While we wait (here in Europe since in America it has already been released) for the their first full length album, let’s talk about this small EP of this super band. Adrenaline Mob is the first Mike Portnoy (real) project after his farewell to Dream Theater and, if they follow this EP path from now on, it might give us a lot to talk and hear about.
The self-titled EP has been released on 2011 and contain four very powerful tracks plus a black Sabbath cover played magnificently by this guys. The union of Mike’s energy and Russell’s amazing voice and ability to interpret is the most striking feature of this project that may sound as a perfect mix of prog and heavy metal.
As you all know, usually I don’t waste time writing about vocalists (I love instrumental parts better) but people like Russell Allen, Jorn Lande, Bruce Dickinson, ecc are above this rule and it’s almost necessary to mention their part as if their voices were a sort of musical instrument. Russell is truly among my favorites and if he continues to grow like in his last projects (this EP and Allen-Lande three albums for instance) he may stay there for a while.
The four tracks are a preview of what this guys might reach with their upcoming album (to be released here in Europe on March 19th) Omertà and I really can’t wait to write about a full length album. For now, all I have to suggest you is to listen to this four tracks and wait for news about their next album soon here on perfectprog.com.
For Mike’s courage to start over and hoping that he will focus a lot on this project (as well on the other amazing super group Transatlantic) the vote is a full 9/10.
Ohh, I was almost forgetting it: you may check a preview of Omertà on this link http://adrenalinemob.com/video/ . Enjoy!!! Truly a great Band. Hope to see them live soon!
- Psychosane - 4:38
- Believe Me - 3:58
- Hit The Wall - 6:25
- Down To The Floor - 3:45
- The Mob Rules" (Black Sabbath cover) - 3:16
- Russell Allen - Vocals
- Mike Orlando - Lead Guitar
- Rich Ward - Rythm Guitar
- Paul DiLeo - Bass and Back Vocals
- Mike Portnoy - Drums and Percussions
Hi there perfectprog.com fans and users. New year and yet good music around here. But to start this new 2012 (hoping it will not be the last one as Mayans’ prophecy J ) we are still going to be talking about a 2011 release that for some reason was not mentioned before (maybe to let us start pretty well the new year).
The union (or reunion) of John Arch and Jim Matheos from Fates Warning is an event that prog fans all over the world have been looking forward anxiously for a long time and finally came into reality with this project called Sympathetic Resonance. These two legends called up their friends Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Frank Aresti (Fates Warning) e Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Riot, Sebastian Bach, Fates Warning) to join them and the result is a quite amazing album filled with prog metal top class material. All you have to do to start agreeing with me is listening to the track “Any Given Day” and then “Stained Glass Sky” which are the two songs that may reassume this album.
Of course, after hearing these tracks you may give the other four a try, but only because they are all equally great and in each one you may find different approaches and arrangements (and hey, that’s really all we prog fans ask in an album, isn’t it?). John Arch still has a great voice and his ability to “attack” the microphone and pass emotions thru it is extraordinary and the way Jim Matheos and the others managed to create the musical atmosphere really invite all into this album.
The composition are very technical, complex and long, but yet not boring at all (for the motives previously said). I will, as always, let the technic’s analysis aside but it is impossible not to notice a bit of the old good guitar virtuoso style that when well used is very welcome.
While I am writing this review I am still listening this project and assure you all that for Fates Warning fans this might sound a bit as a comeback album. It might be defined as sort of time travel with new elements (added by the rest of the line-up that really kept the high level).
To top it off: the album is amazing and very recommended to all prog fans specially Fates Warning fans and also for those who enjoyed Arch’s last solo project (A twist of Fate)which this album seems to be a chapter two. It is also a nice album to discover two of the greatest icons on prog and what Fates Warning represented for all of us.
Great Voice + Great Guitar + Great musical composition = my first 10 on 2012!!! Hope you all like it too.
Stained Glass Sky
On the Fence
Any Given Day (Strangers Like Me)
Incense and Myrrh
John Arch: vocals
Jim Matheos: guitars
Joey Vera: bass
Bobby Jarzombek: drums
Frank Aresti: additional lead guitar
Review by Logan Lee
This was supposed to be my final 2011 review but I haven’t been able to dedicate time in front of the computer for a while. Finally I found a bit of time and here I am talking about my favorite (even if not the absolute best) 2011 album and I will try to explain why.
I’ve got the chance to hear it right after the official release and since then I knew that Testimony 2 was a great peace of work (take a look at the line up and guests at the end of the review to start having an idea) but it was during the 2011 holidays that I’ve listened to it with the proper attention.
The music is, as always when we talk about Neal Morse’s projects, awesome and it is very hard to stop listening to the album (every time I tried to hear to one track I end up hearing to it all). A small comment for the lyrics: they are full of Christian references (we all know N.M’s devotion) but I guess that we have to open minded. I am not a religious man and If that’s the same for some of you I hope that this won’t stop or limit you during the hearing session. Neal Morse manages to focus a lot passion in his music and it fills our minds with a happiness sense and that is the reason why it is my favorite 2011 release, because in such dark moments it is rare to have such sensations lately.
