“’Spineless’ Video Premiere Goes Dark And Violent”-Dread Central
“…pulsing with heaviness, with a booming low end and a mix of fist-to-the-air anthems and driving rockers” –Loudwire
“Ovtlier brings the rock edge to a new height of intensity.” – Metal Nexus
“…poignant, hard-hitting…” –Alternative Press
NuMetal/rock act, Ovtlier, announce their spine-tingling video, “Spineless,” with a premiere via Dread Central. The video symbolizes the horrors in today’s sickness and society; it was inspired by vocalist/primary songwriter, Joey Arena’s experience with watching his grandmother pass on and his “personal views on medical and governmental studies: that we are nothing but lab rats and test subjects.”
Recently signed with The Label Group, an INgrooves distributed label the video follows up their latest release, What Doesn’t Kill You, which garnered attention from Revolver, Loudwire, Alt Press, ABC News, Metal Nexus, and more. Ovtlier have already captured the hearts of more than 60K daily followers online, more than 2.5 million views of fan-curated content on YouTube, over half a million streams Spotify,and have been selling out shows around the Northeast. Their latest release, What Doesn’t Kill You takes the listener on a roller-coaster jaunt. Drawing influences from Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds To Mars, Korn, Periphery and others, Ovtlier brings the rock and metal edge to a new height of intensity.
OVTLIER frontman Joey Arena adds, “The music video portrays symbolism of the horrors in today’s sickness and society. This year, I watched my grandmother, my main source of stability fight her losing battle to cancer. When she was diagnosed a few years ago, I made it my mission to educate myself about the disease. She put her trust into her doctors, as many would and the pills they prescribed had so many negative side effects and the chemo they pushed into her frail body that destroyed everything good and bad only to have it come back, spread and mutate. I watched her lose a part of herself daily. I watched her lose sleep and barely hang on. I couldn’t imagine the courage and strength it took to face every day. Researching it all, the origins of chemotherapy and radiation used as a medical “solution” are complete lunacy, especially finding out its “success rate”. If you, the reader know someone who is a part of that small success rate, you’re fortunate to know a survivor in that minority. Without going further down the rabbit hole, Spineless reflects my personal views on the medical and governmental studies and that we are nothing but lab rats and test subjects. They plant the bug and out comes the disease. It’s the food we eat; the thoughts we think and the air breathe… It’s like there’s a new disease every week with a name attached to it as though it was created in a lab. Is it crazy to think that most of the sickness is man-made and brought upon ourselves? Sure, bacteria evolves but look at how STD’s are transmitted. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Where did it start and when does it end? I am questioning more cause I’m tired of watching loved ones suffer. What is scarier than to believe you’re just a rat in an endless maze? Are we just slaves to ourselves? Do we enslave each other? This is not just about doctors; this is about politicians, the media, corporations, and companies that we support. Bankers, lawyers, judges, these are the people you put your faith in and that you give power to. To massive amounts of these lab coat vermin, we are social experiments at best. The elite or powers that be sit back, fund and watch the reactions of society. Knowing pharmaceutical sales reps, being told how everyone gets their kick-backs and primarily the doctors get incentive to push specific drugs, its a dark and twisted charade and all trial and error. How about the stories that are surfacing about purposely misdiagnosing cancers? How much of a piece of shit do you have to be to rip someone’s heart out, fuck their world up and evidently kill them? It’s related population control. Good thing karma exists. My thoughts are this; like all businesses, doctors also need returning business. To treat sickness and to cure it are two different things.”
Inspired by everything 80’s to 90s grunge and NuMetal, Arena began playing guitar at the age of 11 on an old 3-string guitar. After achieving commercial success with his band, Young Bloods, Arena re centered himself and began traveling 8 hours from Rochester to Cleveland in search of an identity and definition for what would become Ovtlier’s debut EP, “What Doesn’t Kill You”. Playing sold-out hometown shows, touring the states and rapidly growing their fan-base among all types of music fans. Housing a hybrid sound that cross-pollinates into other sub-genres, giving a formula to freedom in songwriting and forever being able to validate surprise in their releases to come. Ovtlier is set out to deliver their most personal and intense work yet.