JOHN 5 - The Devil Knows My Name

John 5 - The Devil Knows My Name

10 songs
55:00 minutes


John 5, a former Marilyn Manson guitarist, just released his third solo record The Devil Knows My Name. His second effort Vertigo didn’t overwhelm the DisAgreement crew two years ago, and the new record doesn’t seem to make things better. If you consider that John 5 isn’t together anymore with porn star Aria Giovanni, his coolness factor has even diminished more than ever before.

The album starts with a quite strange intro before The Werewolf Of Westeria features Joe Satriani on guitar, influencing the song in an obvious way. There are two more songs with guest guitarists: Black Widow Of La Porte with Jim Root (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and The Washing Away Of Wrong with Eric Johnson (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winters,…). While the first one goes straight into the Shrapnel guitar school direction, the latter one is more groove and jazz inspired.

There are no discussions about the technical abilities of John 5, but The Devil Knows My Name is nothing more than just another guitar hero album. I guess that playing the Guitar Hero video game on PS2 or Xbox 360 can be more entertaining than listening to notes and structures that have already been done more than two decades ago. A first impression is that there are no big differences to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. But soon afterwards, you wonder why you shouldn’t prefer the originals to this shameless copy. I also don’t understand why you should cover Guns N' Roses’ Welcome To The Jungle in an instrumental way. What’s for sure is that I will avoid The Devil Knows My Name in the future.

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