On Regeneration, Detroit's Overloaded pick up right where they left off with 2005's Hail the Kingdom — loud, rowdy and pissed off. This band, particularly Sammy Hagar/Ronnie James Dio wannabe Chris Gillen, operates at one( and only one) level of intensity: overloaded. At least now we know the inspiration for the name.
These five guys plow through nine songs in less than 35 minutes, pounding out raw, old-school hard rock with blunt melodies, in-your-face dual guitars and no inkling of even a pseudo ballad. Their straightforward, retro sound has nabbed Overloaded opening gigs for bands as diverse as Mushroomhead, Hellyeah, Motley Crue and Krokus, and there's a dirty blue-collar spirit in these songs — played with a swagger that's both impressive and arrogant.
Overloaded has been cutting its teeth now for three years, independently releasing its own music and causing a ruckus overseas in Europe and Asia. Despite the band's lack of originality, its ambition and passion for this style of music warrant Overloaded more attention in America.
1) What's In There
2) Obviously Envious
3) Feeling Overloaded
4) Presidents Day
5) Ride That Feeling
6) Why Don't You Love Me Anymore?
7) Don't Leave This Way
8) Flashy Girl
9) Try This On For Size