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OVERDRIVE- s/t 7″EP (Boring Grantham Records, UK, 1981)

One of the lesser known bands of the NWOBHM, with one of the main collectibles. This self-released EP by OVERDRIVE has three songs – and they’re all great! A bit on the SAXON-side of things, with reminiscence of SCARAB, but as always with these bands, you wouldn’t do OVERDRIVE much justice neglecting their very own, very original take on the emerging NWOBHM formula.
9 years after this, the band released a full LP, independently again. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, with some good songs and some stinkers.

PS: In 2011, Grantham (OVERDRIVE’s hometown, immortalized in the band’s label name) has been voted “most boring town in the UK” in the british newspaper Guardian. Seems like not much has changed there.

On the Run.mp3


  1. Mark

    Seriously? No one commented?? SERIOUSLY??? I love this 7″! All three tracks are great and sound very raw for a 1981 release. The LP may not be quite as good but it still is better than anything Metal to be released in 1990. Thank you for this rip which sounds great except for the loud vinyl crackling.


    Posted on 10-Mar-13 at 08:05 | Permalink
  2. chris_c

    Thanks for sharing! Look forward to hearing this one.


    Posted on 10-Mar-13 at 09:08 | Permalink
  3. howardx

    how does it stack up next to that roxy music album on the left?


    Posted on 14-Mar-13 at 15:03 | Permalink
  4. Sgt D

    GREAT!!!! Thank you very much for adding some NWOBHM!


    Posted on 20-Mar-13 at 17:56 | Permalink
  5. Bonnie

    Well well, apparently Margaret Thatcher was born and raised in Grantham. How fitting.
    Anyway, some nice ‘n nifty metal this Overdrive. Also big thanks for turning me on to Angel Witch. Splendid band indeed.


    Posted on 08-Apr-13 at 21:17 | Permalink
  6. Nikolas, Greece

    Kicks ass, a crazy mix of NWOBM and Hawkwind….Imagine Lemmy on vocals…Thanks very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh i missed. the slayer links too…


    Posted on 22-Jun-13 at 08:51 | Permalink
  7. mark.b

    apparently the guitarist with this band joined the original(’82)lineup of the english dogs..abit of early punk/metal crossover their..


    Posted on 25-Sep-13 at 11:52 | Permalink

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