By Andrew Catania
Konstantinos Karamitroudis has outdone himself on Fearless. GUS G might be best known for replacing Zakk Wylde as Ozzy Osbourne’s lead guitarist, but GUS now forges his path with his newest solo venture via the stunning new album, Fearless! It’s an incredibly varied record, spanning some fantastic, killer hard-rock tunes to bombastic shred fests and everything in between.
A brief history of Gus G. He’s the founder and guitarist of the band Firewind. Firewind rocks. I have every album that’s been released. Call it prog metal, power metal, whatever you’d like to call it. Gus is at home in Firewind, and his brand of shred shines in every single album.
Fearless isn’t your typical mindless noodling of the fretboard you’d hear on some instrumental records. On Fearless, Gus joins forces with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, UNISONIC) and drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE).
“Dennis and I have collaborated very closely for a number years; he produced the current FIREWIND album, among other things,” Gus described his relationship with the multitalented German-American. “We’re on the same musical wavelength and simply continued our cooperation after the FIREWIND production. I sent him demos of and ideas for my new songs, and once we had enough material and started to think about vocalists, Dennis suggested recording the album as a trio.”
Gus, who once again proves to be a phenomenal guitarist on Fearless, presenting technical skills which exclude all possibility of doubt and a compositional talent that allows his fellow musicians to shine.
Hard-as-nails metal tracks such as the opener “Letting Go,” “Mr. Manson,” which is driven by a dark bass/guitar riff, and the subsequent melodic “Don’t Tread On Me” immediately propel the new album into the desired direction. At the same time, the three instrumental songs give listeners an idea of the outstanding talent of the 37-year-old who is easily on a par with George Lynch (“Mr. Scary”) and Michael Schenker (“Into The Arena”).
Last but not least, the successful cover versions of the DIRE STRAITS classic “Money For Nothing,” which surprises with an unusual change of key after the noteworthy intro, deserves mention.
The best thing that could’ve happened for Gus is Ozzy moving on with Zakk. Gus wasn’t given an opportunity to collaborate on any material coming in midway during the Scream album. His talent is far too superior to have to deal with the tangled web of the Osbournes who practice deceiving (Jake E Lee much?). Fearless is a near perfect blend of shred and vocals. This is the album that’s going to take Gus’s career to the next level. The Firewind fretmaster has a near perfect album with Fearless. 9.5/10 Rating
To order Fearless, please visit AFM Records Shop at https://shop.afm-records.de/gus-g./
For more info on Gus G, please visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/officialgusg/