The Asian Invasion is back with a brand spanking new album review for you. This week it's a super solid guitar players very first solo album ready for the masses.
Gus G. has spent the last decade or so proving that he's is one of metals elite when it comes to guitar virtuoso's. He's recorded a fair amount of albums with his band Firewind and he was fortunate enough to be hand picked by Ozzy Osbourne himself to be the reigning guitarist in that band since 2009.
Now, after quietly becoming one of the most skilled guitarists around, he's finally released his very first solo album entitled "I Am The Fire."
“People have been asking me for a solo record for years now, but I didn’t want to do an album that sounded like something people have heard from me before,” says Gus G. of his solo debut.
It’s stuff that woudn’t fit on a Firewind record, and I didn’t want to push that band in this direction. I consider myself a songwriter as well as a guitar player, and this album allowed me to experiment and explore that different side of me.”
Now even though this album doesn't sound nearly like Ozzy or Firewind, it still holds true to his virtuosity. Guitar solos are quite plentiful all through this record and there is a bevy of guest musicians as well.
The aforementioned instrumentals “Vengeance” and “Terrified” feature guest bassists Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) and Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big), while the rest of the album features either Gus or Marty O’Brien (Disturbed, Tommy Lee) holding down the bottom end alongside main drummer Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo) and Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy), who guests on the two instrumental tracks.
Guest vocalists are aplenty as well. Even Steel Panther's Michael Starr guests on the track "Redemption" as well as former Journey singer Jeff Scott Soto. He sings on the song "Summer Days."
Overall this album is very tight and something I'm glad Gus wanted to record. It's always nice for such skilled musicians to have additional outlets for their creativity.
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