NITA STRAUSS Con­trolled Chaos

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SUME­RIAN

Alice Cooper shred­der be­comes heavy metal’s gui­tar hero­ine

Nita Strauss is a gui­tar god­dess who’s built up her pro­file through old-school, melodic heav­i­ness. She first turned heads in the trib­ute act The Iron Maid­ens, be­fore, most notably, be­com­ing the gui­tarist for shock rock icon Alice Cooper. Nita’s his­tory sug­gests that her solo in­stru­men­tal out­ing, Con­trolled Chaos, would con­tinue in that vin­tage vein, but while clas­sic rock nos­tal­gia does oc­ca­sion­ally rear its head (a sym­phonic cover of Queen’s The Show Must Go On be­ing the goose­bump-in­duc­ing apex), this al­bum is in­stead a cel­e­bra­tion of the di­ver­sity of her metal gui­tar-work. Hope Grows is a soft, acoustic bal­lad; Lion Among Wolves is a thrash­ing num­ber with hints of gloomy black metal; The Quest is pure power metal ex­trav­a­gance; Mar­i­ana Trench is Synys­ter Gates-style riff­ing meets mod­ern met­al­core.

Nita’s six-string prow­ess tran­scends sub­gen­res and gen­er­a­tions, cre­at­ing a de­but that is an es­sen­tial lis­ten for met­al­heads young and old.

FOR FANS OF: Marty Fried­man, Avenged Seven­fold, Stra­to­var­ius

MATT MILLS

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