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John 5
The Devil Knows My Name
April 2007
Released: 2007, Chrysalis Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

John 5 is one of the best guitarists out there today. He has worked with the likes of David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie to name a few. His playing is second to none which is why he is kept so busy.

This instrumental cd is a musician’s dream with its shredding guitar playing and killer drums. It is an all out, over the top Shredfest. John 5 just lets loose here and shows everyone what he got. Technically the guy sounds amazing but from a non player standpoint it gets old real quick. There are 2 real standouts on this disc of 11 tracks. The first is a fantastic cover of Guns n’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle”. While true to the original this adds in a cool ‘vocal’ guitar to add to it. It’s a updated version so to speak. The other notable here is “Dead Art Plainfield” which is very reminiscent of the DLR sung “Can’t Get This Stuff No More” off the VanHalen Best of disc.

A fantastic disc for any and all guitarists out there. It just has no real replay value for non instrumental fans.
Track Listing

1. First Victim
2. The Werewolf of Westeria
3. 27 Needles
4. Bella Kiss
5. Black Widow of La Porte
6. Welcome to the Jungle
7. Harold Rollings Hymn
8. Dead Art in Plainfield
9. Young Thing
10. The Washing Away of Wrong
11. July 31st (The Last Stand)



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