When it comes to supergroups, one may think of side projects such as Velvet Revolver, Heaven and Hell, or Audioslave. While all of these groups are very well known and influential, there is a new project in town that is sure to impress hard rock and heavy metal lovers. Adrenaline Mob is the latest project to hit the scene, with drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Transatlantic/Avenged Sevenfold), singer Russell Allen (Symphony X), guitarist and solo artist Mike Orlando, as well as bassist John Moyer of Disturbed.
In August 2011, the band had released their self titled EP, featuring five tracks that just scream “heavy metal”, including a cover of Black Sabbath’s “The Mob Rules”. Listeners were automatically anticipating the release of their full-length album Omerta, released on March 13th, 2012.
Omerta is an eleven track album, which includes four of the tracks from their self titled EP. The opening track “Undaunted” brings a sense of powerful dominance to the listener. Using the EP as a reference, I was expecting a record that was 100% heavy the entire way through. However, tracks such as “All On The Line” and the ballad “Angel Sky” and “Indifferent” are slower tunes that stay true to the rock and roll element and contain potential for commercial success. Though “The Mob Rules” was not included on this album, a cover of Duran Duran’s “Come Undone” was. As a track that has been covered multiple times, this version was definitely unique. The album concludes with “Freight Train”, which ties the album together, but leaves you asking for more.
Each member brings their own degree of professionalism to the table with each and every track. Russell Allen’s rough vocals and the influence of Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold are evident throughout every track on the album. Adrenaline Mob are a quadruple threat, and Omerta is definitely not the last we’ll hear from them.
You can visit Adrenaline Mob’s website here. Omerta is now available on iTunes and at Best Buy.