We Search, We Dig
[Solid State Records]
Like a cross between Underoath and Therefore I Am, The Overseer play Christian hardcore that is often surprisingly technical, atmospheric, and engaging. Since their unsigned days, the band has really come a long way with their sound. Immediately jumping to a big label (Solid State) for their debut, The Overseer really went all out with We Search, We Dig. Right from the start, the record shows off the band’s ability to be heavy and fierce, while also blending progressive elements to expand upon the sound. Instrumentally, The Overseer shine in every aspect. Switching seamlessly from brutal and intense, to melodic and moving, the players making up this four piece really pull their weight. Then you have the vocals that feature both frantic screams and deep bellows (which are used sparingly), and smooth and impressive cleans. The first absolutely recommended track comes with “Amend”, a song that gradually builds, all the while keeping up strong atmospheric elements, before finally erupting. Next, would be “Mendacious”, a shorter track that almost plays out like an interlude. It sets the tone of the album perfectly, bridging “Dreamer” to “Traitor” with ease. From start to finish, We Search, We Dig features amazing writing and performance. The Overseer could easily be the next Underoath, and take control of their scene. They certainly have the chops for it, as clearly heard on this excellent debut. – By Nathaniel Lay
>> Classification: Christian Progressive Hardcore
>> Recommended Tracks: “Amend”, “Mendacious”, “Lost”, “Estrange”
>> In Conclusion: The Overseer have really taken their sound to a new level with the signing to Solid State and the release of their label debut. We Search, We Dig is highly impressive and memorable.