Hear Tom Morello trade licks with Alex Lifeson and Kirk Hammett on new track I Have Seen the Way

Tom Morello, Alex Lifeson and Kirk Hammett
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Tom Morello releases his latest solo album – and second of 2021 – The Atlas Underground Flood today, and with it, his long-awaited collaboration with guitar royalty Alex Lifeson and Kirk Hammett.

I Have Seen the Way, which also features producer Dr. Fresch, finds the trio exchanging solo blasts over fat riffs and throbbing EDM beats: Hammett brings the wah-wah pentatonics, Morello deploys Whammy-effected legato blasts, while Lifeson veers into more exotically scaled territory.

Lifeson teased the collaboration earlier this year. “[Morello] said, ‘Put whatever you want on it – the more the merrier,’” he revealed. “He was going to give it to Kirk Hammett and Kirk was going to do the same thing.

“Being the contrarian, I did all of [these other styles], not just heavy rock. We were all talking to each other while we were doing it, and we just had such a riot.”

The Atlas Underground Flood is the followup to October’s The Atlas Underground Fire, and features guest spots from Manchester Orchestra, Ben Harper, IDLES, Jim James, Nathaniel Rateliff and Rodrigo y Gabriela.

The album is available to stream and buy now.

It’s the second Morello release of the week, following his new signature pedal with MXR, the Power 50 Overdrive.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.