The first EP released by super-group Adrenaline Mob, Coverta, was released on March 12, 2013. Adrenaline Mob grabbed my attention with their first album Omerta and I was highly interested to see how these talented musicians: Russell Allen (Symphony X), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theatre) and Mike Orlando (simply known for his fantastic guitar work) would take on such classic songs as Heart's "Barracuda," "The Lemon Song" from Led Zeppelin and the triple threat of Ronnie James Dio songs. Needless to say, the band delivers. Allen has the perfect voice for singing Dio's music and those three songs are some of the best on this EP. "Stand Up and Shout" is missing some of the urgency and oomph that comes from the original and Dio's live performances, but it still sounds good musically. Van Halen, Badlands, and The Doors also get some excellent tributes performed for their respective songs and the EP does what I always prefer in cover albums: stay true to the original, but add your own spin. Adrenaline Mob accomplished that through incorporating "Top Jimmy" at the end of "Romeo Delight" and the cover of "Barracuda" while maintaining the same structure is more distorted and hearing a male sing those lyrics is always a shock when expecting to hear Annie Wilson. For anyone who enjoys different takes on classic songs or are just interested in seeing how rock legends reinvent the music that inspired their careers, this EP is worth picking up as it delivers on all fronts. This will also be the last album that Mike Portnoy is behind the drums for this band so that adds a little more incentive since the sound of the band could change when their new album drops in February 2014 with their new drummer.
December 14, 2013