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Adrenaline Mob EP
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Adrenaline Mob
Adrenaline Mob EP
2011
Heavy Metal
Mark Balogh
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Rating:
3.5 Stars

ADRENALINE MOB is the latest of what seems like a new “supergroup” trend that is emerging on the hard rock/metal scene these days (ie: CHICKENFOOT, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION). The most high profile member of this “supergroup” would have to be drummer extraordinaire Mike Portnoy (ex-DREAM THEATER) but the group has some other well-known (and a couple not so well-known) names onboard too. Rounding out the lineup is singer Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), guitarists Rich Ward (FOZZY) and Mike Orlando and bassist Paul DiLeo (JOE LYNN TURNER band, etc).

 

After performing their debut show in NYC back in June of this year (see link for the concert review here on RockEyez) the band are set to release their first recording with an EP of four original songs and one classic metal cover. The EP opens with the aggressive and abrasive “Psychosane”. The track is rooted in full-on straight-ahead metal territory with a few modern influences thrown in. I can’t say I’m totally sold on the somewhat silly vocals that lead into the solo (“going psycohsane / mutherfuckin’ psychosane”) as it makes the band sound like they are trying a tad bit to hard to show you not to fuck with this particular Mob. Russell Allen is in fine voice otherwise and Mike Orlando shows his prowess right off the bat on the solo as he shreds big time and the song has a guitar riff reminiscent of the late “Dimebag” Darrell (PANTERA) throughout.

 

“Believe Me” keeps the aggressive mood going as the song has a similar modern metal feel just like the opener but this time the band incorporates a bit more melody and it makes for a touch more accessible tune. Orlando continues to shine as he shows he can shred with the best (and fastest) of them!

 

“Hit The Wall” is yet another shred-fest with Orlando taking the song into PANTERA territory again. In fact I’d say a good point of reference when thinking of the bands sound would be early PANTERA mixed with classic metal and even a little thrash and modern metal sound thrown in for good measure.

 

On “Down To The Floor” the band hits their stride, as the song is strong in all aspects; from the powerful bottom end sound laid down by Portnoy and DiLeo to the great vocals of Allen and fine guitar work from Orlando and Ward. The song reminds a bit of JUDAS PRIEST at times but is all ADRENALINE MOB and is an early favorite of mine.

 

To close the EP the BLACK SABBATH classic “Mob Rules” gets the A MOB treatment, as it is a tad more aggressive but down pretty faithfully. Overall this is a decent first offering from the band but I’d like to hear a bit more variety in their sound. Possibly a full-length record would offer that but if you are a fan of any of the bands mentioned in the review you then would most likely appreciate what ADRENALINE MOB has to offer.


Band Lineup:
  • Russell Allen Lead Vocals
  • Mike Orlando Guitars
  • Mike Portnoy Drums
  • Rich Ward Guitars
  • Paul DiLeo - Bass

 

Track Listing:
  1. Psychosane
  2. Believe Me
  3. Hit The Wall
  4. Down On The Floor
  5. Mob Rules (Black Sabbath cover)

 





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