Overkill bassist DD Verni (second from left) throws the horns in approval, backed by (from left) Overkill singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth, eOne Music VP of metal Scott Givens and Skateboard Marketing owner Munsey Ricci. (Photo: Christa Titus)

Billboard lucked into dining with Overkill singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and other industry folk prior to a release party for his band's new album, "The Electric Age," held March 23 at the downstairs lounge of New York eatery Three of Cups. Having a New Jersey connection in common, we kibitzed with Ellsworth about Garden State rock dives and how he enjoyed Overkill's gig on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, which sailed in January to George Town, Cayman Islands with dozens of bands and hundreds on headbangers onboard.

Seton Hall University's WSOU (89.5 FM) South Orange, N.J., hosted tonight's event, which was open to fans and industry members alike. The cozy venue-covered in black paint, stickers, red lights and rock memorabilia-soon filled to capacity as people dropped by to get autographs from band members and hear the new album, which includes the tracks "Black Daze," "Drop the Hammer Down" and "Old Wounds, New Scars." Amid the thrash music and fun Overkill's label eOne Music hinted the company is getting ready to finalize a new venture with another record label, but remained mum on further details.


Manning the electro turntables for the party was WSOU station manager/"Vintage '80s" radio show host Omar Ahmad (right) and guest Morgan. (Photo: Bill Meis)


All smiles around the bar are (from left) eOne Music production coordinator Julia Sutowski, Guitar World Web producer/writer Josh Hart, Loudwire.com senior editor Graham Hartmann and guest Nikki Nadeau. (Photo: Chrsta Titus)