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Formed: 1991
From: Boston, MA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Overcast News

Below is our complete Overcast news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Overcast Posts 3CD Set Trailer

The 3x CD discography "Only Death Is Smiling" from Massachusetts' metal legends Overcast is coming February 3rd.

Check out a teaser video showcasing the remastered music and a preview of the packaging below. Fans can pre-order the triple CD with exclusive tee shirts, posters, and even a limited edition skate deck at the Bullet Tooth webstore.

The band has lined up record release shows at the end of the month (see below) and they are almost all sold out. Overcast will also be a featured headliner at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival with Between The Buried And Me, The Red Chord, and many more.

The band started in the early 90s long before the explosion of metal from the New England area, and released a few albums on indie labels until the late 90s when the group broke up to focus on new bands like Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage. As a lot of the titles are currently out of print, the band decided to release "Only Death Is Smiling" on Bullet Tooth featuring 45 tracks on 3 separate CDs, including unreleased material.

Jan 29 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East w/ PanzerBastard (SOLD OUT!)
Jan 30 – Providence, RI @ The Ruins w/ Empire Shall Fall
Jan 31 – Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Dinner w/ Empire Shall Fall (SOLD OUT!)
Feb 01 - Worcester, MA @ The Middle East w/ Dissolve (SOLD OUT!)
April 17 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal Fest!

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The Red Chord And Allegaeon Added To NEM&H Fest

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival today announces additional acts for the 2015 edition: The Red Chord, Allegaeon, Rivers of Nihil, Overcast, and more. This year's edition takes place at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 17th, 18th, and 19th.

Headliners already announced include Testament, Between The Buried and Me, and Motionless In White. The currently revealed lineup is as follows:

Friday April 17th
Between The Buried And Me
The Red Chord
Code Orange
The Atlas Moth
The Banner
Black Mask
Downpour More...

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Overcast 3CD Set To See Release

Bullet Tooth is excited to announce the 3xCD discography "Only Death Is Smiling" from Massachusetts metal legends Overcast.

The band started in the early 90s long before the explosion of metal from the New England area, and released a few albums on indie labels until the late 90s when the group broke up to focus on new bands like Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage.

As many of the Overcast titles are out of print, the band decided to release "Only Death Is Smiling" on Bullet Tooth featuring 45 tracks on 3 separate CDs, scheduled for official release in late 2014.

Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) comments: “In my eyes, Overcast was one of the most influential bands from their era. They came at a time where it wasn't so commonplace to mix heavy musical styles as much as they did. (And their singer Brian looked like a spooky creature from the deep with his hair.) Their ability to make unique, heavy, aggressive, and melodic songs was such a cool thing to see back then, and ultimately was what brought me to want to do a collaboration with Mike.”

Ken Susi (Unearth) had this to say: "When I was in the Danvers middle school system, one of my older high school friends Jay (Agoraphobic Nose Bleed) handed me ‘Expectational Dilution’ on a copied cassette. Needless to say, I was in awe! Overcast was and always be one of the greatest bands to come from the New England area! I followed them religiously from gig to gig and was lucky enough to share the stage with them once or twice. The Unearth camp still rocks the whole discography to this day! Fans for life!!!" More...

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Overcast Added To The Rock The Ink Fest

Overcast has been added to the Rock The Ink Festival, which takes place on October 24, 2008 in Providence, RI at Dunkin Donuts Center.

Here are the rest of Overcast's planned tour dates in support of their recently released "Reborn to Kill Again?" album:

11.09.08 Holyoke, MA - The Waterfront Tavern
11.14.08 Portland, ME - Asylum
11.15.08 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
11.16.08 New York, NY - Irving Plaza

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Mike D Talks About Overcast's Future

MTV.com reports: It's been two years since influential Massachusetts metallers Overcast announced they'd be reuniting for a single release — a collection of re-recorded tracks culled from the band's poorly produced back-catalog.

But on Tuesday, after what was a prolonged, yet modest, bidding war (or as close to a bidding war as you can get in metal), Overcast's reunion LP, "Reborn to Kill Again," finally landed in stores. And while the band has a handful of reunion shows booked through August 30 in Waterbury, Connecticut, with Dissolve, the reunion is going to be short-lived — at least for the time being.

