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Vertigo [2004]

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Track Title
Track Length
1 Needles CA 3:22
2 Feisty Cadavers 4:12
3 Pulling Strings 3:45
4 Sugar Foot Rag 3:04
5 Dead Man’s Dream 3:29
6 Sweet Georgia Brown (Ben Bernie cover) 2:43
7 Flatlines, Thin Lines 3:35
8 Liberty 2:23
9 Vertigo 3:47
10 18969 Ventura Blvd 2:37
11 Zugg Island Convict 3:21
12 Salt Creek (Albert Lee cover) 2:51
13 Goodnight 3:14

Original Release Date: August 31, 2004
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Shrapnel
Length: 42:23
ASIN: B0002O3CR2

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Set the CD on “random play” and you’re sure to fool others into thinking it’s a compilation of several top guitar shredders. Things kick off with a pair of tracks that are what you’d expect from a former Marilyn Manson guitarist: the over-the-top shredfest “Needles, CA” and the riff rocker “Feisty Cadavers.” But this soon proves to be a completely false assumption, as evidenced by such bluegrass ditties as “Sugar Foot Rag” and a cover of “Sweet Georgia Brown,” the square dance-esque title track, and a blues-rock track that brings to mind the “guitar duel” between Steve Vai and Ralph Macchio in Crossroads, “Pulling Strings.” Although some may automatically write off Mr. 5 due to his ghoulish makeup and attire, Vertigo will certainly please fans of such technically proficient shredders as Steve Vai and Steve Morse.
For the full review from All Music click HERE

This isn’t just your mindless tremolo bar or fretboard wankery either. His shredding is well placed and thought out. He often favors adding melody and feeling to his songs over shredding constantly. Sure, the metal or industrial hits may have the insane metal guitar going for them, but on the other tracks John is creating haunting melodies, plucking away like he’s playing a banjo, or making a nice bluesy atmosphere. This guy knows his music.

For the full review from Sputnik Music click HERE

This album is like nothing I’ve ever heard. If this album was lost I’d punch myself into a coma. If it was stolen I’d stare at the ground and cry for long periods of time while watching Lifetime eating ice cream gallons at a time, reflecting on why God punishes me so.

For the full review from Ultimate Guitar click HERE


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