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Careful With That Axe [2014]

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Careful With That Axe John 5


Original Release Date:
August 12, 2014 (digital)
November 28, 2014 (CD)
Number of Discs:1
Label:60 Cycle Hum

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Track Title
Track Length
1 We Need to Have a Talk With John 1:20
2 This Is My Rifle 4:00
3 Flight of the Vulcan Kelly 2:18
4 Jerry’s Breakdown 2:33
5 Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers in Hell Ca 3:18
6 Portrait of Sidney Sloan 3:33
7 Jiffy Jam 2:58
8 Villisca 3:12
9 El Cucuy 3:26
10 The Dream Slayer 4:13

JOHN 5 ON Careful With That Axe:

“The latest album is titled “Careful with that Axe”. The album was recorded live so there are no punch ins or anything like that. I had an amazing band which consisted of Rodger Carter on drums and Matt Bissonnette on bass. Everything just went together real well which led to the idea of taking things out on the road. The songs all sounded really great and Rob was going to be working on a movie so the timing also worked out. The album has everything from western swing guitar to Spanish style guitar. There are also a couple Jerry Reed songs on there as well. This is really my favorite record from the ones I have done.”

John 5 speaking to Media Mikes: February 13, 2015



All told, JOHN 5 did an outstanding job on this record, allowing each song to take shape and flow freely without falling into the trap of self-indulgence. It took me a couple of listens, but when the light bulb finally did go off, I was in heaven. I just wish it was one or two songs longer, because it goes by really fast. If you’re a guitar fan then you simply must own Careful with That Axe. 5/5

For the full review from Rock N Reel Reviews click HERE

Careful With That Axe, John 5’s eighth studio album, shows the current Rob Zombie guitarist at the height of his chicken pickin’, guitar shreddin’ powers. Most instrumental albums end up sounding like cheesy vanity projects, but John 5 has always had a fun, albeit macabre, sense of humor (check out album opener “We Need To Have A Talk About John”) that makes him feel more like a down-to-earth guitar player than an egocentric virtuoso.

Over the course of 30 minutes, Mr. 5 jumps from modern metal (“This Is My Rifle” and “The Dream Slayer”) to country-fried acoustic cuts (“Jerry’s Breakdown” and “Jiffy Jam”) and even pulls out a beautiful, fleet-fingered flamenco composition from his bag of tricks (“El Cucuy”). With the release of Careful With That Axe, Marty Friedman’s Inferno definitely has some competition for most enjoyable instrumental album of 2014.

For the full review from HeavyMetal.About.com click HERE


Produced by:John 5
Co-Produced by:Rodger Carter
Mixed By:Bob Marlette and Griffin Boice
Engineered by:Zackary Darling & Neil Citron

All Guitars:John 5
Drums:Rodger Carter
Bass:Matt Bissonette except Carl Sealove, bass on Jiffy Jam

Recorded at:The Doghouse Studio

Model:Heather Carr

Photos:Ray Gutierrez, Rob Fenn

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One Response

  1. Who played bass on “Careful With That Axe”? “Portrait of Sidney Sloan” in particular has an awesome bass accompaniment that sets off the guitar leads perfectly.

    January 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm


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