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Perpetual Burn - Jason Becker

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Jason Becker / Audio CD released 1993-02-11 at Roadrunner

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      13.02.2008 19:00
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      Jason Becker's first album (1988).

      Jason Becker is among the lesser known but highest respected of the heavy metal guitar virtuosos, recording his only album of neoclassical guitar theatrics at the age of eighteen before ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) robbed him of his ability to play, to talk or even to breathe without assistance. It's a real shame that the world couldn't hear more of Becker's music the way he intended it (there have been further releases, but mostly consisting of demo material), as although it's more or less the same flamboyant classical instrumental shredding as Yngwie Malmsteen and the others in the field, Becker's solos feel more authentically from the heart, and he doesn't rely on cheap gimmicks like a pop singer in an attempt to reach a wider market.

      As a purer expression of the shred genre, the only other instruments aside from Becker are occasional guest solos from his former collaborator Marty Friedman (later of Megadeth), drumming by Atma Anur that keeps up the pace and helps to ground the sound, and brief keyboard moments in more ambient songs like 'Air.' The mood here ranges from the excitement of full-pelt shredding to more thoughtful and atmospheric sections, mostly within the same song, and there's also commendable variety between the tracks; 'Perpetual Burn' is a little more ominous with its deep riffs, 'Mabel's Fatal Fable' starts with some pretty weird effects, the aforementioned 'Air' and 'Dweller in the Cellar' are more relaxed, and 'Eleven Blue Egyptians' tackles the Egyptian theme in a predictable but entertaining way.

      There isn't a lot for the casual listener here it has to be said, and anyone who has been turned off by Malmsteen and his kin in the past should give it a wide berth, but Becker's noodling is some of the most soulful and emotive I've heard, and this album strikes a perfect balance between self-indulgence and broader appeal without going too far in either direction as his contemporaries tend to, resulting in fairly ridiculous albums and live shows. There's very little tomfoolery here.

      1. Altitudes
      2. Perpetual Burn
      3. Mabel's Fatal Fable
      4. Air
      5. Temple of the Absurd
      6. Eleven Blue Egyptians
      7. Dweller in the Cellar
      8. Opus Pocus

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Altitudes
      2 Perpetual Blues
      3 Mabel's Fatal Fable
      4 Temple Of The Absurd
      5 Eleven Blue Egyptians
      6 Dweller In The Cellar
      7 Opus Pocus