on 16 February 2006
John 5 is a mostly unheard of guitarist who used to play for Mariyln Manson. Don't let this put you off there is no comparison between the two. John is on a whole diffrent level. The first thing to note is that this album wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for the guitar legend Les Paul who after one day jamming with John 5 convinced him to release an album. That album was Vertigo and as much as i would like to sing its praise it would take too long. John 5 plays all the guitars in this album, with the exception of guest apperances like Steve Vai, that includes bass! The first track, Damaged, is a excellent opening track offering a metalheads dream of complex fast riffs and excellent solo. The next track Soul of a Robot will take your breath away as John slides effortlessly between blinding fast tapping and even faster picking though it is a small bit repetitive. After thest two dark but exciting songs John5 takes a different track entirely and launches into a jolly bluegrass style and after that it is almost impossible to pin him down as he jumps from stlye to style.
Everyone should listen to this at least once no matter what kind of musical preference.
Instrumental album number 2 for the former Marilyn Manson guitarist, hot on the heels of "vertigo" from 2004.
If you bought that one, then this won't come as a surprise to you, following a similar path through its 12 track trajectory.
However, he has taken a chance by inviting Steve Vai and Albert Lee on board for a guest solo each and, frankly, Albert Lee is just so distinctive, it makes much of what comes before and after a tad mundane.
The real problem here is that a lot of the tunes are songs looking for words, rather than being defined instrumental pieces.
There's no doubt that John 5 is a technically gifted guitarist but I suspect his forthcoming band album with Loser might be a better prospect.
He's been touring with Rob Zombie on the 2005 Ozzfest circuit and hopefully working with another great frontman will push him back to what he does best.
on 22 November 2005
It sounds like an odd combination of guitar genres, although they are clearly defined on different tracks rather than being amalgamated into some strange mutant cross! Personally I'm glad that John 5 has avoided pieces with lyrics since this would've fixed the meanings of each track-instrumentals provide a bit of ambiguity that allows the imagination to be exercised-it also makes transcribing the pieces is much more straight forward without having to listen through lyrics!
If you like shred but have been disappointed by the out put of the likes of Rob Balducci, invest in this!