Listen: Steve Vai's rifftastic new song, Gravity Storm

Steve Vai says, "Let there be... my new album!"
Steve Vai says, "Let there be... my new album!"

You want to hear some monster riffing? Then check out Gravity Storm (above), the new song from Steve Vai, which will appear on his 16th solo album, The Story Of Light, to be released 14 August on the guitarist's own Favored Nations label.

The 12-song set, which continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc that began on Vai's 2005 release, Real Illusions: Reflections, is largely instrumental, but it does feature vocal performances by Aimee Mann, who duets with Vai on a song they co-wrote, No More Amsterdam, as well as Beverly McClellan, a season one finalist on The Voice, who appears on John The Revelator, a cover version of the Blind Willie Johnson blues standard (Johnson's acid-soaked vocals are worked into the mix).

"I'm always pursuing knowledge, I'm a seeker of spiritual equilibrium - and music is a big part of that," says Vai of the album's theme, which follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment and redemption. "I've been obsessed with these kinds of ideas for years."

In the near future, Vai envisions a third set of songs that will complete the narratives that run through both The Story Of Light and Real Illusions: Reflections.

You can pre-order The Story Of Light on Steve Vai's official website.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.