CD REVIEW: Overhate - Relentless Is Our Strength
By Cyrus Rhodes - 04/12/2012 - 04:19 PM EDT
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Album: Relentless Is Our Strength
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
Sounds Like: Anthrax, Cannibal Corpse, Megadeath, Slayer
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Holiday in Wasteland, International Slave Song, In this Disgusting Planet
Weakness: Winded Songs
Thrash Metal band “Overhate” from Venezuela releases their latest CD Relentless Is Our Strength in 2012. According to the band - “We’re proud of the way we’ve grown musically since the first album,” the band says. That we can still call ourselves ‘progressive thrash metal,’ but we aren’t out there copying the vibe of other metal bands. “Our guitars and vocals draw from death metal, but though a lot of my vocals are clean” Vettor adds. “Musically, Relentless Is Our Strength goes in a heavier and more melodic direction than the first album. We had more experiences behind our backs to write new songs and we’ve become far better musicians over the past three years. The songs have really cool structures and are catchier than those on the first record. Lyrically, they deal with a wide variety of themes. This project was meant to be the one to put the band on the map internationally, and I’m excited to see that we’re achieving that!” Band members include Joseph Ortiz (Drummer), Erich Machado (Guitarist), Humberto Ortega (Bass) and Giancarlo Vettor (Lead Vocals).
The CD explodes in your face with apocalyptic ”When Nothing is Mine." This intro piece hits hard with its thrashing rock rhythms, thunderous guitar chords and catchy metal core vocal delivery from singer Vettor. Track 2 delivers more of the same raw intensity with “International Slave Song" an aggressive follow up piece that slams your ears into submission with its aggressive double bass drum attack, no holds barred lyrical content and hooky chorus. The CD doesn’t let up - with Track 3 “With or Against us." This piece hit even harder and whips you around like a wild tornado, with melodic guitar and dynamic vocal intensity from Vettor. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Anthrax, Cannibal Corpse, Megadeath and even old school Slayer to Pantera. I will add that this is one Thrash band that has carved out a unique nice for themselves within their unique fusion of sound as stated in the first paragraph. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane driven thrash metal CD but sounds fresh and new. The musical style refuses to be pinned into submission, the vocals are gritty and are deep in your grill, and the guitar playing is hot to the touch. Make no bones about it – this is total mosh pit madness. The songs themselves are reckless and packed to the hilt with raw intensity and lyrical content straight from the crypt keeper. Vettors vocal style works well with respect to this style of music with its stereotypical metalcore - jagged edge delivery. It’s not total over the top cookie monster-ish, but is still intense. I might add his timing is spot on, & the guitar playing definitely holds its own dishing out a few very impressive solos and speed riffs that will make your head spin. Rhythm section (Drums, Bass) lays down the low end groove as thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity; note for note and song for song. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From my personal favorite “Holiday in Wasteland” to thought provoking “In this Disgusting Planet” and dynamic "4204" to striking “Figure of Deception” to apocalyptic “The Consuming Element” this CD pretty much lets it all hang out. The CD ends with Track 10 “Holiday in Wasteland." The perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s hard to fins any noticeable weaknesses with this CD. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
The latest CD from "Overhate" Relentless Is Our Strength is a solid and consistent debut CD from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out. I will also add this is the first and only Metalcore band I’ve ever heard from from Venezuela - and I have to say I was impressed. The music is dirty, but rock solid, heavy and consistent. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful punch and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until your ready to tap out. The messages are intensely & maycause your ears to bleed. It takes no prisoners You want profanity, you want a bloody nose, you want mosh pit madness, you want high octane rock that's in your face for 45 minutes. You want trouble – you found it in this amazing band called "Overhate."
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