Drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob) has teamed up with guitarist John Sykes (ex-Blue Murder, Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy) in a new project.

The pair haven’t given the band a name as of yet. Nor have they announced who’ll be the bassist in what’s likely to be a power trio. One name being mooted is Mr. Big’s Billy Sheehan, but that’s far from confirmed. However, Portnoy and Sykes are currently recording in Los Angeles. Portnoy describing one song as “copping the [LED] ZEPPELIN/[BLACK] SABBATH vibe” and another as “[PINK] FLOYD meets [DEEP] PURPLE!!! Some serious old-school classic rock.”

Portnoy and Sykes appeared last Monday (July 25) at a taping of season eight of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show”. Host Eddie Trunk tweeted about their new collaboration, “I heard demos. Sounds like killer BLUE MURDER meets ‘1987’ WHITESNAKE. Amazing!” He also said that the new group will perform some BLUE MURDER material when it hits the road.

As previously reported, Portnoy is also playing in a new band called ADRENALINE MOB alongside SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP), bassist Paul DiLeo and STUCK MOJO/FOZZY axeman Rich Ward. The group made its live debut on June 24 at the Hiro Ballroom in New York City and is presently seeking a suitable record label to release its already completed debut album.

In a posting on his official web site, Portnoy describes the new group as “a completely ridiculous modern-day power trio” and calls it “a new ‘real BAND’ for me” just as ADRENALINE MOB is “also a new “real BAND” for me.” He adds, “I will divide my time as best as I can between the two (hey, if Corey Taylor and Jim Root, Mike Patton, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith, Zakk Wylde all can do it, so can I!) and I am equally excited by both… as they are both amazing new bands, but VERY different worlds musically… so there’s really no clash creatively. Timing-wise, ADRENALINE MOB is happening NOW, and my band with Sykes won’t be released later next year, so they’ll be able to co-exist just fine!”

We can’t wait for this KICK ASS collaboration!!