Monte Pittman - Pain, Love & Destiny (2011)
Release: 2011 | Track: 14 | Format: FLAC ( image+.cue+log), lossless | 465 Mb
Genre: Melodic Rock, Pop Rock
Pain, Love & Destiny, Monte Pittman’s newest album, is a sonic narrative that brings each listener into a world where they are each asked to confront their own fate, good or bad, and their eventual death - and rebirth.
Pittman last left off with his debut album, The Deepest Dark, an acoustic album that was very much thematically and sonically black and white, starting off cold and leaving the listener with warmth and love at the end. “Pain, Love & Destiny is kind of like when The Wizard of Oz turns into color,” he says of his newest album.
The album is expected to be a musical reinvention of sorts for the artist, and will come as quite a departure in sound and scope from his debut album. Enhanced by electric guitar, synths and piano, this album features spiraling and at times soaring guitar solos, frenzied guitar structures, harmonies and an infusion of 1970s Southern California sunny Americana rock, blaring 80s stadium rock and 90s alternative rock.
The album transitions between introspective ballads and aggressive, at times sex-fueled rock anthems. Pittman, a guitar virtuoso, powerfully dominates the listener with his versatility and mastery of the guitar - holding each listener in a delicate balance of suspense and surprise. His unique almost shamanlike, primal storytelling and music are at their best yet.
Two of the major themes that weave through Pain, Love & Destiny are about finding the brightest light in the darkest of places, and the old story of making a Faustian deal, or a deal with the devil at the crossroads. Throughout the album, the protagonist of the story is being chased by his own fate, which materializes midway through the album as a dark grim reaper-like figure in “(I Am) The Black Rabbit,” an epic 6-minute-long song about allowing the inevitable to happen, and is loosely inspired by the novel, Watership Down.
Beginning with haunting piano, the album then culminates in one of the most captivating and most beautiful songs on the record, the album’s closer, “Predetermined Destiny,” a Beatles-esque ballad, that brings the idea of embracing one’s fate full circle.Track List:
01. About You ... (4:05)
02. Lost (3:42)
03. Somewhere in the Middle (3:06)
04. Fortune (3:20)
05. Keep Shining (3:43)
06. The Price of Fear (4:39)
07. Close Your Eyes (4:13)
08. (I Am) The Black Rabbit (6:19)
09. Definitely (3:57)
10. Stay With Me (3:55)
11. Right Back Here Again (5:00)
12. Outside the Box (4:13)
13. Burn Down the Garden (8:14)
14. Predetermined Destiny (6:06)Download links: