Marty Friedman – Inferno


Marty Friedman – Inferno

Prosthetic Records – 2014



Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist Mary Friedman doesn’t rest on his laurels.  Instead he challenges himself by creating this explosive, multi-dimensional music offering.  It’s the first album I’ve heard him play on in many years and I think his best work to date.

The title track blazes with an onslaught of Friedman’s shredding power riffs, all done with skillful finesse.

The give and take between slow, dark chord progression and heavy distortion makes “Resin” a killer tune.  Some of the guitar runs are musically dangerous.  The heavy licks that go along with the drumming would make the late “Dimebag” Darrell smile.  The slow-down parts open up the metallic environment for palpable texture and make the heavy sections more significant.

“Wicked Panacea” is my favorite track so far in 2014.  This song features Rodrigo y Gabriela providing energetic acoustic flamenco guitar that sets up an extraordinary contrasting guitar duet with Friedman’s metal attack.  The softer rhythms are catapulted into megaton riffs when converted to Friedman’s charged guitar.

Friedman flexes his six-string muscle in “Steriodhead”, which features SKYHARBOR’s Keshav Dhar.  The two guitarists rip a hole in the atmosphere with heavy duty riffage and beautiful soaring leads.

Rock guru Danko Jones adds the vocals to the punk-metal tune “I Can’t Relax.”  The hyperactive nature of the song title is carried out musically and is done in such a way that gives it a touch a humor as well.

Norwegian Jazz musician Jørgen Munkeby’s (SHINING) tenor saxophone is unexpected and a cool addition to “Meat Hook.”  Munkeby shreds on his sax, which of course Friedman is more than willing to join along with.  Musical virtuosity has never been so fun as when these two let it go.

“Hyper Doom” is a little snidbit that sounds like it came out of the MEGADETH fold.  Guitars engage like a locked-in gun on a moving target.

Guitar whiz David Davidson (REVOCATION) joins Friedman for “Sociopaths.”  Davidson’s voice reminds me a little of Pantera’s Phil Anselmo.  This is the second longest track on this album and allows the guitarists time to let the notes flow.

“Lycanthrope” features vocals from both Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM) & Danko Jones.  This rocking song has Friedman release the hairy beast inside with guitar riffs that should make any metal listener howl with joy.

In “Undertow”, Friedman expresses himself with sorrowful guitar weeping.  It’s impressive how he is able to convey his emotions through his instrument.  Beautiful work, really.

I really love the idea and respect Marty Friedman for including a brand new collaboration with Jason Becker.  The fact that Becker was diagnosed with ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease) more than 20 years ago, didn’t’ stop Friedman from creating a new song with his CACOPHONY partner.  It’s even more astounding when you think that Becker communicates with his eye movements.

I find this not only amazingly special and a unique relationship but when you listen to the music that they created together, it should blow you away.  The playing is just eye-opening and jaw-dropping.  Friedman says, “The song, it’s definitely CACOPHONY, and it’s definitely what Jason and I would be doing in 2014 and the future.”  To make it all possible, a friend named Ewan Dobson, who is also a friend of Jason’s, played with Jason wrote and what Friedman arranged for Jason’s parts.  It’s just an astounding song in every way.

The album closes with a reprise of “Inferno”, that is both shorter and gentler version of the title track.

I know that Marty Friedman will be touring the world to support Inferno.  I absolutely want to see him perform this live when he comes to my town.



Zachary Atlas chosen to create “Stash” documentary


Zachary Atlas chosen to create “Stash” documentary

I’m happy to announce the I’ve found a talented, young filmmaker named Zachary Atlas to document the making of “Stash.”  My friend Frank Fuina referred him to me.  After speaking to Zach, it became obvious he was the guy to shoot and edit together a making of piece that will be a special feature on the release of our movie.  I’ll let Zach tell you more.

My name is Zachary Atlas, I’m just your average ordinary guy who grew up on Long Island with a passion for filmmaking. I’ve had a passion for filmmaking ever since I was 7 where I discovered the eligibility to capture real life events in real time with the help of a camera. In high school, I had the lucky opportunity to enroll in a college level film course, where I received hands on technical and physical training with highly advanced equipment. Most importantly, we were taught all the skills and assets needed to survive out in the field. As a young filmmaker in college, I plan to take my strengths as a director/cinematographer/editor and take them with me everywhere I go in hope for a career out in the professional world of filmmaking.

