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Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Videos with tags , , , , , , on October 26, 2012 by Randy


Oct 26 BADA BREW w/ Viasava Crest Hill, IL

Oct 27 Cheers w/ Viasava South Bend, IN

Oct 30 The Foundry w/ Viasava Lakewood, OH

Nov 01 Uli’s Haus of Rock w/ Viasava Lansing, MI

Nov 02 Planet Rock w/ Viasava Battle Creek, MI

Nov 03 Beale Street Live w/ Viasava Indianapolis, IN

Nov 04 The Rutledge w/ Viasava Nashville, TN

Nov 07 The Legendary Dobbs w/ Viasava Philadelphia, PA

Nov 08 Rock Junction w/ Viasava Coventry, RI

Nov 09 The Room w/ Viasava Brookfield, CT

Nov 10 Gullifty’s w/ Viasava Camp Hill, PA

Nov 11 Ollie’s Point w/ Viasava Amityville, NY

Nov 12 Bogie’s w/ Viasava Albany, NY

Nov 13 Reverb w/ Viasava Reading, PA

Nov 14 The Drunk Horse Pub w/ Viasava Fayetteville, NC

Nov 15 Ground Zero w/ Viasava Spartanburg, SC

Nov 16 Wild Bill’s w/ Viasava Duluth, GA


Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases, Videos with tags , , , , , , , on August 23, 2012 by Randy


With over ten years experience playing in the south Florida rock scene, the members of DAYBREAK EMBRACE are no strangers to pleasing crowds with their edgy brand of soulful hard rock.  Pulling influences from multiple genres, D.E. strives to make music that showcases meaningful lyrics against a musical backdrop of raw energy.

Having released their debut EP, Tomorrow Awaits, in 2012, DAYBREAK EMBRACE has now set their sights on touring and bringing their creative blend of aggression and soul to the masses.



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.

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