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The Imagery Process - Overload

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Overload / Import / Audio CD released at Klonosphere

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      27.02.2011 15:25
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      a surprisingly enjoyble gothenburg melo-death album

      Overload are a french melodic metal band firmly in the Gothenburg mould- a field which is very overcrowded to say the least. The songs are intelligently and interestingly constructed, and though the music is very catchy and accessable, with lots of poppy electronica weaving the songs together, the production is very punchy, whilst the riffs are satisfyingly raw given their poppy context, hinting at Slaughter-era At The Gates and old (and therefore good) In Flames throughout. The vocals are similarly raw, sounding like In Flames' Anders Frieden back when he could still pull off impressive rasped growls. Elsewhere there is some classic Judas Priest-style melodic riffing, with the album managing to sound vital and engaging throughout.

      The artwork is very cliched, consisting of a style of image that has graced the cover of many a band that are derivative of At the Gates,(see eg Casketgarden's 'This Corroded Soul of Mine' or Corporation 187's 'Perfection in Pain' for examples), Thankfully however, the music is very well done, mixing together Dark Tranquillity style riffing, bluesy meanderings, melodic soloing and warm, slightly-cheesy synths in a gratifying and convincing manner. Even though there is nothing really new to be found on the album, it is excellent at paying homage to its melo-death/gothic metal influences, and ultimately stands out a lot more than the artwork would suggest.

      Tracklisting-

      1. The Imagery Process 04:08
      2. Burden 05:02
      3. Distorted Fate 04:17
      4. Hedgehog Dilemma 03:32
      5. N.D.E. 02:01
      6. My Odyssey 04:16
      7. First Dead Born 03:43
      8. Thirst For Speed 03:26
      9. Final Line 04:16
      10. Under 01:54

      Total playing time 36:35

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