MARCH 4th 2017

JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES
Review By: Metal Mom
Photos by: Char Tupper
http://www.metaltitans.com/concertpics/john-5-and-the-creatures/

Lb.! (POUND)
An experimental music project (Math, Tech, Grind, Sludge) from Seattle, WA that combines elements of grindcore, tech death, math, and sludge metal, featuring Ryan Schutte on guitar and David Stickney on drums. Never heard these guys play before. I am not sure what I think, even by the end of their set. First the music was way too loud to really appreciate what they were doing. They did their best, they tried to get the crowd enthused about their music, but it just wasn’t happening tonight.

Sin Circus:
Derek Unger (Lead Vocals/Bass), Devon Unger (Lead guitar/backing vocals), Orpheus Black (Lead guitar/backing vocals), Chase Hite (Drums/backing vocals) are a high energy Heavy Metal/Rock band from Puyallup Washington. Okay, this is more like it, I really enjoyed their set, great music, you wanted to get up and dance, head bang, whatever, but you just wanted to move. At least I did, they played a phenomenal set, put everything they had into it. I especially loved the part where they played a snippet of other rockin’ songs. The floor filled up a lot for them. I had not heard of them before tonight, but I will be following what they do, and hopefully be catching some shows when we go to Seattle to cover a show. But, did you recognize the name “Unger”, yes, if you know Metal Church, then you know Derek and Devon are sons of Steve Unger, MC bassist. Talent runs in the family. Please whatever you do, if this band is on the bill for any show, make sure to check them out, you won’t be disappointed. Wish their set was longer. Of the three local bands, tonight these guys nailed it.

Witchburn:
Jamie Nova (Vocals), Mischa Kianne (Guitar), Dana Sims (Drums), Jacy Peckham (Bass). Sludge Rock / Stoner Rock / Southern Rock / Metal/Rock/Hard Rock, you kind of get it all but the main common denominator here is rock. They played a good set, their mic kind of went wonky on the last song, but not sure if that was because the venue was telling them enough, their time was up. Everyone kept telling me how great they were, and yes, they were good.

John 5 and The Creatures:
Making Monsters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M7EIXiKwss

This is who I have been waiting for since the tour was announced, as Metaltitans, we had interviewed John 5 twice at the Rob Zombie Great American Nightmare. This was going to be my first experience though seeing John 5 and The Creatures.

The band is a trio consisting of John 5, bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Nix, this is what makes up the instrumental band with such a diverse range of influences. Yes, it is instrumental, but you have to see them to believe. They truly are exceptionally talented.

Also, if you didn’t know, John 5 just released his eighth full-length solo album, "Season Of The Witch", on Friday March 3, have you got it yet, they are selling this on tour, make sure to pick up your very own copy. I did. Listened to it all the way home, it takes you right back to the concert. You relive the talent behind the man.

The three of them together, explore rock and metal elements mixed with a little funk, country western moments and, of course, John 5’s talent of unsurpassable abilities, and just wait to you hear his soloing, it is perfection. Also, this is how soloing should be done.

John 5 and The Creatures started off their tour in Fife WA March 3rd to a sold-out show. Turned out Mar 4 was also sold out at Tony V's Garage in Everett. There are still lots of dates to catch him on, trust me, you need to see John 5 (best known for working with Rob Zombie) as he takes his tour across North American from the West Coast to Texas. Todays show in Portland, also sold out, so if you intend of seeing one of these amazing performances, I suggest you get on it right now, grab your ticket, and if you can the VIP.

John 5 has worked with a varied range of artists. He has been a guitar player for some of the biggest headlining rock bands like Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, Dave Lee Roth Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Scorpions, and so many more. There is obviously a high demand for this talented shredder.


His album The Devil Knows My Name won Best Shred Album from Guitarworld.com. Since 2004 he has released seven studio solo albums (Vertigo, Songs For Sanity, The Devil Knows My Name, Requiem, The Art of Malice, God Told Me To and Careful With That Axe ) and a remix album (Remixploitation) based on his previous work.

2015, John 5 took his solo act on the road as John 5 and The Creatures. And here he is today, back on the road in 2017, doing what he loves best, playing his guitars to crowds that can truly appreciate the amazing flawless talent.

Did I enjoy, I am trying hard to think of the words so that you realize just how important it is to see one of John 5 and The Creatures tours dates. You will never look at another shredder the same. I personally don’t think he gets the recognition he deserves, I mean, he is gifted, he is in high demand to work with others. Once you see his performance, you will know what I mean. It is not boring as some of you might think because it is instrumental. The guitar does all the singing. The talent pours out, right over the crowd, I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He doesn’t just stand there and play, he moves around, there is fog, there are lights in his teeth, there are masks, there are clowns (creepy) that come out and through picks into the crowd, and no I didn’t catch one, but I got my own at the VIP. There was also a pumpkin head that came out and took down the old screen prints, so there was always something happening on stage.

The best part of the evening is just listening to the variety of songs played. But the crowd went nuts, I did too, for when he played a collogue of songs, some great oldies, like Michael Jackson’s Beat It, a lot of us were singing along to, and me, well I couldn’t keep still, I was moving around, hands raised, thoroughly enjoying myself.

I couldn’t believe it when it was over, where did the time go, it felt like 15 minutes. I had such a good time, I really appreciate the talent of John 5 and The Creatures, I also wish I had gone to Oregon to catch him again because yes, he is that good. I highly recommend you go see them play. I don’t even think I really did justice to John 5 here, I have never enjoyed myself in all the years of going to concerts, like I did tonight.  A whole hearted Thank you to John 5 and The Creatures.