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John 5, who, if you don’t already know, is the former guitar player for David Lee Roth and Marilyn Manson and the current one for Rob Zombie, is back with another solo outing.
Despite all the success he’s garnered playing axeman to the stars, John 5 (aka John Lowery) is really a superstar in his own right who just so happens to be a mercenary shredder for hire for some musicians who’ve overshadowed him and his abilities. That’s why these solo albums he releases are such a treat. They show him off in his own element, which, oftentimes coincides with the work he does for those other guys, but which just as often casts him in an entirely new light. John 5 isn’t just an industrial riff rocker. He’s a master of his instrument and in possession of a curiosity to take his talents into all kinds of different styles and genres.
Beware all ye who despise the art of the pinch harmonics.
If you are at all familiar with Zakk Wylde’s work as the frontman for Black Label Society, you know exactly what I’m talking about – those shrieking, bent guitar notes that are slipped into every conceivable nook and cranny of the song. That’s just how Zakk rolls; it’s his signature style. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it at all, but those who simply can’t stand it should be warned up front that on BLS’ eighth studio album, nothing has changed in that regard.
In fact, Order Of The Black lacks almost any semblance of exploration from a band that is so deeply entrenched in its own sound. But, honestly, does BLS seem all that much like a band that wants to push the boundaries of its sound? They do a few things really well, and that’s no different here.