I have always liked this often overlooked 80s cult band and always wished they would put out a proper full length studio effort and finally in 2015 my patience has hit paydirt as Overlord SR are trying to prove once and for all that they are indeed Still Standing. These North Carolina natives have done a nice job of putting out some quality songs whilst holding their own sound with a nice blend of classic Demon/Saxon variety NWOBHM with a bit of a Deep Purple/Ian Gillan Black Sabbath as the counterweight. Overall there are no instant headbanger classics, though Power Metal and Creeping Through The Night both really improve the more you hear them, but there is a very solid consistency throughout this incredibly retro sounding release. This CD takes me back to 83-84 with its sound and I say that as a very good thing. Wildman George Koerber and company have done an excellent job of mixing in the riffs within the song structures to make the music engaging and Steven Sosa’s vocals are a beautiful blend to go with the tunes! Still Standing? I would say that with this release the boys from NC are doing much more than that!
Choice Tracks – Creeping Through The Night, Power Metal, Shadow Of Darkness, Hour Of Souls, Under Fire