InveRted GRasp of Balance
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!