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Overheat - Fight to the Finish (Reissue)

Fight to the Finish (Reissue)
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 10 May 2018, 1:59 PM

In the golden years of the 80’s, the bands of traditional Heavy Metal had a different outfit. The influences from NWOBHM and German Metal schools were so strong, and many bands just followed the same tendencies. I didn’t mention the USA School because it’s truly different. The paradigm of English and German schools reigned for years, even in other countries. Names as OVERHEAT were deeply influenced by those schools, as you’ll hear on “Fight to the Finish,” this compilation of materials.

Sweden wasn’t the same in terms of Metal that we used to know. In those days, just few bands were known out of the country, and some musicians were notorious. But the quartet uses those influences I mention above to create a heavy and good work, pulsing with a heavy and melodic energy. It wasn’t new even in those days, but it was good and still is, as you can hear. Obviously, the sound quality is not as good as a modern one could be. But if I am right, this material comes from their two Demo Tapes from 1987, and they are pretty good for this kind of release. I have no deeper info in my hands, but if these songs were recorded for Demos, they are with an excellent sonority, even for the 80’s. But it can be an album that was recorded and had no official release on those days (or it had no promotion done on those days), so we must deal with “Fight to the Finish” on both ways.

The musical work they play is really very good. Good melodies with excellent guitars, a solid work from bass guitar and drums, and high-pitched tunes on vocals are the elements that they offer and songs as the solid and heavy “Fight to the Finish” (with its very good rhythmic work), “I Do Believe” with its melodic technique on guitars, the abrasive and melodic feeling of “Realm of Freedom”, the Heavy Rock elements that can be heard on “High on You”, and the great dose of weight shown on “The Siren’s Song”. But the instrumental songs “L.J.M.S.”, “Triumvirate” and “Prisoner of My Mind” (this one a bonus track from this release) are excellent as well, and deserve our attention. A good release is “Fight to the Finish,” and it’s a pity that a good band as OVERHEAT had not the attention it deserved…

Originality: 7
Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 7

4 Star Rating

1. Fight to the Finish
2. I Do Believe
3. Realm of Freedom
4. High on You
5. L.J.M.S. (instrumental)
6. The Chains
7. Mean Dream
8. Triumvirate (instrumental)
9. The Siren’s Song
10. Prisoner of My Mind (instrumental)
Gernot Iversen - Vocals
Janne Stark - Guitars
Pelle Thuresson - Bass
Paul Gustavsson - Drums
Record Label: Cult Metal Classics


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Edited 05 December 2020

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