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Overloaded
Regeneration

Company: Indy
Release: 2007
Reviewer: JP
Rating: 3.5



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.
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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Hail the KingdomOverloaded
2005
Frank Hill11/18/2005
RegenerationOverloaded
2007
JP2/1/2008


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