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A FULL OUT SHRED FEST! - 95%

overkill67, April 16th, 2004

This album is what it is...a guitar orientated album. Marty Friedman and Jason Becker created one of the most groundbreaking landmark guitar albums that has yet to be surpassed. So you thought you had trouble playing Hangar 18 huh...try to play this shit! Complex, guitar riff mastery, with deviate scale patterns and fingerings that you'd have to hit your hand with an axe and disfigure yourself to be able to play. Since there are already a few other reviews to glorify this masterpiece work of art...I'm going to take the time to tell you whats wrong with it. The vocals....I just don't get it. All this musical prowess and then you hear this guy's voice...which sounds so fucking forced. Granted the vocals on this album are better than the singing he did on the follow up(Go Off!) A cleaner sounding more falsetto driven vocalist would have surely been more appropriate. But thats about it...everything else here is flawless...this is a monumental album and it will withstand the test of time against all the Satriani, Vai and Malmsteen releases that are yet to come!