Like zombies with a taste for flesh
Adrenechrome is a quartet of heavy metal monsters set upon the world with an appetite to bring back good old fashion in your face, no-frills rock n’ roll. The early spring of 2010 saw the formation of Adrenechrome in their hometown of Orillia, Ontario. The four horsemen consisted of Chris “Chutty” Friesen – ripping riffs and furious lead vocals, Timmay Kehoe – stinging guitar and haunting background vocals, Matt Copeland – god of thundering drums operatic harmony vocals and Mike Van Dyke – dark lord of the rumbling, gut-busting bass. All members shared the same love of heavy metal greats like Pantera, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Metallica and the new fresh sounds of Mastodon, High on Fire and Children of Bodom. It wasn’t long and summer saw the boys tearing it up for audiences around Ontario, showcasing their blistering all original set and becoming tighter every step of the way. Sonn, Ontario alone couldn’t handle the roaring beast, Adrenechrome had to unleash it’s fury outside the province and headed east to Ottawa and Montreal to give the francophones a stiff shot of old-school meets new school metal offerings, true Adrenechrome style. Their 1st tour was a smelly success, with the boys finding their road leg’s quite nicely. So now as they spread like Ebola across the country and internet [and soon the world] these harried road warriors will continue to unleash sonic mayhem, liquefying the guts and minds of any man, woman, animal, mineral and vegetable within earshot.
HMA: Welcome Adrenechrome to Heavy Music Artwork. What are the “Tales from Adrenechrome”?
Matt Copeland: ‘Tales’ are a collection of stories and songs we had put together beginning in the summer of 2014. Stories of woe and wonder.
HMA: What was the songwriting and recording process like? Any impediments or highlights worth mentioning?
MC: The writing process went pretty smooth for this one. Once we had all the forms down we rehearsed as much as humanly possible so we were tight as hell for the studio. As for the recording process, it went amazing if not better than that. Dave Sheldon (Exes for Eyes) the man who mixed and mastered the album for us was super easy to work with and made the whole process nothing but fun.
HMA: Any songs that stick out the perfectly represent Adrenechrome to new listeners and fans alike?
MC: I’d definitely have to say it’s a toss-up between Titan’s Fall from our previous record ‘Hideous Appetites and God-Sized Shadow’ from our new record ‘Tales..’I think these tunes represent exactly what we’re trying to put forth as a band.
HMA: Do you feel the artwork is a good representation of your music?
MC: With the last one and especially with the new record I think the artwork totally represents what we’re all about as people and players alike. The artwork on our first record ‘Hideous Appetites’ was done by our guitarist Timmay Kehoe and the album’s art was done by our very dear friend Kartigan ‘Clown Baby’ from Toronto. He doesn’t beautiful work and we could not be more pleased with the outcome.
HMA: Who made the cover and what directions were given to the artist/designer?
MC: As I was saying before our good friend Kartigan (Clownbaby) did the artwork on ‘Tales…’ and we fell in love with it immediately. He had a few different ideas before this one that we were all for as well. But, when he came at us with the comic book style design we knew that was the one we’d go for. He is an unreal artist with many different styles and he’s worked with a lot of our friend’s bands as well. I’d recommend him and his services to anyone and we’re happy to call him a friend.
HMA: The cover album for ‘Hideous Appetites’ is interesting, could you tell us more about the music and of course the album cover?
MC: Timmay had come up with the concept from the ‘Hideous Appetites’ album cover along with our guitarist Chris Friesen. We thought it was perfect for our debut release. As for the music, those were songs we had in the barrel for a little over 2 years that we had worked on non-stop since then. Because of that, I think it came across very confident and strong as debut release for us.
HMA: Inspirations that have made it to record; perhaps music, art or book worth mentioning?
MC: As far as Kartigan’s inspirations, you’d have to talk to him. But, Timmay has always been into comic books and cartoon-style art and to be honest we all share a love for that. Not sure what the next album cover will bring. But, I can almost guarantee you’re in for a treat.
Interview by Alex Milazzo – Copyright 2015 © Heavy Music Artwork. All rights reserved.