other titles...

The Other Side of Mars
  1. Loyal to the Lie
  2. Broken on the Inside
  3. Alone
  4. Killing Breed
  5. Memories
  6. Right Side of Wrong
  7. Ready to Roll
  8. Undone
  9. Ain't Going Back
  10. LA Noir

Mick Mars (Motley Crue)

The Other Side of Mars

1313 LLC
  • lp (pre-order)

    Expected Release: 23rd Feb 2024

    £24.99
    Preorder
  • cd (pre-order)

    Expected Release: 23rd Feb 2024

    £14.99
    Preorder

When Mick Mars stepped back from touring with Motley Crue - the band he co-founded more than 40 years ago - it seemed like the end of an era; really, it was the beginning of a new one.

The legendary guitarist, whose riffs, solos and overall devastatingly heavy sound powered the L.A. icons through four decades of world-conquering, multi-platinum sonic mayhem is, as he demonstrates on his debut solo effort, still a serious force to be reckoned with. Only now, listeners are reckoning with more Mars than ever before. "When it comes to my playing, there's the Motley side and the Mars side," the guitarist says. "Either way, I always have a very clear vision of what I want to do."

On the aptly-titled 'The Other Side of Mars', fans get that vision in its full, multifarious glory. To be sure, there are plenty of characteristically riff-tastic, tough-as-nails hard-rock anthems (the rampaging "Loyal to the Lie," the deep-in-the-pocket groove-rocker "Ain't Going Back," the hooky and melodic "Right Side of Wrong") to be heard on the record. But 'The Other Side of Mars' also shows the 71-year-old guitarist heading into new and uncharted territory, tearing through caustic, modern metal ("Broken On the Inside"), conjuring gothic-tinged soundscapes ("Undone"), digging into anguished, slow-burning power balladry ("Killing Breed") and unspooling bluesy, cinematic instrumental workouts (the album-closing guitar showcase, "L.A. Noir"). The music throughout the 10-track collection, meanwhile, is otherwise studded with slide guitars, violins, violas, keyboards, glitchy freak-outs and all manner of sonic surprises.