Adrenaline O.D. – Humungousfungusamongus

up_082304_adrenalineodI loved this band when they were around, and like the Cryptic Slaughter re-issues, this was a wise choice for Relapse because they were not appreciate as much as they should have been on their first pass through the scene. Adrenaline O.D. were very near the top of the Speed Punk/Crossover game. Mixing raging speed with punk sensibilities and a hearty sense of humor they brought the fun and energy of punk to meet the speed that at that time was much more a part of the metal scene. The vocals are a clean sort of sung yell, and the music driving with a melodic flavor. The tempos vary, but when the speed comes A.O.D. did it like few others of their day. There was a running argument one summer of my youth about who was faster, Cryptic Slaughter or Adrenaline O.D. the purchase of Napalm Death’s “From Enslavement To Obliteration” gave me the checkmate, but you get the idea. Let’s pause for a moment to ponder lovingly the intellectual wars that take place with a skateboard under your feet. There’s 19 track here from the original release, and 6 bonus tracks all of which are either TV theme songs or covers. I think bands like A.O.D. laid the frame work for bands like Stikky that followed, and if not laid the frame work than certainly belong mentioned along side them. In fact both Stikky and A.O.D. cover the Spiderman theme. – Scott

~ by scottsplatter on January 3, 2009.

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