Talented guitar player, Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) returns with a new album, his 11th solo record to be exact. But what is surprising about this album is not only the superior craft of Friedman’s guitar execution, which is of course, breathtaking. But how he managed to bring a lot of colors, and textures around the songs on it.
Songs like, Inferno had a modern touch, that lies between the progressive of bands like Periphery, to the complex technical skill of a Steve Vai album. Resin, resembles a roller coaster of melodic madness, there are really soft parts, then boom the galloping fast and thick pieces that make this song an extraordinary musical ride. Wicked Panacea, is a whole different story, the acoustic musical structure has a folky touch on it, thanks to the duet Rodrigo & Gabriela that added that Latin flavor to the rhythmic guitar and percussion. This perhaps is the most curious and exotic track on the album.
Steroidhead, is a more shredding kind of track, with great atmospheric passages, and those guitar duels between Friedman and Keshav Dhar are just orgasmic, pretty much this track is the ‘Sasha Grey‘ of guitar porn. Sexy, provocative, and beautiful. These first three tracks are pure instrumental, with no vocals or lyrics of any kind, just unreserved musical madness. I Can’t Relax, features Danko Jones on vocals, and changes the pace of the album towards a more festive state, that features catchy melodies. I believe that it’s here that you can start getting a glimpse of the influence that Japanese music has on Marty Friedman, as the track is not that technical, but rather fun and alive.
Meat Hook, is the jazziest track of the album, as includes Jørgen Munkeby from Shining as special guest. The track itself is festive, powerful, and full of special effects. Hyper Doom acts like a bridge between the first part of the album that was more technical, and experimental. While the second part is louder and heavier, and includes more lyrical songs.
Sociopaths, features David Davidson of Revocation on a modern American metal song, that has a fierce, and heavy sound. The combination of styles and the texture of the song speaks for itself. Lycanthrope, has not only one, but two guests as Alexis Laiho of Children Of Bodom and Danko Jones appeared on it. This song is so different, not only is strange to hear Laiho‘s voice in a different style from COB, but the guitar combination of Friedman and Laiho is just fantastic.
Undertow, features Gregg Bissonette and Tony Franklin. Compared with the rest of the album, this is the most relaxing and softer song on the record, really relaxed and full of melodies. Horrors, is a estrange masterpiece co-written with Jason Becker, that is heavy, and full of thick parts. The classical passage around 1:55 is just priceless by itself. A really beautiful piece, but estrange at the same time.
Marty Friedman definitely showcases a whole range of color and textures within this record, rather than presenting a full-scale shredding fest, the record becomes alive as every guest leaves part of their own style on the album. Really diverse for a guitar solo record.
03. Wicked Panacea (feat. Rodrigo y Gabriela)
04. Steroidhead (feat. Keshav Dhar)
05. I Can’t Relax (feat. Danko Jones)
06. Meat Hook (feat. Jørgen Munkeby)
07. Hyper Doom
08. Sociopaths (feat. David Davidson)
09. Lycanthrope (feat. Alexi Laiho & Danko Jones)
11. Horrors (co-written by Jason Becker)
12. Inferno reprise
Record Label: Prosthetic Records
Marty Friedman – guitars
Jeremy Colson – drums, vocals
Alexi “Wildchild” Laiho – guitars
Gabriela Quintero – guitars
Rodrigo Sanchez – guitars
David Davidson – guitars
Keshav Dhar – guitars
Jørgen Munkeby- guitars
Danko Jones – vocals