ADRENALINE MOB, the new band featuring former DREAM THEATER/AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer Mike Portnoy, SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP), bassist Paul DiLeo and STUCK MOJO/FOZZY axeman Rich Ward, has posted audio samples from its upcoming debut album on the group’s Facebook page (you must “like” the page in order to hear the samples).
ADRENALINE MOB will make its live debut on Friday, June 24 at The Hiro Ballroom (16th Street and 9th Avenue) in New York City. The group will play songs from its upcoming CD as well as a few classic covers.
In a March 2011 interview, Russell described ADRENALINE MOB as “a straight-up rock band with just rock songs — kind of like an edgy, modern kind of sound. It’s not progressive or trying to be too metal or anything — it’s just good, old crunchy rock stuff.” He added, “I think it will be really well received by people who like to hear that kind of stuff. This is a new thing for Portnoy and myself, too. I’ve always done kind of done stuff with AYREON, but that’s more of a vintage-y vibe, but nothing like this, which is kind of modern-sounding, almost like ROB ZOMBIE meets BLACK LABEL SOCIETY meets DISTURBED, [but] with [Ronnie James] Dio singing. It’s all this kind of craziness. So it’s definitely different and it’s cool.”
Speaking to MetalSymphony.com, Orlando stated about ADRENALINE MOB, “This band is not in the vein of SYMPHONY X or DREAM THEATER. It’s more along the lines of, say, ROB ZOMBIE, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, SHINEDOWN… with Russell‘s absolute pipes from hell and Mike just outright killing it on the kit. The guitar is really rocking and has some pretty insane moments, but it’s a song-oriented band and that’s the most important aspect before anything.” He continued, “Russell and I have an amazing writing chemistry together and he is one of my closest and dearest friends. It’s an absolute pleasure to work with such a great talent as Russell on every level.’ He added, “Mike is just unbelievable. His playing is beyond words at times. He’s the utmost professional musician but also one of the nicest and coolest guys I have ever met and played with. It’s an honor to call him my bandmate, to say the least, and I look forward to ripping it up every night out there with Mike and Russ and the guys!”