Metal guitar shredder “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, TESTAMENT, SEBASTIAN BACH) and C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC have announced the worldwide release of Chlasciak‘s new album, “The Metalworker”.
Says Mike: “Foremost, I want to say thank to you for following my metal journey and sharing the passion with me for the only style of music that simply can not be challenged as far as the presence it bestows upon a fan’s life. I believe one thing as we all have in common here is that we love heavy metal — loud, pure, unbending, cranking – the voice of the gods.
“It is with these thoughts that I try to approach making an album or participating in a tour. Metal, for me, is bigger than a CD in my collection or what’s playing on the iPod while I do a task. In reality, there is no separation for me at all. It owns me and I own it. It’s bigger than all of us, yet we are an integral part of keeping it strong and preserved for the next generation of metalheads.
“Today is an important day for me as I’m letting you know about my new album, ‘The Metalworker’.
“When you do things as a solo artist, it’s an immense undertaking to make a record. And, since I’m a perfectionist …. well, you can put that together.
“I have made ‘The Metalworker’ with no compromises, no filler, no Auto-Tune, no crazy Pro Tools or studio magic. I did it old school, I suppose, by today’s standards. Marshalls were cranking while I went for the best takes. Same way the greatest records of all time were made by PRIEST, MAIDEN, MEGADETH and many others.
“I asked the best musicians I could find to make my best album to date. Carlos Zema is a superior singer and he stands in the league of the greats. Mike LePond‘s bass playing drives forward SYMPHONY X, which, we all know, is a killer band. Drummer Kevin Talley has this wild ability to almost read my mind and provide the perfect drum parts to my riffs, which is quite rare. His double-bass skills are almost machine-like and I challenged him with the fastest track I ever recorder — ‘Hails And Horns’. Let’s just say, wait ’till you hear this!
“Come on down and take part of what I’ve been doing for the last three years! Horns up forever!”
“The Metalworker” comes out on June 4 while iTunes pre-orders start next Tuesday, May 14.
An official exclusive pre-sale package, including a signed CD and postcard, plus a guitar pick, has been launched on www.metalmike.net.
“The Metalworker” will be officially available via iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Tradebit, MySpace Music, Nokia and other major digital distributors. The album is also available in physical format across most locations that support and distribute quality metal, including CM Distro, Amazon.com, CD Universe and many others.
“The Metalworker” track listing:
01. On Leather Wings
02. Don’t Shoot The Crown
03. We Are The Cross
04. M Is For Metal
05. Hell No!
06. Tonight We Ride
07. This Is War
08. Hails And Horns
09. Weight Of The Heart
Best known as the long standing guitarist to JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford, Chlasciak has also recorded and/or shared stages with Bruce Dickinson, Axl Rose, Geoff Tate, Sebastian Bach, Rudolf Schenker and TESTAMENT. He has released several solo-based albums, guitar books, a metal guitar instructional DVD, and writes his own monthly column, “Metal For Life”, for Guitar World magazine.