Header

OVERLOAD

Neo-Prog • Pakistan


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Overload picture
Overload biography
Pakistani outfit OVERLOAD was formed in 2004, initially consisting of Pappu Sain, Jhoora Sain, Hassan Mohyeddin, Sheraz Siddiq and Farhad Humayun. They issued their self-titled debut album in 2006, a production blending the strong rhythmic traditions of Pakistani folk music with energetic fusion of a more western-orientated variety.

Since that album the sound, scope and line-up have latered considerably. Siddiq and band-leader Humayun are the only remaining members, while Meera Meesha Rahman and Mahmood Rahman have joined the band. In this second version Overload creates music much closer to western art rock, with an emphasis on atmospheric textures and incorporating a greater variety of stylistic elements. Fusion, metal and world music all contribute with flavours to the sonic plaette utilized by the band in the creation of their sophomore effort Pichal Pairee, which was issued in August 2009.

As of now this latest production from Overload is available as a free download, while physical copies are sold directly from band leader Farhad Humayun's company Riot Productions, according to interviews. The state of affairs in the Pakistani record industry made this a better choice for the band than to issue the CD on a label.

Overload official website

OVERLOAD MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

OVERLOAD forum topics / tours, shows & news


OVERLOAD forum topics Create a topic now
OVERLOAD tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "overload"
Post an entries now

