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Overlorde are represented
on this CD by the track "Snow Giant" (live)

Contact Information
Web: www.overlorde.com
E-mail: ovrlrde@aol.com

Mailing Address:
OVERLORDE
c/o MARK EDWARDS
PO BOX 8211
PISCATAWAY, NJ 08855
USA

Overlorde - Biography

OVERLORDE was formed in 1985 by John "Kong" Bunucci (Bass / & Lead Vocals) and Mark "M.E." Edwards (Guitar & Backing Vocals). Dave Wrenn (Drums & Backing Vocals) joined shortly thereafter, and this "power metal" band played its first show at the SHOWPLACE in Dover, NJ that November.

At this time in central New Jersey, the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) was reaching a peak with bands such as IRON MAIDEN, SAXON , and DEF LEPPARD continuing their invasion from Britain. These and other bands, such as Germany's SCORPIONS, ACCEPT, and America's QUEENSRYCHE heavily influenced OVERLORDE. Additionally, the Old Bridge Metal Militia (local New Jersey metal fans) was thriving, Megaforce Records/ Rock and Roll Heaven had moved from their Route -1 Flea Market Store and Seton Hall's WSOU-FM was about to switch to an all-metal format that would have a major impact on the popularity of metal. METALLICA, one of Megaforce Record's first artists, was about to release Master of Puppets, so the form of "thrash metal" they made so popular was really just beginning.

The band concentrated on originals from the start, with John handling the Lead Vocals along with Bass guitar. The band was joined by vocalist Pat O'Donnell in early 1986, who then took over the Lead Vocal role from John. The pace of live shows continued with the band playing in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Venues included the STONE PONY, PARK VILLA II, ONSTAGE, BILLY O'S, ZAFFY'S, STREETS, SPOTSWOOD LAKE, the DIRT CLUB, the HIGH TIDE CAFE, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, and the SHOWPLACE.

OVERLORDE recorded and released a 5 -song vinyl EP in 1987 on their own label, STRIKE ZONE RECORDS. Recorded at Fox Studios in East Rutherford, NJ (the same studio where HADES recorded its first album), the EP borrowed QUEEN's concept from their Queen II album. It featured a SIDE BLACK and SIDE WHITE. Three studio songs were on SIDE BLACK: Snow Giant, The Masque of the Red Death (based on the Edgar Allen Poe story), and Overlorde. SIDE WHITE included two live cuts, The Longest Day (based on the Cornelius Ryan novel about D-Day) and Time Machine (based on the novel by H.G. Wells). Note: All songs copyright 1985/86/87

The EP received praise overall in publications like VARIETY, KERRANG!!!, METAL RENDEZVOUS, POWERLINE, the AQUARIAN, and the EAST COAST ROCKER, and received airplay on metal radio such as WSOU and WDHA . However, Pat and the band parted ways around the end of 1987, and Rod Tyler Loiza took over the vocal duties in 1988.

A new demo was begun, and members of the band attended the 1988 CMJ convention in NYC. While at the event, OVERLORDE was interviewed for West German TV. But the group disbanded late that year after only a few shows with Rod and before the demo could be fully completed.

The 1990's saw each of the original members continue music in one form or another. John reformed his previous band FINAL PLEA, and was involved with other local projects. Mark formed BREAKER M.E., then went the solo instrumental route up until he developed his voice to the point of singing lead. Dave went on to various original and cover bands including PERSIA and ICHABOD CRANE.

OVERLORDE experienced a revival of sorts in Europe, specifically in Greece and Germany. This was brought to the band's attention in December 1999. The EP appeared on collector Want Lists, and the band was contacted about releasing more material. While some confusion existed with similarly named bands, this OVERLORDE acquired the U.S. trademark and it was clear that the demand was for the EP released on Strike Zone Records. The band thus began considering a reunion.

M.E., Kong, and Dave met in February 2000 to discuss a possible reunion. It was decided to launch www.overlorde.com and start FORCE RECON (a metal community/fan club) to see if there was interest in an Overlorde reunion.

There certainly was, so the band reunited in July 2000. The three then set about its search for the perfect singer to fill the vocal spot. It found that person in Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas, the former SEVEN WITCHES (Massacre Records) frontman. 

The band recorded a demo titled Overlorde 2000 (released Nov/Dec 2000) which included the songs BLACKNESS, HELL HATH NO FURY, OGRE WIZARD, and METALLIC MADNESS. Overlorde has also recorded a cover of QUEEN OF THE REICH for Siegen Records upcoming tribute.

Germany's ROCK HARD included the song BLACKNESS on its Unerhort! [Die Besten Bands Ohne Deal] #10 compilation CD, which featured the best unsigned metal bands in the world. HEAVY, ODER WAS?! included HELL HATH NO FURY on its Metal Crusade 2 compilation CD. Canada's METAL-RULES.COM has also included a live version of SNOW GIANT (recorded at Classic Metal Fest 2002) on its upcoming compilation CD.

An initial preproduction recording session was done in December 2001, and those recordings, along with Overlorde 2000, are being used to market the band to record labels. Ideally, the first ever full-length CD from Overlorde will see its release in Spring 2003, with shows in Germany to support it in the summer.

