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At the end of the 20th Century, few guitar virtuosi were as respected and revered as MARTY FRIEDMAN. After first rising to prominence alongside fellow six-string whiz Jason Becker in the influential band Cacophony and via his well-received solo debut "Dragon's Kiss," FRIEDMAN joined Megadeth, with whom he soon wrote and recorded the thrash landmark "Rust In Peace." His 10-year tenure with the iconic group -- during which they sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and earned multiple Grammy nominations -- saw the band's dream lineup reach its greatest heights, and FRIEDMAN's unique sonic contributions became heavy metal DNA that to this day continues to inspire new generations of metal fans.
In a bold move, he left the legendary Megadeth to pursue new musical goals and has succeeded tremendously. Already speaking fluent Japanese, Friedman relocated to Japan where his many accomplishments make him currently the only musician to be a fixture in the top class of both the Japanese domestic as well as international music scene.
Now residing in Tokyo, Friedman has also become a fixture on mainstream TV in Japan, having appeared on well over 500 TV programs since hosting his first shoe, "Hebimeta-san" ("Mr. Heavy Metal")
FRIEDMAN recently released the epic “Inferno,” his first studio album to come out simultaneously internationally in over 10 years. The album was recorded mostly in Los Angeles with engineer Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children of Bodom) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth). Featuring notable guest appearances and collaborations with acts including Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jason Becker, Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Dave Davidson (Revocation) and Danko Jones, the album features what FRIEDMAN describes as the heaviest and most intense playing and writing of his career.