"Reborn to Kill Again" (Metal Blade; 2008)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

There are two very interesting aspects about Overcast before the album even starts: The first is that this band was actually formed way back to 1991 and the second is that Mike DíAntonio of Killswitch Engage and Brian Fair from Shadows Fall were part of this band. To me thatís interesting because we oftentimes think of metalcore as a very new sound or trend, yet there were acts cranking out forms of this style back in the 1990s. It's just that musical trends were different and many of these acts were embraced as strongly back then as they have been during our current decade.

Metalcore this may be yet itís immediately obvious than these guys pulled elements of styles that they liked and were capable of playing at a high level. That last part sounds like it should be rather automatic yet too many acts donít follow that rule. Overcast give a good hard kick in the gut style that pulls in hardcore, death metal, thrash and even some classic metal parts.

Perhaps the most important part of this album is that they sound equally comfortable handling the various styles. They also do a fine job of keeping all the gears in motion while still making most of the parts really count.

There are a few forgettable moments where they glide rather push, but those moments tend to be brief. So, due to the connections of some band members, this band got to finally do what they wanted to do years ago and they take full advantage of the opportunity.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/overcastrocks.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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