After longtime Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman quit the band in 2000, he moved to Japan, became a TV celebrity, and released many eclectic solo albums. His latest, Inferno, is his most back-to-basics offering, packed with trenchant, off-kilter melodic thrash riffs and virtuosic solos. Guest stars provide extra firepower: Danko Jones and Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho trade vocal lines on “Lycanthrope,” Shining saxophonist-singer Jørgen Munkeby battles Friedman’s leads on “Meat Hook,” and Revocation’s David Davidson adds growling and clean vocals to “Sociopaths.” For shred fans, Inferno is positively incendiary. JON WIEDERHORN
Check out “Meat Hook” from Inferno.