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Marty Friedman

One of the ultimate '80s guitar shredders, Marty Friedman first made his name with the speed-burning virtuoso outfit Cacophony, but landed his most widely renowned gig as the lead guitarist of Megadeth during the thrash legends' greatest period of popularity. Friedman was born in 1962 and grew up in the Baltimore area; he began playing guitar at age 15 in a band called Deuce, shortly before his family moved to Hawaii. While in Hawaii, Friedman hooked up with a local band (which changed names and personnel fairly often) and recorded with them on three different albums. Friedman studied guitar in earnest, going so far as to explore ethnic music (particularly Asian and Middle Eastern) in search of new, exotic scales to incorporate into his lead playing. He initially connected with the shred-guitar label Shrapnel in 1981, but it wasn't until 1987 that he, along with friend Jason Becker, made an impact on the larger guitar community. The twin-guitar heroics of their debut album as Cacophony, Speed Metal Symphony, made an instant splash, and both took the opportunity to record the solo albums they'd been working on individually prior to the genesis of Cacophony. Friedman's solo debut, Dragon's Kiss, was released on Shrapnel in 1988, and it was stylistically similar to his Cacophony material. After one further Cacophony album, 1989's Go Off!, Friedman and Becker went their separate ways. Friedman joined Megadeth in late 1990, becoming their third lead guitarist in four albums; however, he managed to bring some stability to the position, remaining with the band for ten years. His debut with the band, Rust in Peace, demonstrated his immediate impact on the rest of the group, still standing as one of the most technically accomplished albums in all of thrash metal. His second album with Megadeth, Countdown to Extinction, was the band's popular breakthrough, making them one of the biggest heavy metal groups in the world. In 1992, Friedman capitalized on the group's popularity as an opportunity to do something different: he stunned metal fans by hooking up with new age star Kitaro for a reflective, Asian-tinged instrumental album titled Scenes, which also appeared on Shrapnel. Pleased with the results, Friedman continued in that vein with his second contemporary instrumental album, 1994's Introduction, which boasted an even stronger Japanese flavor; that year, he also married Chihiro. Friedman continued to pursue his solo career as an outlet for less aggressive sounds, releasing True Obsession in 1996. Friedman left Megadeth in 2000, about a year after the release of their Risk album. He released Music for Speeding in 2003, followed by an instructional video called 99 Secret Lead Guitar Phrases in 2006. Loudspeaker arrived in early 2007. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Anvils
realm of the senses
black orchid
we need the 2 tokyo juke boxes
evil thrill
Introduction is on here ImI
Paradise Express
Not bad for a jew
Great inspiration
Marty is one of the all time greats to ever pick up the instrument, thank you for inspiring the next generation to greater heights.
nicko252008
Holy cow, this guy is EPIC!@
F**king killer stuff man
i agree wrightstuff, shame about Jason
Yes he has skills, Will continue to grow with or without the right band around him.
Sounds so similar to Servant of Evil!!! Omg!!!
awkilpatrick
@kruegerfall s : Agreed, I will forever consider Rust in Peace to be my favorite metal album. Thanks to Pandora I FINALLY found out the name to this song, borrowed Tibet from a buddy and could never remember the CD name after I gave it back.
kruegerfalls
Megadeth veered too greatly away from their roots, no matter whose fault it was......... . . . . t h a t ' s why they lost credibility and almost tanked.
As the Gothic Chocolate Heavy Metal Diva I only have one answer for this awesomeness * lifts both devil horns to the sky, head banging in pure pleasure
no doubt Marty friedman has influenced me to play better but also influenced me to strive to find that newer sound, i feel bad for becker having the disease that he does i hope they will always be a great influence for the guitar community

dave's drug use almost tanked the band, marty didn't want to play pop, dave did to make money for drugs! I love them both but facts are facts.
jamiebentz
seriously check GUITAR FOR MORTALS. Love that.
megadEth is great too
maxhammer200 5
Sure love Shredders!!
I still miss Marty in Megadeth, even if his desire to play pop music almost tanked the band.
giniromegumi
The huge difference between the SMAP original and this cover just sends me into such gigglefits. :D
Marty Friedman, both one of my idols for Thrash Metal Musicians and Otaku!
Friedman + Becker = God
Marty's amazing. Cacophony was match made in shred heaven.
This would SO be in Brock Sampson's CD changer. :)
man a shredder is a shredder-- I'm embarrassed to even pick up my guitar when i hear these guys play . . . inspired, but man this level of excellence is amazing. rock on and on and on
Megadeth is great, but as the Shredders go, Vai and Satch both top him.
you F???ing rock Marty=>
Music for speeding was ok... that's the only one I've listened to. Sounded kinda insipid, could be better.
megadeath rocks
toferlewis
He is do doubt a fantastic guitarist, but I must agree w/ andyczech. Some of his songs and the Asian modes drive me ears nuts. I prefer the more neoclassical compositions . . .
andyczech
He is very good and skilled, no argument there. However, his melody arrangement just somehow irritates the hell out of me. Cacophony project was the same thing. His inclinations to japanese style of melody construction is something my musical taste buds do not like. One of those guys I recognize as great guitar players but whom I just don't have to listen at all.
murphy42
Should be listed as top 10 guitar gods
sushiman.can a a n
yes continue.
I've always liked the name marty. such a cool name, and the only other person I know of with this name is a character in a movie. well a series and another movie.
back the future, and click.
Marty Friedman = shred.
shred = awesome. must I continue?
sushiman.can a a n
Street Demon is definatley the best along with dragon mistress.
you can tell the japanese metal style influence on street demon
have been listnen to this cat since dragonz kiss if you havent heard the stuff with jason becker its called cacophony and it kicks a**!
megadeath means shred, their in a class all their own.kodiack new york
reminds me of Yngvie, good stuff. Not always about the thrash. I will have to explore more of this guy. Should be a plesant journey.
A fine player. Heard Fuel Injection Stingray?
This guy is an awesome guitarist
wow
Truly a Shred GOD
What can one say about Marty, a guitar virtuoso from the first riff to the last Marty is all about Kick A** shredding.
Saw him with Megadeath and he was all over the stage never stopping for one second and shredding all the way thru.
Go Marty !
fatherthing
Kicking a**, taking names...
This guy knows what he's doing! 'Gimme A Dose' is what's playing now. I'll have to send him to my Molten Lead station.
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