MARCH 14th 2013

Review by Ruben Mosqueda

Adrenaline Mob issued their debut album ‘Omertà’ last year to rave reviews and they followed it up with a successful tour. It was unknown how long Adrenaline Mob would remain active as singer Russell Allen has a solo career and also sings in Symphony X;  drummer Mike Portnoy is Mike Portnoy and always has several irons in the fire so to speak.

Adrenaline Mob reconvened early this year and reported that they were working on an EP which would consist of covers. EP’s generally are looked as a cash grab and when they are all covers, well they leave a little left to be desired. Typically said band do ‘color by numbers’ versions of a classics or standards—essentially ‘mailing’ it in. Adrenaline Mob already tackled a cover on ‘Omertà’ with the Duran Duran favorite “Come Undone.

 Their new EP is titled ‘Covertá’ features 8 tracks, A new studio version of Black Sabbath’s “Mob Rules” which the band issued in demo form on their limited edition debut EP. If you’ve heard that version you know what to expect—this version sounds beefier and more bombastic than the demo. Showing their unrelenting love for Ronnie James Dio they also recorded renditions of Rainbow’s “Kill the King,” and Dio’s “Stand Up and Shout”—like with “Mob Rules” these showcase Russell Allen’s tremendous vocal power.

If you remember Badlands the fantastic band lead by guitarist Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Ratt) that never received their proper due; Adrenaline Mob tip their hat to them with their breakthrough hit “Highwire” which not only gives Allen a chance to stretch his vocal chords but also allows guitarist Mike Orlando to wreak havoc on your eardrums. Orlando’s play is stellar however on this particular track he really shines. Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight” is clearly‘too light’ for these guys but they reworked it so it would play to their strengths—the result is brilliant balance of melody and agression. Orlando and Company incorporated Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” mid song with excellent results. Also included are; the Heart classic “Barracuda” and Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song” where we find Allen and Orlando absolutely destroying these classics. The only odd track out that serves as somewhat of a momentum buster is their cover of The Door’s “Break on Through” otherwise it’s all good with ‘Covertá.’ Much like on the debut album Mike Portnoy’s performance on ‘Covertá’ showcases his  power of restraint and it speaks louder than his monster drumming abilities.