OVERLOAD Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to OVERLOAD

Buy OVERLOAD Music


Overload 2: Tribute to MetallicaOverload 2: Tribute to Metallica
Dwell Records 2001
Audio CD$1.10
$0.01 (used)
Blondie, Toyah, Roxy Music, Ph. D., Kim Wilde, Yazoo.. / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]Blondie, Toyah, Roxy Music, Ph. D., Kim Wilde, Yazoo.. / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]
Import
Vinyl$7.16 (used)
Blood for BloodBlood for Blood
CHERRYBoMB
Audio CD$9.99
Difference of OpinionDifference of Opinion
Import
Bmark 1995
Audio CD$19.95
$2.98 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
LADY SABRE ENCHANTED CD *RARE* LS 1989 IRON OVERLOAD Hard Rock Heavy Metal NEW USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1h 52m
RAM TRILOGY CHAPTER TWO MIND OVERLOAD INTERCITY RAM DANCE 12" IMPORT USD $8.00 [0 bids]
2h 27m
Sugababes - One Touch (2000) 12 trks MKS Pop Mutya Keisha Siobhan Overload mint USD $1.55 [0 bids]
2h 43m
Sonic Overload by Rickshaw USD $3.89 Buy It Now 8h 20m
I-Taweh - Overload CD USD $22.09 Buy It Now 14h 12m
CHAMP After All 7" B/w Overload Pic Sleeve US Popsmart 1997 USD $8.19 Buy It Now 17h 2m
DRINKING ELECTRICTY - Overload & Singles - gatefold 2xLP USD $50.02 Buy It Now 18h 51m
Team Ambassador- System Overload-- CD USD $6.99 Buy It Now 20h 40m
Sound Corp ?- Security Overload - Tone Def Records - 005DJ - 1992 LISTEN USD $18.75 Buy It Now 23h 47m
Flapsdown ?- Slickfast / Overload NOS 1995 USA 7" Single Portland Oregon Band USD $17.95 Buy It Now 1 day
REVERB Velocity Fall 7" B/w Sensory Overload Pic Sleeve UK Badlands 1996 USD $9.37 Buy It Now 1 day
Overload, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Metallica by Var. Art. USD $6.99 Buy It Now 1 day
INTEGRITY Systems Overload (A2 / Orr+ Mix) LP holy terror blackened hardcore NEW USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Emotional Overload - Headshot (CD 2000) death metal USD $3.00 Buy It Now 1 day
HEADSHOT Emotional Overload CD NEW made in GERMANY USD $1.04 Buy It Now 1 day
Harem Scarem - Overload - New CD USD $17.60 [0 bids]
1 day
Maximum Overload * by DragonForce (CD, 2014, Metal Blade) USD $14.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Sugababes - Overload 4 Track CD Single USD $5.66 Buy It Now 1 day
Overload 2 - Tribute To Metallica Metallica CD album (CDLP) USA CD-1042 DWELL USD $35.52 Buy It Now 1 day
LAUREN WOOD Hollywood (edit) b/w Overload STOCK 45 M- USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Nuclear Socketts - Overload CD 2007 NEW SEALED PUNK CD USD $14.06 Buy It Now 1 day
(618Z) 17Flys, Planet Overload EP - DJ CD USD $4.68 Buy It Now 1 day
A GUY CALLED GERALD Automanikk (Bass Overload Mix) 12" Sound Clip in Listing USD $7.82 Buy It Now 1 day
DEEJAY TON TB Many Tons Overload 12" vinyl Sound Clip in Listing USD $9.38 Buy It Now 1 day
DATSUNS System Overload CD USD $6.96 Buy It Now 1 day
EL GOODO Information Overload CD promo USD $7.82 Buy It Now 1 day
OVERLOAD Nightflight 12" Sound Clip in Listing USD $10.95 Buy It Now 1 day
PESH Overload / PROJECT ONE vs PESH Reaction 12" USD $9.38 Buy It Now 1 day
SUGABABES Overload 3 Mix CD USD $3.83 Buy It Now 1 day
DRAGONFORCE-MAXIMUM OVERLOAD CD NEW USD $14.90 Buy It Now 1 day
Yung King - Swag Overload [CD New] USD $16.75 Buy It Now 1 day
Sound Corp - Security Overload / Regen-Time 12", Promo USD $13.27 Buy It Now 1 day
Swag Overload - Yung King (2009, CD New) USD $15.56 Buy It Now 1 day
Tv Smith - Misinformation Overload [CD New] USD $11.98 Buy It Now 2 days
LIGHTS OUT - OVERLOAD - NEW/SEALED CD (2005 YOUNGBLOOD) USD $4.99 Buy It Now 2 days
DRAGONFORCE MAXIMUM OVERLOAD CD & DVD ALL REGIONS NEW USD $20.12 Buy It Now 2 days
HARLEM SCAREM / Overload +1 JAPAN CD AC/DC cover included USD $10.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Dana Rayne Overload 2010 Limited Edition Promo Remixes CD USD $7.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Sugababes - Overload / Lush Life (CD Single) USD $5.46 Buy It Now 2 days
Dirt Industry Overload & Here Comes Santa Claws CDs Dez Fafara USD $6.99 [0 bids]
2 days
DJ MASSIVE massive overload 12" Mint- ED 5566 Vinyl 1991 Record USD $8.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Dj E Reddi - Bass Overload [CD New] USD $15.17 Buy It Now 2 days
TV SMITH - MISINFORMATION OVERLOAD - NEW CD USD $14.88 Buy It Now 2 days
MACEO PARKER - FUNK OVERLOAD [MACEO PARKER] - NEW CD USD $7.12 Buy It Now 2 days
HEADSHOT - EMOTIONAL OVERLOAD - NEW CD USD $15.98 Buy It Now 3 days
