After hearing their smoking 2005 release "Hail the Kingdom", I put Overloaded on my list of bands to keep an eye on. "Regeneration" is their follow-up 2007 release and they've retained all the high energy, megawatt sound that is in such short supply across the hard rock spectrum. Overloaded has such serious electricity, they couldn't help but generate a buzz beyond their home area of Detroit. Chris Gillen and the boys charge through "What's In There", "Ride that Feeling" and "Try This On For Size" with a verve and excitement amplified by a live sounding production--all guitars with little overdubs. Overloaded is perfect for the ripped jeans crowd, yet some of the titles fall into a juvenile stance that belies the instances of mature development that were appearing in snatches on "Hail" and leave their growth stunted. I'll give them a thumbs-up while tentatively watching for that more grown-up band to re-emerge.
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