God Told Me To (album)

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God Told Me To
GodToldMeTo.jpg
Studio album by John 5
Released May 8, 2012
Genre Instrumental rock, country, flamenco
Length 40:42
Label 60 Cycle Hum/Rocket Science Ventures
Producer John 5, Bob Marlette & Chris Baseford
John 5 chronology
The Art of Malice
(2010)The Art of Malice2010
God Told Me To
(2012)
Careful With That Axe
(2014)Careful With That Axe2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

God Told Me To is the sixth solo album from guitarist John 5. Released on May 8, 2012 [2]

The album was initially announced in 2011. John 5 stated in a podcast to Kerrang magazine:

"I have an album called God Told Me To coming out and it's half heavy and it's half acoustic, which I've never done before. I'm doing a cover of Michael Jackson's 'Beat It', an instrumental version of it. And it's gonna be amazing. I'm really excited about this record 'cause of the acoustic stuff, 'cause I've never done that before"[3]

Album news[edit]

Promotion of the album started in summer 2011, when John 5 released the first of 4 singles from the album on digital release only. The first being a cover of the Michael Jackson track Beat It. The track was released on August 29, 2011, on what would have been Jackson's 53rd birthday.[4]

There were three more single releases: Welcome to Violence, Noche Acosador and The Castle.

On September 16, 2011, it was announced the cover for the album would feature a painting of John 5 by Rob Zombie. It was also announced that a DVD would accompany the final album release.[5]

On October 30, 2011, John 5 unveiled the video Welcome to Violence on his website.[6] The video was a montage piece similar to John 5's 2004 video 'God is Closed' which was released to coincide with his first album Vertigo.

On February 23, 2012 John 5 announced that the release date for the album had changed from April 10, 2012 to May 8, 2012.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing revealed on February 1, 2012 by the record label Rocket Science who deal with the distribution of John 5's albums. Rocket Science posted the press release on their Facebook page which included the ten tracks on the album.[8]

No.TitleLength
1."Welcome to Violence"4:15
2."Beat It" (Michael Jackson cover)4:14
3."Ashland Bump"3:19
4."Killafornia"4:13
5."The Castle"3:17
6."The Hill of the Seven Jackals"4:04
7."Noche Acosador"3:22
8."The Lust Killer"5:01
9."The Lie You Live"4:23
10."Creepy Crawler"4:52

Credits[edit]

  • John 5 – All Guitars, Bass, Producer
  • Bourbon Bob - Drums
  • Chris Baseford - Mixing, Producer
  • Bob Marlette - Mixing, Producer
  • Rob Zombie - Artwork (Front & Back Painting)
  • Bruce Somers @ Undercurrent Studios Los Angeles, CA – Mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ John 5 - God Told Me To review by Allmusic
  2. ^ "John 5 announces new release date for God Told Me To". The Official John 5 Website. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  3. ^ Kerrang talks to J5 at Download (vid) "The Official John 5 website" Check |url= value (help). John 5. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  4. ^ Beat it to be released August 29 "Beat it to be released August 29" Check |url= value (help). The Official John 5 Website. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  5. ^ Welcome to Violence release news and God Told Me To news "Welcome to Violence release news and God Told Me To news" Check |url= value (help). The Official John 5 Website. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  6. ^ Welcome to Violence video is here "Welcome to Violence video is here" Check |url= value (help). The Official John 5 Website. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  7. ^ "John 5 announces new release date for God Told Me To". The Official John 5 Website. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Rocket Science reveal press release and track listing press release". Rocket Science. Retrieved 2012-02-01.