For years, bands like Dream Theater have gotten poor reviews from rock fan saying "it's too complicated", "there's too many notes", "not enough feeling". Now, Adrenaline Mob, a ROCK band is getting poor reviews from prog fans for being too "simple" and "dumb". As an avid fan of both, I have to say this album is incredible. If you're not a fan of bands like Stone Sour, Disturbed, Black Label Society, etc, you problably won't enjoy it. If you are, this should be a treat for you.
When blasted at full volume, these songs really kick some arse. Russell Allen, as always, is a beast on vocals. The more recent 'growl' in his voice fits this much better than the last couple of Symphony X albums, and he still belts out the high notes when he needs to. Mike Orlando has such a weird palm muted, stiff-armed style of shredding that even when you get used to it by the end of the album, it still sounds nasty. Mike Portnoy, known for his avid overplaying, really plays each note to perfection on this album. Each drum fill fits the moment or guitar lick perfectly and there's the occasional moment of time-feel shifting (yes, it stays in 4/4). Overall, all three guys keep up the energy throughout the album and make some songs that should be played on the radio (oh no, god forbid!). The mix is phenomenal and really lets them shine.
I will admit there's the occasional moment of cheese in the lyrics, but my overall rating of 4.5 rounds up to 5.
In conclusion, if you're simply a prog nerd and want odd signatures, movements and epics, this isn't for you. If you want some rock music to blast, GET IT!