass has low-end-I want to hear the bass, not feel it. So from a long time ago, that's what I would be doing on my EQ. I would be tweaking and turning knobs until not only could I feel it, but I can hear it separate from the guitars. And as a result, the bass just got more and more aggressive. I'm not a finesse player at all, on a bass. I bang the shit out of it, and I kind of do that to get away from the guitars and give it its own identity, its own sound, its own thing, so the bass has its own personality, not just serving as a foundation for the guitars."


    This affects the writing as well, says Blitz. "Don't forget, D.D. is a guitarist. He's been playing guitar probably more so than bass in his spare time since the late '80s. This is a guy who has two-and-a-half decades of six strings under his belt. So we get more of a unique perspective; it gives this band its unique qualities when it comes to songwriting. Because it's a guy holding six strings who's got plenty of experience playing those six strings, but thinking from the other perspective. So you get a punchier thing; you don't get a lot of fluff. When you compare Overkill to some of our contemporaries, there you get a guitar player writing guitar-based songs. D.D. is writing, first and foremost, from a rhythm perspective, and that's what drives the songs. Add Dave Linsk to the picture, once there's a ten-note riff written, then you have the best of both worlds."


    Which brings us back to the aforementioned machine-like efficiency of the five guys that comprise Overkill, this idea that there are no weak links within this particular classic five-piece with two guitars lineup of metal warriors.


    "That's the strength of the band," explains Blitz. "Dave is really the one that holds the guitar reigns in this band. He's a writer at his core. You know, he's one of these guys who brushes his teeth and hears a rhythm the way the bristles are hitting the enamel (laughs). He's that dude. 'Oh wait a second, I have another idea.' He has an idea a minute, and if that's the case, some of them are going to be great. So he holds the reins. When it comes to Derek, he's more the opinionated thought later on. And so when it runs through the machine, being D.D. and myself, then Dave, Derek comes in and can change that song. It's always kind of good to have, let's say, a chief and some Indians. And it depends who's wearing the chief hat at any particular time. But I think at the end of the day, when you're looking for a clean perspective, it goes through Derek-that's usually what his contribution is, more of a finalization."


    And Ron? "He's one-of-a-kind," says Verni. "He's a great drummer. I've worked with him for a bunch of records now. This is our fifth record together and so I really understand how he plays at this point. Working with him in the studio is just a pleasure, because he's so right on it."


    After heaping all manner of praise on legendary producer Andy Sneap (brought on only for mix given Verni's proven acumen at the task), D.D. further clarifies the reason Overkill can be at the top of their game 18 records into their distinguished run.


    "I have a studio and I did most of it at my place; I've been doing it that way for a while now. And now the group of guys we have in the band has been pretty consistent for a while. So we have a nice mix; everybody kind of knows their role, and is good at their role. Everybody brings a little something to the party. And I think that's why these last couple of records people ask, 'How is it that your records get better after 25 years?' And I think part of it is that everybody has a role in the band, everybody is comfortable with their role, and they're really good at the part they have. So the records actually get better. It's like having a team, instead of having a whole bunch of chiefs and no Indians.


    But a proven people's band like Overkill-a more personable bunch you'll never meet-fully recognizes that part of the band's success in being able to survive and thrive with the grind is due to the allegiance of the band's considerable worldwide fan base.


    "For sure," says Blitz. "One of the things with regard to grind, with regard to four decades of Overkill, it's good to be here, but it's obviously earned, not just by us but by the people that support this in general. The fact is that it's not just us grinding it out. I mean, maybe it is when it comes to the studio and writing and recording songs, from that selfish perspective. But the reason something exists for decades is based on group effort. Like we had talked about earlier with 'Our Finest Hour,' people are stronger together. In that light, this band is, let's say, not just our project, but it's a project by and for all those who hold it dear."

    1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
    2. Goddamn Trouble
    3. Our Finest Hour
    4. Shine On
    5. The Long Road
    6. Let's All Go To Hades
    7. Come Heavy
    8. Red, White And Blue
    9. The Wheel
    10. The Grinding Wheel
    11. Emerald
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    Armed with pioneering pure metal proposals like Death Rider, The Beast Within, and Raise The Dead already in 1982, New Jersey's Overkill were a rock-solid part of the first clutch of bands forging in fire this music known as thrash metal. Along with Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and cross-town doppelgangers Anthrax, D.D. Verni and Bobby Blitz Ellsworth were helping to create a new form of metal that is still as vibrant today as when the band's first album, Feel the Fire was issued by Jonny Zazula's Megaforce Records back in the spring of '85.

