BY DEFINITION – OVERCLOCKED, UNDER THREAT
Released 14th November 2011
Words: Gaz Martinez
Overclocked, Under Threat is the second effort from Brighton based metallers By Definintion, which essentially breaks down into four VERY solid chunks of matter. While none of the songs on this EP are quite as fast or ferocious as some offerings by metal bands of other sub-genres, each song is powerful enough in itself to grab your attention, even if the lack of tempo change isn’t quite enough to keep it.
Simon Stechler (Vocals) powers through the songs like Blaze Bayley (BLAZE) with delivery and lyrical content that is more than a little testosterone fuelled, with my favourite line of “Fucking and fighting and drinking and sleeping.” From Duck and Cover being a prime example. The riffs/chords are loud, groovy and crunchy while the rhythm section is content to take a back seat, letting the vocals take the spotlight. That said, By Definition have saved the best for last and Seed picks up the pace (If only slightly) treating us to a nice guitar lead and a couple of subtle little bass runs here and there.
Overclocked, Under Threat is best described as the 30 year old you’re not entirely sure you invited to your party, who has drunk all the beer, eaten all the food and is hitting on all your friends. You may not have invited him, but frankly, he doesn’t care and you kind of want to get to know him anyway after you’ve busted out a secret stash of whiskey saved for emergencies.