Hands Without Shadows features guest appearances by Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed, Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy, Whitesnake and Quiet Riot, Doug Marks, founder of Metal Method, virtuoso guitarist Bill Peck and more.
Hands Without Shadows features guest appearances by Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed, Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy, Whitesnake and Quiet Riot, Doug Marks, founder of Metal Method, virtuoso guitarist Bill Peck and more. The primary bassist William Kopecky is a 6 string and fretless virtuoso. Chris Wisco engineered and mixed the CD, famed graphic designer Stephen Jensen designed the HWS artwork and the disc was mastered by Trevor Sadler.
In Michael’s own words:
I started recording Hands Without Shadows in July of 2004. 15 months later, the CD was completed. In between recording I performed over 100 shows on 3 different continents, filmed an instructional DVD and recorded numerous sessions for other artists. I wanted the CD to include some of my new songs plus my versions of some of the best rock songs of the past- to pay tribute to some of the legendary Rock Guitar greats like Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix and more. I also wanted the CD to be cohesive and have a central theme, sound and continuous atmosphere from beginning to end. HWS is my uncompromising vision.
All of the rhythms were recorded with Dean Guitars using one Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier amp with a matching 4 by 12 cabinet. All of the solos on HWS were recorded using various single Marshall amps with an assortment of Dean Guitars. With the exception of All Along the Watchtower, all of the lead guitars were recorded dry, with no FX, except where a Wah-Wah pedal is heard. When the Wah is played there are still no other FX.
My initial mixing discussions with engineer Chris Wisco were based around two schools of thought. Do we make a really wet mix with a lot of reverb, ambiance and effects or take a different approach and make clarity the issue over the use of FX? We both thought that keeping the over all mix drier was the way to go. There is virtually nothing added to the guitars. This was truly a labor of love.