Marty Fried­man

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Wall of sound Pros­thetic Records ✪✪✪✪✪

It’s a shock to see that Wall Of Sound is Fried­man’s 13th solo al­bum - that’s a lot of mu­sic in the two decades since Me­gadeth. With a year ges­ta­tion and nine days to record the gui­tars, Wall Of Sound is son­i­cally and com­po­si­tion­ally huge. Rife with Marty trade­marks en­er­gised bends and vi­brato, slick di­min­ished lines, crush­ing riffs and modal shred phrases - fans of rock vir­tu­os­ity will find much to em­brace here. Sor­row And Mad­ness is full of twists and turns with vi­o­lin, pi­ano and ny­lon-string gui­tar plus blaz­ing thrash riffs and so­los. Street­light is one of two songs mixed by Queen’s pro­ducer, Mack and fea­tures some of the al­bum’s most melodic play­ing over some of its most ag­gres­sive riff­ing; few gui­tarists can com­bine beauty and heavy quite like Marty. Some­thing To Fight is the al­bum’s only vo­cal track, rich with pre­ci­sion and ag­gres­sion. In short, Wall Of Sound sure lives up to its name!

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