Invasion Out now Purchase Banner John 5

   Facebook-button   twitter-button  

The Art of Malice [2010]

Back to Discography

The Art of Malice John 5


Original Release Date:May 11, 2010
Number of Discs:1
Label:60 Cycle Hum Records

Click for purchase & streaming options


Track Title
Track Length
1 The Nightmare Unravels 4:54
2 The Art of Malice 1:46
3 Ill Will Or Spite 4:03
4 J.W. 3:10
5 Ya Dig? (featuring Billy Sheehan) 3:52
6 Can I Live Again 4:02
7 Portrayed As Unremorseful 3:29/td>
8 Steel Guitar Rag 3:00
9 Wayne County Killer 3:42
10 Fractured Mirror (Ace Frehley cover) 5:09
11 The S. Lot 4:13
12 The Last Page Turned 3:35

JOHN 5 ON The Art of Malice:

“With guitar instrumental records, you get one thing and it’s hard to listen to [one thing] all the way through. Even for guitar players it’s kinda tough. I like to put together different styles to keep the listener entertained. It’d be like eating the same meal again and again; it’d get tiresome. I just put some different styles in there, and put a cover of Ace Frehley’s “Fractured Mirror” on the record. It was the first instrumental I heard and I loved KISS so much. It turned out to be one of my favorite songs for quite a long time – and I was only eight or nine years old when it came out. To do a cover of that song was something special.”

John 5 speaking to Metal Sucks: April 21, 2010



The guitar world is cluttered with players that can play a million notes a minute. John 5 established that he can hold his own with them a long time ago.  Each release has illustrated why he’s not just another guy who can shred. With “The Art of Malice” he’s taken another step in showing the world that he’s not just a famous sideman with some solo albums to peddle.  Fact is, he’s an artist who’s kind enough to share his taken with big name acts. 5/5

For the full review from They Will Rock You click HERE

It’s almost insane how quickly this record goes from crushingly heavy to groove to twang, yet somehow it all flows.
“The Art of Malice” proves John 5 to be as much a shredder as any of the guys that came out of the style’s 1980s heyday, but also a bit of a mad scientist, stitching together seemingly incongruous elements into an imposing Frankenstein monster.

For the full review from Hall of the Mountain King click HERE


John 5:All guitars and bass
Billy Sheehan:Bass on “Ya Dig”
Greg Hanna:Additional bass
Tommy Clufetos:Drums & Percussion
Chris Baseford:Keyboards

Produced by:Chris Baseford & John 5
Mastered:Undercurrent Studios
Engineered by:Chris Baseford

Recorded:Doghouse Studios, Los Angeles
Photography & Design:Ray Gutierrez/StrangeBeautiful.com
Make-up:Roxxi Dott, Hair Stylist:Rita Aghajani
Management:Mark Friedman/Wawazat Music
Publicity:Nancy Sayle/VQPR

All Songs written by:John 5/John5 music (ASCAP)
Except “Fractured Mirror” written by Ace Frehley

Special Thanks: Rita Lowery, Nicole & Jeremy Lowery, Mary K Kirtley, Mary “Say” Sylvia, Hayley, Alex Friedman, Rob & Sheri Zombie, Tommy Clufetos, Piggy D, Ray Gutierrez, Richard McDonald, Alex Perez & everyone at Fender Musical Instruments, Paul Marshall & everyone at Marshall Amplification, Kevin Day & everyone at Rocket Science, Ed Van Zijl & everyone at Mascot records, Matt Larson, Rodger Carter, Mark Colis, Ben Cole & everyone at GHS Strings, Jeff Shroedel at Hal Leonard, Mark Menghi & everyone at Samson/Zoom, Ruben Velasco, Karen Keeler, Emma Ludford, Annette & Chris McGill and oh yeah, “Shit Neck”.

John 5 exclusively plays Fender Guitars, Marshall Amps, GHS Strings and Samson/Zoom pedals.

All info please go to www.john-5.com or myspace.com/john5official

Disclaimer: Please feel free to add your comment to the story. You can sign in using your site account, Facebook Twitter or Google+ account. john-5.com encourages lively debate, but please play nice. Comments that include personal attacks (including language that could potentially identify an individual), or any other inappropriate, offensive, inflammatory or illegal material will be removed.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.