Sound — 8
Adrenaline Mob is a metal supergroup featuring former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy (who laid down The Rev's drum parts on A7X's "Nightmare" and was their touring drummer for awhile) and Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen. Adrenaline Mob also features guitarists Mike Orlando (who is a solo artist and has worked with Zakk Wylde and Bumblefoot) and Rich Ward (Fozzy, Stuck Mojo), and bassist Paul DiLeo. They released a self-titled EP earlier this year that containted four originals and a cover of the Black Sabbath classic "The Mob Rules" (it fits considering the name of this band). Since the two most prominent members of AM (Portnoy and Allen) are from legendary prog-metal bands, you might expect Adrenalinb Mob to be another prog-metal project for them. This is where you would be wrong. Adrenaline Mob is an "old-school heavy metal band" as Portnoy describes it. Their sound is very traditional, with a lot of Black Label Society-esque riffing (Mike Orlando wrote most of the songs on this EP). I'm not going to spend too much time describing each song in detail, since this is just an EP (the debut full-length will come next year). Instead, I'm going to post a YouTube link to each song and describe each song a little bit. 1. "Down To The Floor" There is noise at the beginning that comes from an auto race. It fits with the lyrics, which are about auto racing. The song itself has a very Motorhead feel to it. 2. "Pyschosane" This song feels kind of Disturbed and Sevendust-ish. The lyrics are about a serial killer. 3. "Hit The Wall" This song is very reminescent of 80's Black Sabbath. 4. "Believe Me" Very Sevendust-ish. Groove-oriented. 5. "The Mob Rules" Just the Black Sabbath song with the Adrenaline Mob sound.
Lyrics — 8
Russell Allen is God. Seriously, he is. His singing style in Adrenaline Mob is harsher than his singing in Symphony X, but he pulls off both styles with ease. His singing in Andrenaline Mob is a mixture of Dio, Zakk Wylde and Phil Aselmo. The lyrics are also different. Whereas a lot of Symphony X's lyrics are fantasy-based, Russell Allen sings lyrics about relatable life issues in AM. "Hit The Wall" is about frustration, "Down To The Floor" is about auto racing, "Believe Me" is about telling someone to believe in you (hence the title), and "Psychosane" is about a serial killer.
Overall Impression — 8
For an EP, it's very nice. The sound is mostly traditional hard rock/metal. You can hear a myriad of influences. It's not the greatest debut ever, not even close. But, if you like hard rock or traditional metal, you should definitely give Adrenaline Mob a listen. Your ears will be happy.