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Adrenechrome
Hideous Appetites
January 2013
Released: 2012, Independent
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Whilst a feast of classic thrash and progressive technicality can leave one a little worried about indigestion, dial up your appetites to 11 because Adrenechrome have concocted a winning recipe. This four-piece from Ontario, Canada clearly know their way around thrash’s greats but show no fear in chucking in some modern flair. And I don’t mean crash, bang, wallop, what the hell - you only have to hear the opening riff to ‘Titans Fall’ to get those saliva glands going.



It’s a groovy slab of a track that makes for easy and immediate listening but doesn’t necessarily plot a straight course, moving seamlessly from riff to hook to solo. Perhaps it’s just the shared geography but for me Chris Friesen’s vocals sound like a slightly slowed down version of Cancer Bat’s Liam Cormier. It makes for a great marriage against the musical backdrop - a voice that isn’t too polished but conveys just the right gravity.



‘Winds Of The Void’ is a melodic but heavy track in that when-thrash-was-young way - kind of Megadeth-y in fact - with guitars that stir up one heck of a breeze. The folky jaunt of ‘Hymn For The Heathens’ shows Hideous Appetites to be more than a one-course meal, whilst ‘The Horror’ tries a pair of rock-n-roll’s shoes on for size. With some random cries of Marlon Brando slipped in - it’s not a lyrical theme I saw coming I’ll be honest.



The rock vibe remains at the start of ‘Six Guns’, but the throbbing heart of thrash still beats away underneath. The interspersing low slightly out-of-earshot spoken snippets remind of Phil Anselmo’s vocal on ‘Living Through Me (Hell’s Wrath)’, but on the whole this is a less sinister affair. The spoken word also takes centre stage in the verses of ‘Locust Wings’, which opens like Metallica long back when the notion of Lulu was thankfully far from minds.



For my money there’s nothing hideous at all about this album. What it does do is seriously wet my appetite to see what might come next on Adrenechrome’s menu. I’m hopeful this won’t be the only good meal we get from the band - but for now I’m more than happy to pay the bill and so should you.



Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Track Listing

1. Titans Fall
2. Six Guns
3. The Horror
4. Hymn For The Heathens
5. Winds Of The Void
6. Locust Wings
7. Hobbled

Lineup

Chris Friesen - Guitar and lead vocals
Tim Kehoe - Guitar and backing vocals
Matt Copeland - Drums and backing vocals
Mike Van Dyke - Bass

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Adrenechrome
Hideous Appetites
January 2013
Released: 2012, Self-released
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson

Taking crude, yet complex thrash metal, mixing in technical/progressive loopiness and playing it with the fervor of a high-school garage rock band, Ontario's Adrenechrome offer up an energetic if somewhat enigmatic debut EP. At times recalling old Megadeth or Lamb of God, at others Mastodon – sometimes within the context of the same song, such as “Six Guns” - the band mix and match styles and moods with a carefree disregard for convention.



And is that a hint of banjo in the background of several tracks – notably “The Horror?” If so, these guys may be among the first to sprinkle bluegrass into their extreme-ish metal. Talk about balls.



Yet while one must certainly admire Adrenechrome's sense of adventure and whimsy, there's a somewhat disjointed feeling to Hideous Appetites over the course of its seven tracks. The epic, straight up metal of “Winds of the Void” - whose intro is a bit too close to Slayer's “Seasons of the Abyss” for comfort - or “Locust Wings” make for a curious contrast to the more madcap, seemingly irreverent “Hymns for the Heathen” or “The Horror.”



Youthful exuberance will only get you so far. But the foundation these guys lay here still seems pretty solid. Their willingness to go against the grain is refreshing, and more often than not their experimentation pays off. Certainly a promising start.
Track Listing

1. Titans Fall
2. Six Guns
3. The Horror
4. Hymns for the Heathen
5. Winds of the Void
6. Locust Wings
7. Hobbled

Lineup

Chris Friesen - vocals, guitar
Tim Kehoe - guitar
Mike Van Dyk - bass
Matt Copeland - drums

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» Hideous Appetites
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

» Hideous Appetites
by Peter Atkinson


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