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Careful With That Axe [2014]

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Careful with that Axe

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

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

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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.

Review from HeavyMetal.About.com click HERE

It seems John 5 has no limitations on his playing as he really plays guitar across the board; no genres, no boundaries. Just Kick ass Guitar playing that will enliven all your senses

For the full review from Music Junkie Press click HERE



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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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