JASON BECKER — Perpetual Burn (review)

JASON BECKER — Perpetual Burn album cover Album · 1988 · Neoclassical metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
siLLy puPPy
Jason's only solo album as a neo-classical shredder before Lou Gehrig's Disease took its toll leaving him paralyzed. I would think that everyone who loves metal has heard Jason's ridiculously talented fingers wailing up and down the scales at speeds that still make me wonder if he is half alien or something.

Although this was released as a solo album, Marty Friedman adds his additional guitar handywork and Atma Amur from Cacophony makes a reprise. The result is a full band sound and because this is totally instrumental a more satisfying (at least to me) experience than the two Cacophany albums.

This album is basically a modern day Mozartesque guitar wankfest. I for one love this kind of metal music as much as any other and if one listens to “Altitudes,” “Perpetual Burn,” “Mabel's Fatal Fable” or “Air” you will be wondering how it is possible to play this kind of music and just where Jason would be now if he hadn't been inflicted by the horrible disease that paralyzed him in his prime.

Poised to be the next huge thing in rock, this album landed him the coveted spot as guitarist with David Lee Roth after Steve Vai. The craziest thing about this album is that Jason was only 16 years old when he recorded this. OMG!
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