Added: 16 June 2013

Missing in Discography
- Rehearsal Tape, Jan 1986 ("Eyes of Ice", "Sinister Warfare", "Overheat", "I Wanna Know", "Mean Dream", "Rainbow Riders"
- Other Demos (1985 - 1992)

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Overheat (Swe)

Overheat (Swe)
Band Info
Heavy Metal
Sweden (


July 1985 - 1992
Håkan Windahl - Vocals, Drums (Interaction, To Africa With Love, Håkan Windahl, Locomotive Breath (guest))

Janne Stark - Guitars (
Overdrive, Paradize, TNT, Faith, Kallare Än Glass, M.O.B., Flash, Marbles, Locomotive Breath, Alyson Avenue, Sir Lord Baltimore, Thalamus, Chris Catena, Audiovision, Vii Gates, Narnia, Grand Design, Blinded Colony, Spearfish, Audiovision, Tower Of Stone, Teenage Rampage, From Behind, Planet Alliance, Balls, Constancia, Mountain Of Power, Zello, Nicky Moore Blues Corporation)

Per-Anders "Pelle" Thuresson - Bass (Overdrive, Paradize, TNT, Kallare Än Glass, Iron Pitts, Flash, Marbles, Crosseyed Mary, AC/DC Jam)
Former / Past Members
Gernot Iversen - Vocals (High Voltage, XL)

Paul Gustavsson - Drums (Mercy, Turbo, High Voltage)

Peter "TrumPeter" Svensson -  Drums (Fatih, Stormbringer, Mercy, Globe, Six-Pack Boogie, Locomotive Breath, Fröna, Constancia, Mountain of Power, Embrace the Sun, Trumpeter, Five 4 Fun,Troja Jazzband, The Cardigans, Paus, Thin Lipztick)
In June 1985, Overdrive started folding because our singer, Pelle Thuresson, quit singing and quit the band to become a bass player. We had also been ripped off by our record label and didn’t have a deal. We recorded a new rehearsal demo, but nothing really came out of it and we finally called it quits. Me and Pelle go way back to primary school, so it was natural for us to continue and to form a new band. We jammed with various drummers, but in December 1985 we talked to former Turbo/Mercy drummer Paul Gustavsson, who had just left the band High Voltage, if he’d be interested in joining us. He was. We started playing some covers, apart from Black Sabbath’s “Symptom of the Universe”, it was a bit more obscure stuff, such as Billy The Kid’s “When Hell Freezes Over”, Diamond REO’s “All Over You” and the demo only track “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained” by Q5. We immediately also started writing our own songs and going through my rehearsal tapes, I have one from January 18, 1986 that features songs like “Eyes Of Ice”, “Sinister Warfare” (written when I was in Overdrive), “Overheat”, “I Wanna Know”, “Mean Dream” and “Rainbow Riders” (a local motorcycle club).

Between January 1980 and December, the same year we wrote and recorded (at rehearsals) over 30 songs!! In November 1986, singer Gernot Iversen (also ex-High Voltage) joined the band. In February 1987, we recorded a 4-track demo, featuring “Fight To The Finish”, “Realm Of Freedom”, “The Chains” and “Mean Dream”. It was a really simple porta demo made in our rehearsal studio. We didn’t do that much with it, but instead kept writing and rehearsing. Between May-June 1987, we recorded our second demo, containing re-recordings of “Realm of Freedom” and “Fight To The Finish”, plus “I Do Believe”, “High On You” and the instrumental “L.J.M.S.” (an ode to my first born daughter). We only did one live show, together with Interaction, in February 1988. Unfortunately, both Paul and Gernot got jobs far away, which put an end to our collaboration in 1988. Later the same year we drafted another former Mercy drummer, Peter “TrumPeter” Svensson, who was also in the band Faith. We kept writing and recording rehearsal demos like crazy. We didn’t have a singer, and we just couldn’t seem to find one. I however did write lyrics for very song we did. There were songs like “I Wanna Be (God)”, “In The Lap Of Destiny”, “Back To Basics”, “Die For Love”, “In The Line Of Fire” etc. The style was quite groovy, riff-oriented heavy rock with a bluesy touch.

Early 1990, Peter left the band and we drafted singer/drummer Håkan Windahl (Interaction). Before Peter left, we recorded a 12-track demo, but it was never finished with vocals. Listening back to it, the song “Solitude” is probably the most blatant rip off of Captain Beyond’s “Can’t Feel Nothing” I’ve ever heard. A good thing we didn’t finish it. The track “Triumvirate” came from this session. With Håkan in the band, we kept on writing songs, but never managed to drag our asses into a studio to record a proper demo, even though we had loads of songs (at this stage some 60+) to choose from. We slowly started losing interest and late 1992 we started talking about putting Overdrive together again. So, me, Pelle (now on bass) and drummer Kenta Svensson, from the original Overdrive line-up, drafted singer/guitarist Jörgen Miller and resurrected Overdrive. In 1993, we recorded the demo “Back To Basics”, featuring some of the songs I had written during the Overheat era. - Janne Stark

Biography in Swedish from "Musikforum 20 år - En Kul Tur I Kulturen"
Bandet bildades juli 1985 ur välkända Overdrive av Janne Stark - gitarr och Pelle Thuresson - bas. Bandet genomgick ett par olika sättningar. Den första med Paul Gustavsson (från Mercy) på trummor och Gernot Iversen på sång. Paul flyttade till Stockholm och Gernot slutade. Peter Svensson tog över trumpinnarna efter Paul och bandet spelade in grunderna till en demotape innan peter beslutade sig för att flytta till Göteborg 1989. Ny trummis och sångare blev Håkan Windahl (fd Interaction), som efter ett par år beslutade sig för att satsa på en karriär som trubadur. Overheat lade ner verksamheten strax därefter.

Photo: 1986 (photo Ben G.T. Nyberg). L-R: Gernot Iversen (v), Pelle (b), Janne (g), Paul Gustavsson (d)

Janne and Pelle played together in different bands since childhood. Their most well-known band being OVERDRIVE, with whom they recorded one 12" EP and two albums before splitting up in June 1985. Janne and Pelle (who was then lead singer but after their split-up, switched over to playing bass) decided to carry on and form a new band.

In December 1985 they were accompanied by drummer  Paul Gustavsson who had just left the band HIGH VOLTAGE. His claim-to-fame is two recordings with heavy rockers MERCY with one 12" EP and LP. The band now had a complete rhythm section and also a new name: OVERHEAT. They now started rehearsing and writing material and in November 1986 (when the band was completed with a singer) they had already written almost 30 songs! The singers name is: Gernot Iverson and he is, like Paul also an ex-HIGH VOLTAGE member.

Now the band was complete and in May-June 1987 they recorded their first demo Vol. 1, which was produced, arranged, mixed, engineered, recorded and performed by the band. This demo has the songs: "Fight to the Finish", "Realm of Freedom", "L.J.M.S.", "I Do Believe and High On You". It was recorded in a barn with a four-track Tascam porta studio. The songs are mostly written by Janne Stark and arranged by the band. This limited tape was not sent out to very many Metal Fanzines (if any).
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Songs (19)
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