Founded by professional musicians in 2019 and hailing from Marseille, France, Sunbeam Overdrive is mixing progressive metal and 90s alternative rock. They are eagerly anticipating the release of their debut album “Diama” in the Spring of this year and leading up to it, have dropped a single “Out of Plato’s Cave” complete with a lyric video, which can be seen below.
The band shares the idea behind the track:
“It’s a very energetic piece with djent and progressive accents to compliment Plato’s allegory of the Cave, describing how difficult it is to look away from the illusions that easily feed our minds, to stand your ground when everyone around you thinks you’re a fool, to look for the light, for elevation, for the truth, and have the strength to keep your eyes and soul open when it hits you”.
The single is an excellent introduction to the album, as it showcases how the band expertly blends several different styles together. They believe this could surprise a lot of people, and please fans of multiple genres ranging from 90s grunge to modern djent.
This upcoming record is about elevation, travel, adventure, and energy. It’s meant to lift you up yet make you endure the storm both inside and outside of yourself. Although not designed as a concept album, “Diama” nevertheless turns out to be crossed implicitly by a coherent line, which appeared to them once the album was finished. This line is that of the crests of the summits, more precisely a notion of ascent, elevation, exterior as interior. It translates into the quasi-cinematic succession of pieces forming an initiatory journey throughout the 10 songs. It is recommended for fans of Alice In Chains, Meshuggah, and Tool.
“Diama” will be released on May 12th, 2023, via Tentacles Industries, with distribution from Season of Mist.
“Diama” was engineered and mixed by Tom Abrigan and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima (Devin Townsend Project, Megadeth, Cynic, Pain of Salvation) at Tower Studio, France.
Album pre-order is available: Limited Digipak – Bundles & Digital
1. Ascending (1:47)
2. Diama (6:14)
3. Slave to the Void (5:14)
4. Crimson Stains (4:49)
5. Diamond Shape (7:10)
6. Junction: Buhl’s Eye (1:20)
7. Deaf and Blind (4:47)
8. Shen (5:45)
9. Out of Plato’s Cave (5:05)
10. Hard Sun (5:49)
11. Fainted Core (Bonus Track – Live Acoustic) (6:08)
Tom Abrigan – Guitars & Vocals
Karim Arnaout – Vocals
Laurent Duclouet – Drums
Bruno Morgana – Bass