Shredders, rejoice! Some 28 years after first forming, New Jersey quintet Overkill remains 100-percent true to the old-school thrash-metal that one-time labelmates Metallica abandoned long ago, and Anthrax feebly tries to maintain despite hiring a new lead singer every other week. Not that Overkill hasn't had its share of line-up changes over the years (awesomely named drummer Rat Skates is long departed), but founding singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni are still around. Overkill's toured fairly regularly in recent years, though more in Europe and Japan than in America (or so it seems), and they're coming around these parts in support of 15th album Immortalis, issued last year. As always, they mash the metal of Motorhead and Priest to the punk of the Pistols and Dead Boys, keeping things fast, loud, and brutal.
Mon., Oct. 6, 7 p.m., 2008