(New York, NY – May 29, 2020) On the heels of the announcement of his 12th studio album More Machine Than Man and the release of the music video for “The Badlands,” shred guitar pioneer Michael Angelo Batio is releasing the video for the title track “More Machine Than Man.” The video marks the first appearance of the newly designed signature double neck guitar that Batio designed with guitar partner Sawtooth guitars. The song is also available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music starting today. The video for “More Machine Than Man” can be seen here:https://youtu.be/7yxGfPumm-M.
“Grammy Award winning Producer Josh Wilbur arranged this song and recorded Chris Adler’s drums. Josh even sped up the song tempo to make us play really aggressive and with power,” explains Michael Angelo Batio. “I wanted this song to depict what the title is. Machine-like precision in the performances, (playing with Chris) and the human feel that gives the song life.”
More Machine Than Man is scheduled for worldwide release via Rat Pak Records on June 12th. The album, featuring 13 new studio tracks, is now available for digital pre-order via all digital retailers. Fans that pre-order the album digitally will receive an instant download of both tracks “The Badlands” and “More Machine Than Man.” The digital pre-orders can be found via iTunes, Amazon, and Google. More Machine Than Man is available for pre-order in numerous physical bundle configurations here: https://smarturl.it/MABshred.
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”.
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
Photo credit: Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
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” amongst 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!