|Review: Screamer - Adrenaline Distractions|
Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 18, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4.13/5 (82.5%) (16 Votes)
The NWOBHM may have died out in the late 80s but its spirit lives on in other places around the world. Scandinavia has always produced some great late 80s-inspired Heavy Metal, notably Sweden's Enforcer and now Adrenaline Distractions, the debut from another Swedish band, Screamer. A lot of bands have tried to recapture the sound and feel of the past, with varying results, but Screamer is the real deal.
Beginning with a typically 80s band name and carrying through with some, let's be honest, cheesy cover art, Screamer spare no detail. Adrenaline Distractions is full of simple, high energy Heavy Metal with galloping bass, twin guitars, catchy choruses and lyrics about the Metal lifestyle, and only a modern, clean production to hint at its 21st century origins. Songs like "Can You Hear Me," "Rock Bottom" and the speedy, ass-kicking title track are throw-your-fists-in-the air anthems. No one performance stands out above the others, but the whole band meshes well. There are some weaker tracks, like "Keep On Walking" and "I Know," but that just adds to the NWOBHM authenticity, as a lot of those "classic" albums had filler as well. They aren't bad songs, just not great.
This is the kind of Heavy Metal that brought me into the fold back in the 80s and it is still a pleasure to hear today, when done right. And Screamer do it right. If all the songs were as good as the first 4-5, Adrenaline Distractions would be a monster. Regardless, a must hear for fans of the 80s/NWOBHM. Break out the air guitars.
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