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Gus G – Brand New Revolution

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 21st June 2015 by mickbirchy

Gus G
Brand New Revolution
Power Metal/Heavy Metal
Released: 24th July 2015
via Century Media

Gus G should be no stranger to any heavy metal fan. The amount of work he has put out over the last 10+ years is shearly staggering – be that with Firewind, Dream Evil or the prince of darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne.  In early 2014 we got his debut solo record ‘I Am The Fire’.  I did like this album but it was missing a spark. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I couldn’t get into, but it just didn’t feel right.  At least not to me. However, with this new album on the horizon Gus G takes it above and beyond. ‘Brand New Revolution’ is nothing short of amazing. Every song feels complete and Gus takes everything he has learned over the years and capitalises on it tenfold. Also the album boasts feature guest vocal appearances from Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey, Talisman), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) and Mats Levén (Candlemass, Yngwie Malmsteen, Treat).

Opening on the blistering instrumental tune ‘The Quest’, where Gus just shows off his skill and displays amazing fret control. Just an air guitar fest of a song. After this, every song features a vocalist, so I think it would be best to tackle this album by each singer. Jacob Bunton brings an energy and a charisma to the songs he performs on, including the title track ‘Brand New Revolution’. These songs are played very much to his strengths, just good rock ‘n’ roll style songs with tight riffs and packed solo’s. If there’s one thing Gus knows how to do is pack an amazing solo into a short space on a track with ease.  Jacob has a great voice for these songs and sings with a great amount of confidence. Particularly on the track ‘Burn’, which I feel he was really comfortable singing. I can hear why Gus wanted him to sing on the majority of the album. Singing on 5 of the 12 songs on the album.

Next on the plate we have Jeff Scott Soto, who does a decent job with the songs he’s given. These tunes have a NWOBHM vibe about them and feel like throwback tunes.  Soto has a pretty recognisable voice and I feel he’s utilised pretty well on the songs.  Distinctly on ‘Generation G’. Although I like Soto, I think his songs are the weakest on the record and generally feel rushed.  He’s definitely having fun, so that energy he’s bringing to the tracks works pretty well here.

Elize Ryd is one of my favourite singers of the last few years.  I’m a big fan of Amaranthe, and any generally anything she’s on. She seems to be the queen of collaborations at the moment. She’s done featuring guest vocals on so many tracks from Kamelot to Nergard, and it’s pretty cool to hear her pop up here.  This is one of the few times she has a song completely to herself, as she is usually singing with someone.  Let me tell you now, she can carry a song easily on her own.  Gus has given her this dirty sounding almost tech metal song. ‘What Lies Beneath’ is a great tune with a fun beat and fits Elize’s vocals well. Her vocals just soar here.

Mats Levén, in my opinion, gets some of the strongest songs on the album. He is also the one who sounds the most comfortable on this album. ‘Come Hell or Highwater’ is a fun power metal tune, with some decent rock n roll ideas thrown in. The other two songs he features in are pretty great too. Especially the album’s closing song ‘The Demon Inside’, in which his performance is impeccable. Just great stuff.  Something also has to be said for the backing band on the album too. Gus G regulars, Jo Nunez (Firewind) on drums and Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford) on bass, sound awesome as always. The chemistry just shows on the album making the music even richer.

Overall, I freaking love this album. It far surpasses Gus’ previous solo album, as there’s more consistency and just more fun. He has a passion for metal like no other. Just a rip roaring fun record, made for any fan of heavy metal. Can’t believe I’m awarding my second five out of five this year, but this one has earned it.

5/5

Mick Birchall

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Gus G.’s debut solo album out now in Europe

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 19th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

I Am The Fire, the debut solo release from guitar wizard Gus G., who is well known throughout the rock and metal world as the driving force behind Firewind and lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, is out now in Europe.

Fans can get the details of each track from the album in the below video.

I Am The Fire is available as digipak CD, LP on black 180gr vinyl as well as digital download. The strictly limited red vinyl and exclusive t-shirt bundle can be found at CM Distro at this location.

The tracklist for I Am The Fire is as follows:

1. My Will Be Done (Feat. Mats Levén)
2. Blame It On Me (Feat. Mats Levén)
3. I Am The Fire (Feat. Devour The Day)
4. Vengeance (Feat. David Ellefson)
5. Long Way Down (Feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
6. Just Can’t Let Go (Feat. Jacob Bunton)
7. Terrified (Feat. Billy Sheehan)
8. Eyes Wide Open (Feat. Mats Levén)
9. Redemption (Feat. Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (Feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (Feat. Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (Feat. Mats Levén)

The I Am The Fire album sees Gus G. handling guitar, bass and keyboard duties and showcases a long list of highly skilled instrumentalist peers as well as several remarkable vocalists joining Gus to stress the versatile stylistic approach of the 12 featured songs. The roster of friends and guests that help bring Gus G.’s vision to fruition include drummers Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo) and Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy), bassists David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Marty O’Brien (Tommy Lee, We Are The Fallen) as well as Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex. Yngwie Malmsteen/Therion), Blake Allison (Devour The Day), Michael Starr (Steel Panther). Plus Alexia Rodriguez (Eyes Set To Kill), Tom S. Englund (Evergrey), Jacob Bunton (Adler) and Jeff Scott Soto (TSO, ex-Journey) as guest vocalists.

