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Adrenaline Mob: The Rock Tribune’s review by guest Dan Cartagena

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Reviews with tags , , , , on August 14, 2011 by Randy

Adrenaline Mob? Where did these guys come from? Where do I begin? First off, they are a five piece band of which most rock fans would know of at least two members. Russel Allen, vocalist from Symphony X, Fozzy/Stuck Mojo’s Rich Ward on rhythm guitar, the monstrous Mike Orlando on lead guitar, Paul Dileo on bass and the infamous Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy to complete the group. Sounds like a power house of a band…lets see how their EP holds up.

I listened to the first track titled, “Psychosane,” and I gotta admit these guys got some serious balls behind their music. The song is full of energy due to heavy riffs, mean drum fills, Russel Allen’s powerful vocals, and the tight low end. I was floored by the guitar solo from Mike Orlando which started off with a quick little scale into some blues flavored licks that finished off with a Michael Angelo Batio style run that blended perfectly into a talk box/wah section.  They threw some F-bombs in the lyrics which I thought were hilarious, but it definitely fit the song.  All in all, pretty bad ass first track.

As I continued listening, “Believe me” reminded me of a Disturbed style riff that moves straight into a very melodic chorus. This song seemed to have more elements involved than the previous track due to the melodic breakdown after the insane guitar solo. Russel Allen really shows off his range in this particular song with melodies in his higher register. The song ends with a bang as Mike Orlando finishes off with an incredibly difficult run, while Portnoy is throwing in as much double bass as possible to compliment the fast paced ending.

“Hit the Wall” definitely shows off Portnoy’s ability to grab the spotlight…that is until Mike Orlando comes in and steals it away with another fast paced guitar solo that incorporated sounds similar to an early nineties nintendo game. The verses in this song remind me of an Alice in Chains style structure, which was not in any of the two previous tracks. And, of course, they had to throw in a dirty, southern riff to give you that head banging ending.

For me, track 4 entitled “Down to the Floor,” didn’t really impress me after hearing the first three tracks. Seemed like too much of the same thing and nothing really stuck out that caught my ear. Gotta give Mike Orlando credit again on a rippin’ solo, but yea, didn’t really dig it too much. As for the last track, they pulled out an old Black Sabbath cover called “The Mob Rules.” They knocked this one out if you ask me. Russel Allen’s vocals reminded me exactly of Dio and couldn’t have complimented the song any better. Another mean solo in this song as well which came to no surprise after hearing the other songs. Black Sabbath would be proud.

After listening to the EP, I don’t think I’ve heard a band like this before. At first I thought I was listening to an old school 80s metal band until I heard the voice of Symphony X vocalist Russel Allen. His voice is incredibly powerful and adds this grungy, dirty, angry type of feel. He had this to say about the band:

“[Adrenaline Mob is] a straight-up rock band with just rock songs — kind of like an edgy, modern kind of sound… almost like Rob Zombie meets Black Label Society meets Disturbed, with Dio singing. So it’s definitely different and it’s cool.”

I think that description is pretty damn close to what I think about these guys. Being a musician myself, I always want to hear something new that impresses me and forces me to become a better player. These guys did just that. The guitar riffs are heavy, meaty, bluesy, grungy and metal all at the same time. The drums, played by the infamous Mike Portnoy, are perfectly syncopated with the guitars and the drum fills definitely have that Portnoy type of sound. The low end blends well and compliments the overall sound of the band. Mike Orlando rips a mean solo in every single track giving you that I-will-always-be-a-better-guitar-player-than-you type of feel. You need to keep your eye on these guys once their full length album is released.



Dan Cartagena is currently the lead guitarist for Miami’s own Daybreak Embrace.


Posted in Artist Watch, News with tags , , , on August 3, 2011 by Randy

Band To Hit The Road on First Ever Tour Starting August 14th 

Also Opening for Godsmack on Select Tour Stops

(New York, NY – August 2nd, 2011) – The hard rock music genre is finally getting a long overdue injection of aggression when Adrenaline Mob releases their self-titled debut EP on August 9th. The EP will available via iTunes as well as sold in physical form at the band’s upcoming shows and online store.  Self-produced by the band, Adrenaline Mob features 4 original tracks as well as a blistering cover of the Dio-era Black Sabbath classic, “The Mob Rules.”  From the opening riff of “Psychosane” through the over 6 minute epic sounding “Hit The Wall,” it is clear that Adrenaline Mob are inclass all their own as musicians.

“Releasing the EP gives fans around the world a chance to get a taste of the Mob NOW without having to wait until the full length album comes out at the beginning of next year,” states Portnoy.

Comprised of some of rock music’s most notable faces and names, one thing Adrenaline Mob is not is a side project.  The band is made up of the powerful and soaring vocals of Russell Allen, the shredding guitar attack of Mike Orlando and the rock solid rhythm playing of Rich Ward, the drivingbass groove of Paul DiLeo and the legendary drumming of Mike Portnoy.

Hot on the heels of the release of Adrenaline Mob, the band will be heading out on their first ever headline tour on August 14th, which runs through mid-September. The tour kicks off in Allentown, PA and will be making stops in various markets including Chicago, Denver and San Francisco to name a few. A live video of the band performing“The Mob Rules” from their debut live show can be viewed here and is approaching 120,000 views since it was put up a month ago.  The band has also been tapped to open for Godsmack on select dates of their upcoming tour.

Adrenaline Mob formed in 2011 when Orlandoapproached Allen with some song ideas.  Allen and Orlando refined those ideas at which time Allen reached out to long-time friend Portnoy to see if he had any interest in playing with them.  Portnoy jumped on-board and soon thereafter, DiLeo and Ward were recruited to join the family.  From the very first note, the chemistry was apparent and the beast that is known as Adrenaline Mob was born.

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