Overmars is a quite interesting metal/sludge/doom/electronic/among other elements of different genres band, from Lyon, France, which formed in 2001 and have released a bunch of splits and two full-length. Born Again was released on the now defunct label Appease Me…, which has released some editions of Blut Aus Nord: The Work That Transforms God, Thematic Emanation of Archetypal Multiplicity and the first releases of Monolithe’s albums. It’s a shame the label has closed but fortunately Debemur Morti became the new home for Blut Aus Nord. Born Again has also been released as vinyl on the label Bipolar Dictatorship and as digipak on Crucial Blast.
Overmars consist of three stable members (and a bunch of other members), one of which is a member of another band called Veuve SS, which is a small, decent punk/hardcore band with a quite nice sound to them. But I won’t talk about them (not yet at least…).
Overmars sound is predominately in the sludge/doom court, with long drawn out parts, heavy thick guitars and “shouty” vocals, but! During the first half of the album, Marion, their bassist on Born Again and Affliction, Endocrine…Vertigo, comes in and sings a part of the lyrics which gives a nice little juxtaposition to the otherwise heavy, muddled and thick sound. It’s definitely during this first half of the album that is the high mark, afterwards they sort of get lost in the massive, congealed, slow-moving blob of sludge and they don’t have any particular elements that can give more life, or a new dimension to the wall of guitars. That is one of the dangerous pitfalls of the sludge/doom genre, the heavy focus on thick drone-y soundscape that, in the end, it just becomes a thick background soundmat. But I suppose it’s good for when you just want to block out the rest of the world and just dwell in sludge for half an hour. The lyrics are pretty nice, very focused on personal pain (if that tickles your fancy).
But again, Born Again is good sludge, but if a bit samey towards the end.