Monte Pittman releases Inverted Grasp Of Balance

 

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    I recently received the new Monte Pittman record Inverted Grasp Of Balance for review. Little did I know that it would cause me to have a profound revelation to a question I have been seeking an answer to.  Over the years of recorded music people have been trying to answer the question: What makes a record good? There has been a myriad of answers that run the gamut of the music industry. The problem is most of the answers that have been provided are subjective to the answerer and biased to their own opinions. For me, at least, I feel that I have finally answered said question. A good record is one that when you put it on you find yourself turning it up, tapping your foot or nodding your head to the beat, and when it’s over you find yourself feeling as if you just got back from…somewhere.

     I was excited to review this record as I have spoken with Monte before and have enjoyed his previous work. I didn’t realize that I would spend the rest of the day and the next listening to it on repeat and still humming the songs long after. There is a level of craftsmanship to this record that is hard to find these days (one other is the work of Jeff Sandoval and Mike Araiza). There is no doubt that music flows through the soul of Monte Pittman and I hear nods to so many musicians in his playing and writing.  When a record is made for the purpose of sharing what one feels in their minds ear, it is profound and beautiful.

      Inverted Grasp Of Balance  features Monte on guitars and vocals, Richard Christy (Charred Walls Of The Damned, Iced Earth, Death) on drums, and…..wait for it….Billy Sheehan, yes I said Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Winery Dogs, just to name a few) on bass. Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) handled the production duties and the record sounds clean and crisp. I read somewhere that Monte recorded his guitar parts while on the road, but this record feels so organic to me and it feels like someone turned on a mic in a jam room and captured some live magic.

     Inverted Grasp Of Balance gives us twelve tracks which flow together beautifully and I guarantee you will NOT find yourself reaching for the skip button, in fact you WILL find yourself reaching for the repeat button.

     If you have to pin me down for stand out tracks I would have to say “Skeleton Key” just reaches out to me the most. This track, in my opinion should be on every radio station across the planet, period. It’s just good rock n’ roll that gets in your head.I find myself just humming throughout the day.  “California” opens with bass that just drips with cool and is pure Billy Sheehan and then paints a picture in your mind of being on a cool road trip with the radio blasting, the wind in your hair, and your best friends at your side.  “New Blood Keeps Us Alive” is an epic track that, again, I feel should be blasting out of every speaker across the world. It begins with some wonderfully beautiful acoustic work that grows to some powerful rock n’ roll worthy of note. This song opens up the mind and makes you reflect on life.

      Monte’s guitar work is across the map on Inverted Grasp Of Balance, taking from gentle acoustic to balls out shredding, and it all works in connection with each other. Not only is there stellar guitar work here Monte’s vocal work is strong and epic as well. The songwriting on  Inverted Grasp Of Balance is something else. Monte has reached deep within and written some deep compositions that I believe were truly from the point of artistry.  Combine all of that with great drumming and legendary bass playing this is a music lovers wet-dream.

          Inverted Grasp Of Balance drops on Sept 23 on Metal Blade Records make sure you do NOT miss out on this record.

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 Inverted Grasp Of Balance track-listing
1. Panic Attack
2. Arisen in Broad Daylight
3. Guilty Pleasure
4. The Times Are Changing
5. Double Edged Sword
6. Cadabra
7. Pride Comes Before the Fall
8. California
9. Be Very Afraid
10. Obliterated
11. Skeleton Key
12. New Blood Keeps Us Alive

Pre-order “Inverted Grasp of Balance” at metalblade.com/montepittman/

Monte Pittman online:
http://www.montepittman.com
https://www.facebook.com/MontePittman
http://www.youtube.com/MontePittmanMusic
https://soundcloud.com/montepittman
http://twitter.com/montepittman
http://www.instagram.com/montepittman
https://montepittman.bandpage.com
https://myspace.com/montepittman

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s Monte Pittman

     -the Hellion

the Hellion Rocks presents: guitarist MONTE PITTMAN!!!

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I know I have said it before the music industry is a small small world. I received a text the other day from Crowned By Fire guitarist Justin Manning about Monte Pittman getting in touch with me about some things. At the same time Monte messaged me about said things. We got in touch and managed to set up this interview. In the course of our conversations we also found out we have a lot of friends and contacts in common. Enjoy getting to know Monte Pittman right here:

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     Be sure and check Monte Pittman out online:

     http://montepittman.com/

     https://www.facebook.com/monteleepittman?fref=ts

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s MONTE PITTMAN!

     the Hellion

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH Releases First Remix EP METAMORPHOSIZ: THE END REMIXES, VOL. 1 Dec. 4; TFK’s “War Of Change” Gathers Momentum At Active Rock Radio‏

