Something Else! sneak peek: Adrenaline Mob, “Come On Get Up,” from Men of Honor (2014)

So, what will the Mike Portnoy-less Adrenaline Mob sound like? Well, pretty much like the version of the band with Portnoy, but perhaps even less interesting.

Though I admit that Adrenaline Mob’s debut album Omerta grew on me, and I still enjoy tunes like the testosterone-fueled “Undaunted” in a mindless, caveman sort of way, “Come on Get Up” is just a little too on the mindless side. Musically, the tune bounces with a modern hard rock feel that’s kind of catchy, but the macho BS lyrics that made the written-for-MMA or pro-wrestling theme song “Undaunted” kind of fun are pretty stale here.

I spend most of the song’s four minutes feeling like I heard this same song several times on the first record, and the fact that the maker of the lyric video repeatedly uses the wrong form of “you’re” just underlines the Neanderthal nature of the song. (Though that could just be the editor in me hearing those nails on a chalkboard every time it pops up.) Guitarist Mike Orlando and singer Russell Allen trade vocals on the song, and for the most part, Allen’s amazing voice is wasted, just as it was on the first record.

Maybe there are better numbers on the album, at least I hope so. But “Come on Get Up” doesn’t really interest me or excite me for Men of Honor. It’s a pretty generic hard rock tune that leaves me really wishing that Allen had put his efforts toward a new Symphony X record instead.

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Fred Phillips

Fred Phillips is a veteran entertainment writer with a love of hard rock and heavy metal. He has written music reviews, columns and feature stories for several newspapers, Web sites and a national wire service, while running a stand-alone site called Hall of the Mountain King in various places and incarnations since 1997. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.