Artist Bio: Mike Orlando
Mike Orlando is the guitarist/founding member of the explosive hard rock group ADRENALINE MOB. The line-up includes vocalist extraordinare Russell Allen (Symphony X, TSO), drum legend Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, AX7, Winery Dogs) from 2011 -2013 who later was filled by the late great AJ Pero (Twisted Sister) from 2014-2015, & bassist Erik Leonhardt formerly of Tantric. The band released their debut album Omerta on ECM/EMI in 2012 & landed #5 Hard rock Album on Billboard, a #1 Metal Album on iTunes & iTunes UK Metal Album of the Year. Since then have release 2 more EP’s titled Coverta & Dearly Departed & their 2nd full length album Men of Honor on/Century Media Records. They’ve done multiple US tours as well as arena runs w/Godsmack & Avenged Sevenfold. They’ve toured the band across EU/UK w/stops at major festivals such as Sweden Rock, Graspop, Bospop & Gods of Metal also touring through South America w/Halestorm in 2013 & returning there in 2015 on their ‘Dearly Departed 2015 Brazil Tour’.
Mike has also joined forces with the hard hitting powerful Brazilian metal act Noturnall. The band features drum extraordinare Aquiles Priester (Angra, Tony Macalpine, Hangar), Thiago Bianchi (Shaman) on vocals, Fernando Quesada (Shaman) on bass & Junior Carelli on keys. They’ve had the honor of performing at Rock in Rio 2015, brazil’s largest outdoor concert which held close to 100,000 people in attendance. Mike & Fernando have done multiple Sonic Stomp Clinic tours already across Brazil & will take the trek worldwide in the near future. The band also recently joined Mike in his Instrumental band Sonic Stomp on the 1st ever Guitar Cruise in the US titled Axes & Anchors! Mike & Sonic Stomp joined a list of some of the top players in rock including Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Chris Broderick, Marty Friedman, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal & many more on board. Noturnall is working on the new album w/Orlando on the axe, writing & in the producer seat as well w/the guys. It is scheduled for a late fall 2015 release.
Mike has had the honor of being the guest guitarist on Season 14/2015 of the widely popular International TV show VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’ hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson & Jim Florentine. A return performance as Mike & Russell were featured guests on the VH1 Classic’s TMS Season 11/2012 premiere of that ‘That Metal Show’ as well along w/then drummer Mike Portnoy as the TMS musical guest.
As owner of his own recording studio, Sonic Stomp Studios, he handles everything from engineering, producing, mixing & mastering. Mike has engineered, co-produced, mixed & mastered Adrenaline Mob’s ‘Coverta’, ‘Men Of Honor’ & ‘Dearly Departed’ releases on EMI & Century Media Records. He also has engineered & co-produced their debut album “Omerta” as well as both Mike’s Instrumental albums Sonic Stomp I & II. When he’s not recording & mixes his own albums he does the same for other clients including working w/producer John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob) on bands he brings to Sonic Stomp & many more.
Mike also fronts his own Instrumental band Sonic Stomp & released his debut Instrumental Cd Sonic Stomp in 2007. The Cd which has achieved worldwide critical acclaim contains 12 tracks which take the listener from raging over the top extreme rock guitar playing with sheer finesse and lightening speed to beautiful ballads with great emotional feel and everything in between. In November 2010 Mike released the follow-up Cd, Sonic Stomp II which took Mike’s playing & composing to a complete other level of virtuosity & overall extreme command of the instrument. A number of great guest artists are featured on Sonic Stomp II which include: Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Shane Gibson (Korn), Gary Hoey, Mike Pinella (Symphony X) & Joe Stump. Sonic Stomp II also features world renowned drummer John Macaluso. His last release Sonic Stomp II was available on the world famous ROCKBAND Game! He was also a featured guitarist on Magna Carta’s 2009 release “Guitars That Ate My Brain”, which features 10 of some of metals premier guitarists.
He is also a very proud member of the Randy Rhoads Remembered Tour which is led by founding drum legend Brian Tichy, is officially endorsed by the Rhoads family & has many of the top players as guests which has including Nuno Bettencourt, Gus G, Doug Aldrich, Rudy Sarzo, Akira Takasaki, Alex Scolnick, Brad Gillis, Joel Hoekstra, Traci Guns, Phil Demmel, Kiko Loureiro, Jeff Watson, Phil X, Marzi Montazeri & so many more along the way!!!
Mike proudly endorses: Marshall Amplification, GHS Strings, Rocktron, Line 6 Wireless Systems, Dimarzio pickups & accesories, Roland/Boss Brazil, FU-Tone, Eagle Guitars Brazil & Shredneck products. He’s been given the honor of receiving his own signature products as well including Rocktron’s Mike Orlando Signature Wah Pedal & the Mike Orlando Signature Shredneck Model. For guitars he endorses the legendary Charvel/Jackson Guitars & his acoustic guitar of choice is the one & only Ovation Guitars. Mike has filmed numerous videos for Ovation Guitars, GHS/Rocktron, Shredneck & Young Guitar Magazine Japan.. See all of Mike’s video’s @ www.youtube.com/mikeorlandomusic & www.mikeorlandomusic.com.
He has been featured in Guitar World Magazines Dvd’s & also was given the honor of being selected as a Top Finalist Worldwide for Guitar Player Magazine’s Guitar Superstar of the Year 2008 from thousands of passionate guitarists as well as other featured layouts.
Mike has enjoyed multiple sold out Sonic Stomp Tours across China & Japan in 2009 & 2010 performing to thousands of fans and has also filmed 2 30 minute feature DVD segments for Young Guitar Magazine in Japan in 2010 & another in 2014. He’s been a main stay performer @ NAMM in the states since 2006, having performed there yearly as well as being a featured artist at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt,Germany & Music China in Shanghai in 2009 & 2010 for ZZYZX Snap Jack Cables, GHS Strings , Rocktron, Shredneck and Eleca International.