The band has played a few select shows, including a well received debut reunion show at POWERMAD 2001 and CLASSIC METAL FEST 2002 (where it was named "Best of Fest"; by Mettle Psychosurgery webzine). It has invites from HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR METAL FEST, KEEP IT TRUE METAL FEST (Germany) and CLASSIC METAL FEST (Chicago, USA) to perform in summer 2003, though nothing has been made official.

Overlorde 2000 has also received airplay on metal radio and net radio stations. It is currently receiving steady play on www.snakenet.com, where Overlorde was named winner of Sankenet's "Indie Battle of the bands 2002".

Visit the website for more information.

 

Interview Introduction By EvilG

Although Overlorde are not really a new band, they were not a band that I heard of back when they came out. It's primarily thanks to Snakenet.com that I heard this band and their newer material. When the search was on for bands for this compilation Mark from Overlorde contacted me about being on the CD with a live song recorded at the Classic Metal Festival in Cleveland in 2002. This is the first recording publicly and commercially available featuring Overlorde's new vocalist, former Seven Witches vocalist, Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge Mark from Overlorde for his persistence and input throughout the entire compilation development process!

The below Overlorde interview is with guitarist Mark "M.E." Edwards.

Reviews: NA

 

How did you first learn about Metal-Rules.com?

Hail EvilG! Thanks for the opportunity to do this interview and participate on the CD!

I'm not exactly sure. Maybe over at metalgospel.com. I know Pathfinder Cheryl used to write for Metal-Rules.

 

 

Are you a regular visitor to the Metal-Rules.com webzine?

Now I am!

 

How important is Metal-Rules.com or the Internet in general for getting your music?

Currently I listen to Snakenet as my main metal streaming source. That includes the Metal-Rules.com show that is broadcast on it. I listen online quite a bit. I find the internet and sites like M-R are a valuable source for checking out bands, especially since I have broadband. So when bands really make an impression on me I usually enter them in an Excel file so I can remember to buy them during my occasional CD buying binges.

 

 

In your experience, either as a reader or as a band, what has Metal-Rules.com meant to you?

As a band, the inclusion on the new METAL-RULES.COM VOLUME I CD means getting a lot more exposure from one of the most respected metal sources on the internet. We also hope to get a belated review of OVERLORDE 2000, since we somehow neglected to get a CD there for review last year. We hope that as Overlorde releases more material. M-R will be there to help spread the word.

 

 

Do you think webzines like Metal-Rules.com are, or maybe someday could, replace traditional published magazines?

They will certainly grow in prominence. Its obvious from the Metal-Rules forum that many metalheads look to Metal-Rules.com as their metal source. But paper magazines will never be eliminated. People can only spend so much time in front of a computer. Sometimes its cool to sit outside with a beer and read a magazine, or take a magazine to read on the train ride, etc.

 

 

Can you please list the members of the band and what they each person plays? 

Sure. The lineup is:
John "Kong" Bunucci - Bass and backing vocals
Mark "M.E." Edwards - Flying V and backing vocals
Dave Wrenn - Drums
Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas - Lead vocals (many of your readers may know Bobby from his work on the first two SEVEN WITCHES CDs released on Massacre Records)

 

 

How long has the band been together and what goals would you like to achieve in the coming years with the band?

The band was originally together from 1985 to late 1988 or early 1989. We released a 5-song EP on vinyl in 1987 on our own "Strike Zone Records" but disbanded before we were ever signed to a proper label. We discovered in late 1999 that this EP had built us a loyal following, specifically in Europe. So we reunited in 2000. Dave, Kong, and myself were original members from 1985. But we chose to use a different singer for the reunion, and found Bobby. We recorded a demo, OVERLORDE 2000, that has caused quite a buzz in the metal community. We are looking for a label, on which we can release our first full-length. All the songs are ready (60 minutes of material basically written during our '80's years). After that, we'd like to keep churning out true, distinctive metal in the Overlorde style and maybe get over to Germany to play some of the great true metal festivals.

 

 

In your opinion, what style of metal would you say best describes what you play?

True metal, classic metal, US Power metal. I've seen our 1987 EP described as "one of the best US Power metal albums of the 80's". But no matter what we are called, we are the following: Aggressive, powerful, "no holds barred"...and distinctive. Overlorde sounds like Overlorde. And as has been noted as a GOOD thing…NO KEYBOARDS!

 

 

Who have been some of your main influences?

As a band overall? I'd say Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Rush. I could name more that have influenced us in one way or another, but that's a good representation of what has influenced Overlorde in general.

 

 

Is your band currently signed to a record label?
If not - are you currently looking for a label or distribution?

We are not currently signed. Yes, we are looking.

 

 

Have you contributed work to other compilation CDs?

Yes. We contributed existing recordings to some compilation CDs. We were even included on compilation CDs for the big German metal Magazines ROCK HARD and HEAVY, ODER WAS?! And we have recorded a cover of Queensryche's QUEEN OF THE REICH which is set to open Warning: Minds of Raging Empires...II / A Tribute to Queensryche on Siegen Records.

 

 

Where did you hear about this compilation?

