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CD Review: John 5 / The Art Of Malice

April 28, 2010 by  
Filed under CD Reviews, Daily Music News

John 5
The Art of Malice

Rating: ★★★★★ 

 Reviewed by:  Antonio Marino Jr.
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John 5

April 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Interviews

Although most of us familiarize the painted face of John 5 with his time in Marilyn Manson or his current gig with Rob Zombie, John 5’s guitar roots run deep.  He picked up the guitar at age seven and rumor has it no one has seen him without a guitar in his hands since.  

 On May 11th John 5 offers up his new solo album “The Art of Malice”;  a diverse yet cohesive collection of songs that depict his versatility and love for genre-bending with his tool of the trade.  With sounds spanning from rock to country to flamenco to bluegrass John 5 offers up a technically mind-blowing instrumental cd with deeply personal songs that chronicle his life. 

From the song “JW”, the nickname that his Dad called him growing up to “Can I live Again” a gut-wrenching song inspired by losing those around us and finding the will to go on to his personal homage to some of his friends and mentors  in music, Ace Frehley and David Lee Roth, in “Fractured Mirror” and “Ya Dig”.  Listening to this album from start to finish will give you a very intimate look into who John 5 is not only as a guitar player but as a person, his personality drives the songs while his guitar techniques continue to set new standards.

 John 5’s current day job is on stage shredding with Rob Zombie.  You can catch them live right now on a short co-headlining tour with Alice Cooper followed up by Rob Zombie’s headlining stint on the 2010 Mayhem Fest. We recently caught up with John 5 to talk about his new album, Zombie, Mayhem Fest and more.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette & Antonio Marino Jr.
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John 5 Video Teaser For “The Art Of Malice”

April 13, 2010 by  
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John 5’s new solo album “The Art of Malice” drops on May 11th.  Check out this video teaser for a taste of what’s in store.