• Sammie Starr

Album Review: The Phoenix Within 'Overdue'

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

New York-based rock band The Phoenix Within release long-awaited full-length album Overdue, taking a myriad of topics from love and relationships to mental health, The Phoenix Within is as candid as they have ever been on this latest release.



New York-based rock band The Phoenix Within has had quite an impressive year. From having a chart-topping single on the iTunes rock charts to performing at this year's INKcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival in Ohio and Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Virginia, The Phoenix Within has been using this momentum and kicking it into high gear for the November release of their new album Overdue.


“Other junctures on this album that truly stand out on this album that feel arena-worthy in its presence are "Hypothetical." With grungy, full-bodied, jangly guitar riffs and unique emotive vocals intermingling together harmoniously, it's no contest that this will be a favorite on this album. ”

Overdue starts with an acoustic and powerful track, "Copycat." Filled with beautiful raspy vocal control and hard-hitting instrumental energy, it prepares us for what's to come for the rest of the album.

Another memorable song on this album is "South Ozone Park." Very reminiscent of early 2000s rock, the lyrics feel deeply personal and relatable, leaving listeners to go back to this track over and over again.

Other junctures on this album that truly stand out on this album that feel arena-worthy in its presence are "Hypothetical." With grungy, full-bodied, jangly guitar riffs and unique emotive vocals intermingling together harmoniously, it's no contest that this will be a favorite on this album.


"No Big Deal" is another moment on the album thoughtfully crafted with its infectious melodic guitar riffs and canorous lyricism along with the nostalgic and beautifully atmospheric number, "Volunteer."


Overdue ends on gorgeous last track, "Pessimist." Something that The Phoenix Within does very well atmospherically soak the listener into their world with their instrumental energy. Another song primed and ready for live shows, this listening experience shows everything this band is capable of and more. With the guitar riff energies and vocal dissonance seeming to feel louder and more confident on this track, The Phoenix Within definitely showed with this final moment that they had a point to prove as a band and to the scene, and they did.

Overdue is a thoughtful showcase of many different instrumental and vocal styles that this band can pull off. Impressive as this is instrumentally, this album also does a fantastic job at nailing some difficult topics many find hard to discuss such as love and relationships, mental health and suicide awareness, and more throughout the album. While staying true to their sound parameters within the record, there are some rare and treasured moments appreciated that they stepped out of their comfort zone to bring something new and exciting to the album. If you are looking for a new band to add to your rock playlist, this is a great one to bring into your collection.



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