While it was his arsenal of guitar work in Megadeth during the 1990s through which the majority of American metalheads came to know of his music, Marty Friedman has been an accomplished solo artist for even longer. His unique band will be the focus of Friedman’s performance when he returns to the Alamo City on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Fitzgerald’s in support of Inferno. Holy Grail will provide direct support with local openers Under No One and Straight Down (tickets here).
Friedman turned his life upside down after his Megadeth days by moving to Japan, where he has hosted television programs and more than immersed himself into the culture and lifestyle. He has created a variety of music over the years, the latest being Inferno, an eclectic mix of instrumentals with a few songs featuring guest vocalists (track listing below). Friedman shows his range of musicianship on the record, collaborating with the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela on “Wicked Panacea,” tenor saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby on the insane track “Meat Hook,” and teaming up again with his former Cacophony bandmate Jason Becker on “Horrors.” Watch the videos for “Undertow” and “Inferno.”
Friedman also provides his talent as a guest on another band’s forthcoming record. Progressive metal group Redemption, fronted by San Antonio native and Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder (more here), will release The Art of Loss on Feb. 26. Friedman provides guitar work on two tracks, including first single “Damaged.” He’s also featured with fellow former Megadeth guitarists Chris Broderick and Chris Poland on “Thirty Silver.”
Click here to listen to our conversation, as Friedman graciously went “Into the Pit” on Jan. 22 when he phoned in from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Inferno track listing:
3. “Wicked Panacea” (with Rodrigo y Gabriela)
4. “Steroidhead” (with Keshav Dhar)
5. “I Can’t Relax” (with Danko Jones)
6. “Meat Hook” (with Jorgen Munkeby)
7. “Hyper Doom”
8. “Sociopaths” (with David Davidson)
9. “Lycanthrope” (with Alexi Laiho & Danko Jones)
11. “Horrors” (with Jason Becker)
12. “Inferno” (Reprise)
13. “Jasmine Cyanide”
14. “Ballad of the Barbie Bandits”
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