Jason Becker (USA)

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Jason Becker (USA)

Príspevokod užívateľa Horex » 11 Aug 2015, 17:11

Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn (1988)







Year : 1988
Style : Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Neo-Classical Metal, Instrumental
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 141 mb


Jason Eli Becker (born July 22, 1969) is an American neo-classical metal guitarist and composer. At the age of 16, he became part of the Shrapnel Records-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988. Cacophony broke up in 1989 and Becker began doing solo work, having released his first album Perpetual Burn in 1988, also through Shrapnel. He later joined David Lee Roth's band and recorded one album with him, A Little Ain't Enough. However, Becker's success was hampered by his then-diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease and he was given three to five years to live. In 1996, Becker eventually lost the ability to speak and now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Despite his disability, he continues composing by using a computer and has since released with Shrapnel Collection, a "best of" album of his favorite songs and three new songs.Becker was born and raised in Richmond, California, by his parents, Gary and Patricia (Heffley) Becker. He was born in Richmond Hospital on 23rd Street in 1969. His maternal grandfather was actor Wayne Heffley.Becker graduated from Kennedy High School where he performed Yngwie Malmsteen's Black Star with his band at a talent show.While still in high school, Becker was introduced to Marty Friedman. He was exposed to the guitar at an early age because both his father and his uncle were guitar players. He absorbed all kinds of music from around the world and melded different aspects of each style into his playing. He practiced to Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Uli Jon Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and many others. Becker started out playing alongside Marty Friedman in the Mike Varney-produced duo, Cacophony. Together, they put out an album, and toured Japan and the U.S.. While they never went mainstream in the U.S., Europeans embraced their music and they sold out almost everywhere they went.In 1989 Becker left to pursue a solo career, having released his first solo album titled 'Perpetual Burn' in 1988, and has since released Perspective and Collection, as well as two albums of demos, entitled 'The Raspberry Jams' and 'The Blackberry Jams'.


Perpetual Burn is the first studio album by guitarist Jason Becker, released in 1988 through Shrapnel Records (United States) and Roadrunner Records (Europe). The album was released around the same time as Dragon's Kiss, the debut album of fellow Cacophony guitarist Marty Friedman, who also co-produced and performed on Perpetual Burn.If you're a guitar geek of sorts, chances are you are very aware of who Jason Becker is. Even if you've simply heard of him, you've probably heard people, myself included, describe his playing as something akin to the second coming of Christ. But for the uninitiated, Jason Becker is a world-renown guitar virtuoso has recorded and toured the world with neo-classical metal act Cacophony throughout the late 80's as well as replacing Steve Vai as lead guitarist in the David Lee Roth band.Unfortunately his career was very short-lived as Jason was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS, or more commonly, Lou Gehrig's Disease and over the years has crippled all but his eyes which is now what he miraculously uses to communicate as well as compose music.At the time of Jason's first solo release, Perpetual Burn, he was still very capable of playing though. Actually around the time of the release of Cacophony's Go Off! and Perpetual Burn, Jason was probably at his peak in terms of technicality. And it's very evident all throughout the 8 song long shred-filled opus, although shred isn't probably the best word used to describe his playing. When I hear the word shred I usually associate it with the guitar playing of very sterile and emotionless solos played at breakneck speeds void of any feel or creativity whatsoever, and I really don't feel that is the case with Becker though every song on this album is filled with unbelievable guitar acrobatics. The title track "Perpetual Burn" as well as "Temple of the Absurd" probably most epitomize Jason's neo-classical guitar wizardry, but the rest of the album's music is a bit deeper and unorthodox.The opening track "Altitudes" proves this right from the get go and is easily one of the most moving pieces on the album, especially the arpeggio section around the two minute mark. One thing you'll notice on this album in particular is the abundance of arpeggios and a lot of times guitarists, especially shredders I've noticed, seems to just boringly use them as a crutch when they fail to write something more compelling, but on Perpetual Burn I don't think there's a single moment where they feel excessive or anything less than smartly written.Another big highlight of the album is "Mabel's Fatal Fable," 3rd in line of your trek throughout Perpetual Burn. It opens up with these two guitars whammy-ing about abstractly and then after a quick burst of some tense diminished arpeggios the song kicks in. Some of the playing is so unorthodox sounding Buckethead might even be scratching his head after giving the song a listen.If you were to think of Perpetual Burn as a story, the 4th track of the album, "Air," would easily be its climax and marks the pinnacle of Jason's excellence. It's a classical song played on an electric guitar on clean settings that Jason wrote when he was inspired by Mozart. The song starts out slow with some synth orchestrations and tame guitar leads that gradually builds up momentum to the song's chaotic 2 final minutes filled with some of the most beautiful neo-classical guitar work you'll hear. "Air" is one of those songs that when you hear it you then have a clear understanding of what makes Jason the great musician that he is.One thing that took me by surprise after listening to this album is how compelling every second of music on here was. I've listened to a few solo albums from shredders and usually the songs begin to feel very tedious and are there just to showcase the artists' abilities. Jason's songs clearly highlight his great guitar playing, but there is also genuinely good songwriting making each of the pieces on Perpetual Burn tick. The only stale moment I could pinpoint is the first two and a half minutes of "Eleven Blue Egyptians" which pales in comparison to its neo-classical take on blues soloing that leads the song to its close. Other than that, I'd have to say this album has some of the tightest song writing and most hooks out of any instrumental albums I've heard.Really when you are a guitarist at the level of virtuosos like Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker, or Rusty Cooley, it's no longer about how technical your playing is or how fast you are. You have all the tools you'll ever need, and what it comes down to is who can make the best music. In that respect, Jason Becker comes out on top. His music is so fiendishly creative and powerful that it's hard to not believe the hype that surrounds this guy. The so-called greats of today like Herman Li and Sam Totman should take some notes because not those guys, but instead Jason Becker, should be considered the real guitar hero of today.


Jason Becker – guitar, keyboard, bass, production (See also: Jason Becker, ex-David Lee Roth , Ex-Cacophony)

Marty Friedman – additional guitar solos (tracks 5–7), production (See also: Marty Friedman, Cacophony, Metal Clone X, Takamiy (live), ex-Hawaii, ex-Aloha, ex-Vixen, ex-Megadeth, ex-Deuce, ex-Aikawa Nanase, ex-FANTA, ex-Jet Red, ex-Lovefixer, ex-Red Dye #2, ex-Rock Fujiyama Band, ex-Rocket to Russia (Ramones tribute), ex-Ami Suzuki (live)

Atma Anur – drums


Steve Fontano – engineering, mixing, production
Joe Marquez – engineering
George Horn – mastering
Mike Varney – executive production


1. Altitudes 5:38
2. Perpetual Burn 3:32
3. Mabel's Fatal Fable 4:50
4. Air 5:30
5. Temple of the Absurd (feat. Marty Friedman) 4:45
6. Eleven Blue Egyptians (feat. Marty Friedman) 5:45
7. Dweller in the Cellar (feat. Marty Friedman) 6:13
8. Opus Pocus 5:37

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