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Track: "The Mob Rules" is a "Black Sabbath" cover.

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  • Barcode (Text): 8 84501 58356 5
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December 31, 2018

I’m pretty sure everyone knows the deal here. Adrenaline Mob is one of apparently multiple bands that drummer Mike Portnoy is involved with since leaving Dream Theater. The band also features Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen and Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward, among others. They released this self-titled EP to give folks a taste of what the (then)-upcoming full-length album would sound like.

I’m not sure how to classify this one. It’s somewhere between hard rock and heavy metal, and nowhere near the progressive metal sound Portnoy and Allen are known for. It’s heavy, grooving metal with thick riffs and headbanging rhythms. It’s also fairly generic and wouldn’t stand out if it weren’t for Russell Allen’s vocal performance. Allen brings a huge amount of power and charisma to these songs, and that’s what I end up remembering more than anything else. Well, that and the fact that they close the EP with a killer cover of the Dio-era Black Sabbath tune “The Mob Rules.” Allen does an amazing job channeling Dio on that one.

It may not be what you’d expect from the players involved, but this is still a very solid EP, and a good start from a band that will no doubt improve greatly the longer they are together. Plus, they were an absolute blast to see live, which is what prompted me to pick up this EP.


February 8, 2018

I was ecstatic when this band announced their formation to the world. Mike Portnoy, formerly of Dream Theater, Russell Allen from Symphony X, and 'The Duke' Rich Ward from Fozzy and Stuck Mojo. Three of my musical heroes in one group. As a long-time fan of all of these guys' respective bands, this line-up seemed incredible!

So what is the music like? It's hard and heavy, and as the name of the band suggests, they're all high-octane, energetic metal tracks, but with five songs, at around 25 minutes (one of them a Black Sabbath cover), there's just nothing here to really reach out and grab me by the throat. Most of the music was written by guitarist Mike Orlando (who I'd never heard of before this band), and whilst he is an absolutely insane shredder, this EP is still pretty bland all-round.

Since this was A-Mob's first official release, we just need to see it for what it is; nothing more than a sample of what this band are doing. And in that regard, not only is it more than passable, but there's certainly potential here for some great things, if they could just polish up their sound a bit.

All musical criticisms aside though, my biggest gripe with this release is simply that Rich Ward didn't actually write or record on it. It took me four years to find a copy of this CD, and it cost me £22 to have it sent from Florida to the UK, and after all the excitement of owning a physical copy of the EP (which was only released through the band prior to the release of their first album), I was gutted when I found out that The Duke's only involvement was posing for the promotional photos.

Still, despite the musical content being pretty generic, the collector in me is still glad to finally own the CD. But that's all this is, something for collectors.