ALBUM : INVERTED GRASP OF BALANCE
ARTIST : MONTE PITTMAN
GENRE : ROCK
DATE RELEASED : 2016
At this point, you could hardly call Madonna’s guitarist as your guilty pleasure. Perhaps, it is his association with Madonna that hardcore rock fans do not want to discover or try to listen to his records. This is quite sad as he should get attention from rock fans as his album is rockier and edgier than what most rock artist right now are offering. Perhaps, there is also a problem with regard to his music as if one based on the album cover, those who prefer glam rock will avoid this record as it looks like a cover of death metal rock band.
Watch a YouTube video of “Pride Comes Before The Fall” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC80RQAcYNw.
If you will give this record a time to listen to it, you will discover that it is not hard rock at all. Monte’s music in here are like homages to old school rock. There are shades of 70’s here like “Skeleton Key” which is so Deep Purple in terms of rock vibe. If you are looking for metal rock, you can find it in tracks such as “Panic Attack.” The guitar riff is so energetic that listening to it, you will experience panic too and your heart will beat faster. “Arisen in Blood” is like Jimi Hendrix playing lead guitar with Alice In Chains. There is a bit of Danzig also with “Guilty Pleasure.”
Watch him play “Burning Up” by Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmatS0mOxgA
There are also track that have shades of his old band “Prong” such as “The Times Are Changing.” In “Obliterate,” you will hear rock song which compared with the usual fare right now, you can say that this is probably the best rock song you heard for a long time. The guitar sound structure and riff is really amazing.
In this record, Monte Pittman also sang and while his voice may not have the scale like that of Steven Tyler, the quality of his voice is appropriate considering that this is a rock album merging different musical styles of some great rock bands. With that, this album deserves a 4 star rating for producing a rock album the way it should be.
1 stars = Ignore it
2 stars = risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it