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Album Review

Up until recently, Overcast were a band that had simply ceased to be. An obscure band that existed from 1991 through 1998, the group was undoubtedly best known for two of its members who went on to join up with subsequently renowned metal acts Shadows Fall (singer Brian Fair) and Killswitch Engage (bassist Mike D'Antonio). But the original lineup decided to get back together and re-record some of the band's early material (as well as two tracks that were never released) with much in demand metal producer Adam Dutkiewicz. Issued in 2008 as Reborn to Kill Again, the material reflects your typical thrash metal fare — pounding drums, holler-styled vocals, and of course, plenty of chug-chugging guitar riffs (as evidenced on such tracks as "Root Bound Apollo" and the title track). Reborn to Kill Again will certainly be of interest to fans of the two aforementioned bands in which Fair and D'Antonio now reside.

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I was there in the 90's

For me Overcast is the first metalcore band. They were, in their day, to heavy music what Elvis was to rock 'n roll in the 50's. As a band they were not afraid to say, "F++k it! We're metal, but hardcore kids keep coming out to our shows." I think many people who grew up in the underground hardcore scene of the 90's will agree that Overcast is responsible for igniting the fire that later exploded into the trendy metalcore craze of the 2000's. I have a split 7" with them and Converge, and I also have the old recordings on Equal Vision, and to this day still love hearing those songs. Reborn To Kill Again brings eleven of those classic tracks back to life and introduces two new songs. Because I grew up with the originals it's hard for me to accept these new renditions. But I respect the innovation that went into the fresh recordings. I saw them live at the Brothel in Tampa around 1996 when Brian Fair dropped his mic and screamed out the set pounding the floor and pulling his dreds. If you're a new fan of the band this album should leave you impressed - to say the least, but for old friends and hardcore veterans the tweaks and twists are hard to get used to. As A Whole/Two Degrees Below had me grinding my teeth and pulling my hair out at the roots as I expected one thing and heard another. The subtle improvements in sound and texture will have modernists elated, but the semi-crusty and gritty originals had a certain magic to them that can never be rubbed out with any amount of polishing. My slanted and biased opinion leads me to say Reborn To Kill Again is an amazing album when judged alone, but it's no substitute for this band's original catalog.

The Kings of Metalcore are Back!

For those of you who don't know, Overcast was the worlds first "Metalcore" band. Without them great bands such as Killswitch Engage, Bullet for My Valentine, Nodes of Ranvier, Bloodsimple, and soooo many more would never exist! This CD is great! 7 Foot Grin is perhaps the best metal song since Angel of Death. Buy this CD NOW! Overcast owns your soul.


I have chills.. I've been waiting years for this.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Metalcore pioneers Overcast formed in 1991 in Boston, MA, around the talents of bass player Mike D'Antonio, guitarists Pete Cortese and Scott McCooe, vocalist Brian Fair, and drummer Jay Fitzgerald. The band released its debut 7", Bleed into One, in 1992 on Exchange Records, followed by the full-length Expectational Dilution in 1994. Three more 7" releases arrived in 1995 and 1996, culminating in the Fight Ambition to Kill full-length the following year. In 1998, after a less than successful tour,...
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