    Witness Overkill's 18th album of blistering yet precise and thought-provoking thrash magic, The Grinding Wheel, a record on which thrash's ultimate team of five machined parts shows up and executes to perfection with a little punk thrown in for bad measure.

    But a life dedicated to metal can be a grind, hence the title of this sparks-a-flyin' record. It just makes sense for us, reflects D.D. If you've been making metal for almost 40 years like we have, it can be a grind. But we also liked the old school metal idea of referencing Grinder, the Judas Priest song, which suits the album because it has classic metal parts on it as well as the thrash parts. There's a blue collar feel to that title too, and that's how we approach Overkill. The guitar case is basically a lunchbox and we go to work.

    One of the principles-if not characteristics-of the band is that it's been grinding through for long, long periods of time, seconds Blitz. Decades to this point. And not necessarily with huge gains with regards to popularity, but for sure, with huge gains in as much as we can earn a living while doing the kind of music that we want. And so the idea of grinding it out over the decades became a device for writing the album, whether it would be riffs or lyrics.

    Despite, as D.D. says, the album's classic metal references (such as Black Sabbath in Come Heavy and Iron Maiden in The Long Road and the epic and cinematic title track), when the band gets up a full head of thrash steam, they bring to the party a trademark punk aesthetic, forged from trips on the train to CBGB and Max's Kansas City to witness original punk legends such as The Damned and The Dead Boys.

    Punk is huge for Overkill, confirms Verni. And it's something we very specifically brought back to the band in a sort of second wave, beginning with Ironbound in 2010 and then The Electric Age and White Devil Armory. I know from my end, it came from talking to the band and talking to fans. We had some of those metal records in the middle of our career where I wasn't paying enough attention to the punk rock vibe of the band. But just before we started writing Ironbound, I was very specific about getting back into that mentality, picking up on that energy again. You're not going to hear any Green Day or Ramones in us, but the energy and the attitude of punk mixed with the New York vibe that's what Overkill is, compared to other bands. You don't hear any of that in Megadeth; you don't hear any of that in Slayer. It's more specific to what we brought to the thrash world.

    Central to that premise is the incendiary Let's All Go to Hades which is sure to become a pit favourite. This one was a hell of a lot of fun, says Blitz. You know, I've always written abstractly. I'm not the guy who says, 'I'm going to crush your skull into dust.' I like writing more so from an abstract point of view, putting a slew of thoughts together that create one idea, like a puzzle more than a specific black or white. And when I looked at all these lyrics when I was done, I said, oh my God, I'm 57 and I finally matured (laughs). Oh, this is gross! (laughs). But I do like tongue-in-cheek songs like 'Hades,' where it says, sort of let's all go to the Bataclan, you know, stand arm in arm and sing 'Killed by Death.' I kind of tied in not long ago events, specifically what happened in Paris, with losing Lemmy. After that, I'm on a train from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient express, which actually existed (laughs)-it actually went from Paris to Istanbul. So that one is mapped out a bit more.

    Adds D.D., It's not a 'smash your face into the wall' kind of song. It got a little bit of fun in it. I know any time you talk to the really heavy thrash guys, they go, 'Oh, no, no, no-no fun allowed. It's got to be heavy and brutal every second.' But that song definitely has a bit of fun in it. And we've done that before, with things like 'Old School' and 'Fuck You.' We're not afraid to do a bit of that sometimes.

    Another favorite lyric of Blitz', which is set to a non-nonsense old school thrash track, is Our Finest Hour. It's about the recognition of sameness, explains Ellsworth. I think people are comfortable when they recognize themselves in someone else. And 'Our Finest Hour' is kind of a detailed journey through that concept. It's like, 'Come on over here; I recognize you.' I've always been a firm believer in the fact that it's great to accomplish things on your own, but people are always stronger as a group-that's the basic outline of that tune.

    At the other end of the spectrum from punk is a song like The Long Road. D.D. readily agrees that there was a Maiden influence as part of this one's crafting. Oh yeah, for sure. The opening, along with a little section in there with the vocals, definitely feels like New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

    More evident in the band's panoramic classic metal passages, but even articulated here on Our Finest Hour, is another storied Overkill trademark, the definition one gets in the band's bass parts. Combine this with the Mensa-like percussive wizardry of Ron Lipnicki (laid bare for all to hear at headphone levels through the smack of his gravity-defying double bass work), and The Grinding Wheel emerges as a record with a remarkable rhythm section foundation from which to rise.