After leaving Spock’s Beard (not before making the amazing album “Snow”) Neal Morse has not yet done a bad or mediocre album (E.G: all Transatlantic albums, Sola Scriptura, Testimony, ecc) and this time is not different. Testimony 2 is a genuine piece of prog but easy to assimilate at first time due to its melody. All musicians that sided Neal are among the best in the prog scenario and I believe that this album may conquer some fans.
The album itself is divided in two CDs: First one opens with the great track Mercy Street, passes thru the amazing “the Truth will set you free” (also my favorite) and “It’s for you” (slow and touching track) and ends with the final suite “Crossing Over/Mercy Street Reprise” and the rhythm and arrangements are out of this world (demonstration of the quality and heaviness of all musicians and Neal himself). If that wasn’t enough, a second CD comes with near 37 minutes of music included the 26 minutes long “Seeds of God” in order to give us further joy.
The album is fully recommended for all Spock’s Beard and Neal’s longtime fans, but also for all prog fans who are willing to hear to this complex and yet easy to hear sound. Testimony 2 has been in my car since its release and inside its player at least since the beginning of December 2011. It is really hard to get tired. Hope you all enjoy it. The vote is 10/10, and has been the same from Testimony part 1.
01 Mercy Street
02 Overture No. 4
03 Time Changer
05 Nighttime Collectors
06 Time Has Come Today
07 Jesus' Blood
08 The Truth Will Set You Free
09 Chance Of A Lifetime
10 Jesus Bring Me Home
11 Road Dog Blues
12 It's For You
13 Crossing Over/Mercy Street Reprise
01 Absolute Beginner
03 Seeds Of Gold
Neal Morse: lead vocals, keyboards, guitars
Mike Portnoy: drums, vocals
Randy George: bass
Matthew Ward: vocals
Paul Bielatowicz: guitar
Steve Morse: guitar
Nick D'Virgilio, Alan Morse, Dave Meros: Spock's Beard vocals
Eric Brenton: violin
Mark Leniger: saxophone
Review by Logan Lee
Royal Hunt is back. Show me how to live is a fantastic return to prog scenario and with that I mean that I agree with those who might say Royal Hunt made a few steps forwards with the last two albums (which were technically awesome, but not as great as their amazing CDs: Paradox and Fear).
In Show me how to Live, we are finally able to hear the result of Andersen’s compositions and DC Cooper’s voice together at last, and this equation could only end up with one thing: a fantastic album at the same level as the unreachable (so far) Paradox. With all the respect for the previous singers, that managed with their features to keep Royal Hunt among prog first bands, DC Cooper is able to suite Andersen’s music as no one else and if you hear carefully the title track, Show me how to live, you might not need further proofs for this affirmation.
Well, the title tracks is doubtless the best one on the entire album, but all the album is very pleasant to hear and for me it is one of the ten 2011 best releases. Three tracks worth further attention while listening to this CD, due to their complexity and sound: First and last tracks , One More Day and Angel’s gone respectively, and track five, Half Past Loneliness. One More Day sets the table perfectly and gives the general idea of what the album will be and Angel’s Gone encloses perfectly the album right after the perfect title track.
I want to repeat here what I’ve been hearing about this reunion: it is not the usual “reunion” of guys that fought in the past and now want to make some money, but a concrete project with new ideas which powerfully puts Royal Hunt on prog metal Olympus after almost 14 years from Paradox release (even if for me Paradox is not yet beaten, but be sure that if they keep this route the next album will manage to do so).
After a long time, I’ve found a 10-/10. Strongly suggested to all prog fans. Hope you enjoy it as I did (give a feedback if you feel so and it will be very well accepted).
02. One More Day
03. Another Man Down
04. An Empty Shell
05. Hard Rain's Coming
06. Half Past Loneliness
07. Show Me How To Live
08. Angel's Gone
– Review by Logan Lee
After a short waiting period, Pain of Salvation released the second part of Road Salt. The first part, released on May 2010, was a masterpiece in my opinion. This Road Salt 2 at first might seem a step behind and it took me several listening sessions before I could have a full opinion about this album.
As said, at first Road Salt 2 is quite hard to listen and almost impossible to hear it completely without losing concentration. But since I really love Daniel Gildenlow and the others I decided to listen to it carefully, maximum 2 tracks at a time and miraculously I’ve changed my mind: Road Salt 2 is a great album (but still not as part one).
I guess the reason of the first sensation might be hidden on a fundamental process that PoS is passing through (as in Opeth’s last album case) in order to grow their abilities and as prog musicians: experimenting new frontiers. I agree to all who say that Road Salt albums were not as good as some others in their past (like Remedy Lane or Scarsick that remain the two best albums for me), but I rather see PoS trying new things and improving their technique arsenal than seeing them doing the same music only to content fans (or media for what it counts).
Specifically about the tracks: The best track for me is Eleven (not track #11 but named “eleven”) but only because “mortar grind” was previously released on “linoleum EP” otherwise the dispute for best track would be harder. Also worth to mention other two tracks: The deeper cut, Softly she cries and The Physics of Gridlock
I strongly suggest to hear to both Road Salt parts with that perspective in mind, but if this is your first approach to Pain of Salvation you might want to hear their past albums first. The general vote for both Road Salt is 7,5, but for this part II is 7/10.
Road Salt Theme
Softly She Cries
To The Shoreline
The Deeper Cut
Through The Distance
The Physics Of Gridlock
– Review by Logan Lee