"Adrenaline" (Self-produced; 2002)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Byfist's EP, "Adrenaline," is a true metal band for those who appreciate the old-school sound and wish it hadn't ever gone the way of dinosaurs. "Adrenaline" packs a wallop in its four tracks. I felt like I was being transported back in time when I heard these four songs in their tight, true metal style.

The band has the '80s metal sound down pat. Nothing too fancy, nothing too simple. The dual guitar attack is pure metal and the rhythm section keeps a solid beat adding flourishes only when needed. And I'm not afraid to say that vocalist Danny Fonseca sounds like a classic true metal vocalist and hell, he even sounds a little David Mustaine in certain instances.

"Eternal Damnation" is a classic true metal rocker. Remember what I said about being transported back in time? When you hear this you'll know what I mean. "Meltdown" reminded me of Judas Priest - nothing more, nothing less. "Left To Die," with more of an early-era thrash sound sounded cool and had a Jag Panzer feel to it. And "Mary Celeste" had me recalling more Judas Priest sounding material - not that there's anything wrong with that.

"Adrenaline" didn't totally kick my ass, but it was a nice swift boot to my posterior. I'll be sure to throw "Adrenaline" in with a mix of my favorite '80s styled heavy metal when I'm feeling nostalgic.

Fans of Overlorde, Attacker, Lizzy Borden, Saxon, and Judas Priest will appreciate Byfist's style and approach.

"Adrenaline" was produced by David Wayne (ex-Metal Church).

Byfist is Danny Fonseca on vocals, Davey Lee on lead guitar, Notch Vara on guitars, Jay Wegener on bass, and Jess Vara on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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