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Overdrive - The Angelmaker's Daughter

Overdrive
The Angelmaker's Daughter
by Michael "MettleAngel" Francisco at 04 March 2013, 4:09 PM

33 years later and Sweden's premiere Metal attack act OVERDRIVE are still letting the mettle do the talking, while their hearts and heads just do the Hard Rockin' Although, it's not as easy as it seems, even if in their gut they always trust.

This is the sequel to the highly acclaimed “Angelmaker” album. This one then is appropriately titled “The Angelmaker's Daughter”. I believe this was originally only released on vinyl limited to 300 hand-numbered copies. There are six previously unreleased tracks, all recorded during the “Angelmaker” sessions. The record also includes an insert with photos, lyrics and a band logo patch.

The first two and second to last track can be found on the original “Angelmaker” release. This means that the first "new" cut is "Brand New Sinner". This is a real treat, and the heat burns with a very infectious heavy and abiding anthem. Fans of HEAVY LOAD, 220 VOLT, TREAT, EUROPE, etc. will be impressed with what OVERDRIVE stand to deliver.

The passionate and evocative "Short Moments" provides for a slower, more manageable pace, such that these kids of the century carry with them a very familiar UFO influence. In contrast, the seeping syringe "Call The Priest" showcases Per Periloz Karlsson's vocal capabilities. I am reminded with what he did with epic cut "The Wavebreaker". The rampant "Run Out" quickens the pace again with some very well-written and inspirational lyrics. I especially enjoy the solo jam session too. All of these musicians synch so well together, as evidenced by the illustrious ending instrumental.

"Show You Love" has a back to basics approach. Clearly OVERDRIVE proudly wear their 70s influences on their banner held high, while wielding swords and axes. At a time when ANTHRAX and ADRENALINE MOB, are both poised to release EPs primarily of classic Rock covers, I am always grateful to champion an act who have been actually active at a time when Rock and Metal were melding into one entity.

Main guitarist Janne Stark is a very busy man, besides keeping OVERDRIVE active over three decades with his loyal band mates, he is continually working on his compendium of Swedish Rock and Metal. The third volume is supposed to be the most grandiose to date. Honestly, I do not know how he does it.

Clearly, many new AOR and Metal acts like DIAMOND DAWN are influenced by what OVERDRIVE have created; especially, since their new CD is aptly entitled “OVERDRIVE”.

If you have not heard these Swedish masters and their mission of destruction, then he who hesitates is lost. Now is the time to break out of the mist and join in the battle of Rock!

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Brand New Sinner
2. It's Not as Easy as it Seems
3. Short Moments
4. Call the Priest
5. Show You Love
6. Run Out
7. Angelmaker
8. To Grow
9. In Gut We Trust
Lineup:
Per Karlsson – Vocals
Janne Stark – Guitars
Kjell Jacobsson – Guitars
Kenth Ericsson – Bass
Kenta Svensson – Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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