With frontman Brian Fair's first priority being Shadows Fall, the band he joined after Overcast's 1998 demise, and bassist Mike D'Antonio's other band, Killswitch Engage, set to start work on their next studio effort in October, Overcast's reunion can't carry on forever. But D'Antonio said there's a chance the band could release new material down the line.

"When we recorded it, we just tried to get the songs sounding as good as they possibly could, and there are two songs we'd never recorded that are on this record," he said. "We had talked about doing another record, and there's another record on the table under our contract with Metal Blade. We can do it if we want. If we don't, whatever. But we have discussed doing another record, and I'm kind of excited about tinkering with ideas for it. That said, if we did start writing a new album, and it wasn't turning out like an Overcast record, I don't think we'd put it out. It really needs to have a certain vibe. It can't be another metalcore record, like the things that are going on these days. It really needs to have that old-school mentality, which we had held true back then. If not, it's not even worth it."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Overcast Announces Initial Tour Dates

Overcast has announced an initial batch of Northeast tour dates in support of their upcoming re-recorded album, "Reborn to Kill Again," which will be released on August 19 by Metal Blade Records. The album is a collection of 11 re-recorded classic tracks and two previously unreleased tracks produced by Adam Dutkiewicz.

The latest Overcast tour dates are as follows:

August 21, Hackensack, NJ, The School of Rock
August 22, Albany NY, Valentines
August 23, Providence, RI, The Living Room
August 24, So. Burlington, VT, The Showcase Lounge
August 29, Worcester MA, The Palladium
August 30, Waterbury, CT, Bobby Allen's

Tickets for all of the dates including a VIP meet and greet option are available here.

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Overcast Signs To Metal Blade

Metal Blade has announced the signing of legendary Boston Massachusetts metal act OVERCAST to its roster. On August 19th OVERCAST will release their Metal Blade debut, "Reborn to Kill Again," a collection of 11 re-recorded classic tracks and two previously unreleased tracks produced by Adam Dutkiewicz.

"Finally, after much waiting and wondering if it would ever see the light of day, Overcast is Reborn to Kill Again!!! We are all very excited to be working with Metal Blade Records for this release. It is a legendary label that has been home to some of the most influential bands in metal history. It was actually Metal Blade who gave Overcast our first release on CD as part of one of the Metal Massacre comps way back in the day so it seems as if everything is coming full circle. The time has come once again for the beast known as Overcast to rise again. You have been warned." comments Brian Fair

"We are greatly honored to be able to work with and put out such a legendary artist as Overcast" comments Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records. More...

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Bane Plan 10th Anniversary Show

Bane will play a special 10th anniversary show on Saturday, December 30th at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. Tickets are $15 and the event will also feature performances from Overcast, Evergreen Terrace, Outbreak, FC Five, and Ambitions.

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Stillborn Fest 2006 Details Revealed

Details have been confirmed for Stillborn Fest 2006. The event will take place on December 30th and 31st at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT. If purchased in advance, tickets are $17.50 for the first day, $20 for the second, or $35 for a two-day pass. Doors open at 6pm. Here's the line-up:

Saturday, December 30th
Full Blown Chaos
Thy Will Be Done
2 bands TBA

Sunday, December 31st
The Distance
Dead By Wednesday
Signs of Hope
Crowns of Kings

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Overcast Nearly Finished Recording Long Awaited CD

OVERCAST, the reunited Massachusetts band which features in its ranks KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D'Antonio and SHADOWS FALL singer Brian Fair, recently entered the studio to begin re-recording 10-14 classic tracks and laying down two previously unreleased songs for a full-length album entitled "Reborn to Kill Again". Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) has signed on as producer of this endeavor for which a label deal has yet to be announced. The band issued the following update on the studio sessions:

"We are nearing the final days of the new OVERCAST recording. After today, just two days are left at the studio. Boy, oh boy, we could not be happier at the outcome of these new OVERCAST recording sessions. These songs have truly taken on a much meaner, more brutal tone than ever before. Words can't begin to describe how unbelievably proud we are of this. It seems that we have finally full realized his juggernaut of pummeling potential OVERCAST possesses. (Took long enough right?)"

