|Posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:15 PM|
Adrenaline Mob – Men of Honor
Written by Dave Smiles
If you’re a metal fan and you haven’t heard of Adrenaline Mob then you should be ashamed of yourself. This supergroup came together in 2011witth vocalist Russell Allen from Symphony X, guitarist Mike Orlando and ex Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy; the line-up was soon complete with the addition of Paul Di Leo and Rich Ward from Fozzy, both of whom would leave due to scheduling conflicts with their main band. John Moyer from Disturbed would take the place as bass player, while the position of rhythm guitarist would remain empty as the band continued with Mike Orlando undertaking all guitar duties. Another loss to the band due to scheduling conflicts would be founder Mike Portnoy. The position of drummer would be taken by A. J. Pero from Twisted Sister.
Now, if those names, from a few different styles of metal, aren’t enough to whet your appetite, let’s get down to what’s important - The music. In this case the band couldn’t have a more fitting name, the music has the impact to get the adrenaline pumping, and throughout the line-up changes the band always sounds tight and focused; taking the ‘band as a gang’ mentality.
Adrenaline Mob kick off the release of their second album Men of Honor with two tracks, Mob is Back and Come on Get Up, which could easily be used to promote a WWE Pay Per View. The ‘lead the charge, in your face, kick some ass’ metal takes the listener along to crush all who stand in their way, but never without consideration for melody and song craft. While still packing a punch, these songs are perfectly suited for rock radio and would get a stadium of fans on their feet.
In the track, Come on Get Up, Russell Allen states ‘stop acting like a bitch and grow some balls.’ The band takes their own advice on the laid back tracks like Behind These Eyes and Crystal Clear. All too often a band will start a song off with an acoustic passage only to give way to the bombastic approach for which they’re know for, while this is cool, it’s nice to see a band with enough confidence in their song writing and performance skills to maintain a slow tempo throughout, and the lyrical contents of the songs certainly maintain the heaviness for which the band is becoming known for.
Feel the Adrenaline is a cool homage to rock radio. House of Lies is a killer all out rocker with lyrics that would make Gene Simmons proud. The album closer, Falling to Pieces is a nice mid tempo rocker with some cool guitar work.
In these times of downloading songs the structure of an album is often overlooked and underappreciated. This album takes the listener though various moods and tempos and is best heard from start to finish. Clocking in at just over fifty minutes, it’s an album of easily accessible songs, killer riffs, and infectious choruses that is perfect for repeated listening.
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