Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
News

MONTE PITTMAN To Release Inverted Grasp Of Balance

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 2:40 PM


September 23rd Via Metal Blade Records

- advertisement -
Monte Pittman Photo By Kevin Wilson

There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but MONTE PITTMAN is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. With his fourth full-length, Inverted Grasp Of Balance, he has once again raised the stakes, delivering a riveting collection of full force metal that showcases his continuing evolution, undoubtedly expanding his devout - and ravenous - fan base. "I knew exactly the album I wanted to make," he states. "I wanted to make the heaviest and craziest music I ever have. I really feel that it's an album that will grab you and demand your attention." The results speak for themselves, and from the explosive thrash of opener "Panic Attack" through to the epic strains of closing track "New Blood Keeps Us Alive", the quality doesn't dip once, making this one of the most essential metal releases of 2016.

Today the artwork, track listing and first single from Inverted Grasp Of Balance have been unveiled. In addition, an art video for the song "Pride Comes Before The Fall" is available for streaming below. Head to http://www.metalblade.com/montepittman to pre-order the album.

To assert that PITTMAN has had a storied career is something of an understatement. His resumé includes an ongoing and fruitful collaboration with multi-platinum selling artist MADONNA, having recorded and toured with her extensively over a period of more than fifteen years. Then there's his first band, MYRA MAINS, his stint in the metallic behemoth that is PRONG, and collaborations with a broad spectrum of international artists. If his time with PRONG did not fully communicate just how much metal flowed through his veins, with 2014's Flemming Rasmussen-produced The Power Of Three - his first release with Metal Blade Records - he compellingly blended killer riffs, blistering leads and gigantic hooks to deliver an album that was equal parts anthemic grandeur and in-your-face attitude, making metalheads around the world sit up and take note.

Having never been inclined to allow his guitars to gather dust, PITTMAN wasted no time in commencing writing for its follow up. "I started pretty much immediately. When I finish an album, I have a window of opportunity where I see the big picture and where it should take me next. There are sections to the songs on Inverted Grasp Of Balance that are identical to the way they were when I originally came up with them, all that time ago, and there are parts that I changed at the last minute while recording. It was a real ongoing process."

Alongside wanting to make a heavier, faster record, PITTMAN also wanted to push the boundaries of his guitar playing, while experimenting more dramatically with song structures and tones. This is made clear by the diversity of the record, which while predominantly a blast of armor-plated adrenaline showcases an admirable range of sounds and styles, features some straight up rockers and truly beautiful moments amidst the metallic attack. "I planned on it all being heads down thrashing, but I've always liked a variety of music and sounds. The beautiful, plaintive parts snuck in and gave the album a nice dynamic. I wanted it to be a record that just pulverizes you for an hour, but having a lighter side in places gives it more balance."

The album title itself comes from a line in album opener "Panic Attack", and is centered around the idea of feeling in control when that is actually not the case at all - the ground falls out beneath you just when you think you've got things dialed. However, PITTMAN views such circumstances as a potential blessing in disguise. "It can mean starting again from scratch but knowing more than you did before. What is balance? It's never 50/50. Nothing is ever completely perfect. From a music theory perspective, if you take a C Major 7 chord, you have 'perfect harmony'. None of the notes are altered, and that's the only time this happens with the numerical value of the tones. But if you take the notes that give you that sound or feeling - which is a C and a B - and you put them just with each other, they're dissonant. I think the lesson in that is you have to have disharmony to have perfect harmony."

Of course it would not be a MONTE PITTMAN album without a bevy of killer guitar solos. As such, anyone partial to fleet-fingered shredding will also find plenty to fall in love with on Inverted Grasp Of Balance, for PITTMAN has never sounded better when he lets loose on the fretboard. Again, he continued to push the envelope. "I incorporated some different, odd scales and chords into a lot of it. If I found myself repeating ideas, I knew to go somewhere else with it. As someone who teaches guitar, I also wanted to be able to use the leads as examples for teaching guitar lessons. In "Obliterated", there are several little elements that could be guitar lessons on their own."

Teamed up with powerhouse drummer Richard Christy of CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED/ICED EARTH/DEATH fame and virtuoso bassist Billy Sheehan, famous for his work with a plethora of extremely talented artists - including David Lee Roth, MR.BIG and, more recently, WINERY DOGS - the skill of all concerned explodes from the speakers. With such passionate professionals and Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER) handling production duties, the record came together quickly and smoothly, Pittman recording his guitar parts wherever he found himself while on the road. With unique artwork provided by Sean K Hughes - who PITTMAN met at a bar called The Black Rabbit in Melbourne, Australia - this really is the proverbial "whole package": an album that has been lovingly crafted in all aspects, that he hopes reaches as many ears as possible. "Having Metal Blade on board for the entire process of creating this album has been incredible. Many people don't know, but they came on board much later in the process on The Power Of Three, and working alongside Brian Slagel, Mike Faley and their amazing team has been a real treat. I had a true vision for this record from the start, and I couldn't imagine a better team to help me realize it. We're going to make some real noise with Inverted Grasp Of Balance - so get ready!"

