Overhead, Haydenspark, 2018

overhead - haydensparkWow, over 6 years have passed already since I wrote about the magnificent Of Sun And Moon album from Finnish band Overhead. And now they return with album 5, Haydenspark.
If you are not yet familiar with the band (shame on you 🙂 ) they play an interesting and quite addictive combination of heavy rock with many progressive elements. Always melodic (the singing actually reminds me of Saigon Kick) and diverse in arrangement, as they do not shy away from more subtle atmospheres.

One of the many good things about their songs is that they always deliver great hooks. Their themes and melodies bring their music close. At least for me, when I play this, I have to listen with full attention.
So from opener Animation For The Poor Man to closer Gone Too Far, the guys again deliver an album that delivers on all accounts. Never a dull moment, some fantastic display of musicianship in the instrumental parts, and still it will always be about the song, and not about the technical abilities they have in abundance.

If this does not cement their place in progrock history, then I don’t know what will. Just have a listen to the title track and hear their homage to many greats from the scene like Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Rush, all in a song of their own. This band deserve to be big and sell out stadiums all across the world. Yes they are that good. Everyone that calls himself a progrock fan ought to own this. Simple as that.

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Overhead, Of Sun And Moon, 2012

overhead - of sun and moonDespite this turning out to be the fourth CD of Finnish band Overhead (debuting with Zumanthum in 2002), this is the first time I have heard of them. Guess I am returning to explorer mode ;-). Don´t know if it comes across in the picture on the left, but the digipack is in 3D. And the necessary glasses are added, so everyone can enjoy the somewhat macabre yet stylistically beautiful booklet. You just have to see the inside panels!
Why mention that? Because I believe it is another example of a how this band wants to make clear they mean business. And are plain good at what they do!

Yes, it did not take me many spins to get into this band. Bordering in the vastly occupied territory of heavy progressive rock bands (sometimes bordering into metal) this is a band that knows what they are doing. The songs range from 4 to almost 8 minutes and are very adventurous. Great arrangements and held together by the vocals who are very melodic. So the unaware listener does not lose his interest. Competent musicians therefore and I especially want to point out the interplay between keyboards and guitars which I feel lifts this band even further. But the rest is on par, no worries there.

So this makes me want to track down their older stuff as I find this highly entertaining and will heartily recommend this to any serious prog lover.