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Despite being recorded in 1988 it sounds as fresh today as it did then and perfectly showcases the talents that led him to become the lead guitarist for Megadeth.
Throughtout the album the compositions are strong and feature many dark and exotic melodies combined to good effect with fast and heavy riffs. The lead guitar playing is flawless and features plenty of Marty's distinctive 'exotic metal' solos, which blend fluid licks and fast arpeggios with unusual melodies and harmonies.
The only criticism that could be levelled is that the album is very short. But at a time when every other guitarist was attempting to emulate either Vai or Malmsteen, he can almost be forgiven for this!
Incidentally I remember Marty giving his thoughts on this album a few years ago, and said he was 90% happy with it. With the benefit of hindsight he seemed to regret the amount of distortion on the final song (Thunder March) which he thought made the song sound a little too murky and detracted from the thematic melody (and as his fans will know the melody resurfaced on his 'Scenes' album in a quiter context). For the benefit of any potential purchasers it should be reassuring to know that Marty - quite rightly - does not regard this album as 'a skeleton in his closet!'
After this album by Marty, I think I only really dug a similar album when Jeff Loomis put out his solo material.
Check out the stately melodies of "Thunder March", the dizzying arpeggio flurries and chromatic meltdowns in "Saturation Point", and perhaps the most effective fusion of melody and menace, "Dragon Mistress". This music is dense, full of aggression, darkness and beauty; and Friedman's singular voice leads the march with remarkable precision and assuredness.
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Guitar shredding at its best. Marty uses tons of exotic scales and is very heavy. A must have for your instrumental guitar collectionPublished on June 20, 2014 by Darren Hinchcliffe
THIS GUY IS JUST AS GOOD AS VAI,ROMOE,BATIOO,MALMSTEEN.HE IS VERY MELODCI,KNOW CLASSICAL!
I PLAY GUITAR AND LISTEN TO METAL.HE STILL DO DOING SOLO CDS ALSO.. Read more
Back in the day Marty really was able to show a very unique style and technique on guitar. This amazing album shows his taste for the oriental music in a very metal flavoring way. Read morePublished on May 5, 2012 by Sandokandelamalasya
The BEST Marty Friedman album ! .... buy this ! ..... Epic guitar songs , great playing , and great drums too ! ..... Support GUITAR MUSIC ! ..... keep Guitar music alive ! ..... Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by MelodicMetalWarrior
Marty is a brilliant musician, and it shows on his solo debut. This album is good from the the first note to the last and has a few solos by Jason Becker (he also let Marty play a... Read morePublished on September 23, 2009 by BaRoLA Man
Another great Freidman album. If the ancient Greeks had a God for shreing it would have been Marticus Freidman.Published on September 6, 2009 by Pantallica47