Powerhouse – ‘Adrenaline’   3 comments

From Albuquerque, New Mexico, founded on April 16th, 2016, Powerhouse began life as a covers band, paying homage to such bands as Judas Priest and Metallica. From this inspiration, came their 1st original track, ‘Through The Ringer’. After numerous name changes, the band name ‘Powerhouse’ was agreed on.

Their debut show was performed on June 23rd, 2016, at ‘The Co-Op’, where they opened for Act Of Defiance, in their hometown. This led to the rapid growth of their reputations in the industry and the line-up was completed, a few weeks later.

Their live performances increased, including tracks which soon became crowd favourites, eg ‘Crush ‘Em’. In December 2016, they became a 4 piece again and began producing an EP. The 5 track creation, entitled ‘Adrenaline’, was recorded in April 2017.

Following more band departures, ‘Adrenaline’ was released on July 21st, 2017. It’s sold over 100 copies internationally, so far. At the point of ‘Adrenaline”s release, only 1 band member was left, but by the autumn of 2017, the line-up was complete again. In the intervening time, 3 new tracks have been written and a single is planned for January 2018. Powerhouse continues on, with renewed vigour and determination.

Heavier Than Thunder – Drumming intensity fuelled intro, joined in rapid succession, by impassioned riffs, grit filled, heavily enthused melodic vocals and a bass backdrop of matching intent. It’s a great rough, back to basics production; focused, solid and powered by catch and audibly fresh new energy. An impressive start, with the music as central focus.

Trigger Warning – Turning up the power and intensity, this has got a definite wow factor. Faster pace, higher volume, increased strength and a very visual aspect, heightening the whole feel, so much so, that it could easily be imagined as an action movie soundtrack. Get that hugely hungry power scream! If that doesn’t get you, I don’t know what will and it’s chased up by an immediately impacting, assertively performed riff and drum closing section. Memorable and again, impacting.

Project X – Slight tribal-esque beat to this drum intro and a racy, fast-paced vocal and riff section, following. That sound’s also slightly G’ N’ R’-esque and again, holds a real action emphasis, putting you in mind of a life-sized, adult version of Transformers and Power Rangers, combined. Some very tasty riffage, hugely sexual, enormously catchy and very real. Got to like the ‘Tallica-esque close, in homage to the ‘Ride The Lightning’ era and generally? It’s just fun, with a capital F.

Through The Ringer – Very ‘Coma’-esque intro there and now, things are really heating up, big time! Well harmonised and massively catchily melodic. Jam-packed with hooks that’ll have you melting in an instant and growing sharper and edgier, by the second. Party riffs and come to think of it, the whole thing’s got a party metal sound, overtaking the atmosphere and raising the mood, brilliantly. Some cleverly changing, quieter, nearing the edge of stop start drumming sections, creating the impression it’s fading out, before starting again, with the party sound and associated crazed instrumentals, till the end. Intelligently ‘Tallica-esque sense to that whole thing and ultimately, it’s just made to enjoy.

Crush ‘Em – Ace hardened drum and cymbal intro, rapidly moving straight into a riff extravaganza, followed by sensationally catchy vocals and getting right into a deeply involving, ecstatically conveyed performance of stunning levels of contagion. Infectious, fun filled, barrels of crowd favourite material, delivered with joyful ease and simplicity. Enjoyment rules here and that’s exactly as it should be.

Overall – The winning factor of the day here is the all-out enjoyment, so plain to hear and the way in which this basic, vital ingredient is emphasised. There’s a sound inherent in productions of this nature, which have been stripped back, to the bare essentials and deliberately avoided an over polished presentation and it’s one of sheer, unadulterated joy. That’s what’s audible here, in ‘Adrenaline’, as is the accompanying attitude, which says, ‘fuck everything else. This is about fun, enjoyment and pure, unrestricted freedom’. Many bands would do well to take a leaf out of Powerhouse’s book of metal wisdom and that outstanding element of fun is the reason ‘Adrenaline’ succeeds.

10/10 **********

For fans of melodic, heavy rock and metal, such as early G’N’R’, Slash, Duff Mckagan, Pantera, Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth and power metal, specifically.

https://powerhouseofficial.bandcamp.com
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Available now.

Posted November 27, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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