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There’s a new gang in town. They’re tough and tight-knit, and they’re not taking any prisoners. Bringing together acclaimed Symphony X singer Russell Allen, former Dream Theater and Avenged Sevenfold drum virtuoso Mike Portnoy, and Sonic Stomp shred extraordinaire Mike Orlando, Adrenaline Mob is a musical mafia of the highest order.
On their full-length debut, Omerta, the group cranks out one bruising hard rock anthem after another. Songs like the
first single “Undaunted” and “Hit the Wall” hijack the right level of instrumental intricacy and taut technicality while grooving and moving fluidly. At the same time, “Angel Sky” takes flight on a massive lead and heavenly refrain. Given the band members’ respective pedigrees selling millions of albums and performing for sold out crowds globally, fans everywhere will soon be taking the vow of Omerta in their honor.
For years, Allen and Portnoy knew that they’d eventually work together. After Portnoy handpicked Symphony X to play
on Megadeth’s Gigantour in 2005, the two became fast friends. Then, Portnoy insisted that Symphony X tour Europe
with Dream Theater in 2007. During that jaunt, the idea of jamming percolated.

“In the back of my mind, I always knew I’d love to be in a rock band with Portnoy because neither of us had done that
previously,” reveals Allen with a smile. “I watched Dream Theater every night, and I thought,
‘This guy is a rock drummer in a prog band!’ He never failed to steal the show, and his energy was infectious.
I was inspired by it.” Similarly, Portnoy was watching Allen closely while they were on the road. “Doing something together was inevitable,” he affirms. “This is better than I ever imagined though.”
In 2010, Allen was recording his second solo outing with Orlando. However, the guitarist had an entire
arsenal of songs he’d been working on for years. He shared them with Allen, and it proved to be a perfect fit for
the vocalist. They needed a drummer though, so Allen sent Portnoy an email with some of the tracks.
After 30 seconds of listening, he was in.

“This is a new band with a new sound and a new beginning,” declares Portnoy. “Forget what everyone has done in
the past. I’ll cherish and look back on my 25 years in Dream Theater with great pride, but it’s time for me to begin
this next chapter. It’s similar to how Foo Fighters gave Dave Grohl a fresh start. That’s how I look at it.”
As Orlando puts it, “the chemistry was instant”, and the trio released their self-titled five-song EP in 2011 and hit
the road with Godsmack. Quickly, fans embraced their sound, and a following slowly developed as the outfit tirelessly
toured. Simultaneously, they were finalizing what would become Omerta. “Undaunted” is the perfect introduction to the album. Driven by Orlando’s irresistible riffing, the tune is tailor-made for a beatdown. It wouldn’t be out of place at UFC fight or during your favorite action movie. “That’s our fight song,” grins Orlando. “You can picture someone walking into the ring ready to knock their opponent out. It was a no-brainer once everyone got together. We put it together in one night.”

Allen adds, “That song is about facing your fears. If you’re going to take on anything in life, you can’t be afraid.
Whether it’s a real dude or a problem like addiction, you’ve got to stand toe-to-toe up there and slug it out.
When you can do that, you are truly undaunted and can achieve anything.”
On the other end of the spectrum, “Indifferent” unveils a level of vulnerability and diversity within Adrenaline Mob’s
songwriting. “That song is near and dear to me,” says Orlando. “It’s about looking back on life and your mistakes.
We’re all a little indifferent—at least we crazy musicians are. It’s a reflection song.”
The singer shares that sentiment. “If anything, it’s the flip side of ‘Undaunted’. It’s a strange feeling to compromise
when you’re struggling or fighting. However, sometimes you have to walk away. Life goes on, and that’s the message.”

