Erupting onto the scene, The Overseer unleashes “Rest and Let Go,” an album that is sure to push the band skywards. Though, this is not their first album; The Overseer has toured relentlessly in the past two years, establishing a following, despite the challenges of being an unsigned band. “Rest and Let Go” is their sophomore release on the Solid State Records’ roster. This record is full of ambiance, power, and truth, which elevates this record to excellence.
The instrumental aspects of each song closely correlate with the emotion of the lyrics, evoking the feelings conveyed by Anthony Rivera (vocals). Standout songs like “Fragile Wings” take the listener into an emotionally honest atmosphere, and show us the power of their combined efforts.
Rid me of this torture
Awake me from this dream
Or rid me of my own breath
If you can’t mend these wings
The Overseer is noted as having drawn influence from artists such as Underoath, Thrice, and As I Lay Dying. I, personally, find similarities between The Overseer and artists like I The Mighty, My Epic, and letlive. The chaos of the pounding drums, erratic guitars, and gruff vocals mesh into a well-blended metal combination. Rivera’s screams reminded me of the passion, and harshness, that Mike Hranica (The Devil Wears Prada) is known for. Sans the similarities, The Overseer combines all of these diverse elements to create a standout album of 2014.