    I've had that kind of sound now for a long time, says Verni. There are a lot of bass players that say, 'I want to feel the bass.' And it's like, I just couldn't give a shit about feeling the bass. To me that's low-end. Guitars have low-end, kick drums have low-end, bass has low-end-I want to hear the bass, not feel it. So from a long time ago, that's what I would be doing on my EQ. I would be tweaking and turning knobs until not only could I feel it, but I can hear it separate from the guitars. And as a result, the bass just got more and more aggressive. I'm not a finesse player at all, on a bass. I bang the shit out of it, and I kind of do that to get away from the guitars and give it its own identity, its own sound, its own thing, so the bass has its own personality, not just serving as a foundation for the guitars.

    This affects the writing as well, says Blitz. Don't forget, D.D. is a guitarist. He's been playing guitar probably more so than bass in his spare time since the late '80s. This is a guy who has two-and-a-half decades of six strings under his belt. So we get more of a unique perspective; it gives this band its unique qualities when it comes to songwriting. Because it's a guy holding six strings who's got plenty of experience playing those six strings, but thinking from the other perspective. So you get a punchier thing; you don't get a lot of fluff. When you compare Overkill to some of our contemporaries, there you get a guitar player writing guitar-based songs. D.D. is writing, first and foremost, from a rhythm perspective, and that's what drives the songs. Add Dave Linsk to the picture, once there's a ten-note riff written, then you have the best of both worlds.

    Which brings us back to the aforementioned machine-like efficiency of the five guys that comprise Overkill, this idea that there are no weak links within this particular classic five-piece with two guitars lineup of metal warriors.

    That's the strength of the band, explains Blitz. Dave is really the one that holds the guitar reigns in this band. He's a writer at his core. You know, he's one of these guys who brushes his teeth and hears a rhythm the way the bristles are hitting the enamel (laughs). He's that dude. 'Oh wait a second, I have another idea.' He has an idea a minute, and if that's the case, some of them are going to be great. So he holds the reins. When it comes to Derek, he's more the opinionated thought later on. And so when it runs through the machine, being D.D. and myself, then Dave, Derek comes in and can change that song. It's always kind of good to have, let's say, a chief and some Indians. And it depends who's wearing the chief hat at any particular time. But I think at the end of the day, when you're looking for a clean perspective, it goes through Derek-that's usually what his contribution is, more of a finalization.

    And Ron? He's one-of-a-kind, says Verni. He's a great drummer. I've worked with him for a bunch of records now. This is our fifth record together and so I really understand how he plays at this point. Working with him in the studio is just a pleasure, because he's so right on it.

    After heaping all manner of praise on legendary producer Andy Sneap (brought on only for mix given Verni's proven acumen at the task), D.D. further clarifies the reason Overkill can be at the top of their game 18 records into their distinguished run.

    I have a studio and I did most of it at my place; I've been doing it that way for a while now. And now the group of guys we have in the band has been pretty consistent for a while. So we have a nice mix; everybody kind of knows their role, and is good at their role. Everybody brings a little something to the party. And I think that's why these last couple of records people ask, 'How is it that your records get better after 25 years?' And I think part of it is that everybody has a role in the band, everybody is comfortable with their role, and they're really good at the part they have. So the records actually get better. It's like having a team, instead of having a whole bunch of chiefs and no Indians.

    But a proven people's band like Overkill-a more personable bunch you'll never meet-fully recognizes that part of the band's success in being able to survive and thrive with the grind is due to the allegiance of the band's considerable worldwide fan base.

    For sure, says Blitz. One of the things with regard to grind, with regard to four decades of Overkill, it's good to be here, but it's obviously earned, not just by us but by the people that support this in general. The fact is that it's not just us grinding it out. I mean, maybe it is when it comes to the studio and writing and recording songs, from that selfish perspective. But the reason something exists for decades is based on group effort. Like we had talked about earlier with 'Our Finest Hour,' people are stronger together. In that light, this band is, let's say, not just our project, but it's a project by and for all those who hold it dear.

    1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
    2. Goddamn Trouble
    3. Our Finest Hour
    4. Shine On
    5. The Long Road
    6. Let's All Go To Hades
    7. Come Heavy
    8. Red, White And Blue
    9. The Wheel
    10. The Grinding Wheel
    11. Emerald
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