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Album Review

Guitarist Marty Friedman surprised the metal and guitar community with the release of his fine new age-influenced Scenes. On that release, he proved that he wasn't just another shredder, but rather an intelligent and sensitive player with strong compositional skills. With Introduction, Friedman continues to build on this formula, but with more maturity and musical diversity. Themes are not just introduced and abandoned in favor of gratuitous technical noodling, rather the compositions are thoughtfully explored and brought to a natural conclusion. Tracks such as "Arrival" and "Bittersweet" both contain beautiful melodies that would fit perfectly on a movie soundtrack. In fact, the compositions on this session are so good that Mr. Friedman could easily put down his guitar in favor of a pen, as it is his gift of composition that differentiates him from his peers. An unexpected masterpiece in a genre that could use more releases such as this.

Customer Reviews

Great! But not if you are looking for a guitar album!

This album is pure musical genius, and bolsters the fact that Marty Friedman is an excellent musician. But if you are some one who is looking for a shred album, this is not the place. Guitar is but a small, non-stand out yet still beautiful, piece of the composition. Great nonetheless.

Thank you Marty.

Marty has and will always be a great inspiration to me and all guitar players that has great taste in music. Marty knows how to take you to another land far far away with this album. His music touches very sensitive emotional parts of your mind and soul. Great album.

Music at its finest

I can't even believe that i am the only one writing a review for this album, are the people out there really don't have any taste for real music and beauty? Oh well, i don't even think that Marty himself can repeat this masterpiece, because his next effort was just terrible in every regard, but it can be because of people like you, with no musical taste, so he tried to go mainstream, and just be like everyone else, but introduction is just the finest piece of music offered in our tasteless century.


Born: December 8, 1962 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Rock, Music, New Age
  • Released: Nov 08, 1994

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