Just a little less than a year after the release of their album Men of Honor, Adrenaline Mob has put together Dearly Departed, which will launch on February 9th via Century Media. Those who are familiar with the band will quickly realize that this album is a compilation of covers, unreleased and acoustic tracks. For those just coming across the band for the first time, Dearly Departed could serve as a great introduction to Adrenaline Mob.
The first track is Snortin Whiskey, a cover of a Pat Travers tune, and other covers on the album include Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels Band), Tie Your Mother Down (Queen) and a Black Sabbath medley. There are also acoustic versions of tunes off of previous Mob albums, including Crystal Clear, Angel Sky and All on the Line.
The title track, Dearly Departed is actually a radio edit of the song which appeared on their second album. Though the metal band might disagree, this track definitely has a Foo Fighters sound to it. Overall, the album is not too heavy, especially considering the amount of acoustic, ballad-like tunes, but vocalist Russel Allen definitely has a voice that can perform diverse styles, and the drums and guitars are speedy and skilled.
Adrenaline Mob is definitely a metal supergroup. The current line-up includes founding members Allen (vocals, formerly of Symphony X) and guitarist Mike Orlando. Recent additions to the band include AJ Pero(Twisted Sister) on drums and Erik Leonhardt on bass. Former members have included Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) , Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo, Fozzy), Paul Di Leo (Fozzy) and John Moyer (Disturbed). Dearly Departed is definitely worth a listen while fans wait for more original tunes and a great first step for new fans to get acquainted with Adrenaline Mob.