Metal Review: Adrenaline Mob – Omerta (2012)

Adrenaline Mob - OmertaAdrenaline Mob is listed as a supergroup of sorts, but they do not exactly have high profile names in the band. The band originally was comprised of Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) on drums, Russell Allen (Symphony X) on vocals, and Mike Orlando on guitar. They were soon joined by Paul DiLeo (Fozzy) on bass and Rich Ward (Fozzy, Stuck Mojo) on rhythm guitar. After recording the album, they saw Paul DiLeo and Rich Ward leave the band due to responsibilities to Fozzy. They brought in John Moyer (Disturbed) to take over bass duties.

As far as their sound goes, they have a sound similar to Avenged Sevenfold and Nickelback. When I say that they have a sound similar to Avenged Sevenfold and Nickelback, that is not a compliment either. I am not going to go into Mike Portnoy’s drama with Dream Theater and Avenged Sevenfold. We have all heard that a million times.

The album starts off on a strong note with Undaunted. It is a solid, straight rocker that keeps the listener interested throughout. You can see that the band is up to the task when it comes to technical skills. The next track, Psyhcosane, starts off rocking with some nice artifical harmonics and sweet riffwork, but as lame as the title of the song is, the vocals are even more lame. They drag this song down big time. Another snoozer is Indifferent. As soon as the song gets going with some decent riffs, they slow it down and ruin in. I will add that the solo is nice though.

Some of the tracks, like All on the Line, show that Russell Allen really does have a good voice. He has a decent range and a certain raspiness that works with this style of music. Outside of the vocals though, All on the Line is pretty much an average song.

Overall, I was hoping for a lot more with this release, but it looks like it is just not there. Perhaps a few more listens will get me more into it, but I am not sure how many more listens I have in me for Omerta.