Classic Swedish metal merchants OVERDRIVE have extended their deal with Lion Music to include the band's upcoming album, "Angelmaker", due out in January 2011. This time the band wrote and recorded 18 songs, 12 of which will appear on the final product.
Commented guitarist Janne Stark: "This time we used a panel of 15 people to help us select which tracks to use. It was really great to hear what people outside of the band thought of the tracks before we decided on which to put on the album. Some of our own favorites were not as high up on the list as expected, while others were higher than expected, which was interesting. Hopefully our listening panel reflects the general public, which then would make this a killer album."
The CD was recorded by the band and Johan Blomkvist (BLINDED COLONY, KAPTAIN SUN) and mixed by Pelle Saether (GRAND DESIGN, DIABOLICAL, WOLF) at Studio Underground.
"I have worked with Pelle on several other recordings, such as LOCOMOTIVE BREATH, MOUNTAIN OF POWER and ZELLO, and he has an ability to understand and capture just the sound you're after," Janne stated. "He did that this time, too. To be honest, this is the best-sounding OVERDRIVE album to date."
The band has also, for the first time, included a cover song. It's a classic heavy metal arrangement on the Russ Ballard-penned track "I Know There's Something Going On", originally recorded by Frida, of ABBA fame, back in 1982.
OVERDRIVE, formed in 1980, still features original members Janne Stark and Kjell Jacobsson on guitars, Kenth Ericsson on bass and Kenta Svensson on drums, plus vocalist Per "PerilOz" Karlsson, who joined the band at the reunion in 2003 and has since been an integral part of the lineup.
The "Angelmaker" cover, which is yet to be revealed, was once again created by acclaimed cover artist Monowasp (TNT, HOUSE OF LORDS, PLACE VENDOME).
On December 3, OVERDRIVE will support PRETTY MAIDS in Karlshamn, where the two bands previously shared the stage back in 1983!
For more information, visit www.overdrive.se.