John Christ Flesh Caffeine

Flesh Caffeine signals not only the long-awaited debut from this former veteran Danzig guitar player, but also as vocalist, proving himself to be unified as a musical artist. The album is coated with his trademark BC Rich guitar playing — a saturating sound that is powerful, cutting and sweat inducing. Christ's guitar styling immediately takes centre stage and becomes the dominant character of the album, an entity of its own. Those hoping to immerse themselves into a dark demonic element in lieu of his past association with Danzig will discover more of a blues approach intertwined with hard rock. The highlight is “Slow Down,” a prowling, pumping and sliding old-style Ted Nugent-like blues number whose origins derive from the grit found in the ’70s streets and strip clubs of Detroit. Solid, serious and smoking. (Independent)