Overtures – “Artifacts”

artifactsI am getting a bit frustrated with bands that employ singers that simply aren’t of the same caliber as the rest of the band. Overtures are one of those bands. The music is catchy and still in a prog vein. Imagine Circus Maximus but less cheesy!

Overtures have the chops, especially guitarist Marco Falanga who nails some really melodic yet challenging solos on each track. The problem is vocalist Michele Guaitoli is not strong enough. His range is limited and his delivery is sub-par. It becomes obvious when the backing vocals are better than the lead vocal that’s singing with them. Need examples? The title track, “As Candles We Burn,” and “Profiled” all underscore the issue.

Also, when he sings quieter, he clearly struggles and tends to almost speak the lyrics. If Overtures had a really high octane singer, they would be pretty damn good. If you are willing to compromise your standards on vocals, this album is worth checking out. As it stands, they wind up as artifacts making the album title ironic to say the very least.

Rating: 5/10

1. Repentance
2. Artifacts
3. Gold
4. As Candles We Burn
5. Profiled
6. Unshared Worlds
7. My Refuge
8. New Dawn, New Dusk
9. Teardrop
10. Angry Animals
11. Saviour (Alternative Version)

Label: Sleaszy Rider Records
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OverturesMetal
Website: www.overtures.it

About Rob

I have been a fan of progressive metal and progressive rock for most of my life. My music collection is insanely large. My passion for life is music...progressive music!
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