Album Review: “Perpetual Burn” Jason Becker


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Jason Becker had happiness for his first studio album released under Shrapnel Records.  Longtime friend Marty Friedman and Becker collided to create Cacophony, a neoclassical group with both offering dual guitar solos.  With the break up of Cacophony, Friedman would carry on to Megadeth, as Jason would release solo albums.  The rise of all instrumental will greatly get the listener into more of his songs.  Besides, tracks “Perpetual Burn” and “Altitudes” mirrors Becker as a true shredder of the revolution wave of neoclassical metal with other prominent figures of the sub-genre of heavy metal including Uli Jon Roth and Yngwie Malmsteen.  The speed on both of those tracks are amazing and rich, high-end speed distortion blowing many people’s ears out.  The true melody is probably best reached at “Air,” deepening Becker’s true guitar playing.  “Temple of the Absurd” and “Eleven Blue Egyptians” are the two tracks that provide Friedman and Becker to collide again, even after the break up of Cacophony.  After the release of this album, Becker would work on lead guitar with David Lee Roth of Van Halen.  Unfortunately, Jason was later diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), taking away his ability to play guitar.  Today, this fantastic guitarist still makes music, and this album truly is one of his greatest works especially after the years of Cacophony and before of Becker influenced guitarists like Rusty Cooley and Gus Drax.  [A]

“Air” and “Temple of the Absurd” by Jason Becker

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