Overtures are a melodic heavy metal band born in Gorizia in June 2003. The line-up is composed by Michele Guaitoli (voice), Marco Falanga (guitar), Luka Klanjscek (bass), and Andrea Cum (drums). Overtures’ first concert was in September 2003.
2006 – 2008: BEYOND THE WATERFALL
During the summer of 2006 Overtures started to record their first EP “Beyond The Waterfall”. In May 2007 Overtures signed a contract with the Italian label “Videoradio”.
In July 2008, one year after the Italian release of the album “Beyond The Waterfall”, Overtures got in touch with “Rock It Up records” and signed a contract with the German label for the worldwide distribution of the CD. As a consequence of the deal with “Rock It Up records”, Overtures started a set of promotional shows both in Italy and Europe, playing in different Italian cities and in Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovenia and other European countries. Songs taken from the album “Beyond The Waterfall” have been inserted in different European and Italian compilations and broadcast in many radio programs in Italy, U.S.A., Germany, England, Portugal and Brazil.
2009: REUNATION “A Tribute to Running Wild”
On November 13th 2009 the German label “Remedy Records” published “ReUnation – A Tribute To Running Wild”, an official tribute album to the legendary German band. The album was released because of the dissolution of Running Wild and featured, among the others, also by Overtures with their version of “Pirate Song”.
In October 2010 Overtures announced their passage to “Sleaszy Rider Records”, with whom they signed a new deal that links the two parts until 2013. The Greek label scheduled the release date of “Rebirth”, first full-length of the band and first album with the new line-up on March 7th 2011.“Rebirth” has been mastered by “Mika Jussila” (Children of Bodom, Nightwish, HIM, Lordi, Edguy & altri) at “Finnvox Studios” in Helsinki, and its great artwork has been created by “Filippo Bignolin. As special guests on the album there are also “Rafahell” from “Elvenking” and “Akos Komodi” from “Halor”. Before the release of the album Overtures also shot their first videoclip for the song “Fly, Angel”, later broadcasted on some of the main European TV channels, among which Rock TV Italy and MTV Greece.
FEBRUARY 2012: LIFE’S REBIRTH EUROPEAN TOUR
After the release of “Rebirth” the management of the band is put in charge of the Italian “Extreme Agency” in Italy, the English “Extreme Music Agency” for the UK and northern Europe, and of the Brazilian agency “Insano Booking & Management” for the rest of the world. It also begins a minor deal with “Vivo Management” . Thanks to this collaborations, on February 2012 Overtures set off for their first European Tour – Life’s Rebirth European Tour 2012 – meant to promote the latest album “Rebirth” throughout Europe.
2012-2013: NEW LINE UP, NEW ALBUM, NEW MANAGEMENT
After the European Tour the band immediately started to work on a new album. With the new work the band also had a change in its line up: Adriano Crasnich substituted former member Daniele Piccolo and, for a very short time, Marco Falanga too is substituted by Stefano d’Amore, to be back a few months later. At the same time the management of the band is put in charge of the German agency “B.Musik Management”, a promotion deal is reached with the agency “Full Metal Service” and a minor deal is reached with the English agency “Extreme Music Agency” for the U.K. Booking.
2013: ENTERING THE MAZE & BRAZITALIAN EUROPEAN TOUR
On May 31st the band releases the new album “Entering The Maze”. The album also comes out with a DVD where the band introduces, after “Fly, Angel”, its second official videoclip for the song “Savior”. “Entering The Maze”, second release born from the collaboration between Overtures and Sleaszy Rider Records and mastered by “Sascha Paeth” (Edguy, Kamelot, Avantasia, Epica & more) @ Gate Studio sets the band to a new unique, personal and heavy sound that is strongly noticed by press, which immediately embraces the album with wonderful reviews. Just a few months after the release of “Entering The Maze”, thanks to the great response received, Overtures got scheduled for the Brazitalian European Tour as supporters to the co-headlining bands Almah & Secret Sphere and from November 1st to November 17th the three bands travel throughout Europe to promote their new albums together.
2014: THE ‘EUROPEAN JOURNEY’ & THE EASTERN EUROPEAN TOURS
After the Brazitalian European Tour the band’s management is put in charge of the Italian agency Truck Me Hard. The new collaboration perfectly works and immediately shows its results. After some appearance at some summer festivals, Overtures got scheduled first for two mini-tours in the eastern Europe: in September with Secret Sphere and in October with Temperance, “Entering the Maze” is promoted again with 6 shows in Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia. Just after one month, in November 2014, thanks to the collaboration between Truck Me Hard, Intromental, Rock the Nation and Sleaszy Rider Records, Overtures jumped into the tour-bus again as main supporters for English progressive metal masters Threshold. The European Joruney 2014 definitively delivers the band into the international panorama with 19 shows in the EU and UK. Immediately after this new tour, the band starts working on a new album.
After the great success of ‘Rebirth’ and ‘Entering the Maze’, Overtures are back with their new chapter: ‘Artifacts’. ‘Rebirth’ has been considered an impressive springboard for the success of the Italian quartet, ‘Entering the Maze’ has been acclaimed by the press and defined Overtures as a band that must be strongly considered in the worldwide progressive-power panorama. Mastered by Olaf Reitmeier at Gate Studios and supported by the amazing artwork by Franziskus Plefghart, ‘Artifacts’ reaches the perfect mix of accurate techniques, bombastic melodies, sing-along refrains, with a personal and unmachable style.
Renewed the deals with the management agency Truck Me Hard and with the label Sleaszy Rider Records, ‘Artifacts’ is released on May 27th, to bring Overtures on the road again.
‘Artifacts’ is immediately introduced live with an intense summer-tour with Overtures playing, among the others, at the Gods Of Metal Festival 2016 (Rammstein, Megadeth, Korn, Halestorm & More), at the SpazioRock Festival 2016 (Powerwolf, Stratovarious, Iron Savior & more), supporting English NWOBHM legends Saxon and at many other summer festivals. In September 2016 the unreleased song ‘Through the Storm’ is also chosen as official soundtrack for the NFL Season on the Italian Mediaset tv-channels. Artifacts is also awarded on many webzines as one of the best albums released in 2016 (Arte-Metal, Metalitalia, Loud and Proud, Metal Hammer & more).