CD 'Big Shorts Presents Rock Overload' Burton Music library series 2006 DIGIPACK USD $0.01 [0 bids]
3 days
TV Smith Misinformation Overload USD $8.99 Buy It Now 3 days
OVERLOAD - Never Again CD USD $9.99 Buy It Now 3 days
D PIMP frequency / overload 12" RECORD DJ BREAKS USD $9.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Integrity Systems Overload COLOR VINYL LP Record & MP3 Poster Metalcore/Hardcore USD $24.59 Buy It Now 3 days
Maximum Overload * by DragonForce (CD, 2014, Metal Blade) USD $8.06 Buy It Now 3 days
DJ E REDDI - BASS OVERLOAD NEW CD USD $20.16 Buy It Now 3 days
TV SMITH - MISINFORMATION OVERLOAD NEW CD USD $18.16 Buy It Now 3 days
WOW Operation Overload 7 by Move (CD 2001) RARE! Japan! USD $12.99 Buy It Now 3 days
DJ E Reddi - Bass Overload CD USD $19.39 Buy It Now 3 days
Dragonforce - Maximum Overload NEW CD USD $14.85 Buy It Now 3 days
VARIOUS ARTISTS 'OVERLOAD RTL2079 LP VINYL RECORD VG/VG 19 USD $10.62 Buy It Now 3 days
Termites - Overload - CDMPSYCHO40 USD $14.24 Buy It Now 3 days
17 FLYS UK 2001 CD Single PLANET OVERLOAD EP USD $3.11 Buy It Now 3 days
OVERLOAD: TRIBUTE TO METALLICA / VARIOUS NEW CD USD $20.50 Buy It Now 3 days
Dave Rich Band-Overload CD Excellent USD $4.72 Buy It Now 3 days
NO DOUBT UK 2004 PROMO CD Single BATHWATER Invincible overload remix MINT USD $4.68 Buy It Now 3 days
RICH DAVE/BAND - OVERLOAD - LIVIDDRB1 USD $16.81 Buy It Now 3 days
Nuclear Socketts - Overload (CD 2007) USD $11.71 Buy It Now 3 days
44 XES - Colour of overload PROMO VHS Video USD $10.93 Buy It Now 3 days
(CO640) Cottonmouth, Overload of Love - 1996 CD USD $4.68 Buy It Now 4 days
Very Rare Rockabilly Esco Hankins Bad Girl /Johnny Overload 45 Columbia Promo USD $9.00 Buy It Now 4 days
INTEGRITY - Systems Overload (Remix) LP Out of 365. RARE HTF Holy Terror USD $19.00 [0 bids]
4 days
ACTION! Overload JAPAN Mini-lp CD Heavy Metal Bow Wow/Loudness NEW USD $14.99 Buy It Now 4 days
GLOBAL DANCE#4 Noise Overload ?- Silly Games EP Vol.1 - 12" 1992 USD $30.97 Buy It Now 4 days
Maximum Overload - Dragonforce USD $10.84 Buy It Now 4 days
DRAGONFORCE - MAXIMUM OVERLOAD * - NEW CD USD $9.55 Buy It Now 4 days
DRAGONFORCE - MAXIMUM OVERLOAD CD ALBUM NEW/ MINT (18 AUG) USD $17.18 Buy It Now 4 days
Overload: A Tribute To Metallica by Overload (CD, Aug-1998, Dwell Ministries) USD $5.91 Buy It Now 4 days
System Overload ?(Macguyver) - AOM / Black Magic : Blinded HARD TRANCE USD $3.11 Buy It Now 4 days
Overload - Devin Williams (2011, CD New) USD $8.73 Buy It Now 4 days
The Termites - Overload EU CD (2005 Anagram) +6 bonus tracks PSYCHOBILLY USD $5.09 Buy It Now 4 days
Devin Williams - Overload [CD New] USD $8.95 Buy It Now 4 days
A Guy Called Gerald ?- Automanikk (Bass Overload Mix) inc DERRICK MAY remix USD $3.11 Buy It Now 4 days
Transient Overload ?- Love Egg 2 : Romany Records USD $2.33 Buy It Now 4 days
H.S.O. ?- H.S.Overload EP : Drop Beat Records USD $1.55 Buy It Now 4 days
Misinformation Overload by T.V. Smith (CD, Sep-2007,... USD $6.99 Buy It Now 4 days
SUGARBABES 3 TRACK CD "OVERLOAD / LUSH LIFE / OVERLOAD INSTRUMENTAL" USD $4.30 Buy It Now 4 days
Hum - You'd Prefer An Astronaut Clear SRC 180gram Vinyl #26/250 Honcho Overload. USD $54.95 Buy It Now 4 days
DRAGONFORCE**MAXIMUM OVERLOAD (GATEFOLD)**VINYL USD $26.95 Buy It Now 4 days
MASSIVE FREQUENCY OVERLOAD CD Rowe Productions Compilation Christian Metal NEW! USD $0.99 [0 bids]
USD $9.99 Buy It Now
5 days
DEVIN WILLIAMS - OVERLOAD NEW CD USD $12.81 Buy It Now 5 days
Termites - Overload NEW CD USD $11.99 Buy It Now 5 days
DRAGONFORCE-MAXIMUM OVERLOAD-JAPAN CD+DVD BONUS TRACK Ltd/Ed H20 zd USD $32.50 Buy It Now 5 days
Looking East Jackson Browne CD 1996 It Is One, I'm The Cat, Information Overload USD $2.50 Buy It Now 5 days
DRAGONFORCE MAXIMUM OVERLOAD NEW CD USD $12.00 Buy It Now 5 days
RICKSHAW - SONIC OVERLOAD - NEW CD USD $7.58 Buy It Now 5 days
Rickshaw - Sonic Overload (CD New) USD $7.88 Buy It Now 5 days
SUGABABES - OVERLOAD THE SINGLES COLLECTION CD FREAK LIKE ME ROUND ROUND USD $1.55 [0 bids]
5 days
Rickshaw - Sonic Overload [CD New] USD $7.02 Buy It Now 5 days
Hum members HONCHO OVERLOAD Sugarfoot RAREtrx WHITE 7 INCH VINYL Poster Children USD $39.99 Buy It Now 5 days
RICKSHAW - SONIC OVERLOAD NEW CD USD $9.15 Buy It Now 6 days
Dragonforce Maximun Overload Mexican Edition CD USD $18.99 Buy It Now 6 days
(H420) Nigel of Bermondsey, Overload - DJ CD USD $3.67 Buy It Now 6 days
Termites - Overload NEW CD USD $14.40 Buy It Now 6 days


