Over-Reactor
Lose Your Delusion: Vol. 1


4.5
superb

Review

by Puzzles USER (17 Reviews)
July 17th, 2010 | 101 replies | 11,223 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Over-Reactor's Lose Your Delusion is one of the most unique heavy records of the last ten years, and must be heard to be believed.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Over-Reactor's Lose Your Delusion is one of the most unique heavy records of the last ten years, and possesses a heavy, bone-rattling sound that is entirely theirs. The guitars are loose, the vocals are fast, the drums are satisfying - while the concept itself does not seem particularly groundbreaking, the album must be heard to be understood. Unlike the common rock band, Over-Reactor, consisting of frontman Ezekiel Ox (Full Scale Revolution, Mammal) and drummer Cory Blight (Dukes of Windsor), stand stylistically alone in the musical spectrum of today, and independent from the downfalls of the greedy, corrupt major label industry. To be honest, it seems there is not a single "they remind me of that band" moment throughout the entire duration of the record, which makes its discovery all the more compelling.

Consistency is the record's most powerful weapon in its vast arsenal. Throughout its duration, there are simply too many standout tracks to zero out one, two or even a top five. Stunnings songs like scorching opener All Shields Down, Doogie Howser and the effect-ridden Handfed, however, truly make the record. Every song is unique in its own right, and the record is far away from the one tonal colour composition of Full Scale that, while it was a thoroughly enjoyable rock record, it suffered from an undeniable sameness and simplicity. While Over-Reactor are relevant to other Ezekiel Ox-involved band, they cannot be compared in a stylistic sense. It can only be said that they Over-Reactor combine the best of both worlds (and then some) - they boast the consistency of Full Scale Revolution and the variety of Mammal, two elements that come together into the best record in which Ox has ever been involved.

Frontman Ezekiel Ox's vocals are the best now that they've ever been. Gone is the arguably irritating melodic singing that, while it fits certain songs like FSR's "Sixteen Today", it ruins others like Mammal's "Bending Rules". Now he screams like a banshee, accenting the lightning speed style that was supposedly perfect in Mammal's "The Majority", which fits the music like a glove. His lyrics remain ridden with political subjects critical of issues ever present in the world today, often on the grounds of racial intolerance and displeasing government policies that are infinitely relevant to our times.

While Cory Blight is officially the drummer of the band (previously of Dukes of Windsor), he penned almost every instrumental aspect of the band, having recorded the instrumentals previously to meeting Ox. To be blunt, the drums are incredible - Blight's "furious, four-to-the-floor skin pounding and sledgehammer grooves" compliment the riffs in a way not seen since Nirvana's "In Utero". And while the tracks are short, they each pack so very many ideas into their durations. Absolute gems like Doogie Howser and This Weird Love change tempos multiple times, and every beat is as creatively satisfying as the next.
The guitar tone is the band's own, and the riffs never cease to amaze in their unique coarseness. Take the rhythmic gymnastics of new single "Point to Push" for example, or the bluesy guest playing of Chris Cheney (of The Living End), on "Something More". This, combined with the Blight's sludgy metal groove is unlike anything that has come before it. Dissimilarly to the majority of rock bands out there, Blight does not adhere to the common drums/guitar/bass/vocals formula, but more than often adds electronic effects and touches most present in songs like "Handfed" and "Devised a Gun" that utterly complete the music. Live, the band is a strange entity, and consists of Ox on Vocals and Blight on Drums, whilst a perfectly visible Mac Laptop plays the Bass and Guitars. Whilst the band is small, their stage presence is large, and Ox makes it his role to go as berserk as possible.

