Words by: Tyler Bogliole
Photos: Dhruv Kumar
The Scorch the Earth tour made its final stop at the Paramount in Huntington on July 30th.
First up Sunlord, a great friend of mine Wes played drums for them and they killed it. Took me by surprise, they had a push-up pit going during their set and the crowd was enthralled.
Next was Heathen. Incredible. They sounded so tight and played classics like “Hypnotized” and “Goblins Blade”. The crowd was super receptive to them. This show made me a fan.
Third was Exhorder. This was my main selling point and they delivered. From start to finish they were unreal. Playing classics like “Desecrator” as well as new songs like “My Time”, they were heavy as hell and never lost their energy. Kyle Thomas is one of the best vocalists in thrash.
Lastly was Overkill, what can I say that hasn’t already been said about this band? Absolute legends and they proved it that night. New songs like “Scorched” and “The Surgeon” went over amazing as well as the classics “Rotten To The Core” and “Elimination”. Jason Bittner had power throughout his whole set that most people lose after 20 minutes. The whole band proved why they have been in the game for as long as they have.
Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – Vocals
D.D. Verni – Bass
Dave Linsk – Lead Guitar
Derek Tailer – Rhythm Guitar
Jason Bittner – Drums
For four decades, OVERKILL have been the trailblazers in producing some of the most signature moments in the world of metal. Earlier this year, the New Jersey Thrash Legends unleashed their twentieth studio album, entitled Scorched via Nuclear Blast Records.
Today, the band announce they are heading on their “Scorching The Earth” U.S. Tour with labelmates EXHORDER and HEATHEN. The 16-date trek will kick off on July 13th in San Francisco and make stops in Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, and Silver Springs before ending in Huntington, NY on July 30th!
OVERKILL’s Bobby Blitz state, ‘Hey “killers’, the time has come to hit the road in the US of A! July the 13th starts the salvo in San Fran and we will be rolling down the west coast to L.A., across Rt10 east to Florida then up the east coast and back home. Been a long time kids! Keep your eyes open, and get Scorched! Cya on the R.O.A.D.!”
EXHORDER’s Kyle Thomas comments “Rolling with OVERKILL is always nothing short of a family affair, but add HEATHEN and us to the mix too and it’s like a family vacation! We can’t wait to tear up the States with our family!”
HEATHEN comments, “We are absolutely stoked to continue this killer tour package with our friends in OVERKILL and EXHORDER and look forward to bringing it to the United States! We’ll see you in the pit!”
Confirmed dates for OVERKILL‘s “Scorching The Earth Tour“ with EXHORDER and HEATHEN are:
07/13/2023 San Francisco, CA – Great American Hall
07/14/2023 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
07/15/2023 Las Vegas, NV – 24 Oxford (Virgin Hotel)
07/16/2023 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
07/18/2023 Dallas, TX – Trees
07/19/2023 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
07/20/2023 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
07/21/2023 Destin, FL – Club LA
07/22/2023 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
07/23/2023 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
07/24/2023 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
07/26/2023 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
07/27/2023 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
07/28/2023 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
07/29/2023 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
07/30/2023 Huntington, NY – The Paramount