The thrash metal genre has been spinning its wheels for a few years. However, Venezula’s Overhate adds some much-needed polish to the style. Relentless is Our Strength is their latest album, and it pushes the boundaries about what metal (and thrash specifically) can be. The disc begins with When Nothing Is Mine, an utterly relentless sort of track. Each member of Overhate gives it their all, meaning that the drums, guitars, bass, and vocals immediately will be smashing listeners. Guitars blend together hints of Megadeth and Slayer, while the vocals are at a Sepultura or Black Label Society level.
The production unites these elements, creating a song that will get a pit whipped up after the first minute. None of the tracks on Relentless is Our Strength are short – With Us Or Against Us blasts past the seven-minute mark – but Overhate continually innovates and keeps things lively. International Slavery Song soars on the backs of sizzling guitar work and speedy drum rolls.
The band loves to go balls out with each track, meaning that listeners will be only able to bleed during the brief interludes (the bass line during The Consuming Element, for example). Each track on Relentless is Our Strength adds to the mythos that is Overhate; the act simply does not give up. Rather, they blast through the final track (Holiday in Wasteland). I really want to hear these guys live; I have little doubt in my mind that all of the fury and power present here would be amplified in a live setting. Check out this album today and see if they are coming to your country in the months to come.
Top Tracks: When Nothing Is Mine, Holiday in Wasteland