I Am The Fire was mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther, etc.) and was partly recorded in Los Angeles and partly in Gus’ home country of Greece during the past months. The album showcases a well-balanced and inspiring mixture of precise song writing, driven contemporary active rock songs, a classic Hard Rock vibe, pounding Metal cuts as well as breathtaking instrumentals. The album takes you on a diverse journey and opens the door to Gus G.’s soulful guitar playing.

Gus G. will be touring Europe in May 2014, so check out the dates below:

Gus G. + Marty Friedman / “Guitar Universe 2” Co-Headline Tour:

1st May – Tampere (Finnland) – Klubi
2nd May – Helsinki (Finnland) – Nosturi
3rd May – Stockholm (Schweden) – Stockholm Rocks Festival
5th May – Gothenburg (Schweden) – Trädgårn
6th May – Malmö (Schweden) – KB
9th May – Krakow (Polen) – Lizzard King
10th May – Warsaw (Polen) – Progresja
12th May – München (Deutschland) – Backstage
14th May – Hannover (Deutschlandy) – Musikzentrum * New Show!
15th May – Essen (Deutschland) – Turock
16th May – Zoetermeer (Holland) – De Boerderij
17th May – Hasselt (Belgien) – MuziekoDroom
18th May – Uden (Holland) – De Pul
20th May – Savigny Le Temple (Frankreich) – L’ Impreinte
21st May – London (UK) – O2 Islington Academy
22nd May – Nuneaton (UK) – Queens Hall

Gus G. online:

http://gusgofficial.com
http://facebook.com/officialgusg
http://twitter.com/gusgofficial
http://youtube.com/firetv

 

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Gus G’s first single I Am The Fire officially released this week

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 25th February 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Guitar maestro Gus G has officially released his first single I Am The Fire which is taken from his upcoming and long overdue first solo album I Am The Fire. Gus G who is known throughout the metal world for his work with Firewind and as a member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band is set to release his debut solo album on 17th March in Europe and 18th March in North America via Century Media, whom his band Firewind are currently signed to. Fans can head over to iTunes at this location to pre-order the digital version of Gus G’s debut solo album and receive instant access to the new single.

In related news, the guitar maestro Gus G recently announced the first tour dates in support of the I Am The Fire album release in Europe. Further dates have been added to the Guitar Universe featuring Gus G and Marty Friedman, so check out the updates (Marked *) as follows:

Gus G. + Uli Jon Roth, Jorn Lande & Mats Levén / “Unity 1” Tour:

07.03.2014 Kerkyra (Greece) – Eptatehnon
08.03.2014 Thessaloniki (Greece) – Block 33 / http://www.ticketarena.gr
09.03.2014 Edessa (Greece) – Kanavourgeio
10.03.2014 Larnaca (Cyprus) – Savino Rock Bar
11.03.2014 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro Live / http://www.ticketarena.gr
12.03.2014 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro Live / www.ticketarena.gr

Gus G. + Marty Friedman / “Guitar Universe 2” Co-Headline Tour:

01.05.2014 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi
02.05.2014 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
03.05.2014 Stockholm (Sweden) – Stockholm Rocks Festival
05.05.2014 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Trädgårn * New show
07.05.2014 Malmö (Sweden) – KB * New show
09.05.2014 Krakow (Poland) – Lizzard King * New show
10.05.2014 Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja * New show
12.05.2014 Munich (Germany) – Backstage
13.05.2014 Colmar (France) – Grillen * New date
15.05.2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock
16.05.2014 Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij
17.05.2014 Hasselt (Belgium) – MuziekoDroom * New Show
18.05.2014 Uden (The Netherlands) – De Pul
20.05.2014 Savigny Le Temple (France) – L’ Impreinte
21.05.2014 London (UK) – O2 Islington Academy
22.05.2014 Nuneaton (UK) – Queens Hall

Gus G online:

http://gusgofficial.com
http://facebook.com/officialgusg
https://twitter.com/gusgofficial
http://youtube.com/firetv

 

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Firewind new live album Apotheosis – Live 2012 out now!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 27th June 2013 by Contra Mundi

The Greek power metal gods Firewind, who house pioneering guitar extraordinaire Gus G when he’s not off with the legendary Ozzy Osbourne and playing his songs, have released a new live album to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The live album, entitled Apotheosis – Live 2012 features iconic tracks from throughout Firewind’s extensive musical career and was recorded during their Few Against Many tour at shows in Greece and other countries in Europe. Clocking in at 69 minutes and featuring anthems from throughout their career, it breathes new fire into the band and shows a different side to them than their previous live release from 2008: Live Premonition.

