Having been Alice Cooper’s right-hand woman for the past four years, Nita Strauss conquered many of the biggest arenas the world over. On her solo debut, it’s even more evident just why she’s become the face of guitar for a new era – marrying neoclassical symphonies inspired by her long-distant composer relative with crushing metalcore beatdowns. Ourmost Desperatehour sits somewhere in between Dragonforce and In Flames whereas Lionamongwolves channels the kind of hellfire that raged deep within Norway’s infamous black metal scene. Equally as impressive is Strauss’s ability to take it all down a notch and colour in slower melodies that imprint on the mind with the kind of finesse made famous by fellow Ibanez endorsees Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Having made history as the Japanese brand’s first female signature artist, she’s a perfect ambassador for the good winds of change – but most importantly of all – she’s simply a phenomenal player.
Lion Among Wolves