Guitarist extraordinaire Gus G really rose to prominence after he joined Ozzy Osbourne’s touring band as replacement for Zakk Wylde. Nowadays besides splitting time between touring with Ozzy and Firewind he also managed to record solo album, entitled “I Am The Fire”. Let’s see whether it will set the on fire.
Solo albums by guitar virtuosos can be drawn out often atrocious affairs, especially when you’re not a musician yourself. Fortunately Gus G decided to highlight his songwriting skills, although there’s still plenty of guitar pyrotechnics to be found on “I Am The Fire”, notably on ‘Blame It On Me’, ‘Long Way Down’ and ‘Eyes Wide Open’. The vintage rock and metal references give the album a slightly 80’s LA glam feel in the positive sense of the word.
“Gus G and friends” would have an appropriate name for the record, because Gus managed to assemble an impressive cast of contributors, including David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr Big), Mats Leven (Candlemass), Mike Starr (Steel Panther) and Tom Englund (Evergrey). They all add their individual flavour to the album, increasing its diversity and making it an enjoyable adventure.
Above all, “I Am The Fire” by Gus G is a fun album to listen to. The songs on it are well-written and very listener friendly. It’s by no means a classic record, but it’s just good clean fun listening to. Nice!