Orillia Ontario’s Adrenechrome throw a bit of everything and the kitchen sink into their album Tales Of The Adrenechrome, and if anything could be said about this release it’s that it is certainly interesting.
Instrumental opening track “A Familiar Face” does indeed feel familiar, but not in any discernable way. It’s like when you’re walking down the street and you swear you recognize the person walking past you. Did you buy weed from this person? Was that the girl who promised to give you a handy after the Atreyu show in the parking lot? Your third cousin? Who knows , but I digress. Their pop rock, riff-laden intro for some reason screams The Darkness to me before jumping into what could very well be a Rush section just before they end on some queen inspired leads. Got all that? Good. Now strap in because they pretty much keep up this pace for the whole record.
Rocker “Lock Step” kicks it up a considerable notch right from the beginning with a great thrash rock bit, and peaks with some nods to greats like Van Halen.
And that’s when things got weird…. After listening to the first couple of minutes of “Black Brubeck,” I had to stop and walk away from my computer before going back to it to give it a second listen. This song shifts gears so frequently; I’ll try to sum it up like this:
prog metal –> banjo country –> stoner –> prog metal –> Mastodon (or something) > black metal for four seconds… it just keeps going. The scary part about this is that it actually works, and the transitions themselves don’t feel labored or forced in the least.
“God Sized Shadow” is probably their least complicated tune, and keeps to a dark, melodic, almost psychedelic-rock vibe before it launches the listener into almost rock opera-style heights in “The Heart and the Feather.” The song dips and climbs dynamically so well that it feels like the song structure of a Symphony X song. And speaking of Symphony X, track six “Hideous Appetite” has all the makings of a SX track without actually being SX.
The album ends with “Lead Elephant” which is without a doubt the darkest track on the record, along the lines of “God Sized Shadow,” just with more lead and elephant to it.
To put it simply, these guys are masterful songwriters and would probably make a killing doing more straightforward music, but instead they’re gracing us with their spastic talents and we are all the more blessed for it.
Written by Paul Ablaze
*edited by Kate Erickson