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From the musicianship to the production to the songwriting, everything is just right.

Billed as a traditional heavy metal band, Overdrive I think do themselves down by calling themselves that. This is because although they are heavy and love to use the double kick drum, they also incorporate a lot of hard rock elements into their music. Elements that help to give them, at times, a whole different sound from your usual trad metal band. The hard rock element can be traced to one of the band members, namely guitarist Janne Stark (Locomotive Breath/Constancia) whose playing, whilst heavy, still has many other facets to it, which only brings out the best in the music of Overdrive.

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'Angelmaker' is the bands second album, and it hits the ground running with the one, two, three sucker punch of 'Signs All Over', 'In Gut We Trust' and title track 'Angelmaker', all heavy, all catchy, all filled with fire. Though after this blistering start the band throw in a bit of a curve ball in the shape of the Russ Ballard song 'There's Something Going On', which was once recorded by ABBA's Frida, and although it's a great song in itself it doesn't (for me anyway) really fit in with other songs around it and could have been better placed as a bonus track rather than an album track proper. Gripe over it's on to the other songs on the album that are favourites of mine. Firstly there's the Scorpions influenced 'See The Light' with it's glorious Jabs, Schenker like guitar riff, then the Maiden romp of 'Under The Influence', and well. to tell you the truth all the other songs that follow because the more I played this album the more I found myself liking it.

Whilst 'Angelmaker' isn't going to win any prizes for originality, I'm sure Overdrive aren't bothered one little bit about that, they obviously really enjoyed making this album because it shows in every little detail of the recording. From the musicianship to the production to the songwriting, everything is just right and I'm fast becoming a fan of this band. Now it's off to the Internet to dig up a copy of their debut release.

Ian Johnson

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