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.
The next track, “J.W.” has a Junior Brown-esque rockabilly feel to it. That rockabilly flavor comes back later on “Steel Guitar Rag” with hints of Stephen Foster’s bluegrass classic ‘Oh! Suzanna’ at the beginning of the track. “Wayne County Killer” brings back the hard rockin’ riffs and is followed up with an impressive and true to form rendition of Ace Frehley’s “Fractured Mirror.” As a huge Frehley fan, I can say with certainty that Ace Frehley worshipers will dig this one.
The brand new teaser for The Art of Malice out May 11 2010
If his previous album, Requiem, sounded like it was conceived and executed inside an airless tomb – so dense and taut was the material – on his new record John 5 relaxes his grip, introducing a touch of off-hand splendour to his lab-like modus operandi which has always been all about precision, precision, precision. And this new approach works wonders, as he lets the proceedings unfold on a grander scale, letting in more air and light, and starting to think in bigger, bolder compositional ideas.