Kill Devil Hill Guitarist Mark Zavon Interview




Kill Devil Hill Guitarist Mark  Zavon talks about the band and their latest album Revolution Rise.



Terry Wickham:  Since I read you are from the Midwest, did you ever hear a band back in the mid-80s called Vyper?

Mark Zavon:  No, never heard of them.

TW:  I had their cassette Prepared To Strike and those two guitarists could rip it. They were underrated and played some catchy riffs, cool soloing and had a good singer. Wonder whatever happened to them? What was it that you heard that made you want to play guitar?

MZ:  The Beatles

TW:  I’ve read you’ve been in bands from the mid-west over to the west coast. Is there any advantage being situated in a particular geographic location?

MZ:  It’s easier to get to the next level if you are near the action.

TW:  How did you get into Kill Devil Hill?


MZ:  Vinny Appice and I had a mutual friend who gave him my number and we started writing together.

TW:  I never heard the first Kill Devil Hill album. What’s the difference between Revolution Rise and your guys’ debut?

MZ:  You should pick it up and decide for yourself. We had more time on the second disc.

TW:  What is the band’s writing process? Is the music written first or the lyrics?

MZ:  Music first, then melodies then lyrics, usually.

TW:  In terms of the music, is there someone that takes the lead, or does everyone take turns bringing different songs to the table?


MZ:  It’s always different, but I usually have a bunch of riffs and finished demos to start with, then we work out the vocals and arrangements. Rex has brought some stuff in too, but in the end we all work together.

TW:  Where was Revolution Rise recorded?


MZ:  At Pilsound Studios, in Jeff Pilson’s house.

TW:  What was it that you wanted to accomplish as a guitarist this time out?


MZ:  Just try to top the last recording if possible. I just try to be myself and do the songs justice.

TW:  Your favorite tune off Revolution Rise and why?

MZ:  I love ’em all, but ‘Long Way From Home’ is one of my favorites. I like the layers and textures in that one.

TW:  You informed me that Zakk Wylde played on the first song “No Way Out.” Who brought him out for the occasion?

MZ:  Our manager at the time, Erik Luftglass, called him up and got him involved. That was pretty fucking cool. I think that guy’s one of the best players out there.

TW:  I’ve got to tell you, Kill Devil Hill is tight. That must not be a coincidence with how you guys get along. Talk about the chemistry of the band.


MZ:  We are very fortunate that we get along as well as we do. Writing and recording can put some serious pressure on a band’s personal relationships, and you have to be strong enough to put egos aside and work toward a common goal. We all kinda grew up on the same music, so our heads are sort of aligned in a way. We have a blast together on tour, and I always look forward to getting together.

TW:  Have you guys hit the road to support the album yet? If you come through New York, I’d love to catch a show.

MZ:  Yeah, we just got back from Australia, and are leaving next week for a couple weeks of US dates. Hopefully we will get to the NY area soon.

TW:  I’m going to throw out some random guitar comments. Tell me what comes to mind:

Randy Rhoads best solo? They are all KILLER

Eddie Van Halen’s best riff?
I especially like Mean Streets

George Lynch’s playing on Tooth and Nail?

Jake E. Lee’s riff for “Rock-N-Roll Rebel”? Smokin

Warren DiMartini’s tone and lick for “Lay It Down?” Wicked

Yngwie Malmsteen?
Classical shred master

Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield’s playing on Ride The Lightning?
Tight as fuck

John Sykes guitar tone on Whitesnake (1987)?

Who do you prefer Joe Satriani or Steve Vai and why?
They are both ridiculously amazing

Most underrated guitarist to come out of the 90s? Michael Lee Firkins

Your favorite “Dimebag” Darrell lick?
The second solo of The Sleep

Best guitarist to emerge in the past 10 years?
John 5

What’s the future plan going forward for Kill Devil Hill? Kick as much ass as humanly possible.

TW:  Thanks for your excellent playing on Revolution Rise and for helping give us another stellar band.


MZ:  You are very welcome, thank for your interest.

To learn more about Kill Devil Hill and Mark’s music please visit the band’s official site and Mark’s Facebook page: