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  OVERKILL/XENTRIX/SHRAPNEL
The Cathouse, Glasgow
Sunday 16th March 2014


Johnny Main

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Sunday nights in Glasgow are never the best nights to hold gigs on with last trains and buses leaving for their destinations earlier than usual, added to the prospect (for many) of work the next day puts a lot of people off, but as this would be New Jersey Thrash band Overkills (long awaited) debut Scottish gig plus the addition of two top notch support acts – this was one Sunday night gig that proudly proclaimed 'Sold Out' before the doors of the venue had even opened.

The venue was jam packed with boisterous Overkill fans young and old and as the house lights go down and as the bands intro music plays out, the atmosphere is almost at fever pitch. In a blaze of light, the band were suddenly onstage and a huge cheer went up as they launched into 'Come And Get It'.

Those punters still propping up the back bar piled through the small corridor as they realized the main act were on and tried their best to get a decent view but many had left it too late and could only get the merest glimpse of the band from the back of the packed hall.

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Mobile phones were hoisted all around and every single vantage point was taken as the band fired through their set. Drummer Ron Lipnickis' bass drum beat thudded away and you could really feel the vibration right down to the pit of your stomach while guitarist Dave Linsk beams from ear to ear watching the mosh pit developing on front of his eyes – you could just tell that this was going to be one long crazy Sunday night.

'Wrecking Crew' continued the pace as the band were enveloped in dry ice while vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth makes sure that every corner of the venue knows the chorus and are singing along loudly – something which the audience are more than willing to do. The first of a steady stream of crowd surfers are thrust stage wards and from the look on the security guards faces, it was going to be a long and arduous night for them.

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Shouts of "Overkill" fill the pauses between songs and Ellsworth addresses the audience telling them: "It's a pleasure to finally be in Scotland", quipping that it's taken so long for them to finally get here because "it's a long swim from New Jersey!"

As some latecomers squeeze into an already packed venue, Linsk plays a great solo during 'Electric Rattlesnake' and the crowd are chanting once again with their fists firmly thrust in the air. From here on in, the band can do no wrong and we're treated to stunning renditions of Overkill classics like 'Rotten To The Core' and 'Bring Me The Night' with the audience thoroughly enjoying every minutes of it.

With 'Ironbound', Ellsworth seems totally stunned by the reaction as every audience member seems to have their hands in the air during the mid-section before some great twin guitar work from Linsk and Derek "The Skull" Tailer. "I can smell you but I can't fucking hear you" says Ellsworth before asking the rhetorical question "Why did it take us so long (to come to Scotland)?" before welcoming everyone "to the gutter" as 'Hello From The Gutter' has the audience singing along once again.

'Coma' has Lipnicki showing off his double bass drum skills as Ellsworth presses the flesh with some of the crowd surfers as they are quickly manhandled out the way by the security team down the front before Linsk plays a great if short solo while 'Thanx for Nothin' slips past with bass player D.D. Verni getting his moment in the spotlight.

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'In Union We Stand' gets another huge roar of approval from the audience whilst Linsk seemingly manages to have a conversation with the front row while still playing guitar - bizarre! 'Elimination' brings the bands main set to a close in fine fashion as the crowd the mosh pit continues in earnest. The crowd surfers also try and do their thing too which causes one unfortunate guy to be unceremoniously dropped to the floor as the mosh pit closes in, but thankfully he gets back up quickly enough and heads straight for the mosh pit.

Overkill certainly have a strong fan base in Glasgow (and Scotland as a whole it seems judging by the amount of fans who travelled to this gig from all over the country) and it's clear that Ellsworth wishes they had made the trip here sooner, but at least they have finally made it. I also have a sneaky suspicion that the band will also return at the first opportunity and hopefully they'll be playing a bigger venue too.

Overkill Set List:
Come and Get It
Wrecking Crew
Electric Rattlesnake
Hammerhead
Rotten to the Core
Bring Me the Night
Ironbound
Hello From the Gutter
Coma
Necroshine
Thanx for Nothin'
In Union We Stand
Elimination
Horrorscope
Fuck You

Overkill are:
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth – Vocals
Dave Linsk – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Derek "The Skull" Tailer – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
D.D. Verni – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
Ron Lipnicki – Drums

Overkill Online:
Official Website: http://wreckingcrew.com/Ironbound
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OverkillWreckingCrew


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After Xentrix played The Cathouse on December as part of their first proper tour for over twenty years (reviewed by MetalTalk here) there seemed to be a lot of people who missed the gig so the bands appearance here gave some of those who missed out a second chance and they grabbed the opportunity with both hands as the sizeable crowd surged towards the stage as the intro tape played.

