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OVERLAND - release new album Contagious - October 21

 

Steve Overland is a legend in his own lifetime. Is there anyone out there who is not familiar with his name? He has a history that goes way back into the late seventies, his first major recording was with the band Wildlife in 1980. After the demise of Wildlife Steve went on to form the cult British melodic rock band FM, a band that released many great albums throughout the eighties and nineties and more recently in 2013. Their popularity has always been at the forefront of British Hard Rock.

 

Steve originally teamed up with Escape Music to provide lead vocals for the Boston Tribute album (ESM 081), singing 'Amanda', one of the album highlights. Steve also joined forces with Steve Morris of Heartland fame to record the much acclaimed Shadowman albums Land of the Living (ESM 099) Different Angles (ESM127) Ghost in the Mirror (ESM179) Watching Over you (ESM224).

 

Steve has also fronted two releases by The Ladder, which is a dream come true for all fans of FM as the band is an extension of the great FM themselves. Future Miracles (ESM109) was welcome by fans old and new and it was hailed by many as the best album of 2004. More recently Sacred (ESM149) is an album that hones the identity of The Ladder.

 

Lets examine Steves first solo album Break Away (ESM170), this had fans divided as it was so much different from his work with FM, but many grew to love it as it was something different from the norm. Steve gave us a more classic approach to melodic rock with Diamond Dealer (ESM198), with great songs that have feeling and depth. The release Epic provided one of the best starts to 2014 you could possible want to wish for, and had contributions from Mike Slamer and Billy Greer of Kansas. Radio Radio is one of the most radio-friendly tracks you could ever wish to hear and so easy on the ears. Its the quality of the songs and musicianship on this album that made it so special, it was always going to be difficult to surpass. However, here is Steves new recording Contagious which is better than ever before. Big production and superb song-writing are the order of the day, these latest offerings from Steve are beautifully executed and flow with finesse from beginning to end.

 

Steve Overland has just added another classic album to his roster, and its his best to date.

 

OVERLAND Contagious track listing:

1. Doctor My Heart

2. Easy On Me

3. Edge Of The Universe

4. Every Lonely Night

5. Wildest Dreams

6. Intoxicated

7. Define Our Love

8. Pocketful Of Dreams

9. Making Miracles

10. Back Where I Belong

11. Unforgiving World

12. Shame On You (bonus track)

 

Line-up:

Steve Overland: Vocals

Tommy Denander: Guitars, Keyboards

Lars Chriss: Drums

Tony Franklin: Bass

Mark Stanway: Keyboards on track 1 & 9

Paul Farrington: Keyboards on track 5

Jem Davis: Hammond on track 7

 

Produced by: Lars Chriss & Khalil Turk

Mixed by: Lars Chriss

Mastered by: Mike Lind

Artwork by: Eric Philippe

 

Web:

http://www.escape-music.com

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Steve Overland is a legend in his own lifetime. Is there anyone out there who is not familiar with his name? He has a history that goes way back into the late seventies, his first major recording was with the band Wildlife in 1980. After the demise of Wildlife Steve went on to form the cult British melodic rock band FM, a band that released many great albums throughout the eighties and nineties and more recently in 2013. Their popularity has always been at the forefront of British Hard Rock.

 

Yeah, probably not too many people. Only, uh, I dunno, 99.9% of the entire world's population. Seriously, what a stupid thing to say. He's hardly Jon Bon Jovi or Axl Rose. A lot of rock rans probably never heard of FM... probably just the diehard melodic rock fans.

 

Anyway, I'll give it a go and hope for the best but would be lying if I said I was dying to hear it.

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New album ruined by drum programming and Denander's typical horrible guitar sound.

Ha ha. You dissing Denander - we wouldnt have guessed that ;)

 

 

What am I missing here? I thought I was the only person in the entire melodic community who wasn't a fan of Denander. His song writing is more of an issue with me than his guitar playing... but let's not get picky now.

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New album ruined by drum programming and Denander's typical horrible guitar sound.

Ha ha. You dissing Denander - we wouldnt have guessed that ;)

 

 

What am I missing here? I thought I was the only person in the entire melodic community who wasn't a fan of Denander. His song writing is more of an issue with me than his guitar playing... but let's not get picky now.

 

 

Andrew's dislike runs a lot deeper than his song writing lol ;)

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So what has happened here then?? I love that quote towards the end 'you are an arsehole and your career is about to end in a few days'.............that was over 12 months ago???

 

Only yesterday I was looking at pics of swanky hotel rooms on TD's facebook page taken on another 'very exciting musical adventure'..........

 

Sooooo, was it worth it calling him out? Did anything stick??

 

Doesnt look much like it to me.......................

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Wowser. Didn't get to read all of that, but what a wild ride. All I ever did was dislike his music, but I never knew the rest of it. I really can't stand that whole "big-noting" thing he has going on and his references to how small and pointless the melodic rock scene is compared to all the big name stuff he's doing... but yeah, like Glen suggests, did anything actually come of it all, or is it just life as normal for him?

 

Shame if it is, as he does genuinely seem like a massive twat. And from day one, I still never liked his music at all. I personally think he ruined a lot of good artists and albums that would have been good without his involvement. And I stress that this has nothing to do with all this... if you search you'll be able to find comments to that effect for the past 20 or so years from me. :)

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He is a massive twat. And yes, the whole exercise was worth it. Everyone knows what a total bullshit artist he is and how he cons people - look at his album credits for example - every time Pat Thern is credited as drummer, it's his drum machine programming "pattern"....I wonder how much he charged labels for the drum sessions?

 

There are still things happening in Sweden. Big things as people keep digging. More will come out soon.

 

As for his musical adventures - he was everywhere for years and now he's barely anywhere cause he ran out of labels and musicians to rip off - anything he's trying to pump up is likely to be nothing in the scheme of things.

 

I'm blocked from his Facebook and only "friends" can read new entries, so at least we stopped some of his bullshit reaching the wider masses.

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Wholly shit! That is unbelievable. He actually sounds clinically insane. Seriously, he might need therapy.

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Not a bad album at all, although nowhere near as good as the excellent 'Epic'. It is slightly more bluesy in places (no bad thing) and there are some good tracks on show, without there being any real stunners ....oh and Mr, Denander sounds absolutely fine one here and contributes some nice bluesy solos throughout (and that's coming from a neutral that's not interested in all the bollocks that goes on t'interweb).. Over all, file as worth listening to, without being essential

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I actually don't like this at all. I threw a 64% at it, and that's being generous. Like Jez says, quite bluesy in place... but the problem, plain and simply, is just that the songs are really, really weak. 'Edge of the Universe' and 'Intoxicated' are the only songs I liked on here at all.

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