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Infernal Overdrive / Press

“I think I pulled my rock muscle. It was a pretty bold choice on New Jersey four-piece Infernal Overdrive‘s part to throw in the 12-minute jam (which was shortened, but still) “Motor” so early into the set, but they pulled it off, ranging far into psychedelic moodiness and then bringing it back into their own brand of classic-type riff rock. Brothers Keith and Marc Schleicher held down cuts like “Viking” — which I’m dying to hear the final version of — the former with his customized Captain America bass, now featuring blue knobs. They’re always a show, huge on personality, but the songwriting backs it up. “I-95,” from their Small Stone debut, Last Rays of the Dying Sun is maddeningly catchy, and though Marc didn’t jump off the stage in his James Brown boogie routine, he and guitarist Rich Miele both sounded excellent and drummer Mike Bennett pushed a big rock finish over the top, the band’s logo proudly blazing off the front of his kick bass.”

“The deceptively named Infernal Overdrive (hands up who was expecting a Thrash/Death Metal band) churn out some 70s style riff driven rock n roll with sing-along choruses and an obsession with cars, somewhere between AC/DC, Grand Funk Railroad, Golden Earring and Nebula.”

“New Jersey’s Infernal Overdrive also belong in that 70s box. Debut album Last Rays Of The Dying Sun (Small Stone) has a diversity that takes it from a cover of Ace Frehley’s Rip It Out to the epic Motor, which is reminiscent of early Hawkwind, but with a little doom dipped into the mix. This is a thoroughly entertaining and inventive band, who also have a little southern rock and Thin Lizzy about them.”

“Infernal Overdrive does an admirable job of keeping the raucous rock ‘n roll portion of the state’s contribution alive and kicking on this quartet’s debut eight-track affair LAST RAYS OF THE DYING SUN. Chock full of grooving guitar licks, hard-hitting bass and drums, and an air of danger fueling their rollicking ride through the bluesy and boozy catalogs of the greats from the 1970’s, Infernal Overdrive lay down a sweet dose of retro rawk done right (“The Edge”) that strikes the middle ground of the best parts of Kiss, AC/DC, and Skynyrd with a no-nonsense approach that lets the music do the talking (“Deported to Jersey”)”

“There’s a lot to be said for keeping things simple, never straying from Route 1. Well, that’s what American band Infernal Overdrive do, but in their case they’re thundering down route 1 in the last of the big block V8 interceptors. You want a genre, well how about Southern boogie driving music ? Last Rays Of The Dying Sun is what once would have been called a 7″ single, an old fashioned “short, sharp” 2 track release that serves as an appetizer for what is to come. Fire up the V8, put your foot down and let’s head out onto the Rock’N'Roll highway.”

“Subtle it ain't, which is part of its appeal. Twin Les Paul guitar lines à la Thin Lizzy alternate with crunchy riffs over Bonham style drumming and soulful bass swagger. With their Orange amps cranked up to ten, they sound like the roadhouse band you always dreamed you'd stumble across should you ever get round to taking that USA coast to coast road trip.”

“Infernal Overdrive are a four piece fronted by Marc Schleicher (lead guitar/vocals) and they meld classic 70′s rock from the likes of Cactus, Grand Funk Railroad, Blue Oyster Cult and more modern bands like QOTSA and Soundgarden. The band do get lumped in with the stoner rock bands, which for the most part is a key component of their sound but grab a listen to ‘The Edge’ and you’d swear it was BOC in their swaggering prime. ‘Cage’ is another groove filled rocker and they tear through a cover of Ace Frehley’s ‘Rip It Out’. All through the album the guitars keep up a series of classy solos and big, thick riffs. Quick mention to the drums played by Mike Bennett, who fits a couple of drum solos into songs and pounds the skins like a man possessed. Highly enjoyable album and they deserve a place in the stoner rock fans collection plus those who like classic 70′s US rock from the likes of Grand Funk Railroad et al.”

“Infernal Overdrive sound as if they were raised on a steady diet of Grand Funk Railroad. Their timing couldn’t be better with Van Halen recently touring and releasing and a new album, the public’s ears are tuned back into the 70′s rock channel. “Duel” is a rambunctious tune with big drums and plenty of power chords – so turn it up!”

“If you like your music with a perfect touch of 70s hard rock, then you will do no wrong in getting this. It’s like getting your ass handed to you, except you invite it and accept it. Of note, my only complaint is that it was recorded in 2010. Can we get a new release soon? The more from them, the better.”

“Last Rays of the Dying Sun hearkens back to the 70's and 80's heyday of unapologetic, guitar driven, blues inflected, rawk & roll. They're not out to solve the world's problems and they sure as hell can't fix yours. But what they can offer is an escape...an escape from the everyday doldrums and a sonic journey to someplace where you can get away...someplace where you can rock & roll all night and party everyday. If you can remember when music was like that...or if you're too young and you only wish you could...then I encourage you to come along on this ride because you will not be disappointed.”

