As I get ready to field another month's worth of reviews for Blabbermouth, it's time to flag what I felt was the most "Blab" worthy album from May's queue. The honor could've easily gone to Prong, John Garcia or Crowbar, who all entertained the snot out of me with their diverse and equally badass new offerings. However, ex-Megadeth shredder Marty Friedman delivers a smoker (pun intended) of a solo album, his first U.S. released album in years, Inferno. I was truly astonished by this record, as summarized in the final paragraph of my review here:
"This is a brilliant recording that satiates, delights and marvels on every song. Marty Friedman bravely takes on just about anything that constitutes metal and minces it all together with spectacular fret work and external effects that makes Inferno a monster album. Better, he has the ingenuity to toss in standard songs so that all of the instrumental pieces radiate even more. The gorgeous "Undertow" is the only respite from Marty's brute force you're going to get on Inferno and even that song is delivered valorously. This album was far more than anyone could've expected, Marty. Thank you."
The review is now live at http://www.blabbermouth.net/cdreviews/inferno-2/#6D10cHCSJz1qc6Mw.99
Listenin' to: Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith