Adrenaline – Being This Side Of Insane
Thanks to Keith, the band's manager, for the
CD. This features the original line-up with two vocalists prior
to Bo leaving the band. Six tracks here starting with...
Being This Side Of Insane.
The title track gets things under way. Opening riff is groove-laden
and propels the track along well. Vocals are a mix of clean
and extreme. After the second chorus the tempo increases as
does the overall heaviness before the band launch into a truly
Beneath The Arches Of Angels.
Faster from the word go, the initial riff is concussive falling
somewhere between metalcore and hardcore. The technical section
between the chorus and second verse is superb. Absolutely
My Loss Your Gain. Minimalist
opening before the track gains momentum gradually but forcefully.
Vocals reminded me of Paul Di'Anno in a strange way. Another
mindblowingly brutal breakdown.
Bleed It Dry. Fast intricate
start leads into a verse that pummels relentlessly. Kick-drumming
is used intelligently. These guys like their breakdowns –
another stunner after the second chorus.
Symmetry. Vocals are truly
savage in the chorus. Intricate basswork precedes another
crushingly heavy breakdown.
Inch Of Skin. Neck-snapper
of an opening riff. Chorus is relatively restrained, but the
verses are more than savage enough to compensate. Punishing
way to end the CD.
If you like metalcore or hardcore then you will
like this. Production is good as is the musicianship. The rhythm
section is as solid as a rock, intricate basswork combined with
thoughtful drumming. Guitar work alternates between rhythm and
soloing, although there could be slightly more shredding for me.
Vocals are generally of the extreme variety and are suitably vicious.
The band clearly love to write devastatingly heavy breakdown sections
which are skull-crushing live. Solid CD all round and well worth