On the Battleboard at Snakenet.com.

 

 

Why did you choose this compilation to get your music to potential fans?

We did it because Metal-Rules is such a respected and highly visited online metal resource. We knew it would be well done, and reach a large number of metalheads. And since those metalheads are so active on the M-R forum, hopefully they'll like what they hear and really spread the word!

 

 

Besides your song, what is the best feature of the Metal-Rules compilation and why?

Hmm, since I haven't seen or heard it yet, that's hard to say. The cover is cool though. Gotta love Flying V's! I can say I'm looking forward to hearing the other tunes and bands.

 

 

Why did you choose this particular song for the compilation?

About a month or so before the CD was announced, we performed a set at CLASSIC METAL FEST II in Cleveland, Ohio. Our entire set was recorded on 8-track pro-Tools, and we were just about to get the final mix when the CD was announced. Since Metal-Rules wanted songs that would make the CD special, it made perfect sense to use a song from this show. So we chose a song that was originally on our 1987 EP, SNOW GIANT, since that EP is out-of-print. Not only is it a new live recording of the song, but the first recording made available to the public with Bobby singing it. So existing Overlorde fans will want to hear it, and it is a great song to introduce us to new fans.

 

 

Where did you record the song & who wrote it and produced it?

The song was written by me, Mark Edwards and arranged & performed by Overlorde. As I mentioned above, we recorded it live at CLASSIC METAL FEST II at the Phantasy nightclub in Cleveland, OH July 13th, 2002. Recorded live using 8-track Pro-Tools. Here are the credits…

Recorded and Engineered by Joe Kleon - www.joekleon.com
Mixed by Dan Page. Produced by Dan Page and Joe Kleon.

 

 

Would you say that your song on this compilation representative of all your material?

Yes.

 

 

What is your song on this compilation about and what was the inspiration behind it?

The song is about a warrior who lives in the frozen lands, guarding treasure against those who would take it. It was inspired by a Frank Frazetta painting called THE SILVER WARRIOR. Frazetta is probably best known to music fans for his Molly Hatchet album covers, especially the DEATH DEALER used on the debut Hatchet album. I had a print of THE SILVER WARRIOR hanging in my room at the time. Curiously enough, I wrote the lyrics on the first day of spring. I was on lunch break from work in a park on the most perfect spring day. Not sure why thoughts of the frozen north came to me just then, other than that picturing constantly looming over me at home!

 

 

What kind of expectations do you have towards this particular compilation? What do you hope to gain by being featured?

Exposure to new fans, as well providing something new to our existing fans.

 

 

Are you hoping this might help you in some way gain the kind of exposure that may lead to a label picking you up?

Yes.

 

 

As you know, most of the bands on this compilation are not extremely well known. Do you think a compilation CD with a group of mostly underground bands is a great way to help get your music noticed?

Yes. As long as it is decently promoted and the CD is well done and develops a good reputation.

 

 

What do you think of compilation CD's overall?

Depends number of factors. How well they are done, the song content, etc. But they can be a great tool for sure.

 

 

What kinds of things should a compilation feature in order to make it worth purchasing and what makes a compilation worthwhile?

Include some bands that have something of a reputation. Make sure all the songs are of good audio quality. Depends also if the compilation is a freebie or being sold. If it is being sold, it should have songs that aren't currently available elsewhere.

 

 

If you had a chance to put together this type of compilation, what would be some of the unsigned bands you'd like to feature?

Well, to include unsigned, self-released or small indie bands, I'd include bands like DESECRATOR, EDENS FALL, and SCARZ WITHIN. These are bands that get 'netplay on Snakenet.com. Other bands would include RITUAL STEEL, BLACK DAWN, and X FACTOR X. DARKSIDE (from Kansas) and STORM WITHIN impressed me at Powermad 2001. We did a show with MAGUS BEAST and TWILIGHT ODYSSEY (well, they were called Agressor and Urshurak back then). And I wouldn't forget VYNDYKATOR.

 

 

Would you be interested in sacrificing another song for "Metal-Rules.com - Vol. II" if the opportunity presented itself?

Maybe! Especially if this first CD goes well! And even if Overlorde didn't, I'd consider submitting one of my non-Overlorde tracks even.

 

 

Where can people order your other recorded material?

Contact us at:
http://www.overlorde.com
ovrlrde@aol.com

OVERLORDE
c/o MARK EDWARDS
PO BOX 8211
PISCATAWAY, NJ 08855
USA

 

What are your band's upcoming battle plans?

Get signed, and release one kick ass debut full length CD! And continue to build FORCE RECON, which is an organization of Overlorde fans. A combination of fan club, cyber street-team, and metal community. It's free to join, and fans are kept abreast of news and special offers, like the current "free bonus CD" offer.

 

 

Do you have any live dates coming up that you'd like to list here?

Possible live dates include MARCH METAL MELTDOWN, CLASSIC METAL FEST III in the USA, and HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR fest and KEEP IT TRUE fest in Germany. None of these are yet confirmed but we hope to work something out for at least some of them.

 

 

Any closing words?

All the best to you and all the Metal-Rules crew and readers for a great 2003!

 

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