“The Power of Three”
Produced by: Flemming Rasmussen
Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars
“The Power of Three” is the latest solo release from Madonna guitarist Monte Pittman. The album is third solo release from the Los Angeles based artist and is the follow up release to his 2012 album titled “M.P.3: The Power of Three, Part 1”. The 10 tracks which make up this release were produced by legendary rock/metal producer Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica) and are being released via Metal Blade records.
Having known Pittman from his work with Madonna and Prong I was certainly interested in checking out what he had in-store for listeners on his newest solo release. Pittman blends a number of different styles which are as diverse as the list of acts he has worked with. The albums opening track “A Dark Horse” starts out with a haunting acoustic passage which gives way to blistering, overdriven electric guitars flanked by thunderous drums and vocals reminiscent of Pentagrams Bobby Liebling. As I made my way through later tracks such as the catchy, power groove filled “Blood Hungry Thirst” and the four on the floor “Missing” my attention was kept making me anxious to hear what would come next as Pittman covers immense musical ground.
Don’t let the fact that Monte Pittman has played with a number of pop acts fool you as he is definitely a metal guitarist and “The Power of Three” is a shining example of that. Double bass filled breakdowns, ripping solos and crushing rhythms made this album a great listen. My only advice to would be listeners is to make sure you have stretched your neck properly prior to starting the album as it’s bound to get a work out from the 10 head-banging tracks
1.) A Dark Horse
2.) Delusions of Grandeur
3.) Everything’s Undone
4.) Blood Hungry Thirst
5.) Away From Here
6.) On My Mind
7.) Before the Mourning Sun
9.) End of the World
10.) All Is Fair In Love and War