Published November 2 2023 at 17:05
Former MOTLEY CRUE guitarist Mick Mars has just released his debut solo single "Loyal To The Lie". The song is the first track to emerge from Mars' upcoming debut solo album, 'The Other Side Of Mars', which will be released on February 23rd 2024 via the guitarist's own label.
According to a statement accompanying news of the album's release, 'The Other Side Of Mars' will find the guitarist heading into new and uncharted territory, tearing through caustic, modern metal, conjuring gothic-tinged soundscapes, and digging into anguished, slow-burning power balladry alongside unspooling bluesy, cinematic instrumental workouts and is studded with slide guitars, violins, violas, keyboards, glitchy freak-outs and all manner of sonic surprises.
Guest musicians on the upcoming album include Winger keyboardist Paul Taylor, vocalist Jacob Bunton, Korn drummer Ray Luzier and bassist Chris Collier, and singer Brion Gamboa.
Production duties on the album were handled by legendary producer Michael Wagener, who of course also engineered and mixed Mötley Crüe's debut album 'Too Fast For Love' in 1981. Wagener has over the years also worked with the likes of Stryper, Poison, Alice Cooper, Extreme, Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne, Dokken, Metallica, White Lion and Skid Row.
"I wanted to do something that was just big and mean," says Mars. "People are going to hear my tone, my sound. I am what I am. Nobody else can do it. And like everyone, I've got a limited number of years. So, I'm gonna do all I can to do a lot of stuff".
"When it comes to my playing, there's the Mötley side and the Mars side. Either way, I always have a very clear vision of what I want to do."
"I had known him (MichaelWagener) for a long time, and I actually brought him to Mötley," says Mars. "He had such an understanding of where I wanted to go with the material. And he never said 'Hey, do this,' or tried to change my mind or anything like that. He was just really adamant about recording what I wanted to record, and making sure we recorded it right."
"There's a lot of ideas that I have that, I don't want to call them 'left,' but they are, you know what I mean?" says Mars. "My feeling has always been, I might gain some fans, I might lose some fans. But what they're hearing, it's all me."
"Loyal To The Lie" official video: