Lose Your Delusion, the new release from Melbourne death-hop duo OVER-REACTOR, is the culmination of a year’s worth of blood, sweat and tears. Already released as a limited edition hand-made double album in 2010, the band then let the fans decide, running an online poll to whittle down 31 tracks to sixteen. Rarely has an album been released that has been so meticulously researched, carefully crafted and solidly executed by two artists whose rejection of the mainstream has led to a DIY approach in all aspects of this album’s creation.
All Shields Down – This song is the duo’s mission statement. The lyrics detail Over-reactor’s intent as a band. “I’ll be the download child of a new generation”. Classic death-hop.
Point To Push – On this track Ezekiel Ox delivers the rawest and most honest performance of his career to date. “His victims are many but so are his family”. The final moments of the song are the heaviest on the album.
The Gangbangers – This Beastie Boys inspired track was written in response to political apathy. “Looping of the Gangbangers” tells the story of a singer who can’t stop fighting oppression because they won’t stop dealing it out.
Handfed – This funk indictment on a system that creates its own myths, then prints and screens them until we believe the lies, reaches one of the most intense crescendos on the album at 2.25 min. “I won’t be handfed”.
Nu Metal Motherfuckers – Old school Helmet courses throughout this track’s veins as it relentlessly sweeps the listener up into hardcore. The songs narrative tells the story of a shoplifter acquiring supplies for dinner. “I stuff my pants and coat, Happy with a deep freeze and a pappadum”.
The Chemical Sound – True to the death-hop sound and structure, this hook laden and melodic track sees Over-reactor swaggering and roaring towards musical infamy. “We’ve got the Chemical Sound”.
Word – One of the latest tracks written for the album, it blends metal sounds with hip-hop attitude “I’m animated and I’m calibrated, and I crave veracity”.
Call In The Bombers – Cory pushes his single kick chops to the limit on this furious stream-of-consciousness punk master work. The uncompromising lyrics slaughter the sacred cows “Cut down the flag pole, at the pig station, I’m not afraid to spread this shit and burn a nation”.
Naked Words – This is the first track ever written by the duo. It expresses a Hatebreed attitude, and clearly defines itself politically. “You wanna push around the weak and oppressed, We will be there!”
Something More – ARIA award winner Chris Cheney struts in to pour his acid-blues licks onto this track. The funk gets taken for a solid walk. “They don’t want revolution, they just try to divide”.
Mechanism – Written after Ezekiel spoke and marched in support of Julian Assange in Melbourne, this poppy, melodic track turns the spotlight onto the governments of this world. “I just want to make it something simpler than a genocidal maniac making excuses.”
Doogie Howser – A cacophony of images from sunset Boulevard to the Hollywood Hills taken from Ezekiel’s time living there as a young man. “You pray for one thing, a limo trip, the smashing of your brains in with a bullet clip”.
What The Fuck Am I On? – Blight’s beat drives this funk-loaded and grief-stricken track. The explosion of melody at the end is an unexpected moment in an otherwise brutal song cycle. “Sold down that river again”.
Control Of This – This track takes the seethe to a new level. Ox saunters, cocksure of his place on the stage, and Blight’s rhythms only serve to bolster the attitude. “Give it time, and then watch it roll in, in time we’re gonna go out and move this crowd”.
Free Music – This sends a strong message from two artists who have rejected the mainstream music industry to create albums, film clips and a live show by themselves. “I once was signed but now I see, It’s time to set the music free”.
Best Of Worst – The most wounded, hurt and powerful vocal on the album is set against the most bone rattling groove. The band’s use of sampling to end the album is haunting and drills the message home. “We’ve all done stealing, Don’t mean it leads to the wrong side of the tracks”.