There was a massive cheer as drummer Dennis Gasser appears onstage first before the rest of the band follow suit and jump straight into their set with 'No Compromise'. The vocals from Chris Astley are slightly lost in the mix but sound man is quick to correct the imbalance and from the front of stage to back of the hall it's just one solid head banging mass.

'Questions' keeps the momentum going and the sound of the guitars is crystal clear as the mighty riff from guitarist Kristian Havard blasts out.

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The gig comes to an unexpected halt as it's realised that Gasser has managed to break part of his kit so while he frantically tries to fix it Astley keeps the audience amused with some chat before Havard steps up and plays an impromptu version of 'Summer Lovin' which the audience quickly join in singing along to before he teases them further with riffs from Manowar, Anthrax, Slayer and Metallica much to the crowd's delight before the thudding of the bass drum pedal signals the issue has been fixed – the drawback is that the band have had to lose a song due to the early curfew on the venue, but it doesn't dampen the enthusiasm of the band or audience.

"This is one you should know", says Astley as 'Crimes' carries the set onwards with the crowd nodding along and it's like the band have rolled back the years with a performance that's good if not better than it was twenty years ago. This isn't about past glories however, as Astley explains that the band are writing new material and they debut 'World of Mouth' which is met with a good response – if the rest of the new album is as good, then this will certainly be a must buy album of 2014.

It's very clear that those who missed out on December got a great (if slightly short) show and but with a new album in the offing, it's a safe bet that Xentrix will be returning to Glasgow for another headline show on their next tour, and Glasgow will be ready to welcome them once again.

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Xentrix Set List:
No Compromise
Questions
For Whose Advantage?
Crimes
World of Mouth
Balance of Power

Xentrix are:
Chris Astley – Guitar/Vocals
Kristian Havard - Guitars
Chris Shires – Bass Guitar
Dennis Gasser – Drums

Xentrix Online:
Official Website: http://www.xentrix.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Xentrix/354617581311808


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The first band to grace the stage in this three band Thrash-fest was a young five piece from Norwich called Shrapnel who I'd be told were well worth catching, and it seemed like a lot of the ticket holders had the same idea as the band drew a sizeable crowd despite the early stage time and they receive a warm reception as they walk on stage for what vocalist Jae Hadley termed the bands first "big one (tour)".

'Pseudocommando' had the dandruff flying both on stage and in the crowd with new bass player, Darryl Abbot, looking like he's loving every minute of it.

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'Braindead' is another well received song with its title sung at an incredible pitch by Hadley as drummer Simon Jackson thrashed away almost unseen at the back due to a lack of drum riser of the small stage.

'Red Terror' is a "fast one" apparently but the bands whole set is so frantic you really have to applaud their skill in being able to hold the songs together at such a ferocious pace. The audience love it though as they clap along mid way through and raise their collective fists in the air at the end as the band happily savour the applause.

The final number, 'Warhead' was the first ever song the band wrote together and serves as a good end to a great set. Although this is also their first time in Glasgow judging by the audience response, I'm guessing the band will be keen to come back sooner rather than later and they too have a ready- made audience waiting for them.

Shrapnel Set List:
Kingdom Come
Titan
Pseudocommando
Braindead
Red Terror
The Virus Conspires
Warhead

Shrapnel are: Jae Hadley - Vocals
Nathan Sadd - Lead Guitar
Chris Martin - Guitar
Darryl Abbot - Bass
Simon Jackson - Drums

Shrapnel Online:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ShrapnelOfficial‎


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Overkill pictures - (c) Overkill
Xentrix pictures - (c) Main Stage Photography
Shrapnel picture - (c) Al Pulford

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gary rossington LYNYRD SKYNYRD UPDATE WITH MORE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO GARY ROSSINGTON ILLNESS
"Currently the band hopes to resume touring on Thursday 4th August at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands..."

extreme EXTREME CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'PORNOGRAFFITI' ALBUM WITH 'PORNOGRAFFITI LIVE 25/METAL MELTDOWN'
"Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour."

ozzy osbourne OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'M NOT HAPPY BEING SOBER"
"It scares me. I hear all the time people say that they have another drink in them but they may not have another sobriety in them..."

paul rodgers IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT NOW! PAUL RODGERS SUES DONALD TRUMP
"We will make America great again. God bless you and good night, I love you."

heavy metal HEAVY METAL HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH MORTALITY ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL STUDY
"Metal music can be seen as cultural good for fans and thereby can form part of their social identity."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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