Friday, 8 May 2009

Free Download Friday #9: Turtlehead covers Overkill

Today's download is from a band you may not have heard of because Turtlehead are a band that "lasted about 30 minutes". :-)

The download is a cover of Overkill by Motörhead and comes from the blog of one of the chaps who host Talking Metal. Why should you be interested in a cover by a band you've never heard of and that you'll probably never see again? If I tell you who is in the band, perhaps that will pique your interest:
Mark Strigl (Host from Talking Metal) – Guitar
John Ostronomy (Host from Talking Metal) – Guitar
Frank Bello (Anthrax) – Bass
Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill, The Cursed) – Vocals
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) – Drums
If you skipped over it, go back and check the drummer again. :-) Mike is on fire in this track. This is a live recording and he just powers through it. Bobby Ellsworth bows out exhausted after the second or third reprise :-) however Frank Bello manages to keep up with Mike (with perhaps one stumble) and it feels like everyone is hanging on for grim death as Mr Portnoy drags them in his wake. Everybody's game is lifted. A thoroughly enjoyable romp!

You can read a bit more about the Overkill cover in the Mark's blog entry or you can check out the video from the session on YouTube.

Hope you enjoy.


Jeff said...

Just listening to this one now - how can anyone play that fast? haha Great find!

David said...

He is a stunningly good drummer. I saw DT in Concert the last time they played Glasgow and he was even more impressive live than he is recorded. I thought his skill, energy and showmanship was amazing.

I posted some photos on Flickr: