Review content: For anyone unfamiliar with this band, you do not have long to wait, in fact 40 seconds of powerful riffing guitar intermixed with profusions of electronic pulsations, to discover one of progressive rock’s best kept secrets. Yes, following this short staccato opening you uncover the extremely competent and tremendously versatile vocals of ‘Samuel de Vries’ that are delivered with much style and wonderful passion throughout.
From an instrumental perspective, there is, firmly integrated within the musical structure, a complexity of shifting guitar patterns buttressed by spirited bass and extremely energetic drumming. Such stylized complexities are enhanced along ever changing lines of harmonic progression with a well-considered mixture of keyboard embellishments ranging from the intense ultra-dramatic to the more sombre keyboard passages that come to the fore and which are overlaid upon sequences of intense metal styled riffing guitar. Although seemingly playing second fiddle to the more dominating upfront heavy riffing guitar sound there is much variance in the way the keyboards contribute to the mix. Then in addition further drama is infused into the body of the instrumental structure with a wide profusion of electronic disturbances and pulses which create and form an abundance of definitively atmospheric soundscapes of a mostly moody outlook.
This is not certainly first time listening material and it is only after several plays do you get to understand the direction of which the music is taken and the subtlety of the complex musical arrangements and an understanding of the extremely competent way the vocals are projected throughout this project.
Summary: An interesting album wich combines subtle instrumental passages with a distinctly harder and more forceful metal edge together with beautifully fluid expressive vocals.
Samuel de Vries - Vocals
Richard Sluijk – Guitars
Glenn Bergmans - Keyboards
Sander van den Broek - Drums
Gielian Meessen - Bass Guitar
1. Blue Box.
2. Sone Intact.
3. The Dance,
5. My Heart Suggestable.
6. Aeons & Life.
9. Broken Glasses, Torn Pages.
Additional Info From Web Site ;Five musicians from all around The Netherlands form alternative metalband Overhaul. With a heavy sound that reminds of bands like Leprous and Meshuggah they combine aggression with romanticism and complex rhythmical structures with melancholy. Through various shifts in style the band has built an eclectic repertoire that is collected on their debut album ‘NOTES BY AN UNSTABLE MUSER’, released in 2017. The record displays a notion of romanticism that is often lacking in other complex music genres.
In 2014 Overhaul self-released an EP called ‘DAYBREAK’. Only a few months later the song 'Three Judges', taken off this EP, appeared on the first physical edition of internationally renowned platform Progstravaganza, published by Prog Sphere. It brought the band the following critical acclaim: "With OVERHAUL, we are amazed by the diversity of the sound canvas that ranges from symphonic pop to heavy prog and to traditional hard rock and Chopin-like piano,"—Lucas Biela on progachives.com.
But now is three years later, and the band’s style has matured—away from the Dream Theater-esque flamboyance that was evident on ‘Daybreak’. Both instrumentally and lyrically the songs sound darker en sulkier, and the emphasis lies more on compelling song structures that are honest and convincing. “If you compare our demo EP with ‘Notes…’, then taking three years for this new release suddenly doesn’t seem so long; we needed the time to find our identity as a band, and to allow the new material to grow into that direction,” states vocalist Samuel.
But it’s not as if the band completely disappeared for three years. On the contrary, they have been working hard to establish their name by opening for international acts Leprous (NO), Agent Fresco (ISL) and Voyager (AUS) and playing Dutch pop-temple Melkweg. Doing this, they achieved critical acclaims such as “…new Dutch prog revelation” (Headway Festival) and “a festival band with a charming frontman” (Emergenza).