Has anyone else heard the EP put out by this band yet? For those who haven't heard or don't know its Mike Portnoy and Russell Allen's new "supergroup" that is their version of a straight heavy metal band. I would love to hear some feedback from the Symphony X crowd on what you think about the six or so songs released thus far. Personally, I can't stand it. With the amount of talent both Allen and Portnoy have I am extremely disappointed in the mediocre Godsmack-ish music these guys have made. Russell's other sideprojects including his solo Atomic Soul stuff and Star One have been quite good and Portnoy's work on Avenged's new album is great (IMO). I don't know if I'm missing something in this new album of theirs but it lacks something BIG and I can't put my finger on it. It can't be talent because every member in that band is great - the songs just suck! What I don't understand is that where we all know Russell can shine, he comes out completely underwhelming on almost every song on the EP. I'd understand if they were just making the songs to have fun, but it seems like a complete waste of time/talent if they were actually serious about this band. Its almost like Vinnie Paul's Hellyeah "supergroup" except worse I think? It makes me sad that a band like this including someone like Allen will possibly get more big time recognition than Symphony X has received and that is how people will associate him. I mean for fuck's sake they are going to tour with Godsmack. Out of all bands out there that have a decently big name, that is the one chosen by Portnoy? I may be making too big of a deal out of it but more than anything I just wanted to hear some other opinions of the stuff they've heard.