The album starts off with a blast with ‘The Nightmare Unravels’, as atmospheric guitar sounds give way to an explosive riff and lightning-fast soloing. This track truly exhibits what John 5 does best, pairing lead pyrotechnics with catchy melodies. ‘The Art Of Malice’ is a shorter track of bluegrass picking, another of John 5′s calling cards, and features no additional instruments beyond the guitar. As the album continues on, the tracks almost seem to be divided between heavy and mellow, occasionally crossing paths as some bluegrass picking finds its way into the heavier tracks, but the album almost seems to alternate between the two styles.
I didn’t want to be a big rock star, I wanted to be known for was a good guitar player and musician. That’s what it’s about for me. I have a new record out called “The Art of Malice”, it’s my fifth record. I think doing five records is an accomplishment, I do them because I love the guitar and love the music. I’m very excited that people enjoy my music.
Listen to this two part special with John 5
ohn 5 is an artist determined to flourish in the music world. By continuously challenging himself, he has shared the stage with musicians as disparate as Marilyn Manson and k.d. lang. On The Art of Malice, his signature sound (by way of Fender Telecaster) becomes all the more recognizable.
With his goth/horror make up, John 5, at first glance, would ordinarily be typecast as a heavy metal basher. His stints with Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie would do little to dispel this image, based on photos and videos. Upon experiencing an actual listening session, impeccable bluegrass lines played at light speed, tasteful R&B riffs, 2 handed Van Halenesque tapping, and melodic classical-metal shredding that rivals Yngvie and Vai all burst volcanically from the speakers. Little do most people realize that John 5 is the alter ego of gunslinger session guitarist extraordinaire John Lowery, whose work has been heard on video games, films, records, and tours, with artists from k.d. Lang and Les Paul to Rob Halford, Paul Stanley and Fefe Dobson. A dedicated musician who is slavishly devoted to perfecting his craft, John 5 is a consummate guitarist with very exacting standards in his music and equipment. His newest release is, “The Art of Malice”.