OVERCAST's last performance for the foreseeable future will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2006 upstairs at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Members of KSE, Shadows Fall Bring Overcast Back

MTV.com has a nice piece on the background of Overcast, featuring current Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Seemless memebers, who are re-recording their old material for a formal release. Here's an excerpt:

Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D'Antonio remembers the exact moment when Overcast — his influential, erstwhile Massachusetts metal band that counted among its members Shadows Fall frontman Brian Fair — ended. It was a week or so after the band's first U.S. tour (with Disembodied and Shai Hulud) had concluded, and the guys in the band returned from a six-week road trip with about $500 to their names.

"We were all just kind of beaten to death," D'Antonio recalled. "We had worked so incredibly hard to get the band to where it was, with little or nothing to show for it besides just fans coming out and seeing us and being really into the band. We just needed to cut our losses and go home, and unfortunately, that was the way most of the people felt in the band. We had gotten done with a practice, and everyone told me how they were feeling. [That band] was my baby — something I cared about more than almost anything else in the world at that point. So when people were telling me they didn't want to do it, I didn't want to face reality. It really bothered me."


Before year's end, D'Antonio said he hopes to release Reborn to Kill Again, an album featuring more than 10 classic, revisited Overcast tunes and two previously unreleased cuts the band wrote before disbanding but never recorded. Neither song has a title, D'Antonio said, and for one of them, Fair "actually took the lyrics and used them for a Shadows Fall song" called "Root Bound Apollo," from the 2000 album Of One Blood; Killswitch guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (Unearth, Underoath) will helm the new Overcast project. The band's recorded all the drum tracks so far and will start working on the guitar parts next week. The plan's to finish the LP by the end of May. D'Antonio said several labels are vying for the disc, but not Killswitch's label, Roadrunner — they've passed on it.

Overcast will perform this weekend in Worcester, Massachusetts, during the New England Hardcore and Metal Festival. The band's also booked a gig at Club Hipnotic in New London, Connecticut, for June 3 and is in talks to take the stage inside New York's CBGB next month.

In addition, Killswitch Engage will begin writing fresh material in July for the follow-up to 2004's The End of Heartache — an album Roadrunner hopes to be able to release in November, D'Antonio said. He added that the band's also just recorded a cover of Dio's "Holy Diver" for a forthcoming Kerrang! magazine-commissioned compilation. That disc is going to feature some of today's heaviest metal acts tackling a number of genre classics.

"[Frontman] Howard [Jones] sang in falsetto," he said. "It came out super good. Everyone's really excited about it. The guitar riffs are definitely modified to sound way, way heavier."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Complete Lineup Confirmed For NEMHF 2006

The full lineup for the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is sponsored this year by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, has been confirmed.

The three-day festival at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, will feature headliners Lacuna Coil, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between the Buried and Me on Friday, April 28. Arch Enemy, Chimaira, and Exodus will headline Saturday, April 29. Headliners for Sunday, April 30 are Gamma Ray and DragonForce.

UK-based DragonForce will be making its first-ever American appearance at the festival. Italy's Lacuna Coil and Sweden's Arch Enemy will be making return appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, after stellar performances at the 2003 and 2002 editions of the festival.

"It's fantastic to be a part of what is quite possibly the best U.S. metal fest around!" said Arch Enemy guitarist Mike Amott. "This is our third time playing the New England Metal and Hardcore fest and it's always a pleasure. It's held in a great venue with great fans."

"It is an honor for us to be one of this year's headliners at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival," said vocalist Andrea Ferro. "We are more than ready for it. We can't wait."

Bands confirmed for Friday (listed alphabetically) are: A Life Once Lost, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Between The Buried And Me, Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage, Dead To Fall, Demiricous, Ed Gein, From A Second Story Window, Haste The Day, If Hope Dies, Lacuna Coil, Ligeia, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, Ringworm, Scarlet, Still Remains, Suicide Silence, The Absence, Thine Eyes Bleed and Through The Eyes Of The Dead.

