ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 will release his new full-length solo CD/DVD, “God Told Me To”, on May 8 via Rocket Science Ventures.
“God Told Me To” was recorded and produced by John 5, Chris Baseford (ROB ZOMBIE, TOMMY LEE) and Bob Marlette (SEBASTIAN BACH, BLACK SABBATH) in 2011. The cover art for the album is illustrated by none other than Rob Zombie, who is also tapping John 5 to score the entirety of his upcoming film, “The Lords Of Salem”.
The CD portion of “God Told Me To” features ten painstakingly handcrafted pieces transcending multiple styles — an equal combination of acoustic and electronically influenced tracks — each designed to gradually reveal John 5‘s innovative interpretation of his instrument. The orchestration of “God Told Me To” showcases John 5‘s ability to master the subtlety of dynamics, thus emphasizing the overall production value of this body of work.
The DVD portion of “God Told Me To” is hosted by retro-style horror-host Mike Odd and takes a look inside the world of John 5 during his terrifying trip into the realm of “God Told Me To”. The DVD features footage of John 5 in the studio while working on the new album, exclusive videos taken on tour, a peek inside the photo shoot for his 2011 remix album “Remixploitation”, and more.
‘I’m so proud of this record; I’ve put more time into this release than any other!” John 5 said. “It’s half acoustic and the other half electric with a tribute to Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen with ‘Beat It’. The DVD shows me actually recording the songs as well as behind the scenes of a ‘day in the life’ of John 5! This album will take you on a musical journey designed to show more diversity in my playing than in the past.”
As well as the stunning cover art by Rob Zombie, art from the solo singles will also feature within the album. The single covers were created by ROB ZOMBIE bassist Matt Montgomery‘s (a.k.a. Piggy D.) and Emma (John 5‘s web manager) from Nineteen76-Designs.
John 5 doesn’t just play the guitar. His instrument is an extension of his soul and through it, his music has become the Frankenstein birth penetrating the ear drums of fans and admirers worldwide. His impressive resume has seen him work with some of the most renowned musicians in the industry (Rob Halford, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, to name a few), and has cemented his name into the annals of rock history.
John 5 continues to branch out, coupling his solo career with his work in Rob Zombie. His five previous solo albums, up to his 2010 release, “The Art Of Malice”, broke new molds in solo instrumentalist work. John 5 also continues to work with other artists, including LYNYRD SKYNYRD and Rod Stewart.
“God Told Me To” trailer:
“Welcome To Violence” video: