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Gus G. - Fearless

Gus G.
Fearless
by Kyle Scott at 04 May 2018, 12:12 PM

When Gus G wanted to make a solo record, he wanted to make damn sure it was something the fans hadn’t heard before. His first solo album “Guitar Master” has a lot of instrumental tracks that Gus originally deemed unfit for his other band FIREWIND. “Guitar Master” allowed Gus to experiment and try his hand at writing songs, not just playing them. Not having to answer to anyone creatively or production wise meant a lot of freedom to just do what came naturally in the studio, which was a huge plus on its own. Gus liked this new creative process so much, his current album “Fearless” is his fourth solo album.

Gus collaborated with vocalist Dennis Ward of UNISONIC, and drummer Will Hunt of EVANESCENCE on this album. Gus’ second studio album “I am the Fire” featured a lot of guest vocalists from STEEL PANTHER, DEVOUR THE DAY, and CANDLEMASS just to name a few, so Gus clearly isn’t shy to collaborate.

The talent of all three shows from the first track “Letting Go”. Dennis’ lyrics are literally a light in the darkness just like he sings in the song’s chorus while Gus’ guitar frets are, of course, unrivaled even by Will Hunt’s insane speed on the drums. An instant 80s-style classic “Mr. Manson” about, what else, but the infamous deeds of the late, not-so-great Charles Manson himself? “Don’t Tread on Me” is not a METALLICA cover, but a song about getting back on track after losing your way so many years ago. Title track “Fearless” is a mind-bending instrumental track where Gus shines like a diamond on his guitar. There are cool synths in the opening of classic DIRE STRAITS song “Money for Nothing”. “Chances” is infectious and well-rounded with Gus’ mad guitar frets.

Gus G. has no problem keeping the listener in one place. His chords nothing short of captivating ensuring that you are listening. “Fearless” is the latest addition to Gus’ legendary reputation.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 9
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Letting Go
2. Mr, Manson
3. Don’t Tread on me
4. Fearless
5. Nothing to say
6. Money for Nothing
7. Chances
8. Thrill of the Chase
9. Big City
10. Last of My Kind
 
Lineup:
Gus G. - Guitars, Bass, and Keyboards
Dennis Ward - Vocals
Will Hunt - Drummer
 
Record Label: AFM Records
     


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