Perhaps the most revered lead guitarist in thrash metal history, Marty Friedman, whose groundbreaking work with Megadeth, Cacophony and as a solo artist has influenced legions of players around the globe is currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio album, “Inferno.”

Tentatively set for a spring release, the album Marty Friedman’s first original material in four years, and his first album in more than a decade that will be released simultaneously worldwide will feature what Friedman feels is the heaviest, most intense playing of his career. A one-minute teaser can be heard above.

As Guitar World recently revealed in an exclusive in-studio feature, “Inferno” will include several collaborations with players influenced by Friedman, including Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Revocation guitar whiz David Davidson and the flamenco/metal acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. In addition, the album includes Friedman’s first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in the pioneering duo of guitar mayhem, Cacophony.

“I’m extremely proud of the work I’ve done with Cacophony and Megadeth, but I was never interested in stopping there,” FRIEDMAN says. “‘Inferno’ is the album that fans of my work with those two bands have always wanted me to make. I’ve finally made it, and completely on my own maniacal terms… I wanted to create a new landmark to which my future music will be compared,” Marty elaborates further. “That idea of just going completely balls-out knowing what the full potential of my music and my playing could possibly be, and actually making it a reality was what drove me through the whole process.”

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