Mick Mars – The Other Side of Mars Review

Mick Mars: Evolving the Sonic Landscape with 'The Other Side of Mars' – A Journey Beyond the Crue...

Released by: 1313/MRI

Release Date: February 23rd, 2024

Genre: Modern Hard Rock/Metal

Links: https://orcd.co/loyaltothelie

 

Line Up:

Mick Mars 

Jacob Bunton v on tr. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10

Brion Gamboa v on tr. 4, 8

Paul Taylor

Ray Luzier

 

Tracklist:

1. Loyal To The Lie
2. Broken On The Inside
3. Alone
4. Killing Breed
5. Memories
6. Right Side Of Wrong
7. Ready To Roll
8. Undone
9. Ain’t Going Back
10. LA Noir

 

Renowned guitarist Mick Mars, at first glance, defies the archetype of a typical shredder. Candidly sharing in a recent interview with MGM preceding his inaugural solo endeavor, “The Other Side of Mars,” he expressed an unwavering commitment to evolution and charting his unique path. This release, eagerly anticipated since Mars parted ways with his former Crue comrades, has generated a crescendo of anticipation, with echoes—whether favorable or critical—pervading its arrival. Frankly, it’s astonishing that it took this long for Mick to grace us with new solo compositions. Yet, in the wake of being part of one of the preeminent rock bands globally, engrossed in extensive tours, side projects often succumb to the background. The aura of those legendary bands endures in perpetual reverence, likely to persist ad infinitum.

An aspect that particularly captivates me is the involvement of Winger’s keyboardist, Paul Taylor. Winger, an ’80s band, has consistently delivered exceptional music, even unto the present day. Taylor’s inclusion, along with his co-writing contributions, and the introduction of vocalist Jacob Bunton, who assumes the lion’s share of the musical narrative, adds a layer of brilliance. The thunderous drumming by Ray Luzier, of Korn fame, coupled with the expertise of bassist Chris Collier and vocalist Brion Gamboa, who takes the helm on two tracks, contributes to the sonic richness.

The initiation of “Loyal To The Lie” propels us into a frenetic, up-tempo groove from the outset. Another entrancing moment arrives with “Killing Breed,” injecting an edgy rhythm that breathes vitality into the entire record.

In “Right Side of Wrong,” resonant drums set the stage for a melodic chorus, evoking a distinct Paul Taylor/Winger vibe. Mars punctuates the groove with a resounding riff and a tasteful guitar solo, leaving an enduring imprint long after the musical mists dissipate. “Killing Breed” stands out as a modern, melodic groove, solidifying its position as one of the album’s standout tracks.

A pinnacle in this musical odyssey is “Undone,” which garnered positive attention upon the release of its accompanying video. The chorus, irresistibly addictive, intertwines with heavy yet catchy guitar work and melodies. This driving force establishes itself as a paramount composition within the album’s tapestry.

It’s safe to assume that most fans anticipated a departure from Mick’s four-decade-long musical journey, and indeed, that’s precisely what makes this album noteworthy. His guitar tones, heavier than ever, undergo a modernized transformation alongside a dynamic ensemble, promising a refreshing soundscape. Production-wise, the record exhibits a keen edge, unequivocally establishing Mick Mars on a new trajectory beyond the Crue. During our pre-release conversation with Mick, he already hinted at four new songs in the works for the sequel to “The Other Side Of Mars.” It’s foreseeable that he will tenaciously continue his solo musical endeavors. With this release, Mick decisively eclipses any lingering shadows of a Motley Crue relic, solidifying his legacy for those who truly appreciate his profound contributions over the years. Here’s to the journey that lies ahead!

 

Score: 7/10

Reviewed by: Shadow Editor

 

 

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