The follow-up to my ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2010IRONBOUNDis much anticipated by this HEAVY METAL MESSENGER. Judging from my first taste of “Electric Rattlesnake,” I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.

You can stream “Electric Rattlesanke,” using the SoundCloud player below and form your own opinion. The track comes off the band’s new album, “The Electric Age”, due in North America on March 27 via eOne Music and in Europe on March 30 through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded and mixed at Gear Recording Studios in New Jersey, owned and operated by OVERKILL bassist D.D. Verni.

OVERKILL will embark on the “Killfest 2” headlining tour in April/May. Support on the trek will come from BELPHEGOR, BLACKGUARD and DIAMOND PLATE.

OVERKILL will take part in an in-store signing session on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey.

OVERKILL‘s latest CD, “Ironbound”, sold 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 192 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

OVERKILL‘s previous album, “Immortalis”, opened with 2,800 units back in October 2007.

“Ironbound” was released on February 9, 2010 via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records). The CD, which was issued in Europe on January 29, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records, was mixed by PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren and is described in a press release as “a true thrasher-piece.”

OVERKILL is Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (vocals), D.D. Verni (bass, backing vocals), Derek “The Skull” Tailer (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Dave Linsk (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Ron Lipnicki (drums).

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