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Marty FriedmanWall Of Sound

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★★☆☆ After shocking us with the unreasonably good album “Inferno”, Marty returns to form and satisfies every preconception; this is about as good as it gets for self-indulgent lead guitarist wankery. Largely, this is a problem of balance (a tricky thing to nail). There are sporadic moments of red-blooded metal mayhem strewn about, but they’re tempered too often by cheese. Also, there are some weird half-assed endings on here. (I’m looking at you, “Whiteworm” and “The Blackest Rose.”) And, once again, the scant vocal contributions on here are questionable at best.