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Type: EP
Release Date: January 4th, 2019
Genre: Crossover, Hardcore, Punk
1. Adrenalin
2. Religion
3. Ihr Seid Der Feind
4. Tod Den Gotteskriegern

Review by Felix on September 10, 2019.

Some metal bands use EPs for (mainly strange) experiments and the metallic punks of OHL seem to think that this is a good idea. Adrenalin, the title track of this EP, has nothing in common with the usual approach of the Teutonic veterans. It's a melancholic track which would fit very well in a smoky bar at midnight. The bass guitar delivers the melody, the guitars seem to be borrowed by an average ska band. Deutscher W. presents philosophical lines and asks himself where the sun will sink on his last day. Well, probably in the West, but who knows? All in all, this might be an acceptable out-of-the-box song, but another example of their high-speed metal punk bastards would have been much better.

Nevertheless, I am happy that one of the 500 copies - exactly number 167 - has found its way into my flat, because the B side features the real OHL. Pretty fast rhythms, sharp guitars, clear contours and conventional song patterns deliver the real adrenaline. Partly menacing lines meet the well-hung dark scenarios of Deutscher W.'s lyrics. In particular "Ihr seid der Feind" shows the typical OHL way of proceeding in a very strong way. This song, as well as the closer, deals with the radical part of the Islam and this is still a delicate topic for a German band. But OHL have always made their point of view almost painfully clear and so it is only logical that the first track on the B side also deals with religious confusion.

In accordance with the last full-lengths, the sound relies on clarity, pressure and directness. OHL have found their sonic design and they know that it does not make sense to change the best. So, everything is fine with the second part of the EP? Well, honestly speaking I miss a song one can find on YouTube which originates from the recording session for Der Feind meines Feindes. Too bad that they ignored this song about Turkish propaganda again... On the other hand, this vinyl remains Erdogan-free - and this guy makes much bigger experiments with his country than all metal bands have ever done.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10