More places to buy OVERLOAD music online Buy OVERLOAD & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for OVERLOAD DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

OVERLOAD shows & tickets


OVERLOAD has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

OVERLOAD discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

OVERLOAD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Overload
2006
3.00 | 4 ratings
Pichal Pairee
2009

OVERLOAD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

OVERLOAD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

OVERLOAD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

OVERLOAD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

OVERLOAD Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Pichal Pairee by OVERLOAD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.00 | 4 ratings

BUY
Pichal Pairee
Overload Neo-Prog

Review by TheGazzardian
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I've been writing less reviews of late then I would like, so I've decided to try writing a review over lunch each day, if I am listening to an album I haven't reviewed yet.

Today, that finds me listening to Overload's Pichael Pairee, which I downloaded from their website for free yesterday after seeing it in the "free prog mp3s" thread in the forums. It is labelled on the site as Neo-Prog, but certainly doesn't sound like any Neo-Prog I've heard before. This album doesn't sound quite as nostalgic or as symphonic as other Neo Prog I've heard. So for those who typically avoid this genre, this album will probably dismay their expectations. And for sure, this is partially because this is a band that seems to have no desire of being prog. They are advertised as "The Loudest Band in Pakistan", and on lastfm they are tagged as "Melodic Death Metal", "Hardcore", and "Hardstyle" (the last of which I have never heard before).

The music is interesting. It starts off strong with Dig Dag and Dhol Bajay Ga, which both show the band as excellent, energetic musicians with a good ear for melody.

Pichal Pairee and Amjad Khan sound a bit more mainstream than most prog music that I would typically listen to. The drumbeats are a bit less frenetic, and are in some cases abetted with some electronic sounding drums. Guitars and bass spend more time repeating riffs. The vocals and lyrics are in English and sound like your typical, love/lust songs. They do still have moments where the instruments burst forward with a bit more energy, as if even in the context of trying to write a pop song, the band could not be held back.

Vichar Gaye is another example, for the opening definitely sounds somewhat mainstream, although the non-english lyrics and ethnic singing style really give it a unique sound. By two minutes in the song has a driving drumbeat and the synth-y sounds from the opening that made it sound so mainstream are greatly diminished. For sure, it would still fit on the radio, but it would not sound cookie cutter.

In Kakyra, I can kind of hear where the metal tag might have come from, for it is a much more guitar driven track, with no vocals. It has moments that really rock out, but this song also has strong dynamics, with several quieter passages where piano-y keyboards get to spend some time in the foreground. Even the quiet guitar parts are full of speed and melody. Truthfully, I am no expert on what "Melodic Death Metal" is supposed to sound like, but to me, this just sounds like really good hard rock. By now, as well, the band is no longer giving the pretense of being mainstream, and drummer Farhad Humayun really shines from this point forward on the album.

On that note, I should mention that the version I downloaded does not exactly match the track listing here. Kakyra is the 6th song, followed by Saat Mein; and instead of A Thousand Miracles (which I imagine, by the name, was probably another poppy song) or Mela Kariya, I have a song called "50 years".

Saat Mein is a pretty good song, starting metal-like guitar, lighter drums, airy singing, and bass that is happy to be silent half the time. The song develops various themes, and each instrument is absent for a period of silence to let the other instruments have a chance to take the forefront (with perhaps the exception of the drums). And while there is singing, it is all without vocals and acts as yet another instrument. Unfortunately, it seems to end without the energy of the first half.

As to 50 Years, the song that I got that was not part of the original, it is an alright fare, more int he lines of Kakyra or Saat Mein then the more mainstream sounding first half, with the emphasis taken from the guitar towards what sounds like a woodwind instrument (although without the booklet I am not quite sure, my ears aren't perfect at detecting all the instruments yet :). The guitars do come in during the last minute, working nicely with the existing harmonies to create an epic ending.

Overall, three stars. Definitely refreshing and not what one would expect from the sub-genre, with some great tracks, but lacking anything to really punch it any higher.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Pichal Pairee by OVERLOAD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.00 | 4 ratings

BUY
Pichal Pairee
Overload Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Rock music from Pakistan is pretty much an unknown territory for me, a trait I probably share with most people in western Europe. And discovering this act is somewhat of a find.

Not that this is exceptionally brilliant music from undiscovered musical geniuses or something like that though. It is a good album though, and Overload does provide western listeners with a much more sophisticated mainstream-oriented affair than what we're used to as far as popular music goes.

And the aspect of this venture that may dismay a few potential fans is the mainstream foundations in quite a few of the tracks. And especially discovering it after being enthralled by the fireworks of a rhythmic display on the first few listens. But when venturing deeper into these efforts many levels of more or less subtle refinement starts appearing too. Besides the obvious effects used - contrasting, hard metal-inspired riffs first and foremost - symphonic inspired textures and fusion elements will be discovered by the avid listener. The bass lines in particular a fine example of the latter. Space-tinged themes is another feature neatly incorporated into this effort, blending in well with riff patterns not totally unlike Rush at times. Atmospheric guitar soloing and keyboard textures closer to the vintage neo-progressive school are other elements worth noting.

And while the overall result is an album just as much dominated by mainstream-oriented musical displays as it is by world music and art rock, it is a nice example of a refined rock effort of a progressive nature, albeit on the light side as far as this stylistic expression goes.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.34 seconds