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Overloaded - 2005 Hail The Kingdom

Chris Gillen - vocals
Eric Kluiber - guitars
John Sullens - rhythm guitar
Michael Massie - bass
Lorenzo Gonzalez - drums

Over the past few years here at Glory Daze we've been witness to many bands attempting to capture the past spirit of the hard rock and metal scene, such acts including Atello, Uncle Sid, Aftermath, Broken Toyz and Boetz to name a few, most fading away or predictably failing to recreate the musical impact of the era's definitive years. Detroit's Overloaded are the latest band to try and break this duck, promising to return the 'hellfire' to a genre which has seen too few new young bands really challenge the old guard. Overloaded formed just a year ago in August of 2004, but have made massive strides in that time. With a large batch of impressive support slots, regular airplay, this album and newly recorded batch of new tracks, things are moving nicely for Overloaded. This is a polished debut of anthemic metal with a clear sound, mastered at the infamous, one time hallowed halls of the Florida death metal scene, Morrisosund Studios.

The Songs
'Beaver Feaver' resorts to every old school hard rock tactic, ie the suggestive, ludicrous title and lyrics, 'she's like a bitch on a mission, tearin' up the runway', all of which I welcome openly! Musically it's Van Halen '5150' era all the way, reminding me of 'Good Enough', made even more clear through Gillen's Sammy Hagar vocal work, almost identical. This wonderful romp is followed by the surging 'War Of The Worlds', where Gillen includes Chris Cornell into his range, although this is more metal than Soundgarden were. 'Feeling Overloaded' was a regularly played track on Detroit radio, and another high water rock anthem, with Gillen stating 'rock and roll can't be defeated'. Certainly a first rate vocalist, with the right mixture of deep and high pitched singing. 80's hard rock is revisited through 'Where Are You Running To', which is better than anything that Def Leppard or Dokken could muster in today's age. Mixing it up, the band turn to near speed power metal on the riff heavy 'King Of The Landfill', where Kluiber gets to display his chops. 'Cyclone' does its best to emulate the power of mother nature in its near wall of noise, before the eerily grunge titled 'Sick' closes the brief album on a dour note, a cross between modern rock and metal.

In Summary
To back this worthy debut up, Overloaded quickly followed it up with a CD including four new tracks, which differ little from the album, 'Hellfire' and 'Heavy Metal Highway' the standout's, further confirimg the promise this band has to offer. My only question is, will anybody notice? So many band with all the talent in the world seem to fall under the radar, simply due to the brand of rock they choose to pursue. If Overloaded cut their hair into bowl cuts and wore retro metal shirts, playing a form of worn out death metal they might make strides. But they have more pride than that I'm sure. Hopefully for them the power of rock and roll will see them through!

Sponsor: Overloaded

Track Listing:
01 Beaver Fever
02 War of the Worlds
03 Feeling Overloaded
04 Where Are You Running To?
05 King of the Landfill
06 Cyclone
07 Sick


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#1 | gdazegod on July 27 2013 12:18:13
Eric Kluiber later joined L.A metallers White Wizzard.
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