Cacophony guitarist Jason Becker's all-instrumental solo album is a winner. On Perpetual Burn, Becker gets to stretch out and really show his talents, whereas in Cacophony, with fellow virtuoso Marty Friedman sharing the spotlight, some of the subtleties of Becker's style are lost amid the cluttered speed metal maelstrom. Floating in on a bed of ethereal keyboards, Becker's guitar opens the album with a lyrical solo on the stately "Altitudes." His compositional skills allow the piece to build naturally and make it a coherent, satisfying statement rather than a jarring collection of unrelated ideas. The album's best moment, "Air," features some traditional classical fingerpicking that gives way to multi-tracked arpeggio orchestrations and Bach-style counterpoint. The piece, which consists almost solely of clean, unprocessed electric guitar and no further accompaniment (with the exception of some keyboard textures in the beginning and end), is a wonderful respite from the rest of the album's more metallic style and supersaturated guitar tones. There are also some quirky, humorous touches sprinkled liberally around Perpetual Burn, which add to its charm.
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Perpetual Burn based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Like I said in the headline, Jason Becker is 10 times greater than Yngwie. He plays just as fast but plays heavier and with more soul. Dont get me wrong I love Yngwie. Too bad he is in his current condition otherwise I would purchase every album new album he put out on its release date.
Jason is an amazing composer of true natural display of all Guitar Virtuoso techniques! both live and on album...
Jason started playing guitar when he was 5. he met marty friedman when he was 16, they recorded two albums with cacophony, "Go Off!" and "Speed Metal Symphony" jason was 17. Jason also recorded a solo album "Perpetual Burn" then one year later he got his big gig when he got accepted into david lee roth's band, but sadly one week later he was diagnosed with ALS. he cant move or speak, but he can communicate with his eyes thanks to a system his dad invented. he composed music on his computer while als was destroying his body, he managed to finish his next album called "perspective" If you want my opinion, Jason Becker is one of the best guitarists/composers of all time. This whole album is played with emotion, not just really fast guitar, there is wide range of style in jason's music.he may not of been the fastest guitar player, but its not about the speed of of the music, its about the content.im 16 and have been playing guitar for almost 10 years, i think i would know GOOD music when i heard it, Jason becker stand out more then anybody else.(ive heard them all)
hey man..just cuz uve played music for 10 years doesnt mean u know good music..but this is a good cd..if u like speed..loointo some of yngwie malmsteens older albums