Loudspeaker is an album that will change all preconceptions about instrumental albums. It is an emotionally fueled work of genius, mixed with brilliant guitar solo mastery that has become Marty Friedmanâ€™s signature.
Loudspeaker features guest appearances by Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Mick Karn and Billy Sheehan. â€œFor me it was a big experiment,â€ Friedman explains. â€œI knew they were amazing, but I wanted to get these guys to play the most aggressive way they could because as a fan I really wanted to hear them like I never heard them before-in a full metal context.â€
Loudspeaker is an aggressive, passionate and absorbing collection of that exposes the beauty and the beast in Friedmanâ€™s personality. Friedman reveals his true diversity with the hypnotic opening strains of “Stigmata Addiction” to a poignant rendering of “Coloreas Mi Vida.” The album continually travels between moments of claustrophobic density “Black Orchid” to the razor-sharp shred of “Elixir.”
Marty Friedman began his career as a Shrapnel solo recording artist and later joined forces with Jason Becker to form the unrivaled dual guitar unit, CACOPHONY, who have a strong influence on todayâ€™s top guitarists. Amassing worldwide acclaim as a guitar superstar, he came to the attention of MEGADETH and the rest is history. Racking up sales of over 10 million records with MEGADETH, Friedman continued to record solo records, often embarking on adventurous musical forays far removed from his work with MEGADETH, including an album with Golden Globe winner, Kitaro.
In a bold move, he left the legendary MEGADETH to pursue new musical goals and has succeeded tremendously. Friedmanâ€™s many accomplishments make him currently the only musician to be a fixture in the top class of the Japanese domestic as well as international music scene. His music performance (songs from Loudspeaker) on national TV with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, to charting high with his own music and with Japanâ€™s top artists, has spurred Friedman into new celebrity territory.
Now residing in Tokyo, Friedman has become a television celebrity appearing as a regular on 5 major networks, he can be seen on mainstream hit TV programs almost every day in Japan. â€œItâ€™s all these insane experiences the last couple years in Japan that couldnâ€™t be musically farther from my roots that make it so rewarding to make an all-out aggressive album now.â€
Loudspeaker is exactly the kind of record that Friedman fans have been waiting for. It is heavy, melodic and digs down deep to his roots, and in spots reminiscent in style of his best selling Shrapnel solo record, Dragon’s Kiss.
Loudspeaker will be released on March 13th, 2007 in the U.S.