Jason Becker‘s “Perpetual Burn” celebrates the 30th anniversary of its release with a reissue for all the fans of this masterpiece. This release, printed on hot pink vinyl, will include previously unreleased material in the form of one bonus track which contains two guitar solos left off the original recording of “Perpetual Burn”.
Jason Becker at the time only 19 years old, turned out not only to be a great guitar virtuoso, but also a sophisticated songwriter. The catchy instrumental songs on “Perpetual Burn” are interspersed with fast arpeggios, furious solos and heavy riffs and fitted perfectly in Shrapnel’s ‘Mike Varney’ stable, just like Cacophony colleague Marty Friedman (who is also featuring on this album of course).
Several listening sessions are needed to fully appreciate this complex album. Without doubt, this album is a milestone in the shred-era. Especially when taken into account that it was released in 1988, that is two years before Steve Vai’s “Passion & Warfare”, simultaneously with Friedman’s “Dragon’s Kiss” and just a few months after Joe Satriani’s “Surfing With The Alien”, talking about milestones.
“Perpetual Burn” is a must for neoclassical metal fans, guitarists and instrumental music addicts. Especially for them we have this unique 30th anniversary edition available. Not mentioning the CD, which one already has to own.