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH RELEASES FIRST REMIX EP

METAMORPHOSIZ: THE END REMIXES, VOL. 1 DEC. 4

 

Available Exclusively At Digital Retail, EP Features Tracks By

Steve Sidelnyk, Rob Persaud, Andy Hunter, Robbie Bronnimann, Solomon Olds

 

“War Of Change” Gathers Momentum At Active Rock Radio

 

Modern rock favorites THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH will release its first remix EP, Metamorphosiz: The End Remixes, Vol. 1, as an exlusive to digital retailers, including iTunes®, Amazon.com and others, on Dec. 4.  The EP features 5 songs from the independently released, 5-star acclaimed and No. 1 selling Billboard Hard Rock album, The End Is Where We Begin, by noted remix geniuses Steve Sidelnyk, Rob Persaud, Robbie Bronnimann, Andy Hunter and Solomon Olds.

 

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH decided to offer the remix EP following the response the band received from two remix songs delivered to its fans for free via noisetrade.com last month and commemorating the success of The End Is Where We Begin, which hit No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200, their highest charting album to date. 

 

“You spoke, we listened. Because your response to the two free remixes was incredible, we’ve decided to makeMetamorphosiz: The End Remixes, Vol. 1!” exclaims TFK front man Trevor McNevan.

 

Featured on the remix EP is one of the tracks offered in appreciation of its fans, Solomon Olds’ (Family Force 5, Newsboys) take on the adrenaline-infused “Light Up The Sky.” Also featured is the current hit radio single, “War Of Change,” remixed by Andy Hunter (The Matrix: ReloadedThe Italian Job, ABC’s Alias), who further offers a ‘tripped out’ version of “I Get Wicked” for the EP.  Robbie Bronnimann (Nicki Minaj, Chicane) remixes the Active Rock hit single “Let The Sparks Fly,” while Steve Sidelnyk (Madonna, No Doubt, Moby) and Rob Persaud (The Bourne LegacySnow White and the HuntsmanThe Green Hornetround out the 5-song EP with “We Are (Karmageddon Remix).”

 

The album tracks of one or more of these songs have been featured in a string of sports entertainment song placements, including ESPN (NASCAR, NCAA basketball), EA Sports NHL 2013 video game, WWE (“Over The Limit” pay per view event), L.A. Kings’ (NHL) playoff reel (http://ht.ly/aFciK) and as the NFL Tennessee Titans’ 2012-13“kickoff” song.

 

The full Metamorphosiz: The End Remixes, Vol. 1 track and remix artist list follows:

 

1.) “War of Change (Andy Hunter° Remix)” – Andy Hunter
2.) “Light Up the Sky (Solomon Olds Remix)” – Solomon Olds
3.) “Let The Sparks Fly (The Robbie Bronnimann Mix)” – Robbie Bronnimann
4.) “We Are (Karmageddon Remix)” – Steve Sidelnyk and Rob Persaud
5.) “I Get Wicked (Andy Hunter° trip Mix)” – Andy Hunter

 

As the band prepares to releases the remix EP, and as The End Is Where We Begin sales continue double-digit percentage growth over the band’s previous best-selling album, Welcome to the Masquerade, TFK’s second Active Rock single from the new album, “War Of Change,” gathers momentum.  The song not only hit No. 1 on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Octane Big-Uns Countdown, but is also gathering airplay across the country at Active Rock and Alternative Rock stations like WBUZ-FM “The Buzz” (Nashville), WRBR-FM (South Bend, IN), KAZR-FM (Des Moines), WCPR- FM(Biloxi, MS) and KCXX-FM (Riverside, CA), the latter station playing TFK music for the very first time. 

 

Featured last summer on the Third Annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival and having receiving over 1,700, 5-star average customer reviews on iTunes® alone for The End Is Where We BeginTHOUSAND FOOT KRUTCHhas found that sometimes the best way to move forward is to go back to the basics, taking all of the raw energy and emotion of the past and channeling it into the present.  For those who’ve been following the Ontario, Canada-bred players since their formation in 1997, it’s been a continuously escalating highlight reel that includes best-selling albums, top Active Rock hits (including “Fire It Up,” “Move” and “Let The Sparks Fly”), plus a slew of soundtrack slots. In fact, the group has literally infiltrated every facet of pop culture, from ongoing ESPN appearances, to various NASCAR, MLB, NHL, NCAA and NFL airings (including the 2010 Super Bowl), along with the “GI Joe” movie trailer, WGN-TV’s “Smallville” and EA Sports’ NHL 2010 and 2013 video games.

 

All the latest tour dates and additional band information can be found at www.thousandfootkrutch.com,http://twitter.com/officialtfk and www.facebook.com/thousandfootkrutch, where the band has over 600,000 fans.