Comprised of some of the most talented musicians in the rock/metal scene, Adrenaline Mob has a lot going for it. After all, it’s Mike Portnoy (ex-drummer of Dream Theater), Russell Allen (singer of Symphony X), John Moyer (bassist of Disturbed), and guitarist Mike Orlando. With that kind of line-up, you gotta wonder what the final product is going to sound like. Dream Theater and Symphony X? Hell yeah! It’s gonna be some intense prog metal! But wait, Disturbed? So, it’s gonna have some commercial heavy rock appeal? And Mike Orlando, who played with Zakk Wylde and Bumblefoot, which means we’ll likely hear some shredding.
Is this the final product? Is this the sound that the band delivers? And, ultimately, is it all worth it? Find out below.
So, this album is NOT prog metal in any way, shape, or form. Let’s get that out of the way immediately. Those who expected the combination of Mike Portnoy and Russell Allen to overshadow the material can consider themselves set straight now. Rather, this album can be placed alongside bands such as Five Finger Death Punch, Avenged Sevenfold, and the like. I’d almost call this bro-metal but it doesn’t have that sense of hubris and ego surrounding it.
While sounding tight and focused, my issue with the album was that none of the songs seemed to offer anything new or exciting. Rather, I felt like I’d heard these songs before. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. After all, I found that head was nodding along and my foot was doing a lot of tapping.
What works really well for this album is that there is a great deal of variety in the guitar work. From pitch shifting to 12-string acoustic guitars, the effects and changes in instruments gave a real sense of separation to the songs, something that many albums fail to achieve.
While I was hoping for something a bit more interesting from this group of musicians, I can see Omertá being a very solid foundation for growth for this band. There are a lot of ways this band can go and it’ll be interesting to see what the future brings from them.
The Final Word: Omertá is solid heavy rock/metal radio material. If you’re a fan of Five Finger Death Punch, this debut album from Adrenaline Mob that will appeal greatly to you. Personally, I found it to be a little bland and generic for my tastes.
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