Mike Portnoy is gearing up for the release of the album “Omerta” in which he recorded with new band Adrenaline Mob and he recently spoke with Ultimate-Guitar about Avenged Sevenfold’s influence in attitude that he brought into the studio and into recording the album.
You did the Adrenaline Mob EP back in August 2011. You dug the experience and wanted to follow that up with a complete album?
– Those guys approached me. Mike Orlando and Russell Allen were already working on the material for a while before I became available with my career and life. Once that happened Russ reached out and said, “Hey, check this out. Would you have any interest in being involved with it.?” And from the minute I heard the first 30 seconds of “Undaunted” I was onboard. One of the things I wanted to get into after my experience with Dream Theater and Avenged Sevenfold. I knew I wanted to have something that was balls out groove-oriented hard rock metal and not a progressive edge. Just something that was fun and energetic and as soon as I heard the material Russ and Mike had cookin’, it was totally obvious to me that I wanted to be involved.
Did you bring any of that Avenged Sevenfold attitude to Omerta?
– Absolutely. Adrenaline Mob came to me right after my experience with Avenged finished up so I was totally in that headspace. I had just done the Uproar tour with those guys and I was surrounded by bands like Disturbed, Stone Sour, Hellyeah and Halestorm. I just thoroughly that scene and that style and I just had such a great time with Avenged playing music that was just fun to play and you didn’t have to put your thinking cap on in order to execute it. You could literally just get up there and play music that has that bounce and Adrenaline Mob definitely has that bounce and the groove and the riffs. So it was really the perfect band at the perfect time for where I was at.
Thanks Jon for sending this in.