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God Told Me To

John 5

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Album Review

Pity not John 5. He may owe much of his celebrity, possibly his trademark Joker makeup, and all of his stage moniker (real name John Lowery) to Marilyn friggin' Manson, of all ghouls, but his career continues to flourish as a cod-industrial-metal celebrity sideman (currently scowling on-stage with Rob Zombie), studio session ace, and solo guitar hero, as his sixth album of this stripe, 2012's God Told Me To, clearly shows. In short, he's very much his own man...God told him so, and the diversity of this set should tell you so. Ranging from the predictable to the anything but, these tracks manage to substantiate 5's versatile guitar talents in ways his cartoonish on-stage persona never will, and thus one is left asking why he even bothers, but perhaps he just plain likes it, so sue him. In any case, the greasy slide guitars of "Welcome to Violence" blast Ministry's "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" off to Planet Shred, while sonic polar opposites like "Asland Bump" and "The Castle" pay all-acoustic tribute to the pastoral Welsh cottage of "Bron-Yr-Aur" (see Zeppelin, Led; Page, Jimmy). Elsewhere, "Killa Fornia," "The Hill of the Seven Jackals," and "The Lust Killer" point straight to guitar hero ground zero with their Satriani and Vai-isms, yet "Creepy Crawler" is a richly orchestrated ballad and the aptly named "Noche Acosador" delivers a striking display of classical Spanish guitar. Then there's his curiously faithful, all-instrumental cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It," which not only sees 5 mimicking every inflection of Michael's vocals with his six-string, but later proving he can rip off Eddie Van Halen's solo to the very last note — a nod to his onetime David Lee Roth band association, perhaps. In sum: what we have here is a very eclectic and accomplished LP. Nothing terribly original for the guitar hero format, but decidedly so for 5 himself, and it's nice to see his talent upstaging his image for a change.

Customer Reviews

John 5 RULES!

I saw John 5 recently on That Metal Show and heard him play. I bought this album and was amazed at his technical prowess yet how much emotion came through on the songs. He seems to really connect with the music. For me, that is what makes a great album! So many times, you hear well played songs technically, but it doesn't seem that much emotion is put into it or the other way around. This album I have listened to several times in the 48 hours that I have owned it. That is rare for me. I've listened to music for over 35 years now. Most music does not grab me. One or two songs at the best on an album. Now, I've gone bonzo for John 5's playing and have purchased all of his albums. Said nuff.

Yes!!!!

Been waiting quite a long time for this record to be released and John 5 didn't disappoint. This is so much better then I could have anticipated. Not only can he shred but his acoustic playing is stellar!

hell yeah dude

had no idea john 5 had a new record in the works, compared to past records i gotta say this entire LP has all higher notes, alot faster but im not too big into this sound as much as heavy riffs. Lust killer is best on here.

Biography

Born: Grosse Pointe, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and picking up a guitar at the tender age of seven, John Lowery was given the nickname John 5 the day he joined Marilyn Manson's band. A versatile session guitarist known for his speed as well as his keen goth fashion sense (imagine Brandon Lee in The Crow), after moving to L.A. at 18 he scored high-profile gigs touring with Lita Ford and k.d. lang based on his work scoring soundtracks and commercials with producer Bob Marlette. Studio work continued,...
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