Album Reviews

Gus G – Fearless Review

Released by: AFM Records

Release Date: April 20th, 2018

Genre: Metal

Links: http://gusgofficial.com/

 

Line Up:

Gus G. (Guitar)

Dennis Ward (Vocals/Bass)

Will Hunt (Drums)

 

Tracklist:

01. Letting Go
02. Mr Manson
03. Don´t Tread On Me
04. Fearless
05. Nothing To Say
06. Money For Nothing
07. Chances
08. Thrill Of The Chase
09. Big City
10. Last Of My Kind
Bonus tracks on Digipak/Vinyl:
11. Little Ain´t Enough
12. Aftermath

 

I’ll be the first to admit: I’ve not really been a huge fan of Gus G. Nothing against the guy, he’s clearly talented and folks seem to like his stuff pretty well (and he seems like a swell dude.) It’s just that Firewind is too stereotypical Power Metal for my liking, and his solo stuff, though better than Firewind, hasn’t blown me away. I also didn’t think he was a great fit with Ozzy. These are all personal issues that I’ve had, and shouldn’t reflect the general love for him with the rest of the MGM family. Having said that: I’ve got to admit the new album Fearless, I’ve quite enjoyed. It’s still not the most amazing album I’ve ever heard, but it’s pretty stellar none-the-less.

Obviously, his guitar abilities are what has propelled him to the level of success he has achieved thus far. He’s nimble-fingered, turbo charged, and technically amazing, but where he has lacked for me has been in the writing department. His solo material, as exemplified on Fearless, leans more towards 80’s Hard Rock, yet harder-edged than say Poison or Def Leppard. The album is mostly geared towards that style, though he does offer up a couple stunning instrumental bits proving his guitar prowess. Unlike his last two solo efforts, I found some more interesting songs to digest, like the quirky “Mr. Manson,” the haunting “Nothing To Say,” the interesting take of the Dire Straits classic “Money For Nothing,” and the bluesy album closer “Last of My Kind.” The writing has stepped up a bit, and that is why I enjoyed Fearless as much as I have. Again, he’s not reinventing Hard Rock, but he’s at least getting a better grasp of the sound that fits him the best.

Kudos to Gus G for releasing what I think is his best, most fully realized album so far in his career. It actually makes me want to go back and check out the others in case I was just in a weird headspace when I checked them out before. It happens from time to time. I’d wager those that have loved him all along will still dig this one, and those that maybe felt the same as myself might want to give this one a shot.

 

Score: 8 out of 10

Reviewed by Chris Martin

 

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