So Mr. Mike Portnoy (formerly of Dream Theater, of course) assembled his very own super-group consisting of SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP), bassist Paul DiLeo and STUCK MOJO/FOZZY axeman Rich Ward (copy and pasted from Blabbermouth).
On paper, this band should be kicking all sorts of asses and I am a huge fan of Sir Russell Allen. Unfortunately…
I present Exhibits A through C:
Their message seems to be “We like hanging out in abandoned industrial areas”*
And, really? Using the Godfather font for your logo?
Well, that was, how you say, GENERIC. Not half bad but generic and underwhelming.
Never mind chest thumping quotes like:
- “Even my wife, who’s been through it all with me, says it’s the best stuff she’s ever heard me play on. I played in DREAM THEATER for 25 years, plus some other pretty decent bands including AVENGED SEVENFOLD, so that’s really saying something.” – Portnoy
- “This band is not in the vein of SYMPHONY X or DREAM THEATER. It’s more along the lines of, say, ROB ZOMBIE, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, SHINEDOWNâ€¦ with Russell‘s absolute pipes from hell and Mike just outright killing it on the kit.” – Orlando (come on! Disturbed?)
I just don’t foresee great success in this band’s future, but I’ll be glad to be proven wrong
* of course, most rock bands want to be taken seriously so goofing off on camera is taboo. Admittedly, goofing generally only works well for Devin Townsend.