When you review an album, you usually make some notes that you eventually turn into something coherent. When your separate notes for each song more or less say exactly the same thing, accompanied by sighs as you bang away at your keyboard losing the will to live, herein lies the experience of listening to Any Given Day‘s ‘Overpower’, the German metalcore outfit’s third album.
Having toured alongside acts like Bury Tomorrow, and with a Matt Heafy (Trivium) collaboration to their name, you’d think that they’d have that something extra to offer, right? Think again.
There’s enough weight behind the riffs for sure, and particularly with the drumming, but if you hear the opener ‘Start Over’, you’ve virtually heard the entire album. A screamed verse, a syrupy chorus, clichéd lyrics about how they’ll “leave it all behind” and “start something new”, and a heavier section before the last chorus comes in; it takes them until track five to deviate from this formula.
Dennis Diehl isn’t a bad vocalist at all. He’s a very competent one in fact, but his cleans also sound like a million other vocalists, and are particularly weak and limp-sounding. Choruses are meant to elevate a song, not bring them down.
‘Lonewolf’ is the first song that deviates from the screamed-verses-sung-chorus formula, with a more restrained approach. It’s not great, but a bit of change is more than welcome at this point, and when the heavier section rears its head, it’s actually somewhat surprising.
They try to switch things up in ever-so-fleeting moments, such as the atmosphere in the verses of ‘Sure To Fail’ that recall ‘Issues’ era Korn, and the flamboyant guitar solo in ‘In Deafening Silence’, but you’re grasping at straws as the album drags on and on. The entire mindset of the album seems to be “will this do?” It’s so stuck in its ways, and so far in the confines of Impericon-core.
‘Fear’‘s trap/hip-hop beat in the intro and verses threatens to peak interest, but fear not. Avoiding variation like some sort of plague, in comes the generic chorus to bring us back down to earth, and ‘Never Surrender’‘s hackneyed moaned vocal delivery, complete with trite fuck-the-haters-you’re-amazing lyrics really caps things off on a cringeworthy note.
Possessing nothing particularly amazing or awful to write home about, this is totally forgettable and painfully average. The lack of imagination is quite startling. Any Given Day will do just fine on this album cycle, but you could do so much better than this. There’s no feeling to be derived from ‘Overpower’ other than the feeling of staring down a vacant, gaping abyss of nothingness.
Music graduate from City University, partial to almost anything with ‘post-‘ in the genre description.