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Marty Friedman
April 2007
Released: 2007, Shrapnel Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Former Megadeth guitarist and world renowned shredder is coming at you with his new release LOUDSPEAKER. His playing is respected by players the world over and rightfully so. This disc finds Marty doing what he does best.

LOUDSPEAKER is everything you’d expect and more. It is the quintessential guitar experience from one of the best players out there. His playing cannot be rivaled let alone imitated. From the instant that “Elixir” starts to the final note of “Devil Take Tomorrow” it is a all out shred assault. There was no holding back here as Marty just lets loose. There are some solo’s that are reminiscent of his work on RUST IN PEACE and could easily find there way on a classic Megadeth disc if he ever did another.

A great guitar cd if you get off on them. For the general public it will not get many repeated plays.
Track Listing

01. Elixir
02. Street Demon (Santa Rosa Wreecking Mix)
03. Black Orchid
04. Paradise Express
05. (Japanese Title)
06. Glycerine Flesh
07. Stigmata Addiction
08. Viper
09. Static Rain (Japanese Title)
10. Coloreas Mi Vida
11. Devil Take Tomorrow



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Marty Friedman
May 2007
Released: 2006, Mascot Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Ex- Megadeath member Marty Friedman has now got his own solo career with instrumental guitar albums. Friedman is huge in Japan and when this album was released there it took the #20 position on the national chart immediately. The first edition of the album also sold out the first day of the release. This album is apparently Friedman’s most aggressive album yet; it captures his unique style, talent, and dynamic playing according to the bio. I have to admit, my expectations weren’t that high when I received the album in the mail. I’m not and have never been a fan of instrumental albums, but this one was a surprise and opened my mind.

LOUDSPEAKER is a mean metal album that’s really heavy and sometimes it feels like I could be listening to a Friedman-era Megadeath album. Friedman plays with enormous feeling and he’s extremely intense and skilled. A few of the most known guests that appears on the album are Steve Vai, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jeremy Colson (Michael Schenker, Steve Vai), and Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, etc).

All 11 tracks are written by Friedman. One song has a Japanese title and one track includes lead vocals. The material feels really solid and heavy and again, it’s nothing like what you would imagine finding on an instrumental album. My personal favorite tracks are “Elixir”, “Street Demon (Santa Rosa Wrecking mix)”, “Black Orchid”, “Paradise Express”, “Viper”, and “Coloreas Mi Vida”.

This is truly an amazing album and definitely the best instrumental album I’ve heard for a really long time. Don’t get scared by the fact that it’s instrumental; if I’m convinced of its greatness then I’m sure you’re going to be blown away. This is a lesson in how great guitar should be played and every aspiring guitarist out there should check out this album.
Track Listing

1. Elixir
2. Street Demon (Santa Rosa Wrecking Mix)
3. Black Orchid
4. Paradise Express
5. Seka ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana
6. Glycerin Flesh
7. Stigmata Addiction
8. Viper
9. Coloreas mi Vida
10. Devil Take Tomorrow
11. Static Rain


Marty Friedman – guitar, bass
Ryuichi Nishida – drums
Masaki – bass
Billy Sheehan – bass
John Petrucci – guitar
Jeremy – drums
Jens Johansson – keyboards
Steve Vai – guitar

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