montE PittmAn

In­veRted GRasp of Bal­ance

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC -

Monte Pittman is best known as Madonna’s gui­tarist on her re­cent tours and stu­dio al­bums. He is also a busy metal gui­tarist and singer. In­verted Grasp Of Bal­ance is his fourth al­bum and it’s loud, proud and ag­gres­sive as re­gards the gui­tar tones that pos­i­tively rip out of the speak­ers! Recorded as a trio with leg­endary bassist Billy Shee­han and drum­mer, Richard Christy, Monte can switch vo­cal roles from roar­ing thrash metal to some­thing more akin to melodic Dave Grohl. As re­gards gui­tar, Panic At­tack’s de­tuned scooped dou­ble-time chug­ging is a blaz­ing al­bum opener. From here, there’s no let-up with tracks like Arisen In Broad Day­light (pound­ing dou­ble-tracked gui­tars), The Times Are Chang­ing (no Dy­lan com­par­i­son pos­si­ble!) and the mas­sive sound­ing Oblit­er­ated (har­mony gui­tars and run-filled solo). Re­lief comes in Cadabra with its ny­lon-string arpeg­gios and omi­nous un­der­cur­rents. Al­bum closer, New Blood Keeps Us Alive builds from a soli­tary acous­tic to full band and rip­ping al­ter­natepicked solo. Moshy in­deed!

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