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Masters of Reality


Both improvisation and rhythm have always been major components of the unmistakable Masters of Reality sound. But on their fifth release for Mascot Records, Pine/Cross Dover, the group pits the finer elements of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Public Image Limited against each other.

The end result? A Masters of Reality album that rocks, rolls, and grooves like one devilish son of a gun."I did a rock n' roll record this time - I was able to exorcise a lot of different styles of music that are really important in my life," explains longtime Masters leader Chris Goss. "And not just Led Zeppelin, Cream, the Beatles, or Black Sabbath. It's a lot of everything on this record. But proud to say, not one acoustic guitar – it's all electric and very rhythm oriented."

And the album's origins can be pinpointed to a simple question. "It was in 2008 that Ed van Zijl, who is the head of the label, wrote and said, 'Do you feel like doing another record?' So after a long period of recording it finally is done and I'm proud of it."

Joining Goss (who supplies vocals, guitar, and keyboards) was long-time band mate John Leamy on drums, as well as a host of special guests, including Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O'Connor and guitarist Dave Catching, Merle Jagger guitarist Mark Christian, background singers Shawnee Smith and Missy Pyle, as well as former Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Brendon McNichol.

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