After forming whilst still at school in 1977, Grantham rockers Overdrive are about to launch their final album with a performance at Chameleon Music Bar next week.
‘The Final Nightmare’ is a collaboration with Grammy-nominated producer Chris Tsangarides, who has worked with big names like Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy.
Founding member of Overdrive Tracey Abbott said: “We were not going to record another album but after pressure from the fans we gave in.
“We decided that if this was the last one it had to be a good one so we approached Chris Tsangarides alias ‘The Dark Lord’.”
However it has been an eventful production process as Chris was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in March, and at one point doctors believed he only had 24 hours left.
Fortunately Chris has made a full recovery, and the band are delighted with the album they have produced together.
Overdrive have undergone numerous line-up changes during their 37 years, but alongside Tracey on guitar is fellow founding member Ian Hamilton on bass, David Poulter on vocals, drummer Ian ‘Scratch’ Padget and keyboard player Tim Hall.
The heavy metal act released their first single in 1980, but it was in 2005 that they discovered they had a strong underground following in Europe.
Two albums followed as well as a tour of Poland, Italy, Greece, Germany and America. Overdrive will be returning to Europe to perform at gigs and festivals from Septmber, but before that they will be launching the new album with a free one hour set at the Chameleon on Wednesday, August 27, starting at 9.30pm.
Tracey added: “The event will reveal the ‘Masked Poet’ who has appeared on the last three Overdrive albums making a live debut,”
Copies of the ‘The Final Nightmare’ will be available to buy on the night and can also be purchased from global distributors Pure Steel records at www.puresteel-shop.com