Adrenaline 101 - 'Twelve Step Program' (STF Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Phelps   
Sunday, 28 March 2010 06:10

adrenaline101Think of Switzerland and I guess many of you will be conjuring up images of snow capped mountains, purple cows, and streams of white chocolate flowing down lush green hills. Or if you're Dan Spitz then I guess cuckoo clocks.


Hard rock and metal isn't usually forefront in most people's thoughts about a place commonly regarded to be the epicentre of European tranquillity. Granted, there have been a couple of big names to break out of the winter wonderland over the years; Krokus, Celtic Frost and Gotthard would be first of most people's lips. But if you find yourself waking up Screaming In The Night that you simply just don't have enough Swiss bliss in your collection of rawk then rest easy because Adrenaline 101 have just cooked up a debut album that will deliver a much needed shot in the arm to all lovers of Zurich 'n' Roll

Having played as support to artists as varied as funk lord Glenn Hughes to sleaze messiahs Backyard Babies, Adrenaline 101 embrace a style of rock free from the restraints of musical pigeonholing and with 'Twelve Step Program' rustle up a stock pot of rock with plenty of flavour. A pinch of Danko Jones with the rock out strut of 'In The Mix' and a slice of early Clawfinger topping off 'Push Comes To Shove', they're clearly not afraid to write and play whatever they like and to hell with any labelling. 

Frontman Delon Cyclon may well have a name that makes him look like a dyslexic vacuum cleaner but he has a voice undeniably capable of carrying his vocals through both the light of 'Brand New Day' and the shadows of 'Fistful Of Hate' in a style somewhere between Dave Grohl and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor, spitting out lyrical bullets on 'Flush Nights' then delivering some finely structured melodies with both power and finesse on ballad 'When I'm Gone'. Elsewhere, the radio friendly, straight laced rock of 'Golden Frame' and 'Your Touch' display a more commercial edge with Cyclon giving a cleaner, almost Tyson Ritter like sound to his vocals. A couple of fine tracks that would seem right at home in any movie scene revolving around a convertible, a sunset and a dusty highway, and again showing the vocal dexterity at 101's disposal. 

At its heart this is a hard rock album for hard rock fans not afraid to mix it up a bit from time to time. Self recorded and self produced 'Twelve Step Program' is an album straight from Adrenaline 101s own vision and being so makes it one that is free from compromise. Thunder come to mind, a band that were well attuned to mixing up the styles with ease and frequency. Adenaline 101 are cut from the same stone and, while they're are never gonna fill the void left by Thunder's departure from the rock scene, they're clearly moving in the right direction and given the right exposure could build themselves quite a faithful following among people who put their music first and image second.