Gus G. - 'I Am The Fire'
GUS G. -handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on “I Am The Fire”
drummers - Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO), Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY),
bassists - David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O'Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN),
vocalists -Mats Leven (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ex-JOURNEY)
1.) "My Will Be Done" -featuring Mats Leven - This intro opens with a single rhythm guitar riff. After the riff is played twice there is a small musical rest. After the rest the musical verse kicks-in. The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements giving the musical verse a very heavy sound. There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. For the musical chorus the rhythm guitar changed to just rhythm chords. The band used the same rhythm of the intro connecting the second chorus with the second verse. Instead of a musical rest in between the guitar riffs and the second verse there was a lead vocal accent. The way the notes of the lyrics are carried really shows the vocalist vocal talent. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo. After the third chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. This solo runs underneath the last chorus. Gus used the same rhythm guitar riffs that opened the song as the same ones for the musical verse.
2.) "Blame It On Me" - featuring Mats Leven - The guitar riffs that open this track consisted of several palm muting effects. Gus used the same rhythm guitar riffs for the verse as the one for the intro. There was a vocal accent connecting the musical verse with the musical pre-chorus. There was a small lead guitar riff connecting the musical pre-chorus with the chorus. The choruses had huge hooks attached to them. There was a lead guitar lick connecting the first chorus with the second verse. After the second chorus there was a small musical breakdown leading into the lead guitar solo. The lead guitar solo runs underneath the third chorus.
3.) "I Am The Fire" -featuring Devour The Day -This track opens with a small tom-tom and snare fill. When Gus's kicks-in the rhythm guitar arrangement it has to be one of the best I have ever heard! Gus switched to a very simple rhythm guitar riff for the musical verse. The choruses are purely amazing!!!! After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo. The way Gus played the solo gave the effect that it was two different lead guitarists.
4.) "Vengeance" - featuring David Ellefson - Instrumental
5.) "Long Way Down" -featuring Alexia Rodroguez - This track opens with an amplified acoustic guitar arrangement. Gus used the same rhythm for the musical verse as the on open he used for the intro. For this song Gus used the perfect female vocalist to sing this song. For the musical chorus Gus switched from the amplified acoustic to a standard distorted electric rhythm. This in turn changed the way Alexia's vocals changed. The choruses where very reminiscent to Amy Lee of evanescence. After the chorus there was a small amplified acoustic riff to connect the chorus with the lead guitar solo. The third chorus was a mixture of acoustic and electric guitar arrangements.
6.) "Just Can't Let You Go" -featuring Jacob Bunton - This track opens with an amplified acoust guitar arrangement. This acoustic rhythm leads to a distorted rhythm guitar arrangement. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. There was a small acoustic guitar rhythm after the second chorus.
7.) "Terrified" - featuring Bill Sheehan - Instrumental
8.) "Eyes Wide Open" - featuring Mats Leven - This track opened with a very simple rhythm guitar riff. Gus used the same intro rhythm as the rhythm for the musical verse. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. After the musical chorus there was a small minor lead guitar solo connecting the musical chorus with the second chorus. After the second chorus there was an Arabic lead guitar solo. This solo was the major lead guitar solo. There were several lead guitar runs underneath the lyric lines of the coda.
9.) "Redemption" - featuring Michael Starr -This intro opens with a clean electric picking arrangement. As the intro progresses Guss adds a small bass line along with several cymbal accents. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. Underneath the lyric lines of the chorus there were two different rhythm guitar arrangements. One was a clean electric guitar and the other was a distorted rhythm. There was a lead guitar solo after the second chorus. After the solo there is a repeat of the intro arrangement. There was a minor lead guitar solo that ran underneath the vocal lines of the chorus. Let me say this, I just saw Mike Starr with Steel Panther these are the type of lyrics he should be singing!!!!
10.) "Summer Days" -featuring Jeff Scott Soto -This intro consisted of an eletric picking arrangement. The band kept the same arrangement through the verse. Once the chorus kicks-in you can tell this was the perfect song for Jeff to sing. There was a very short minor lead guitar solo connecting the first and second chorus. After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo.
11.) "Dreamkeeper" -featuring Tom S. Englund - This intro consisted of two separate acoustic guitar arrangements over the top of a bass line. There is a small musical rest that kicks-in before the main intro section. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the main intro section. Underneath the minor lead guitar solo there was two different rhythm guitar arrangements. It sounded as if Gus used the same rhythm for the verse as the one for the intro. There was a pick slide connecting the chorus with the second musical verse. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo. The lead guitar solo ran through the coda.
12.) " End Of The Line" - featuring Mats Leven -This intro opens with a keyboard chord that leads to a David Gilmore guitar style acoustic guitar rhythm. After the first verse the drum and bass line kicks-in. For the musical chorus Gus kicks-in a distorted rhythm guitar arrangement. After the first chorus there was a very minor lead guitar solo. Then after one vocal line the minor solo kicks back in. After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo. The coda consisted of the rhythm guitar that opened the song.
'I'm On Fire' if the first solo release from Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Kostas Karamitroudis (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Καραμητρούδης) who goes by the stage name Gus G. Today Gus's stock is on the rise making him one of the premiere go to guitarist within the heavy metal world.
When musicians breakaway from their band to record a solo CD. It never fails that fans will automatically think the songs on said solo release will sound like the band the musician is a member of. 9 out of 10 times this will not be the case. One of the main reasons musicians' record solo CD's is to write and record songs that are different from what they play with their own band. So I really was not all to surprise that the songs on this release did not sound like Firewind, Arch Enemy, or Ozzy. There is not much of Gus's work that I have not liked over the years however, the stuff off this solo release I like a ton better. If you are into good solid heavy metal with great songwriting and musicianship then this release would make a perfect addition to your CD collection!!!!