Adrenaline Mob Singled Out Week: Hit The Wall

08/10/2011
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Adrenaline Mob (Symphony X's Russell Allen, Sonic Stomp's Mike Orlando, Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy Fozzy's Rich Ward and Nena's Paul DiLeo) released their self-titled debut EP this week. To celebrate we asked Mike Orlando to tell us about some of the songs. Today he tells us about "Hit The Wall":

Hit The Wall started off musically as a real slanky dirty groovin track. In pure Adrenaline Mob style it has that powerful energy & flowin' groove to it provided by none other then the master himself Mr. Portnoy. I had previously tracked the song with a drum machine as I always do & Russ & I went to town with melodies & lyrics, Right away Russell just killed me with this Cornell inspired verse that knocked me off my chair in pure laughter & intense excitement. I always wanted the powerful downbeat style fist pumping chorus & this track was just perfect for it. Lyrically Russ & I just tapped into the feeling of being so damn frustrated with certain aspects of life, you just feel like Hitting The Wall. Whether it be someone driving you nuts, or your job, or anything like such. The chorus vocal melody just goes along perfect with that motif & has the sing along chant & scream it out loud feel! The release is my favorite as Russ & I wanted to bring the track into a grinding metal groove where Russ gets all Halford like on it which just sucks you right in, real down & dirty. Only to kick your ass with the solo that follows soon after. It's one of my favorite solos and encompasses different techniques which I love to tap into in my solos. I had been jamming on a real nasty Sabbath type riff & Russ just said, that's it brother!! All of sudden the whole end of the song came to life. But MP's drumming just takes this track to a completely different atmosphere. Mike brings that reckless abandon of Keith Moon in the intro & post solo breakdown & just kills it through out the groove & rest of the track. Nothing short of incredible and you would expect nothing less! Rounding off this power house of a track is the Thunder provided by Paul Dileo which shakes the low end like storm about to break.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the EP right here!

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