Reviewed! Overcome - No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.



Overcome
No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.
Facedown Records

In the case of Overcome’s latest, No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets., good things come in small packages as this EP clocks in at a mere seven tracks, but as they say, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the bark in the dog, and this compact powerhouse packs quite the bark, and has the bite to go with it. To be honest, No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets. had some pretty big shoes to fill, coming on the heels of perhaps the bands best release in their 2010 comeback album the Great Campaign of Sabotage, and in hindsight, it delivers. Chaotic guitar riffs, chunky bass lines and full-on sonic bedlam ensue right from the outset with opening track “Verum,” a menacing vibe that sets the table for the rest of No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets. proceedings. Throughout No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets. the raw production levels permeate the muscular guitar packed metallic slab, succeeding is adding just another layer to this EP’s overall visceral feel. There’s some tempo-dropping dissonance in “Indwelling,” but if you’re looking for something melodic, you should be looking elsewhere because for the most part you won’t find it here. Memorable riffing abounds (you should be hooked 30 seconds in) on “Spirit and Flesh,” while “Travail” plays like something akin to a Living Sacrifice b-side, and by the time you reach the closing “Depredation of the Cherished,” you might be gassed by this seven-song sprint. No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets. is a release that will leave you wanting more, and there’s a good chance that we haven’t heard the last from Overcome in 2013.              

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