OVERDRIVE - Metal Attack 12" Vinyl LP Album

Overdrive is a Heavy Metal band from Karlshamn, Sweden and was formed in 1980 by musicians coming from the Swedish bands Paradize and Ocean. "Metal Attack" is the first official full-length (LP) album by the Swedish Heavy Metal band "Overdrive". This album was produced by "Peter In de Betou" , "Per-Ake Anderberg" and released in 1983. It was recorded and mixed at Studio Bastun April 1983. .


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OVERDRIVE's "Metal Attack" (1983): A Swedish Heavy Metal Time Capsule
Album Description:

Emerging from Sweden's burgeoning heavy metal scene in 1983, OVERDRIVE's debut album "Metal Attack" became an instant classic, capturing the raw energy and melodic hooks that would define the genre. This 12" vinyl LP wasn't just a collection of songs; it was a snapshot of a vibrant musical movement.

Historical Context:

In the early 1980s, Sweden was becoming a hotbed for heavy metal. Bands like Europe and Yngwie Malmsteen were gaining international recognition, and a vibrant underground scene was thriving. OVERDRIVE, formed in Karlshamn, channeled this energy into their debut, showcasing a sound that was both distinctly Swedish and universally appealing.

Musical Exploration:

"Metal Attack" is a sonic journey through the core elements of heavy metal. From the galloping riffs of "Back on the Hunt" to the anthemic chorus of the title track, the album demonstrates a mastery of songwriting and musicianship. It's a testament to the band's ability to blend aggression with melody, creating a sound that is both powerful and infectious.

Music Genre:

The album is firmly rooted in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), which had taken the world by storm. However, OVERDRIVE infused their music with a distinctly Scandinavian flavor, incorporating elements of traditional folk music and melodic hard rock. This fusion of styles helped them carve out a unique niche in the metal landscape.

Production Team:

The album's production was overseen by Peter In de Betou, a name that would become synonymous with Swedish metal. His approach captured the band's raw energy while ensuring the music remained accessible to a wider audience. The result is a sound that is both visceral and polished, a testament to In de Betou's skill and the band's musical vision.

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A Milestone in Swedish Heavy Metal:

"Metal Attack" is often cited as a pivotal moment in the development of Swedish heavy metal. It showcased a sound that was both unique and influential, paving the way for countless bands that would follow.

The Sound and Production:

The album's raw yet powerful sound is a frequent topic of discussion. While some critics found it unpolished, others hailed it as a breath of fresh air in an increasingly commercialized genre.

Standout Tracks:

Songs like "Back on the Hunt," "Metal Attack," and "Breakin' Out" have become anthems for a generation of metal fans. Their memorable riffs, soaring vocals, and energetic drumming continue to resonate with listeners today.

Album Artwork and Aesthetics:

The album's striking cover art, featuring a warrior wielding a guitar, perfectly captures the spirit of heavy metal. It has become an iconic image, instantly recognizable to fans of the genre.

Music Genre:

New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM),  

Produced by Overdrive, Peter In de Betou, Per-Ake Anderberg

Peter in De Betou (real-name: Peter Olsson) Sound and Mastering Engineer from Sundbyberg, Sweden has over 30 years of experience in recording and mastering severa hundreds of records.

Cover painting: P.O. Kluft,

Photography: Mr Ben,

Recorded and mixed at Studio Bastun April 1983.

Peter In De Betou - Sound Enigneer

Record Label & Catalognr:

Planet Records MOP 3025 Mats Olsson Production AB

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record 

Year & Country:

1983 Made in Sweden
Band Members and Musicians on: OVERDRIVE Metal Attack

Track Listing of: OVERDRIVE Metal Attack
    Side One:
  1. Back on the Hunt
  2. Heart of Stone
  3. Breankin' Out
  4. Confused
  5. Metal Attack
    Side Two:
  1. The Battle
  2. Doomwatch
  3. Sweet Fear
  4. Freelance
  5. Time will tell


Front Cover Photo Of OVERDRIVE - Metal Attack 12" Vinyl LP Album


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Photo Of The Back Cover OVERDRIVE - Metal Attack 12" Vinyl LP Album


OVERDRIVE - Metal Attack 12" Vinyl LP Album back cover

Close up of record's label OVERDRIVE - Metal Attack 12" Vinyl LP Album Side One

"Metal Attack" Record Label Details: Planet Records MOP 3025

"Metal Attack" Record Label Details: Planet Records MOP 3025