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”.
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.
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.