Adrenaline Mob allows each of these individuals to expand in his own right. For Portnoy, it was an opportunity to
rock out—and he certainly did. “I wanted to give the songs the bounce they needed,” he exclaims, “I learned a lot
about that ‘bounce’ during my time recording and touring with Avenged Sevenfold. I wanted to bring that to
Adrenaline Mob. People can feel these songs live.”
Allen had the chance to expand lyrically as well, especially on a song like “All On The Line”. It’s an honest and open
heavy ballad that illuminates the band’s songwriting prowess. “That song was written in one day at my studio,” adds Allen. “I got to pull back and show a different side of myself. I was excited to speak my mind. I got to tell it like it is with the lyrics, and Adrenaline Mob has really found magic in that honesty.”

Band Members Information:
Mike Portnoy:
Mike is the founding member of Dream Theater and is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world.
During his 25 years with Dream Theater, he has sold over ten million CDs/DVDs and has sold out venues all over the world. He was responsible for co-writing almost all of the music in the band’s catalogue as well as a large portion of the lyrics. Prior to his departure, Mike had co-produced 6 of the band’s studio albums and 4 live albums, and directed all of their live DVDs. He also maintained the band’s archives, putting together every one of the band’s 22 “Official Bootleg” releases and 12 “Fan Club” releases. In 2010, Mike teamed up with Avenged Sevenfold after their drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan passed away. The Rev had often cited Portnoy as his biggest influence and Mike thought it would be a fitting tribute to help the band out in their time of need. He recorded with Avenged Sevenfold on their massively successful album, Nightmare (which won the “Album of the Year” at the Golden God Awards), and remained on the road with them throughout 2010. Mike’s long list of Awards include 26 Modern Drummer Magazine Reader’s Poll Awards including Hall of Fame Inductee in 2004, MVP of the Year in 2010, Best Progressive Rock Drummer
(for the magazine’s record of 12 years in a row), Best Clinician (twice), Best Educational Video/DVD for Liquid Drum Theater, and Best Recorded Performance of the Year (7 times) for Dream Theater’s Awake, A Change of Seasons,
Falling Into Infinity, Scenes From A Memory, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Score and Avenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare. He also holds the distinction being the 2nd youngest drummer ever inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. In 2011, he also won Drum! Magazine’s Drummer of the Year Award as well as Revolver’s Golden God Drummer of the Year Award.
Russell Allen:
Russell is the lead singer for Prog-Metal band Symphony X. Founded in 1994, Symphony X received considerable attention within the progressive metal community. They’ve released many albums and toured all over the world. They also achieved more commercial success with the 2007 album Paradise Lost. Their latest release, Iconoclast debuted at number 76 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States, selling more than 7,300 copies in its first week. The record also debuted at number 7 on the Top Hard Rock Chart, number 19 on the Top Rock Chart and number 13 on the Top Independent Chart. The album showcases the highest chart position and the most first-week sales in the band’s history.
Mike Orlando:
Mike is a well-respected guitarist best known for his technical style and awe-inspiring speed. He has released two
successful instrumental guitar albums, Sonic Stomp and Sonic Stomp 2 and has enjoyed sold-out shows all over
the world. Tracks from Sonic Stomp 2 are featured on the popular Rock Band video game.
A master of his instrument, the gear he plays on is hugely important to him. Mike has been honored by some of his
favorite equipment companies with several signature models including the Mike Orlando signature Shredneck and the
Rocktron Mike Orlando signature wah pedal.
John Moyer:
John has handled the bass and back-up vocal duties for the multi-platinum rock band Disturbed since 2004, joining the band prior to their third studio album, Ten Thousand Fists, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 and sold over a million copies. Disturbed has sold over 11 million albums worldwide and has had four consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200. In 2008, their song, Inside the Fire, received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. In Disturbed, John has toured the world selling out shows as an arena and festival headliner. Before joining Disturbed, John was part of the hard rock bands The Union Underground and Soak. John is also the owner/director of Natural Ear Music, a rock school for kids, based in Austin, TX. He has a bass instructional video through Rock House method. John plays on his signature Havoc basses that he co-designed with BC Rich and has a line of practice amps and speaker cabinets with Kustom Amplification.


RockBoy: *Band Score 8.5/10*
For BeRock Radio MiniZine (2012)

Release Year:2012
       
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