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Overloaded - Hail the Kingdom - 2005

Track Listing
1. Beaver Fever
2. War of the Worlds
3. Feeling Overloaded
4. Where Are You Running To?
5. King of the Landfill
6. Cyclone
7. Sick
With juvenile titles like "Beaver Fever" and "King of the Landfill", you'd expect equally juvenile music, but Overloaded comes at you with a sound that would turn Ted Nugent into a quivering mess. From the opening Plant-styled wails and the searing guitars, the band blisters the hard rock landscape with more youthful vigor than most of the 80's rockers they're descended from. Aptly named vocalist Chris Gillen is the classic electrified screamer that sends the band over the top and into the stratosphere on the majority of the songs. It's an absolute pleasure to once again hear guitar riffs that will peel the paint from my walls and a vocalist that can wail like his nuts are caught in a vice. Overloaded is the hottest rock band I've heard all year and there's enough potential here for them to become the new kings of kick-your-ass rock where we've had little for years.

In a gorgeous digipack for only $8, "Hail the Kingdom" is money well spent.

Bottom Line: For fans of early Def Leppard, Gun N Roses, Skid Row and AC\DC.

Score: 9 of 10.

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--Nailer 11.13.05
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

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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2005
Frank Hill11/18/2005
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2007
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