John 5 The Art of Malice
3.5 Release Date: 2010
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4.5 superbJack Knapman | May 12th 14

Unpredictable, exhilarating and quirky, Art of Malice sees John 5 aim for a more light-hearted and fun-sounding affair. In a hilariously stark contrast to the rest of his darker and edgier discography, the album feels like a cross between the soundtrack to a high-octane action film and the soundtrack to a hyperactive Saturday-morning cartoon, in which almost every track tries, and often succeeds, in putting a smile on the face of the listener, as John 5 ventures into speed metal, southern metal, folk rock, bluegrass, polka, and everything inbetween, all for the sake of keeping the humour at the forefront, and all the while showcasing the guitarist's technical proficiency to the highest degree with his most ball-grippingly infectious riffs to date. But it's the fact that he pulls these off with steel guitars and banjos, and with an irresistably cute sense of self-awareness that serves as a testament to John 5's versatility and adaptability to newer fields within the neverending realms of guitar-playing. While it may lack in consistency in some areas, and have some slight redundancy set in towards the end of its barrage of amusements, ultimately, Art of Malice is anything BUT Malice with how it sets out to just say "fuck it", go all out and have some fun with string instruments for about an hour, with a more-than-cabaple guitarist supplying the thrills.

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3.5 greatMrsLovett | July 2nd 14
5.0 classicdieseloctane6669 | April 20th 14
3.5 greatthefallen66 | April 17th 14
3.0 goodgolfandcars2 | February 17th 14
4.0 excellentSimon Killip | December 9th 13
4.0 excellentcmorrisau | December 13th 12
1.5 very poorSevendave | November 29th 12
3.5 greatmetlhed2012 | November 23rd 12
2.5 averageJanKorejRoman | July 11th 12
2.5 averageVagitarianZombie | June 27th 12
3.5 greatlmaca | June 4th 12
4.5 superbvyralx | May 8th 12
3.5 greatBradBlacktooth | October 30th 11
3.5 greatRaul Stanciu STAFF | October 23rd 11
4.0 excellentJumaos | April 21st 11
2.5 averageMisterSteel | February 15th 11
4.0 excellentThompson D. Gerhart STAFF | February 13th 11
5.0 classicBadskill | November 28th 10
2.0 poorkoreyosm | September 11th 10
3.0 goodTapRooT | June 29th 10
3.0 goodta loco | May 19th 10
3.5 greatScott Krasman | May 16th 10

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