Renowned guitarist of Lamb of God Mark Morton has crafted his first solo record entitled “Anesthetic” exploring diverse music styles with total creative freedom and collaborating with several acclaimed musicians and vocalists from the metal/rock scene.
“Cross Off” is the song that everybody has been curious to hear since it features Chester Bennington as guest vocalist and definitely the vocals here steal the spotlight with a passionate and at times even savage delivery supported by massive groovy guitar riffs as well as softer deeply melancholic passages.
“Sworn Apart” marks another major groovy moment with a subtle modern metal approach featuring Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach on vocals and a winning mixture of crunchy rhythmic dynamics and melodic elements particularly dominant in the accessible chorus.
With its Southern rock vibes “Axis” might surprise the listeners but is actually one of the most interesting tracks featuring the unmistakable charming voice of Mark Lanegan that constantly amplifies the warm bluesy tonalities of the guitar melodies and charismatic soloing.
“The Never” packs a more aggressive punch with killer thrash elements which is definitely expected since the guest vocalist is the one & only Chuck Billy of legendary Testament and his monumental signature vocals successfully enhance the darkened grooves crafted by galloping guitar riffs and pummeling drums.
When “Save Defiance” begins you can instantly perceive a change of style as guitars diligently channel classic rock vibes and guest vocalist Myles Kennedy is the perfect choice to embody the catchy rock spirit of the song.
Featuring Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God and Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy “The Truth Is Dead” begins with calm melodies and soothing vocal harmonies but the rest of the song feels like a full blown metal anthem with steady sharp guitar riffs and diabolical growls supported by an intense rhythmic section.
Certainly the intriguing sonic diversity of “Anesthetic” comes from the various artistic collaborations that lead to unique flavors in each song but also from the fact that Mark Morton doesn’t necessarily play it safe and is often willing to push boundaries.