Marty Friedman

Release date: September 25th 2006
Label: Mascot Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)

Instrumental Metal

Rating: 92/100
Cover artwork rating: 60/100
Reviewed by:
Peter Laursen
September 5th 2006

I must admit I did not see this one coming…  

If you are looking for Instrumental Metal with catchy riffs, catchy melody lines and catchy solo’s, look no further. Marty Friedman, known for his work in Cacophony and Megadeth is back with a hammer  album called “Loudspeaker” and believe me… it is a hammer album.

11 tracks of very catchy and memorable Instrumental Metal are what Mr. Friedman offers us. Most of the times Instrumental Metal is all about extended scale exercises and arpeggio patterns, pointless bass lines, monotonous rhythm guitar riffs and boring drumming. But not on this album… 5 seconds into the first track “Elixer” and you are hooked. The rhythm guitar just captivates you instantly and believe me… you are playing Air-guitar before you know it.

Every single track is very good and it’s very, very easy to tell the numbers apart. I don’t see the point in writing a very long, boring and snobby review, who wants to read them anyway? Well not me! - So here you have all the facts about this album; Catchy and memorable guitar lines, catchy rhythms, and catchy guitar solos. A more than awesome Instrumental piece of Metal.

“Loudspeaker” features guest appearances by Steve Vai, John Petrucci, and Billy Sheehan and is described as “by far Marty’s most aggressive album yet”.  

THIS is just the way I like my Instrumental Metal.