Mike Masser’s musical journey has been a rollercoaster ride, and his latest album, “True Grit,” stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication to rock and roll. Having initially made a mark as the guitarist in Hand Over Fist back in the early 2000s, Masser took a step back from music after feeling burnt out. However, a decade later, spurred on by the encouragement of friends and family, he decided to return to the spotlight, this time as both guitarist and vocalist.
His solo debut, “Desert Sun,” marked a departure from his previous work, an intentional foray into uncharted territory. The result was an experimental, mellower sound that showcased Masser’s versatility and willingness to push boundaries. As he gained confidence in his solo endeavor, Masser crafted “One More Shot,” drawing inspiration from rock legends like Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne. This sophomore effort embodies the essence of rock and roll, a testament to Masser’s enduring love for the genre.
In addition to his solo work, Masser embarked on the side project “Rictus of Rage” with fellow musician Jeff Watson. Their EP takes a darker, harder turn, showcasing a different facet of Masser’s musical prowess. With “Let it Ride,” Masser harks back to his classic sound, delivering a hard-hitting, no-frills Hard Rock album that captivates from start to finish. The album is a masterclass in the genre, a testament to Masser’s ability to craft timeless, head-banging anthems. “True Grit” continues in the same vein, firmly rooted in hard rock traditions. Tracks like “The Phoenix” and the latest release from Rictus of Rage, “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars,” reaffirm that Masser’s passion for hard rock remains as fierce as ever. These albums represent some of his finest work to date, a testament to his enduring commitment to the genre he loves. “True Grit” is not just an album; it’s a testament to the indomitable spirit of Mike Masser, a musician who refuses to let his music fade into the background.