Overtures – Artifacts (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Overtures - Artifacts - Album CoverLooks like the Mediterranean is a fertile ground when it comes to #metal of all kinds. You got the island folks on Cyprus going strong, at least one very good one dwelling in Portugal, but then there is a very important community down South in Italy too. Overtures being one of them and they are rocking away from Gorizia, right on the border with Slovenia. The band is now ready to open the doors on their newest and third full length studio album Artifacts. To me this is – not quite surprisingly – about the most mature album they produced so far.

And does Artifacts deliver?

It does for sure not saddle us with a helluva lot of novelty at first, but the question here is more: Will the album stick out from the crowd? And it does. They got their own brand cut out for them and this indeed will make all the difference, together with a very powerful crunch throughout the album. This creates this pull that will keep you on the record. The band blatantly mixes melodic Prog with Power Metal, injecting some Gothic Metal to boot. Best described as something like Nightwish meeting Arrayan Path with a stout handful of AvantasiaGot the general idea where this is going? ‘Cause on top of their very own style mix, the album has this tendency to go bombastic on ye. Okay, I give it to them: They keep it in check pretty well – luckily. And some cheese makes its appearance too, but more to that later.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!