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John 5 & The Creatures - Sinner

John 5 & The Creatures
by Craig Rider at 08 February 2022, 6:01 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: JOHN 5 & THE CREATURES; signed via Big Machine Records, hailing from the United States of America - performing Rock/Heavy/Thrash Metal/Industrial/Jazz/Country/Experimental, on their 9th Full-length album entitled: “Sinner” (released October 28th, 2021). Since formation in 2014; the trio in question have released only 5 Singles, EPs and 6 Full-length albums in their discography so far. I am introduced to their 6th album entitled: “Sinner”. 10 tracks ranging around 32:09; JOHN 5 & THE CREATURES arrange an intricately designed formula on some Rock/Heavy/Thrash Metal/Industrial/Jazz/Country/Experimental amalgamations.

Opening up with this vibrant synthetic, this riffing maelstrom within “Welcome To The Island” manifests with this sulfurous hymn, distilling an experimental hook in which revels with riveting vehemence. An intro ending with spoken-word children harboring “we’re misfits too”, until more blistering instrumentation bulldozes with rampantly rompy stability in “For I Have Sinned”. This steamrolling fabrication frolics with wildly rushing sharpness, razor-splitting remedy synergies with sonically seamless tonality & monolithic tempo. An all instrumental experience shrouds speakers with potent stridency, swerving with gnarly calamity and belting contortion - an intriguing slab of solid zeal swifts with rapidly nimble versatility from consisting guitarist John 5 himself. A euphonic dexterity dynamically distills a fluidly polished persistence on progressive technicality, complex haste and flamboyant firepower expertise…as dark electronica also fuels eardrums with majestic virtuosity.

An industrial component in “Euphoria” comes into play next, (featuring a guest appearance from Carla Harvey who soars the words “euphoria” here and there) where weighty jumpiness piledrives with punchy laceration amongst a grindy hybrid that slays with rambunctious drum hammering from Logan Miles Nix and an infectiously venomous thump from audible bassist Ian Ross. Both inject a galloping whirlwind of striking pursuits with meaty bounciness and amplified adrenaline that stomps with relentless smacks & profusely robust melody, where the jazz-proto-metal fused chaos within “Que Pasa” introduces a bizarre concoction from none other than Dave Mustaine himself. Honestly, he doesn’t deliver too much here…but a nice little Easter egg with those iconic cords of his grip, combines a unique outre of panache that’s not so expected from the MEGADETH front man. Elsewhere, a country-merged symbiosis juxtaposes this immersive flair within “How High The Moon” …which perseveres with more remedial substance & organic yet towering horsepower dimensions.

A lot of computerized elements implement a flexible fundamental on concrete but gritty craftsmanship aptitudes, where mellifluous shreds make up for it immensely. As a borderline foundation on meticulous rhythms & stampeding buoyancy intrudes here, as boisterous but effervescent harmony distinguishes a creative distinction with trailblazing energy. “Creepshow” ramifies with more upbeat entrancements, as the transfusion of rock/heavy/thrash metal notably revolves with impactful efficaciousness amongst an impulse formulaic in linear fashion charges fiercely. A crunchy forge in all things musical seems to transpire with salubrious yet volatile precision, where the steely “Land Of The Misfits” rollick with some psychedelic pandemonium amongst a lively sense of vigor which showcases The Creature’s pulsing repertoire of archaic but artistic innovation of songwriting musicianship that rumbles with reverberating wittiness to boot.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love” starts off like a ballad anthem, interjecting more of those polymerized momentums of methodical systematics that chimes into a dance barraged frenzy of epic but spectral waves of riffy rifts & mesmerizing conundrums as the penultimate strider “This Is How I Do It” utilizes this more punky aesthetic, intertwined with those industrious but quintessentially sophisticated musical qualities that overall concludes the record with “Sinner’s finale epic “Georgia On My Mind” which features a little snippet from Peter Criss, a fitting end that kind of reminds me of something that a biker gang would totally appreciate and jam to.

Bottom line; “Sinner” surprisingly brimmed exceptionally well with marveling yet tuneful cordial, in accordance to this flourishing conjuring of smooth musical equalities in which most surely deserves a few handful of listens. A discovery that’s surely worth spinning & replaying a bunch, as it’s a certified experience that’s worthy of enjoying, do check it - as JOHN 5 & THE CREATURES indefinitely outdone themselves with this one.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Welcome To The Island
2. For I Have Sinned
3. Euphoria
4. Que Pasa
5. How High The Moon
6. Creepshow
7. Land Of The Misfit Toys
8. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
9. This Is How I Do It
10. Georgia On My Mind
John 5 - Guitars
Ian Ross - Bass Guitar
Logan Miles Nix - Drums

Guest Artists:

Dave Mustaine
Carla Harvey
Peter Criss
Record Label: Big Machine Records


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