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MONTE PITTMANN THE POWER OF THREE REVIEW

 

MONTE PITTMAN- THE POWER OF THREE

METAL BLADE RECORDS

JANUARY 21 2014

 

 

Longview Texas born Monte Pittman, best known for playing guitar with Madonna since 2001 releases his third album in January. Three solo albums in, Monte returns to his first love – Metal and this full album comes after the 2012’s stripped back ‘The Power Of Three, Pt. 1’ an acoustic antecedent of this full album.

 

The only real question of course is, is it any good?  Well listening to the single ‘A Dark Horse’ first, the answer initially is a resounding ‘yes’. It’s the sort of song and opener that says so much about the artist and the album itself, starting off low key and acoustic you are dropped almost literally into molten Metal. There’s a certain Sabbathy-flavour to the vocals, and a laid back Seattle grunge vibe, balanced with relentless riffing: it’s a heady mix.

 

‘Delusions of Grandeur’ that hits like a second punch in a one-two combination is another of the best here – sonically similar, it’s a little faster. Pittman has gone for a very clean sound on the album and I’m still on the fence on that aspect, while it allows the full force of the guitars to shine, in other ways it feels slightly antiseptic. Saying that the sonics really suit tracks like ‘Before the Mourning Song’ where production really makes the song shine, or the progressive-tinged ‘All IS Fair I Love and War’ which is one of our favourite tracks here.

 

If you like your Metal flavoured like Sabbath or even Soundgarden then Pittman has hit on a formula you’ll enjoy giving repeated listens.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

MONTE PITTMANN THE POWER OF THREE REVIEW