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3.70 | 75 ratings | 7 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Beginning to End (20:20) :
- i) Home
- ii) Miles and Miles
- iii) The Wait / Rain
- iv) Lost Beauty
- v) Farewell
2. Asleep Pt. 2 - Awake (8:51)
3. Confessions of the Grim Reaper (8:24)
4. Wasteland (5:00)
5. Zumanthum (13:45) :
- i) Closer to Death
- ii) Tales from Earth
- iii) In the Wind

Total Time 56:20

Bonus track on Bandcamp download:
6. Konevitsan Kirkonkellot (5:55)

Line-up / Musicians

- Alex Keskitalo / vocals, flute
- Jaakko Kettunen / guitar
- Tarmo Simonen / piano, Polysix synth
- Janne Pylkkönen / bass
- Markus Wallasvaara / drums

Releases information

CD Mellow Records ‎- MMP 416 e (2002, Finland)

Digital album (with a bonus track)

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OVERHEAD Zumanthum ratings distribution

(75 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars A sudden Finnish!

I have to confess to knowing nothing about this band until I stumbled across them on this website. Released in 2002, Zumanthum appears to be this Finnish band's only album to date, but it does indicate that Overhead have significant potential.

The opening 20 minute track "Beginning to end" is a superb piece of traditional prog rock. Loads of time changes, excellent guitar, and keyboards which range from basic soloing to the creation of lush orchestral textures. The vocals are the only weak point really, they just don't sound right for the music. They sound almost pop like, with hints of the Bee Gees, well sung, but not quite right.

There are five tracks in total, the remaining four include the laid back instrumental "Wasteland", and the harder 14 minute title track. The latter has a great final section called "In the wind", which has rather a strange ending. It just stops in mid flow, similar to the way "I want you" by the Beatles does on Abbey Road, effective but rather unsatisfactory.

There are more than passing similarities with the music of Yes at times, I was especially reminded of the "Big Generator" album. There are also "Flower Kings" influences, but the band must be credited with a great deal of originality, and indeed potential.

At the time of writing the entire album, along with several other tracks, is available for free download via the band's website, a link to which is on the band's page on this website.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars A relatively new band,OVERHEAD were found in Helsinki by four students,before expanding to a quintet and record a self-produced album,called ''The snowman album''.Unfortunately this effort didn't receive much attention,so the band worked on new material,which meant to be their next effort ''Zumanthum'' in 2002.OVERHEAD teach the way of how a modern prog band can sound like,without ''forgetting'' their style's roots.''Zumanthum'' is a great conmpilation of inspired soundscapes and influences.First band that comes to mind are 70's KING CRIMSON,due to some complicated guitar passages and a few extreme bass lines.Then it's the heavy use of piano for creating nice interplays in a complex way,reminding a bit of E.L.P.,and afterwards come some rather heavy guitar parts in the vein of DREAM THEATER.Synths are used often to create spacey atmospheres,not unlike PINK FLOYD,while the vocals are quite harsh,resembling more to alternative rock bands that progressive ones.The whole result is absolutely satisfying,a great release with nice instrumental parts,intense moods and changing tempos.OVERHEAD are a band built for progressive rock's present and future.
Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars This is another very confidential Nordic band who released quite a good effort at the turn of the century.

The first couple of minutes of their epic opener are absolutely gorgeous, but as Bob also mentions, the weak part are the vocals. But it is not the first time than some Scandinavian bands fail to provide great vocalists.

Still, this ''Beginning To End'' is a solid prog epic, with some truly rocking passages which provides a lot of dynamics. This song will satisfy almost any old freak as I am: great guitar, brilliant keys and a strong rhythmic section. With a definite appeal to melody. What else do we need?

This song is highly instrumental (thanks a bunch for this) and conveys a great feel throughout its length (over 20 minutes). It is of course THE highlight of this album, the other songs having problems to fight with such a great opponent. A huge number indeed.

It would be unfair though to limit this album to the only epic. The almost instrumental (again) ''Asleep'' gets its full credits as well. Even if the sound is weirder and heavier, it has its own merit. There are some complex interplay and the whole is not easily accessible; but once you got it, you got it.

Most of the songs from this album are on the long side and ''Confession'' sounds very much as a neo-prog song to say the least. The barrier between cross-over and neo being very adaptable for ''Overhead''. Even vocals are quite alright here! Not talking about the backing band of course. Just sumptuous.

The shortest track is also the most Floydean of the whole. Spacey keyboards, melodic guitar and a great feel indeed. A fine hors d'oeuvre to introduce the long and closing number: ''Zumanthum''.

The problem being that this song is the weakest of this album; very much neo-prog oriented (which is not the problem). Vocals are again disgraceful and the inspiration is quite absent. Only the "finale" is worth.

This album is a very good debut one. Four stars (upgraded from seven out of ten due to the closing number).

Latest members reviews

3 stars 2.75 stars Beginning to End: A drum intro with heavy bass joining in with a fine guitar melody on top. The rhythm section then picks up the tempo and Jaakko Kettunen introduces the song's main melody, a very tasty piece of work. After a long intro they settle down to invite in Alex Keskitalo's ... (read more)

Report this review (#204068) | Posted by Pekka | Monday, February 23, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Overhead is not a generally well-known band. Finnish, with English lyrics, and extremely young, they manage to capture the essence of classic bands (Pink Floyd being the most obvious), but mix it up with a New Wave feel. They throw in some unexpected shifts, rigidly turning from a Dream Theater me ... (read more)

Report this review (#133375) | Posted by Shakespeare | Thursday, August 16, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Overhead, propably the only domestic prog band that I like (I'am from Finland). The music is exellent like old Genesis with bit of Dream Theater. Still it could never be considired as prog metal. I quess it could be called symphonic prog with some neoprog features. This is propably one of the ... (read more)

Report this review (#74157) | Posted by gimsom | Wednesday, April 5, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I downloaded this album half a year ago from their website, and was very impressed by the sheer musicality of these guys, unfortunatly I wasn't able to buy the album yet, I'm still waiting for the original (problems with delivery). And I desperitly want it, for it's definetly a worthwile aditi ... (read more)

Report this review (#22556) | Posted by tuxon | Saturday, February 26, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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