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Overthrow - Adjust To Darkness

Overthrow
Adjust To Darkness
by Eric "Carnegie" Hall at 05 November 2012, 2:51 PM

Suddenly I feel like going back in time and bumping my last review of EUGENIC DEATH up a solid point. Why? I had OVERTHROW, and their newest release, “Adjust to Darkness”, dropped on my lap like a plate of hot tomato soup. Not only do I not like having hot soup dropped on me, but I also don’t really care for tomato soup, either. So it’s a double whammy of misery making a beeline for the testicles.

Having said that, there is a lesson in this. Remember several reviews back I made the case that I should never let my Editor-in-Chief decide what to review for me, because he has the precognitive ability to know what I will despise? Well it seems I must have suffered some kind of temporary brain damage, amnesia, or random-onset-retardedness, because I thought, for some reason, it would be a good idea to let him just pick something and send it my way.

In a nutshell, this album is shit. A shit sandwich with a shit-olive attached to it via toothpick. A shit sundae with liquid shit sauce. A Shit steak with shit gravy. A Shit-shotgun with an under barrel foregrip, also made of shit. This band has been labelled as “Thrash Metal”, and, correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t hear anything like Thrash Metal stemming from this album. Mostly it just sounds like some Norwegian trying to sound like both a California surfer bro and Macho Man Randy Savage simultaneously. It not only doesn’t work, but you can’t understand a fucking word this guy is saying. I swear parts of the second song sound like he is yelling “CHOCOLATE SAUCE!” ad nauseum – he might be, in all honesty. On a related note, what the fuck is with modern Metal music and its obsession with un-understandable lyrics? Is this like some overwhelmingly complex prank being played on me? Because it’s working spectacularly.

There is a very good reason your amateur, local band never really goes anywhere. Sure, maybe it’s just because of selfish, egotistical record companies that don’t give a shit about the artists, who care only for sapping what profit is there to be had until the teat is naught but a shriveled, pink raisin emitting only sporadic puffs of dust. Or maybe it’s just that your band is so terrible that the only thing a record exec would consider signing them to is a piece of loose-leaf paper with the words “Fuck You” scribbled on it in crayon.

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Adjust to Darkness
2. Come Thunder
3. Let Them Fall
4. Det Hellige Har Forlatt
5. Phantom Hearts
6. Sleeplessness Awaits
7. Woolgatherer
8. Relapse
9. Octoskulls
10. Destroyeryouth
11. The Worst is Yet to Come
Lineup:
Erlend Færevåg– Lead Guitar
Ole Gaard– Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Håkon Søvik– Bass
Espen Kvaløy- Drums
Record Label: Indie Recordings
     


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