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Monte Pittman reveals details for new album, ‘Inverted Grasp of Balance’

Inverted Grasp Of Balance

Launches first single, “Pride Comes Before the Fall”, online

There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. With his fourth full-length, Inverted Grasp Of Balance, he has once again raised the stakes, delivering a riveting collection of full force metal that showcases his continuing evolution, undoubtedly expanding his devout – and ravenous – fan base. For a first preview of Inverted Grasp Of Balance (due out September 23rd worldwide), please visit: – where the new track, “Pride Comes Before the Fall”, can be heard and the album can be pre-ordered in various formats.

To assert that Pittman has had a storied career is something of an understatement. His resume includes an ongoing and fruitful collaboration with multi-platinum selling artist Madonna, having recorded and toured with her extensively over a period of more than fifteen years. Then there’s his first band, Myra Mains, his stint in the metallic behemoth that is Prong, and collaborations with a broad spectrum of international artists. If his time with Prong did not fully communicate just how much metal flowed through his veins, with 2014′s Flemming Rasmussen-produced The Power Of Three – his first release with Metal Blade Records – he compellingly blended killer riffs, blistering leads and gigantic hooks to deliver an album that was equal parts anthemic grandeur and in-your-face attitude, making metalheads around the world sit up and take note.

Now, for his latest offering, Inverted Grasp Of Balance, Pittman teamed up with powerhouse drummer Richard Christy of Charred Walls Of The Damned/Iced Earth/Death fame and virtuoso bassist Billy Sheehan, famous for his work with a plethora of talented artists – including David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and, more recently, Winery Dogs – the skill of all concerned explodes from the speakers. With such passionate professionals and Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) handling production duties, the record came together quickly and smoothly. This really is the proverbial “whole package”: an album that has been lovingly crafted in all aspects, that Pittman hopes reaches as many ears as possible. “I had a true vision for this record from the start, and I couldn’t imagine a better team to help me realize it,” Pittman comments. “We’re going to make some real noise with ‘Inverted Grasp Of Balance‘ – so get ready!”

Inverted Grasp Of Balance track-listing:

1. Panic Attack
2. Arisen in Broad Daylight
3. Guilty Pleasure
4. The Times Are Changing
5. Double Edged Sword
6. Cadabra
7. Pride Comes Before the Fall
8. California
9. Be Very Afraid
10. Obliterated
11. Skeleton Key
12. New Blood Keeps Us Alive

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Guitar Yarn interviews Monte (video)


Check out this great video interview with Monte telling the Guitar Yarn his road to master shredder. From the beginning with his toy guitar, how playing changed his high school experience and his L.A. push to stardom.

Monte explains WHY he plays guitar and what it does for him. These things are what makes Monte such an amazing teacher. Monte shows off his Ray Lamontagne guitar and his prized ESP Eclipse.

Check out the interview below:

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Watch videos from the LA Kiss House Band


Monte is having so much fun with the LA Kiss House Band, playing all the classic rock anthems during the game’s breaks and now you can watch and listen some of those here! The LA Kiss House Band consists of : Patrick Stone – vocals, Monte Pittman – guitar, Jorgen Carlsson – bass, BrendanBuckley – drums.

Check them out!


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Monte uses KHDK pedals and gets a shoutout from Kirk Hammett!


One of the coolest things about being a guitar player is discovering all the new products that come up to improve your tone. Monte recently got his hands on Kirk Hammett’s (Metallica) and industry pro David Karon pedals and he is loving them! Here’s what Monte posted on instagram:

I’m loving these new pedals from @khdkelectronics ! Thanks @kirkhammett & David Karon! They are a great addition to the pedal board for whatever your needs may be. Check them out! – (those aren’t my settings, by the way. Not so easy to hold 3 pedals together after being sweaty from playing a show 😃) Next LA KISS game is Saturday. Come out and you’ll hear them for yourself! 👻


Kirk Hammett re-posted it and added:


Stay tuned at as we have exciting news coming up!

Monte rocked NYC with Karmin!


Our Guitar God, aka Monte Pittman was in NYC this weekend to rock some shows with Karmin! Check out some highlights from the gigs – including what happened when lightning stroke the stage during the show on Sunday night! (hint: unplugged and cool!)

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Monte to play with Karmin!


“Those who run seem to have all the fun” Madonna sing, and her guitarist is definitely the proof of that! Monte Pittman has joined Karmin for 3 shows in June! Check out the dates and if you’re around, do not miss our #RebelHeartGuitarist !


The Ultimate Jam Night Interviews with Monte Pittman


Monte has been a regular at the Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky lately and Highwire Daze Online caught up with Monte backstage to talk about playing for Madonna, Prong and his NEW SOLO album! Check it out!

Have you ever played Madonna any heavy metal?
Well yeah – we did the riff from Pantera’sA New Level” in the 2008/2009 on tour. It came from me, I showed her that riff and she’d always play it. She likes everybody. She had Maverick Records, they signed The Deftones. A great thing about playing with her, you get to play so many different styles. There’s always acoustic stuff, the funky stuff, the clean atmospheric stuff like songs from the Ray of Light album.

You mentioned you’re working on a new album? Tell me a little about it.
Just finished the next album, it’ll be out this year on Metal Blade again. We’re in the mixing process now. Once it’s mixed, go to mastering which should be easy and we’ll have the final artwork in the next few weeks.

Read the FULL interview HERE!