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Classic Review: Overlorde - Overlorde

Label: Strike Zone Records
Year released: 1987
Duration: 20:00
Tracks: 5
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: April 5, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)

This is Overlorde's only recording beside their 2000 demo (post-reunification.) Most often referred to as the "1987 EP", this vinyl EP has become a sought-after item, with rare copies often selling for US$150-200. The major difference with the 2000 demo is vocalist Pat O'Donnell who does quite a decent job delivering these five "in your face" songs. While I personally think that current vocalist Bobby Lucas is much better on every angle, Pat is still by all means a good singer. He has a thinner tone of voice, not as deep a voice as Bobby's. Other than that, the line-up is the same as on their recent demo.

The EP consists of three studio songs and two live ones, recorded at The Showplace in Dover, New Jersey. The opener "Snow Giant" kicks off the EP in an all-hell-breaks-loose take-no-prisoners-attitude, a fast-paced rocker that'll just kick you off your seat - one of my favourite Overlorde songs. Don't look for some wimpy ballad here, you won't find one. The closest thing is "The Masque of the Red Death", an aggressive but slow-paced number where the vocals take over the song. The song "Overlorde" is next, back to a faster pace, this one has some discreet yet noticeable Maiden overtones in the guitars - some excellent guitar melodies on this one.

Side B has two live songs, kicking off with "The Longest Day" in reference to June 6, 1944 (the invasion of Normandy by the Allies.) The sound quality understandably drops a little bit due to the live recording environment but every comes out pretty much crystal-clear anyway. Very devilish beat on this one and the bass and drums are more noticeable than on the studio stuff, giving the song a little "boom boom" beat that simply sets off the head in headbanging mode. :) The last song is "Time Machine" is more mid-paced than its predecessor with some faster parts where Pat also speeds up the delivery. Throw in a couple of cool guitar solos and you have a damn good album... er.. EP closer. ;)

There are two things that suck with this EP and it's its short length and the fact that it is so rare. Well, I have a copy so I guess I can only bitch about the length. :) Nit-picking aside, this EP is a piece of mid-80s heavy metal history well worth having, or at least hearing - you can hear these songs if you catch Overlorde live one of these days.

Additional Information

Often referred to as the "1987 EP", this first Overlorde recording is now a rare, sought-after item.

Track Listing:
  1. Snow Giant
  2. The Masque of the Red Death
  3. Overlorde
  4. The Longest Day
  5. Time Machine
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