You may not have heard of Sweden's Overdrive (not to be confused with the band from the UK) unless you're a true fan and historian of NWOBHM. They've had there ups and downs, forming and reforming since 1980. The latest incarnation formed again in 2003 with all original members, but lost their front man Pelle Thuresson in 2004. He was successfully replaced by Per Karlsson. They're latest accomplishment, 'Let The Metal Do The Talking,' was released in early 2008 on Lion Music. It's damn fine metal!
Overdrive defines their style as 'classic NWOBHM with lots of twin guitars, like a mix of 80's Accept, Judas Priest and Def Leppard.' I think they're dead on in their description. There's enough dual guitar work, versatile metal vocals, melody, and fine arrangements to keep any fan listening and enthusiastic. Additionally, the work is well produced: clear and vibrant. This only makes you want to listen to this album in one way: loud. Let's check out the music. My favorite tracks include the title track, 'Fight To The Finish,' great screaming vocals and wild guitar, 'Trapped Under Ice,' a fine example of the NWOBHM genre, 'Deceived,' with it's great bass line opener, and also, 'Gravy Train,' check out the outstanding vocals and guitar work and the satirical lyrics.
Sweden's Overdrive proves great melodic guitar driven heavy metal is not dead. 'Let The Metal Do The Talking' does just that, the metal roars and rocks. Overdrive may be somewhat obscure to metal fans (especially here in America), but you've got to give them a listen. This is great metal standing solidly on a great tradition. Highly recommended!
- Craig Hartranft
Sweden's Overdrive may not register on some metal fan's radar. But they should not be overlooked. This band, with strong NWOBHM roots dating back to 1980, have created a great melodic metal album in this time honored genre. Overdrive lives up to their album's name: 'Let The Metal Do The Talking.' Good stuff!