Perhaps the only two less than fantastic moments on the album are the tracks Disrespect and Naked Words, the latter of which was supposedly the band's first recorded, simply aren't as overwhelming as the large majority of the record. This will hardly numb the rare, excited feeling that will coarse through the listener's spine ofter the first listen. Not only is Lose Your Delusion a bone-crunching, fearlessly individual and independent record, but it also stands high above the previous electrifying bands that Ox has fronted. The record is a mission statement that showcases the the talents of both artists - Blight as a songwriter and drummer, and Ox as a vocalist, and shows that they are a band to be feared and respected, and have the capabilities to turn the Australian music industry upside down.



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Puzzles
July 17th 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Props to Billy for the info on Live.

This really is one of the best records I've heard, ever. Been with them since the beginning. If you see it, get it.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2010



7310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I disagree with you on a few points, mainly on Ox's clean vocals which are awesome in my opinion and "Bending Rules" is a really cool song. Plus, Naked Words is one of my favorite tracks here to be frank. Nonetheless, the review is good so have a pos.

Digging: Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings

SlightlyEpic
July 17th 2010



5780 Comments


his name is ox that's kind of cool i guess

Puzzles
July 17th 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, Naked Words is interesting. I'm sort of questioning that one though.

The real question is: what the fuck has Zeke got against Barney Stinson?

Puzzles
July 17th 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only thing cool here is everything. Damn it.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2010



7310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. I can see it growing on me. Their concerts without guitar players seem kind of awkward though. Definitely not a fan of this kind of approach.

Puzzles
July 17th 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Had to ask Billy first. I knew he'd be cut if I didn't.
Really Greg? Dude I think they're crazily fearless for doing that, I actually like it - maybe I just love things that are different, I don't know.

Vooligan
July 17th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Naked Words is the best track on the album. Zeke's cleans are better than his screams, too.

It's not that original. The whole two piece thing is too gimmicky, if they had a full band it would be a lot better. Seen them live twice now, still not convinced about the whole set up.

AtavanHalen
July 17th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Even Doogie Howser got himself another sitcom

Puzzles
July 17th 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well yeah, I guess I quite like Naked Words. It's grown on me in the space of an evening. Still doesn't match the awesomeness of Doogie Howser and Point to Push though.
Well, you're sort of right about the two piece thing, it is a little gimmicky. I guess I need to actually see them live to form a valid opinion about that.


Vooligan
July 17th 2010



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey, the neg wasn't from me, dude. I liked the review, but was just nit picking.

Jim
July 18th 2010



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review. i agree with most of this, particularly the sick drum and guitar tone, which sound incredible given the thrifty production. i can't help but feel it suffers from a lack of variety, but it succeeds wholly in its intentions to thrill on a purely primal level.

favourite tracks so far are probably call in the bombers, doogie howser and alienation song. i'm looking forward to the half of the project.

Puzzles
July 18th 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WHO NEGGED ME?
*long pause*

Jim
July 18th 2010



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i'd be quiet on the release date, you don't want the review deleted!

and don't worry about negs. you'll come to see they don't mean anything.

Eclectic
July 20th 2010



3302 Comments


Good review

I might just have to pick this up...

Oh, and I agree with Greg and Billy that Ox's clean vocals are pretty decent.

Puzzles
July 21st 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude, you needn't worry about whether or not to get it because... IT'S FREE! As of August 9. Fuck. Yes.

Eclectic
July 21st 2010



3302 Comments


Really? Awesome

AtavanHalen
July 21st 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Well I already have it for free so win for me

Puzzles
July 22nd 2010



3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

EDIT: New Link - Download the record FREE at the band's website: www.Over-Reactor.com
All you need to do is give them your email address and in return you get one of the best rock records of the past decade. What a suck-up I am.

coryblight
July 28th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey, Cory here from Over-reactor. I noticed a link to an "illegal" torrent download from Puzzles. Go ahead - download it! I endorse this. We're not selling our music through itunes. Apple can get fucked with the measly royalty they pay to artists. Who needs them?

Head to http://www.over-reactor.com if you'd like to purchase a physical copy of the album or a t-shirt.

PS Fuck record labels, fuck the middlemen, long live music!

Cory



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