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Adrenaline Mob: Adrenaline Mob EP

Mike Portnoy is certainly a busy boy; he was defiantly the kid that fidgeted in class not able to stay quiet for a second. His third band in less than three years sees him collaborating with Russell Allen, Mike Orlando with Paul DiLeo on Bass and Fozzy axe grinder Rich Ward. A five song E.P this is certainly very different to anything he's done before, Allen's vocals are powerful and are true Rock/Metal pipes spouting some vocals Coverdale wishes he could remember. The songs are pure Hard Rock with more emphasis on the Hard, the guitar solos are ripping up the fret board and will have grown men throwing shapes around their living rooms. 'Believe Me', 'Down to The Floor' and an excellent cover of Dio era Black Sabbaths 'Mob Rules' are delivered with a driving passion and force with an emphasis on just playing good old Hard Rock / Metal. Adrenaline Mob is just foot down rock from the get go and doesn't pretend to be anything else, excellent effort let's hope it continues to develop further into a strong stable band.

Track listing:-
01. Psychosane
02. Believe Me
03. Hit The Wall
04. Down To The Floor
05. The Mob Rules

Added: January 2nd 2012
Reviewer: Mark Davies
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2478
Language: english

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Adrenaline Mob: Adrenaline Mob EP
Posted by Jeff B, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-08-22 13:26:03
My Score:

Despite the fact that this EP features members of legendary prog metal acts like Dream Theater and Symphony X, the music on Adrenaline Mob's debut release is far from anything we've come to expect from these progressively-inclined musicians. Groovy riffs, commanding vocals, and an old-school heavy metal attitude are the name of the game here, and if you're expecting anything even mildly prog-oriented, prepare for the disappointment of a lifetime. This relatively short EP brings groove-oriented thrash metal acts like Pantera to mind, and Russell Allen's raw vocal delivery sounds remarkably like the late Ronnie James Dio - his powerful singing style suits the music perfectly and all four instrumentalists are also clearly talented, without ever showing off with flashy solos and long instrumental runs. The grooves on this album are just so infectious, and songs like "Believe Me" and "Hit the Wall" contain some of the most powerful metal riffing you'll hear this year. Adrenaline Mob's take on Black Sabbath's classic "The Mob Rules" is also exceptionally well done, and the whole 22-minute EP is powerful and effective.

Adrenaline Mob may not have broken many boundaries with this debut EP, but their style of groove-oriented heavy metal is sure to please fans of the genre. And, of course, when it's this professionally-crafted, there's very little not to like. If you're in search of some throwback metal that isn't all too challenging, this EP is an easy recommendation. I'd say 3.5 stars are fair here. I'd like to see a bit more variation and originality on Adrenaline Mob's future efforts, but this is generally an excellent debut release that is sure to make plenty of waves throughout the metal community.

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