Byfist - Adrenalin - 2002 Demo - Reviewed by Nailer
1. Eternal Damnation 2. Meltdown 3. Left to Die 4. Mary Celeste
It's good to hear that metal is still alive in the U.S. Byfist reminds me of when metal was starting to branch out into early thrash and the raw guitar sound is very reminiscent of Metallica's "Kill 'em All". Vikk Real's vocals sound a bit flat to me at times like on the chorus of the first number, but damn can he hit the high range notes which I preferred. All the dogs in my neighborhood perked up and looked toward my house when "Meltdown" stared. The first three numbers don't quite make it to the level of the top 80's thrash bands like Anthrax and Megadeth, but "Mary Celeste", which is a true story about a crewless, pristine ship found floating in the Atlantic, is a good, solid effort. Going by the demo only, Byfist needs some work to move from a B-level to an A-level product. A bigger issue may be whether or not their style is still relevant to today's market. If Byfist can continue to improve their sound and perform on the level of the last track, then they should be able to create their own audience.