|Review: Overcharge - Accelerate|
Label: Unspeakable Axe Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Speed Metal
Review online: January 25, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
Italy is not all about flowery Power Metal and fantastic Symphonic Metal, not by a long shot. To wit, the trio known as Overcharge takes the speed and punk attitude of Motörhead and mixes it with the growly vocals and loose playing style of early Venom, blending it all into a listening experience not dissimilar to Overkill or a less-profane Welcome to Hell. Nowhere on the band's debut, Accelerate, is the Motörhead influence more apparent than on the track "Leave Behind," which has a bass line lifted from "Ace of Spades" and the double-kick drumming of "Overkill." Overcharge also throw in a few bluesy breakdowns among the relentless riffing, something Motörhead has increasingly done over the years. The Venom influence is most clearly heard in the near-Death growls and the "Teacher's Pet" anti-society griminess of songs like "No Law" or "As If There Were No Tomorrow." Overcharge doesn't out and out copy their heroes but they haven't really forged their own sound yet so the similarities and charges of being derivative are going to dog them until they do. Nevertheless, if good, old, balls-out Speed Metal rings the bell for you, Overcharge's debut, Accelerate, will be well worth picking up.
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