Apotheosis – Live 2012 also features the final performances of Firewind’s vocalist Apollo Papathanasi, who has since left the band. His replacement, Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight) will be taking to the stage as a session front man for all of the band’s upcoming 2013 shows.

Firewind have again rekindled their long standing relationship with artist Gustavo Sazes who’s art has graced releases from the likes of Arch Enemy and Dream Evil, for the cover artwork of Apotheosis – Live 2012. It incorporates live photography of the band by Hans-W. Rock and is awesome to behold.

The Track listing for Apotheosis – Live 2012 is as follows:

FirewindApotheosis – Live 2012 (69:07)

1. Head Up High (4:21)
2. Wall Of Sound (4:04)
3. Allegiance (4:35)
4. Few Against Many (5:00)
5. The Departure (0:41)
6. Heading For The Dawn (4:04)
7. Losing My Mind (6:15)
8. World On Fire (4:45)
9. Guitar Solo 2012 (2:17)
10. SKG (5:26)
11. Between Heaven And Hell (5:13)
12. Piano Solo (0:53)
13. Edge Of A Dream (4:24)
14. Mercenary Man (3:47)
15. Glorious (3:41)
16. Maniac (4:32
17. Falling To Pieces (5:02)

The Digital Download version of the release additionally includes the following 2 live-bonustracks:

18. Cold As Ice (4:18)
19. Tyranny (4:05)

Firewind online:

http://www.firewind.gr
http://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial
http://www.myspace.com/firewind
http://twitter.com/firewindmusic
http://www.youtube.com/firetv

 

Firewind stream first song from Apotheosis – Live 2012

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Greece’s premier power metal act Firewind, whom are spearheaded by Ozzy Osbourne’s band member and guitar-wizard Gus G, are set to release a new live album, titled Apotheosis – Live 2012, through Century Media on 24th June in Europe and 24th July in Japan through Marquee Records. The live album celebrates the band’s 10th anniversary.

Few Against Many is the first song to be released from the album and is being streamed via Germany’s Classic Rock Magazine at this location.

Apotheosis – Live 2012 tracklisting is as follows:

1. Head Up High
2. Wall Of Sound
3. Allegiance
4. Few Against Many
5. The Departure
6. Heading For The Dawn
7. Losing My Mind
8. World On Fire
9. Guitar Solo 2012
10. SKG
11. Between Heaven And Hell
12. Piano Solo
13. Edge Of A Dream
14. Mercenary Man
15. Glorious
16. Maniac
17. Falling To Pieces

Firewind online:

http://www.firewind.gr
http://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial
http://www.myspace.com/firewind
http://twitter.com/firewindmusic
http://www.youtube.com/firetv

 

Firewind announce the release of live album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Greek melo-power metallers Firewind, featuring the guitar-wizard Gus G., have recently returned from an extensive North American tour together with Turisas and Stolen Babies, on which Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight) debuted as session frontman.

Now, Firewind are happy to reveal that they will be releasing a new live album on June 24th 2013 via Century Media Records in Europe to celebrate the 10th band anniversary in style. Entitled Apotheosis – Live 2012, the album will contain 17 songs recorded at special anniversary shows in Greece as well as all over Europe during the band’s Few Against Many tour in 2012 with a playing time of 69 minutes featuring a great overview of the band’s career so far, which spans over 7 studio albums so far. This live-album also marks the final release with long term singer Apollo Papathanasio, who decided to step down from his duties as singer by the end of last year.

Firewind’s Gus G. has checked in to comment the release as follows:

Apotheosis = the glorification of a subject to a divine level.

That is the word that came to my mind, while thinking of how I could best describe the feeling & the vibe of those 4 anniversary shows we played in our homeland Greece and our last European headline tour in 2012! So that had to be our live album’s title. You can feel the energy on these recordings, you can hear the screams of the most hardcore fans & the FIREWIND chants…it’s all there.

No doubt about it, it’s the sheer love from our fans and supporters that has kept us alive and strong for 10 years and we wanted to celebrate all that with this album.

We recorded all those shows, chose the best performances and now we can’t wait to release this one! See you out there this spring & summer on European festival stages!