Saturday's bands include 100 Demons, Arch Enemy, At All Cost, Caliban, Chimaira, Colin Of Arabia, Cryptopsy, Damnation AD, Death Threat, Embrace The End, Exodus, First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Into The Moat, Ion Dissonance, Overcast, Ramallah, Remembering Never, Righteous Jams, Scars Of Tomorrow, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Spitfire, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, Terror, The Acacia Strain, The Classic Struggle, The JonBenet, and Turmoil.

Sunday's lineup is: A Love End Suicide, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Born Victim, Bronx Casket Company, Burn In Silence, Byzantine, Cannae, Cellador, Doom Raider, DragonForce, Folly, Gamma Ray, Goat Horn, Hypersolid, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Light This City, Losa, Mercury Switch, On Broken Wings, Phoenix Morning, Protest The Hero, Sanctity, The Miles Between, Torn Asunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xdeathstarx, and xlooking forwardx.

Talent is subject to change.

The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Prosthetic Records, 2nd Stage sponsor; Revolver Magazine, exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program; Facedown Records, sponsor of street marketing efforts; FUSE TV; Mazur PR; The Syndicate; and many others.

Vendors this year include Century Media/Nuclear Blast, Deepsend Records, ESP Guitars/Krank Amps, Eulogy Recordings/Hand Of Hope Records, Facedown Records, Fuse TV/Uranium, Lifeforce Records, Metal Blade Records, Oak Knoll Productions, Prosthetic Records, Red Rocket Records, Relapse Records, Revolver Magazine, Stillborn Records/Hatewear Inc., Trustkill Records, Victory Records, and others.

Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets are available now at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849. There is re-entry at this all-day event until 6 p.m. each day.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Visit the festival website at metalandhardcorefestival.com or myspace.com/metalandhardcorefestival.

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Killswitch Engage/Shadows Fall Supergroup Make CD

OVERCAST, the long-defunct influential Massachusetts band which featured in its ranks KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D'Antonio and SHADOWS FALL singer Brian Fair, has reunited and will be will be playing this year's New England Metal And Hardcore Festival on Saturday, April 29. In addition, the band will be re-recording 10-14 classic tracks and laying down two previously unreleased songs for a full length album entitled "Reborn to Kill Again", in May 2006. Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) has signed on as producer of this endeavor for which a label deal has yet to be announced.

Regarding their decision to re-record classic material, OVERCAST said in a statement, "Simply put, we are having the time of our lives hanging together and playing these old songs again. We feel as if we are breathing new life into this dead material. Suddenly the ambition to 'one up' ourselves has returned, more thirsty than ever. But most importantly, our main reason is due to the overwhelming excitement of the old skool fans, even to this day. For the kids who have shown us MUCH love over the years by coming up to us at shows and telling us how much they appreciated OVERCAST. These people have provided us with the greatly needed encouragement and enthusiasm we have been lacking. They have given us a vision to try this band one more time. For them we dedicate our new found time and energy towards this recording. We consider it an honor that some of you still care."

From August 1991 to November 1998, five people had an obsession with music entitled OVERCAST. Motivated by having fun and playing songs that went against the grain, the band stayed true to themselves by writing music they wanted to play ... fashionable or not. Money was never an issue back then mainly because there wasn't any to be had. Sometimes the group would play for gas money, most times for far far less. Only through sacrifice and perseverance did they make it work. First-hand experience and trial and error provided their path. They had no one to rely on but themselves. Years and years of weekend warrior tours took them places they normally would never have gone or seen. It was indeed a time they still reflect on and a time they will never forget.

But all things come to an end. After years of being turned down by labels, skimped out on by promoters, and a general sense of the band being too much of an albatross to continue ... in 1998 OVERCAST disbanded. Heartbroken and emotionally taxed, they went their separate ways. Brian joined SHADOWS FALL (a band who had opened for OVERCAST on many occasions), Mike started working on a project called KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Guitarist Pete Cortese continued writing and ended up in a band called SEEMLESS. Guitarist Scott McCooe began playing bass in TRANSIENT. Drummer Jay Fitzgerald formed and played in many bands, finally settling down in the band TUNNEL DRILL.

Now eight years have passed since OVERCAST was an active band. All of a sudden the stars have aligned, the planets have shifted, and old friends find themselves back home with substantial amounts for free time. OVERCAST is reborn.

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