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Maximum Overdrive - Maximum Overdrive - 2004 - Self Released

Track Listing
1. Iron Horse
2. Skullbasher
3. See You Again
4. Never Fade Away
5. Loaded Gun
6. Under The Spell
7. Feedin The Devil
8. I Don't Believe
9. Lets Roll
10. Get It Together
11. Holy Universe
These young, talented, underground bands just seem to be popping up everywhere. Wilmington, North Carolina's Maximum Overdrive just rode out of the fog like a steel horse riding the rails, delivering a wallop of a good time here with their debut, a self released album simply called "Maximum Overdrive". As this stoner-hard rock sound seems to build speed and credibility across the US, more and more bands seem to be coming out of the woodwork, delivering that blue collar, working man's metal that has so much promise and potential to be the "next big thing". As the "New Wave Of American Heavy Metal" seems to have hit it's mid-point, bands like Maximum Overdrive, Brand New Sin, and Omegalord drive on with a complete understanding of the "bar band" mentality, really contending early for just who will lead this next genre, just simply going to the roots of all that is metal, completely absorbing everything Sabbath into a vicious, street ready machine that is built on speed, good times, and of course the very best in heavy metal.

This debut is fantastic, offering up a wide variety of sounds through eleven heavy numbers, each of which seems to have the potential to hit radio anyday now. Unfortunately, this sound hasn't quite caught up with Clear Channel or MTV, but given another year or so this may be a completely different story. For now we have bands like Maximum Overdrive, a group of hard working metal militia who have really taken all the great things from past legends like Sabbath, KISS, Terrible Ted, and even Foghat and rolled it into one tight-knit pace, almost like combining faster Ozzy with the likes of a Kik Tracee or even Tesla. The band just has that electric energy about them, shredding some furious leads at times or simply laying down a thick, massive doom riff.

Each cut here carries on a different path, whether it is the bone breaking doom power on "Feedin The Devil" and "Skullbasher", or the hard rock attitude of cuts like "Iron Horse" and "Loaded Gun". The band can play some faster power metal numbers as well, evident on strong closer "Holy Universe". Vocalist Ronnie Lamanna, who also plays guitar, is the perfect vocalist for this material, never quite as over the top as David Lee Roth or Sammy, but still managing to keep that party vibe to his pipes. The whole band really has that certain niche that just makes music fun again, something that seems to be missing in today's water.


--EC 06.08.05
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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