Shred guitar pioneer Michael Angelo Batio will release his 12th studio album, More Machine Than Man, on June 12th via Rat Pak Records.
The album features 13 new studio tracks and is the highly anticipated follow up to 2013’s Intermezzo. More Machine Than Man is an all instrumental shred album from the Fastest Guitarist On The Planet that’s sure to resonate with past fans, as well as garner new fans along the way. From the infectious guitar riffs from album openers “Laser Guided” and “The Badlands”, to the crushing bonus-track finale of “No Backup Plan” Michael has created something truly special and engaging.
More Machine Than Man is available for pre-order in numerous bundle configurations here.
Mixed and Mastered by longtime Batio engineer Chris Wisco, the album also features guest performances by Chris Adler (Lamb of God), lending his drum skills on the tracks “More Machine Than Man” and “The Two Sirens.” Also appearing on the album is renowned bassist Victor Wooten who performs on “AVTD,” and guitar virtuoso Andrea Martongelli who guest solos on “The Countdown Is On.”
“This is the most “in your face” album I have ever recorded,” Batio stated. “I limited the use of keyboards so you can hear the detail and precision of the rhythm guitars. My goals were to write the best songs I could, keep the tracks as raw and natural as possible and make the grooves relentless! I’m borrowing a quote by NITRO singer Jim Gillette that I think describes this album perfectly – “If this album doesn’t rock your socks off, call the coroner ‘cause you must be dead!””
With heavy rhythm riffs, blazing guitar solos and rock-solid grooves More Machine Than Man delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from this high-level player and is sure to be a favorite of shred lovers around the globe! A video trailer for the new album can be seen here.
The track listing for More Machine Than Man is:
1. Laser Guided
2. The Badlands
3 Put All Fear Aside
4. More Machine Than Man
5. Dreamin’ of 1986
6. Beyond the Outer Limits
7. The Two Sirens
9. The Countdown is On
10. Rhythm Reprise (I Pray the Lord)
Bonus Tracks (CD & Digital versions)
11. 21st Century Beck
12. Charlie Went To Chicago
13. No Backup Plan
Michael Angelo Batio showcased his guitar techniques and innovations for the first time with his early instructional programs, as well as in his live performances, which are now considered “standard techniques” among guitarists worldwide. Michael not only invented but was the world’s first player of the double-guitar and was also voted one of the World’s Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time by Guitar World Magazine. He also holds the YouTube record for his instructional video “Speed Kills”, the highest views for a guitarist coming in at over 21 million!