MIKE PORTNOY: 'I've Been A Bit Of A Punching Bag To The Media And To The Fans'

ARTISTdirect recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). You can watch the chat below.

Speaking about ADRENALINE MOB's debut CD, "Omertá", which came out last week, Portnoy said, "When sequencing the album, I knew 'Undaunted' had to be the first track and it had to be the first thing people heard off the album, because it's just immediate, it's totally immediate, it's totally undeniable. And its message, I feel a connection to it, because I feel like this past year or so, I've been a bit of a punching bag to the media and to the fans out there, and this is just like a statement, like, 'Fuck you! You can't kill me.'"

In addition to Portnoy, ADRENALINE MOB features SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP) and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer.

"Omertá" sold around 6,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 70 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released in Europe on March 19 in Europe via Century Media Records and in the U.S. on March 13 through the newly formed Elm City Music in conjunction with EMI Label Services.

The 11-song effort — which was produced by ADRENALINE MOB and mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked on ANTHRAX's "Worship Music" and STEEL PANTHER's "Balls Out" — includes a blistering reinterpretation of DURAN DURAN's classic "Come Undone" featuring guest vocals by Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM.

ADRENALINE MOB travelled to Los Angeles last week to film a video for the song "Indifferent". In addition, the group taped an appearance on an episode of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show".

ADRENALINE MOB will perform at several European festivals this summer, including Graspop Metal Meeting (June 22-24 in Dessel, Belgium) and Gods Of Metal (June 21-24 in Milan, Italy).

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