Anmeldt av Matt Coe(Lion Music, 2011)
Kudos to Lion Music for their willingness to sign acts like Overdrive on a roster heavily weighing upon guitar shred dynamics. Do not fear six and seven string mavens - for Janne Stark and Kjell Jacobsson assuredly throw down knowledge, melody and theory throughout these 12 songs on their fourth album "Angelmaker". It’s just in the framework of a traditional, no holds barred heavy metal style - the one moving audiences during the early to mid 1980’s.
Surprises on this album include a heavier interpretation of the old 80’s Frida single “I Know There’s Something Going On” (where the guitar riffs take on the keyboard ambiance with much more ferocity), the Maiden-like “Back In The Village” type number “Under The Influence” and the closing 10 minute plus “The Wavebreaker” which opens with soft spoken melodies and acoustic guitars and then charges into Manowar meets epic metal with a twinge of Thin Lizzy madness.
Per Karlsson hits his comfort zone right from the start with “Signs All Over” - sustaining high pitch notes with a sincere metal personality that conveys anger and passion often at once. The rhythm section of bassist Kenth Ericsson and drummer Kenta Svensson keeps the bottom end locked and loaded, able to juggle from faster, double bass laden material like “To Grow” and “Cold Blood Chaser” to mid-tempo movers like “See The Light” or “Mother Earth” without any sign of struggle.
Overall Angelmaker fits in the class of efforts like Accept, Riot, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden - emphasizing strong hooks and searing solos with major concentration on the songs remaining distinct and king. This may not be one of the albums most would go searching for in the record bins, but believe me Overdrive have all the talent and credentials behind them to make you a believer within the first listen.
23.05.2013: CARDIANT - Verge
23.05.2013: MASADA - Suffer Mental Decay
22.05.2013: OPEN GRAVE - Fear
22.05.2013: LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE - Antiadore
21.05.2013: DEATH DEALER - War Master
21.05.2013: MACTÄTUS - Blot - Reissue
20.05.2013: CIRCLE OF SILENCE - The Rise of Resistance
20.05.2013: DARK MOOR - Ars Musica
19.05.2013: INQUESTED - Vulture Valley EP
19.05.2013: ZOM - Multiversal Holocaust
18.05.2013: CLAYMORDS - Scum of the Earth
18.05.2013: FREEDOM CALL - Ages of Light – 1998-2013
17.05.2013: ANCIIENTS - Heart Of Oak
17.05.2013: STARKILL - Fires Of Life
16.05.2013: ANGELS OF BABYLON - Thundergod
16.05.2013: IVANHOE - Systematrix
15.05.2013: G.O.R.E. - Stand up sexy Ladies, the Boogie band is here!
15.05.2013: INTEGRITY - Death after Death - rerelease
14.05.2013: DARKFALL - Road To Redemption
14.05.2013: GONOBA - Endless Cycles