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Review: Overloaded - Hail the Kingdom
Hail the Kingdom

Label: Independent
Year released: 2005
Duration: 24:33
Tracks: 7
Genre: Metal/Hard Rock

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 5, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Hail the Kingdom

Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)

Overloaded are one of those relatively recent bands that don't jump on the trend-of-the-month bandwagon and simply play what they like, no matter that some people would say that they're "stuck in the 80s". Yes, you guessed it: Overloaded play 80s-style melodic heavy metal with a hint of hard rock and there's even a glimpse of NWOBHM-style "garage" sound here and there. Behind the party-style music that usually comes handy when you just want something that rocks without requiring you to "think" about what's going on in what's coming out of those speakers, one is surprised to see some occasional more serious lyrics here, even though the music itself still feels like there's a party going on (except for "Sick" - more on that one later.)

The vocals are of course of the clean variety, not too high-pitched and overall quite pleasant to the ears, although there are some times I wish he'd have varied the style a little more as some songs' vocal lines are a bit monotonous, but it's not a show-stopper either. Musically there isn't much to complain about, although some may find the music too mellow for their taste, but hey I did mention from the get go that it's melodic heavy metal. The album closer "Sick" feels a bit out of place. I wouldn't have put that one at the end of the album, it ends the album on a sorry note - it's a good song but not as upbeat as the others and it feels weird having the album end on that note.

These guys definitely aren't inventing anything, but it's a nice trip back to the late 70s/early 80s. Now if only it could have been a little bit longer... 24 minutes fly by pretty fast.

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