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Overland - 2014 Epic

ARTIST: Overland
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2014
SPONSOR: Connecting Music Haulix Portal


LINEUP: Steve Overland - lead & background vocals * Christian Wolff - lead guitars, rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars, keyboards * Mike Slamer - additional guitars, bass, keyboards * Larry Antonino - bass * Jay Schellen - drums

Guests: Billy Greer, Billy Trudel - background vocals * Fredrik Bergh - additional keyboards 'Liberate My Heart' and 'Down Comes The Night'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Radio Radio * 02 If Looks Could Kill * 03 Stranded * 04 Rags To Riches * 05 Liberate My Heart * 06 Down Comes The Night * 07 If You Heart's Not In It * 08 Rock Me * 09 So This Is Love * 10 Wild * 11 The End Of The Road



Great name for an album huh? We've been on the case for Steve Overland's new album since around Christmas. It follows hard on the Seventh Key album 'I Will Survive'. Now why should that matter to all and sundry? Simple really, Mike Slamer, Billy Greer and Billy Trudel all play and sing on 'Epic', and it really does sound like Round 2 of SK, but without the prog and symphonic influences. Overland has always had a great voice, and he has proved a popular draw over the years with FM and with his solo projects as Overland, and 'Epic' is sure to go close as his best effort. No doubt Mike Slamer has done his best to turn 'Epic' into an (err hmm..) 'epic'..

The Songs
The perfect summer settler gets us underway. 'Radio Radio' speaks to all of us in a way that transcends generations of listeners. I'm sure many of us were disciples of the radio back in the day. I can remember I had an old radio that would pick up AM stations hundreds of miles away, and it was through this medium that I learned about so many great bands, partcularly on Sunday night rock shows back in the mid-late 70's. 'Stranded' is as light as it gets for Overland, even lighter than the stuff found on FM's 'Indiscreet' album. Like a good steak, it's lean with next to no fat. 'Liberate My Heart' is of a similar build, lighter than air in parts, not so the dynamic pairing of 'Down Comes The Night' and 'So This Is Love' with its chirping synths and captivating hooks. 'If Your Heart's Not In It' reminds me of many acts from the 80's, Toto probably comes closest, but at a pinch. Like the keyboard work on this one, and also how the guitar builds momentum. 'Rock Me' is the bluesiest track on the CD, and with Steve's background, it comes as no surprise that we'd get a blues oriented track on 'Epic'. 'The End Of The Road' to my ears is the next best thing to a Seventh Key song. There's a sense of drama, that blokes like Slamer and Greer have no trouble creating in their music, and it rubs off here.

In Summary
'Epic' is without doubt a great start to 2014, and effortless sounding album really, and another good body of work to add to the Steve Overland port-folio. Fans of Seventh Key in particular should seek this out when it's officially released in February. I needn't say anymore. Grab it when you can.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on March 05 2014 05:30:47
I feel confident in saying that this will easily make my top ten for the year. It's one of those albums that I can play multiple times a day. It also seems like it will become one of those that sounds good no matter what mood I'm in, and I tend to give those a lot of spins. I'm not sure how much Slamer plays on this, but I can definitely hear his influence throughout. This does have a Seventh Key feel, although more commercial. I do like that it is easy to differentiate the songs throughout the course of the album. That's not a given these days, as I'd have a hard time with many albums that I like telling you which song is playing if you randomly "dropped the needle". Not so here - I was able to process this one quickly. There is a track number 12 that is not mentioned above - "Time For Letting Go" - another good one. This doesn't sound much like the two FM albums last year - Overland went in his own direction here, and the results, if not "Epic", are still quite excellent.
#2 | Jez on February 02 2016 13:13:13
Fantastic AOR with the magic Mike Slamer at the helm. THE best disc with the Overland name on it since 'Tough It Out' back in the day and just missing a top 5 placing.
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