Overdrive: On the Run: Demos and Rarities 12"

Overdrive: On the Run: Demos and Rarities 12"


Tags: · 70s · metal · nwobhm · recommended · reissues · UK
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One the NWOBHM’s most sought-after releases makes it’s proper return! The first ever official reissue of the On The Run EP, along with 6 unreleased tracks. Proffesionally remastered from the 40-year-old original cassettes. Unreleased material from the late 70s demos. Enjoy the raw sound and hear the organic mixture of some of the earliest forms of heavy metal from the UK. Not to miss for any serious NWOBHM collector!



Our take: Archival release from this NWOBHM band, compiling their collectable 3-song single, two unreleased tracks from that session, and an earlier 4-song demo session featuring the future guitarist from English Dogs (!!!) on bass. This is definitive NWOBHM, taking the sound of early 70s hard rock like Deep Purple, Rainbow, and UFO and updating it with punk’s immediacy and energy. The sound is grainy and raw (like they recorded it in a cheap and primitive studio), and while the compositions are ambitious (not unlike early Iron Maiden), the arrangements and the execution are occasionally ham-fisted. Honestly, while it’s great music, even early Iron Maiden and Diamond Head can sound too slick and polished, but Overdrive has the same primitive charm as punk bands like Vice Squad or Attak. This might be too deep of a cut for some, but if you love exploring the sounds played by the denim-clad youth of late 70s England, this is right up your alley.