“This whole album exudes a seductive, smoky vintage vibe, check out those guitars, do I detect the smell of some old school burning Marshall valves? This is the sound that gave UFO and The Scorpions their edge in the 70’s and give Infernal Overdrive a level of authenticity that few bands achieve. These guys aren’t all about the heavy, they’re all about the good time, the beer and the chicks…like some backwoods forgotten cousins of Montrose and Kiss.”

“Infernal Overdrive have already wrought enough raucous rock destruction to account for a two-day hangover, but sue me for wanting more anyway. If nothing else, that should probably speak to the level of asskickery Last Rays of the Dying Sun attains. As a debut, it will no doubt impress among the converted, and as Small Stone’s first release of 2012, it shows the label continuing its leadership role among American heavy rock imprints.”

“Let’s just get out here and say it. This isn’t a song. This is a just-under 14 minute long monster. This is an opus. A marathon and not a race. A war and not a battle. And it’s all in here – the brick-thick guitar leads, the interspersed bass lines in the breaks (like just before the end of the first movement around the three minute mark) – everything heavy you want to hear is encased in the high-grade metal that is “Motor.””

“The whole album can be a joyful listening experience, with a special remark about the final track; proving that recording an extended version of a song does not have to be boring, on the contrary, it can be very entertaining when it’s done right (especially with that great seventies influences).”

“So, if you want a soulful old-school rock treat, I can imagine that you're gonna dig this album. As I said, INFERNAL OVERDRIVE aren't breaking any new ground and they wear their influences like orange prison jumpsuits, but they put it together into great, tight songs.”

“Last Rays of the Dying Sun, the New Jersey quartet’s debut LP, gleefully wallows in hard rock excess from the Me and Greed Decades, injecting some of the back alley vibe of the latter into the marijuana-saturated atmosphere of the former. Which is to say these cuts have more drive than your average stoner rock band, but more warmth than a 80s revival act – somewhere in the middle of Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden, if you will. It all boils down, as it should, to riffs, and Schleicher and company rock the ones in “Duel,” “Cage” and “Deported to Jersey” into the ground.”

“Last Rays of the Dying Sun is already up on my personal list of top albums of 2012 and it’s still 2011. It features everything I come to expect from a Small Stones Records release. It’s catchy, heavy and sounds great. The album is due out 2/28/2012 on Small Stone Records. Knowing them though, you’ll be able to get it sooner through the store or iTunes. Don’t pass this one up.”

“Last Rays of the Dying Sun, the band’s full-length debut, is, quite simply, arena rock for dive bars, like KISS or Cheap Trick on a chain link tour through Southern wilds, and the way they saturate it with razor-backed hooks, sky high solos, nasty drum fills, and blacktop lingo (“I-95,” “Electric Street Cred,” “Rip It Out,” “Motor”) will lead a man to submit himself to a life of drinkin’, cheatin’, lyin’, and dyin’. Or, if you prefer, a life of glory. You know, I don’t think this one actually comes out until 2012, but either way, Small Stone has finished this year off — or started the next — on a definite high note.”

“What you get in SPADES is that Riff 'n' Roll rooted in the tradition of early Grand Funk, Cactus, Blue Cheer and Led Zeppelin, with hints of the modern take on riff-laden badassness of Roadsaw or Gozu. The tunes roll on and kick ass. The riffs are greasy but classy and there's plenty of classic touches to give the whole album a retro feel, like handclaping, vocal harmonies, and such.”

“Infernal Overdrive’s Last Rays of the Dying Sun is the latest release from Small Stone Records and, after a quick glance at the phenomenal cover art, we knew we’d love it. Imagine Motorhead or early AC/DC playing in a bar in Royal Oak via Red Bank, New Jersey, to a crowd of no one but the opening bands and their girlfriends, yet still kicking ass. It’s metallic boogie rock, and it’s awesome.”

“Stoner? Southern? Southern? Hard rock? Put aside the labels, buy the ring because of the excellent Infernal Overdrive rock, which is then the explosive mixture in the "Last Rays Of The Dying Sun"”

"The Edge" is pure old school Nugent, including the repeat riff and frantic, almost MC5 delivery. Schleicher voice is ragged and ready to rock. The drums hammer and the bass drives laying down a solid bed for some sexy solo leads. “Duel” has more Fu Manchu in the groove. It’s mostly in the chorus, but the build in the verse is still very Scott Hill/Brant Bjork. The track also boasts our favorite solo - frayed, not over played and sparked with cosmic energy. “Motor” is a 13-minute stoner masterpiece. A heavy bottom end brings to mind Sabbath, Sasquatch and Mountain. The riff is clean but thick with a layered solo painting in all the little nuances - perfect for a psychedelic ride.

“New Jersey’s Infernal Overdrive is fronted by the most dangerous man in rock n’ roll, Harlem Greenwood. How dangerous is he? We’re probably going to get our fingers broken just for writing this.”

“If the actual highway moved like Infernal Overdrive’s "I-95," the world would be a better place. "I-95" shifts into gear almost immediately, fueled on its long haul by a gnarly, right-center rhythm guitar. Other guitar tracks on the song shift lanes and speeds, but, like a person who is skilled at being followed on the highway, the rhythm guitar drives a straight and solid line.”