OVERTURES – Artifacts

OVERTURES - Artifacts
  • 4/10
    OVERTURES - Artifacts - 4/10


Sleaszy Rider Records
Release date: May 24, 2016

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The Italian Power Metal quartet known as Overtures, presents fans with “Artifacts”. The group seems to have stuck with a formula for their songwriting on “Artifacts”, unfortunately it was the wrong formula. It’s not good enough to be uplifting, not bad enough to get you angry… in the end you just have a rather unsatisfying listening experience. There are some good moments to be sure, but the overall delivery of Overture’s brand of Prog-Power Metal just seems forced and uninspired. Vocalist Michele Guaitoli, while he certainly isn’t bad in any technical sense, simply sounds melodramatic and disingenuous.

Most of the songs are in the same key and a thunderous, bass-heavy mix does nothing to help the down-tuned guitar riffs. The album has a bright spot at the end with “Angry Animals”, but in all honesty, few listeners will have the patience to get that far into the disc. It’s a good album for people who only want to pretend they like Metal.

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  • Maxxxwell Carlisle

    Maxxxwell was a reviewer and the host of The Maxed Out Metal Hour here on Metal Express Radio. He is the current lead guitarist for LA based metal veterans Hellion. In addition to his ongoing role in Hellion, he has also released 5 albums as a solo artist and appeared as a guest writer and soloist on Michael Angelo Batio's Intermezzo album, named one of the Top 5 shred albums of 2014 by Guitar World Magazine. He continues to collaborate with various Metal musicians and teaches guitar technique and Metal composition via Skype. Additionally, he is a former competitive bodybuilder and enjoys a lifestyle based around health, fitness and Metal.

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