Inverted Grasp Of Balance Track Listing

  • "Panic Attack"
  • "Arisen in Broad Daylight"
  • "Guilty Pleasure"
  • "The Times Are Changing"
  • "Double Edged Sword"
  • "Cadabra"
  • "Pride Comes Before The Fall"
  • "California"
  • "Be Very Afraid"
  • "Obliterated"
  • "Skeleton Key"
  • "New Blood Keeps Us Alive"


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent News
Represent! Get Your KNAC.COM Bumper Sticker
Happenings This Week on KNAC.COM
KISSIN' DYNAMITE Launches New Track "You're Not Alone"
Brazilian Band HEAVEN: CHOIR METAL Streams First Track "Sacred Blood"
GRAVE DIGGER Unveil The Living Dead Album Details
CLUTCH Announce "Book Of Bad Decisions Tour" Dates
NIGHT DEMON Debuts Video For "Life On The Run"
SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS Are Living The Dream With New Album
OMNIUM GATHERUM Reveal Cover Art, Tracklisting For New Album The Burning Cold
CITY OF THE WEAK Say "Not This Time" With New Video
Heavy Metal Mariachi Masters METALACHI Announce More Summer Tour Dates
MASSIVE WAGONS Debut "Billy Balloon Head" Video
MONSTER MAGNET Announces North American Tour
MUSHROOMHEAD To Release New DVD, Volume III
Guitar Legend ADRIAN GALYSH Releases "So Close... So Far" Single
MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON Announces First Dates For His 'Basstory' Tour
TESTAMENT Guitarist ERIC PETERSON Reveals New DRAGONLORD Album Details
HIRAX Announce European 2018 Tour For August
U.D.O. Reveal New Album Steelfactory, First Single
SERPENTS KISS Stream New Track "Black Wizard"
BLITZKRIEG Unleash "Angels Or Demons" Single, Video
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS' US Tour Rescheduled For This Fall
LORD OF THE LOST Launch "Morgana" Video
AFM Reveals All For Metal Vol. V Compilation
HELION PRIME Set To Release New Album Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster
KING DIAMOND LP Reissues Now Available For In Concert 1987: Abigail, The Graveyard And The Spider's Lullabye
MEKA NISM Premiere "Trailblazer" Video
GRETA VAN FLEET Adds More Dates To 2018 World Tour
MR. BIG Releases Live Video Of "Colorado Bulldog"
BLESSTHEFALL Announce September Headline Tour
FATE DESTROYED Reveal New Video For "Break Free"
LIZZY BORDEN Streams "The Scar Across My Heart" Track
A PERFECT CIRCLE Debut 2D Clip Of "The Contrarian"
VOIVOD Announce New Album "The Wake", European Tour
MADBALL Release Video For New Single, "Rev Up"
ANGEL's PUNKY MEADOWS, FRANK DIMINO Announce First Ever UK Tour
VICIOUS RUMORS Set To Release Limited Live DVD 666 Years of Blood, Sweat & Cheers
GOATWHORE Announces European Headlining Dates
BEYOND THE BLACK Reveal New Album Details For Heart Of The Hurricane
DORO Releases First New Video "All For Metal"
TREAT Announces New Album Tunguska
KORPIKLAANI Stream New Single, Lyric Video For "Kotikonnut"
MOONSPELL Unveil Details Of Upcoming Live DVD/Blu-Ray/3CD
VAN CANTO Announce New Album For August
MOTORHEAD To Release Official ROAD CREW Beer In The United States
ENUFF Z'NUFF Announce New Album Diamond Boy
MEAN STREAK "Settle The Score" With New Video
DREAM CHILD Reveal Debut Album Details
TRIVIUM To Embark On Headline Tour This Fall
BILLY MORRIS AND THE SUNSET STRIP Set To Release Debut Album Holdin' All The Aces
REVOCATION Confirm North American Headline Tour
EVERYONE LOVES A VILLAIN Debut "Eater Of Worlds" Video
GEN X Tour Partners With Anrgirl For Pay Per View Live Stream Of July 3rd Show
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE To Headline The 2018 HAIR NATION TOUR
MINISTRY Announces Fall North American Tour
LIVESAY Inks Deal, Set To Release Compilation Album
GRAVE DIGGER Unveil Title, Release Date Of New Album
MOB RULES To Release New Album Beast Reborn
RYAN ROXIE Announces US Tour Dates
CANE HILL, KING 810 Announce Co-Headline Summer Tour
RATBREED Debut "Hunting High, Reaping Low" Single
GODSMACK, SHINEDOWN Confirm Additional Co-Headlining Tour Dates Into The Fall
CHRONUS Announce U.S Album Release Date
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Release "Letting You Go" Video
URIAH HEEP Reveal Living The Dream Album Details
WINTERSUN Announce North American Tour
HALCYON WAY Premiere Music Video For New Track "Blame"
DEE SNIDER Streams New Track "Tomorrow's No Concern"
LOUDER THAN LIFE Festival Expands, 2018 Band Lineup Announced
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD Share New Track, "Gotta Let Go"
STEVE 'N' SEAGULLS Announce Grainsville Album Details
KATAKLYSM Release Music Video For "Outsider"
THE SKULL Stream New Album Title Track "The Endless Road Turns Dark"
TARJA Premieres "Love To Hate" Video
COLDSPELL Release "It Hurts" Music Video
DC4 Set To Unleash Atomic Highway Album
T.R.O.Y. Release Official Video For "Wicked World"
OF LIMBO Launches GO FUND ME After Near Fatal Van Wreck
MONSTER TRUCK Return With New Album True Rockers
European MTV "Headbanger’s Ball Tour" 2018 Announced
METALOCALYPSTICK Unleashes FREE Festival Digital Sampler - Metal Queens Vol. 2





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2018 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News