Overloaded are a great band from Detroit. Their sound is a mix of hard rock and glam, infused with pure energy. Overloaded isn't new to the music scene, originally forming in 2004. Their latest effort, Regeneration, is pretty great.
You can hear the glam influences on Regeneration. It's pretty clear the band are fans of Skid Row and Motley Crue. In fact, Overloaded has opened for both bands at one time or another. Back to Skid Row. Overloaded lead singer Chris Gillen actually sounds like Sebastian Bach on some songs -- especially when hitting notes in the upper register.
The track listing for Regeneration looks like this:
What's in There
Ride that Feeling
Why Don't You Love Me Anymore?
Don't Leave This Way
Try This On For Size
Some of my favorite tracks on Regeneration are "Don't Leave This Way," "Flashy Girl" and especially "Feeling Overloaded." The latter might be the story of my life. I've listened to Regeneration about four times now. Each time I notice more glam influences. It's also pretty clear that the album gets more glammy the deeper the cuts. I've also notice that Regeneration is a great disc to spin while driving. Especially in the morning. On the way to work. Somehow, Overloaded just puts me in the right frame of mind, if you catch my drift.
A note about production: it seems Regeneration was self-produced by the band. The quality of the album art is striking, and the band even ponied up enough cash to list song lyrics. It should be a Metal law that every band include a lyrics sheet with each release. The pictures of the band are beautiful, courtesy of Michael Raffin. It doesn't hurt that Overloaded has some beautiful band members.
For more information on the band, or to purchase Regeneration, please visit www.myspace.com/overloaded.