OVERDRIVE - THE FINAL NIGHTMARE (Pure Steel Records)
It’s always a pleasure to see the name Overdrive, as it’s the same name of the radio show that I ran in Belgium for +20 years! Legendary moments, and lots of fun linger my memories! I knew the band Overdrive from Sweden, but I wasn’t aware that there is also a band with the same name in the UK, although they are active since 1977. In all those years, the band recorded a few demos and singles, also a live and compilation album, and of course, a logical necessity: a few studio albums. ‘The Final Nightmare’ is the fifth studio release of Overdrive, and it took 8 years since the previous one ‘Three Corners To Nowhere’ from 2006.
Nine songs feature this release that has a total duration of 45 minutes, which is a good average of today’s releases. The sub label Pure Rock Records, which is a division of Pure Steel Records signed the band and since August 2014, you should be able to find this release in your local record store! The material on this album is in the same range as classic Heavy Metal with the obliged Hammond/keyboard solos that reminds us to titans like Purple and Rainbow. Tim Hall is de keyboard player and together with guitar player Tracey Abbott, we hear songs that demand their place in the heavy rock sector. Overdrive isn’t really going into highest gear, except for ‘Glass Game’ and ‘Wasted’, but prefers to bring their songs with a solid, determined and hard rocking edge.
Decades ago, it was an unwritten law that a rock album needed a ballad as well, so did Overdrive with the song ‘Taken Young (Ben’s Song)’. The title track of the album has a duration of about 8 minutes, which result in an epic hymn, a kind of masterpiece to end this album. The quintet of Overdrive have a passion for catchy, driven and moving music pieces, and I guess that real steel is still running through their veins. What can we expect more than dedicated and honest song material? I guess that the answer is pretty clear, as music is all about emotions and feelings, and Overdrive shot their arrows straight to the heart!
As the record company dictates: one of the biggest underdogs of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal is back; stronger than before, and I totally agree! This ‘Final Nightmare’ was a pleasure to encounter, and hopefully, it won’t take another 8 years before we hear new material from this band from Grantham, around the center of the United Kingdom!
If you want a comment about this release, well, the vocals of David Poulter should have been mixed better. I mean he’s a bit in the background and that’s a pity. A frontman needs a front position in the mix as well, and not like he’s singing in the backyard. But, once again, this is only a detail... https://www.facebook.com/OverdriveMetal
My rating: 87 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish