As a fan of metal, you love Marty Friedman by default. But since his move to Japan 10 years ago, can we all say that we’ve kept up with what he’s been up to? Thankfully for everyone Marty has come to us with his best solo record to date. Inferno is full on metal or said in another way, full on Marty Friedman.
The title track starts things off and he wastes no time in blowing up your mind with a roller coaster of guitar wizardry. The song quickly re-reminds you that Marty can smoke any guitarist on the planet. Inferno is about diversity of flavors as many of the songs are co-written with some of today’s most well-known artists.
“Wicked Panacea” features RODRIGO Y GABRIELA doing what they do best mixed in with Marty‘s frenetic playing. It makes for a very unique and excellent hybrid. “Meathook” with SHINING (NO)’s Jorgen Munkeby on vocals and saxophone is a balls out, off the wall number not unlike SHINING‘s work. Hearing Marty and Jorgen trade leads is a thing of beauty. “Hyperdoom” is a mere 1:55 and takes a little less than a minute to build up before Marty just goes off (pun intended). While the vast majority of Inferno is pretty damn heavy, REVOCATION‘s Dave Davidson and Marty take it more extreme places with “Sociopaths.”
The beauty of the album lies in not only its diversity but also running order. Just the listener may need a change up from all the full-out metal, the slower, mellower “Undertow” comes in. Huge, melting melodies say so much with way less notes than are found on the previous songs.
The biggest deal surrounding Inferno has to be “Horrors,” which was co-written with still guitar god, Jason Becker. This epic has it all – the peaks and valleys, acoustic guitars, and mind bending leads. Simply awesome.
Inferno is an immediate and overwhelmingly clear reminder that we have indeed been pining to hear from Marty Friedman. (Prosthetic Records)