Firewind’s latest studio album, Few Against Many, was mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (Trivium, All That Remains, Death Angel, etc.) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Mastodon, Hatebreed, Symphony X, etc.). The iconic album’s artwork was once again created by Firewind’s longtime partner in all design matters, Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Angra, Dream Evil, etc.). While the album’s standard version is available in the CD format as well as LP and also as Digital Download, Few Against Many is also released as limited edition Digipak CD with two bonus tracks. Few Against Many occupied the national sales charts in Greece at the # 1 top spot for several weeks!

More Firewind online action:

Album “track by track” video with Gus G., Pt. 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBUayMOMkfE
Album “track by track” video with Gus G., Pt. 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qjajKR7tH8
Album EPK-clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l41HCQJdmE
“Wall Of Sound” official video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aihNvw4b8bE
“Edge Of A Dream (Feat. Apocalyptica)” official video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRlEiDQbbpY
“Glorious” live clip (O2’s fancams):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=5_Jsf3crOWs
“Few Against Many” guitar play-through video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KniFgWoXDCQ

FIREWIND online:
http://www.firewind.gr
http://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial
http://www.myspace.com/firewind
http://twitter.com/firewindmusic

Doro–Raise Your Fist

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 11th October 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Doro
Raise Your Fist
Released: 19th October 2012
Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast

Since the beginning of her career, Doro has gone fought and won every battle in the metal scene, eventually gaining her the unofficial title of the Queen of Metal, as well as influencing several bands in the process. With a vast and extensive discography already under her belt, Raise Your Fist, which features the likes of Lemmy (Motorhead) and Gus G (Firewind), is the latest chapter in the German singer’s legendary career.

Raise Your Fist In The Air starts the album with a powerful sound and take no shit attitude. Belting out punchy riffs and domineering vocals, the track is unrelenting from beginning to end while Coldhearted Lover lashes out with a slow, more frozen sound (pun not intended). Unsurprisingly, Doro’s vocals adapt well to the lyrical change of sound, still belting out powerful vocal sections that are really emphasised by the guitar stylings of Bas and the subtle keyboards of Luca. Some of the lines that Doro belts out are more than memorable.

Rock Til Death thrashes about with the hard rockin’ party feel while still blasting out the hard-hitting sound that has become associated with Doro’s music. I’m left with mixed feelings about the ballad track It Still Hurts. While being an enchantingly performed piece, Lemmy’s vocals just don’t seem to sound right with the soft, emotive sound of the song om the first few listens but after a while, Lemmy’s vocals really do grow on you during this track. Moving on from the slower, softer sounds, Take No Prisoner bursts in, wielding around an old-fashioned, antagonised sound which will no doubt go down a treat with fans of NWOBHM bands such as Judas Priest. The use of sirens in the song add that a certain prison-break feel and mysticism to the song as well.

Grab the Bull (Last Man Standing), which features Gus G, carries on the aggressive tone of the previous track but at a slower pace – And it still packs more punch than a leather belt across the face. Gus’ part on the album throws in a crisp, clean bit of metal, contrasting well with the raw, callous sound of the song. Engel (German for “Angel”) has all the makings for an instant classic ballad, soothing and seductive vocals and a magical piano medley. The use of German lyrics add a touch of untamed power to the sound, echoing well throughout the song. The contrasting use of keyboards and guitars do a lot to enchanting the listener as well, throwing in a certain despair that add the emotion to the lyrics and really make the vocals stand out.

Freiheit (Human Rights) continues the use of German lyrics – The track overall requires a couple of listens before you can really appreciate the composition and beauty of the song though it may be a little soft for those that are wanting something heavier like Little Headbanger (Nackenbrecher) which unleashes a fury of guitars and violent drums topped with belting vocals and face-melting basslines. Doro’s vocals morph into something more furious sounding for Revenge, dancing well with the storming guitars and raging drums. It certainly is one of the stand-out tracks on the album, crashing back and forth like a vehement ocean.

Free My Heart is a drastic change in pace and sound from the previous song, calling back the docile elements while still echoing its own grand, majestic sound complete with with powerful, grandiose keyboards and vocals that really pack a good walloping. Victory sounds like a good ol’ fashioned anthem of victory, really displaying some of Doro’s vocal talents before the album ends with the acoustic whisperings of Hero, another powerful and emotive track that is a fitting tribute to the late, great Ronnie James Dio. The guitars and keyboards call out beautifully, reflecting the emotions in the lyrics while at the same time screaming out with an epic sound.

It’s not hard to deny Doro’s title as the Queen of Metal and by the sounds of Raise Your Fist, she’ll be holding onto her crown for a long time to come. The album is one to write about about, with some memorable anthems and more emotion invoking tracks, so get ready to Raise Your Fist!

4.8/5

Nico Davidson