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Asomodai
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Ok guys, Thought i would start one of these threads for the less " in the know " people around.

This is a great thread to see what great things some artists are doing.... at some time.

Anyways, heres my first entry, and please if anyone would like to submit an album they are passionate about. please go ahead.

Racer-x --- Technical difficulties



As a shredhead, I rather enjoy this album. After all, it's the return of the mighty Racer X, a band that has always represented all things shred. And let me tell you, they still do as their latest release, Technical Difficulties is nothing short of a skull-crushing display of shred mastery.

The Performance: Let me start off by saying that every single performer on this record wails!! Paul Gilbert, whose solo career has been more pop-oriented returns to his shred roots, and believe me, it was worth the wait. Gilbert's guitar work seems like it could have been sped-up, but it's not, he's just that damn good! Drummer Scott Travis is just unbelievable. It's no wonder Judas Priest snatched him up ? he's the kind of drummer that can define, or re-define, the sound of a band. Vocalist Jeff Martin is at his Halford-sounding best, and dare I say that he sounds better on this album than he ever has. His voice has matured and his range has expanded, thus making him a better all around singer. Bassist John Alderete is another bona-fide shredder who makes his presence known throughout the album. And the result of all these guys playing together has the impact of a nuclear blast.

The Songs: Technical Difficulties features a stellar collection of shred-oriented metal tunes. They are also well-written, and very catchy songs that allow room for solos galore. Highlights include "Fire Of Rock", "Technical Difficulties", "Bolt In My Heart" and "B.R.O." which is Paul Gilbert's awesome rendition of Bach.

The Production: The production is generally good as all the instruments shine. I really liked Scott Travis' drum sound. The bass could have been more prominent at times.

The Bottom Line: This is ESSENTIAL for all you shredheads. Between Paul Gilbert's shred wizardry and Scott Travis' heart-pounding drums, Racer X delivers! Pick it up!
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Speed Metal Symphony




and Go Off!



By Cacophony.

I don't have the time to discuss the tracks on it now, I might edit this post and do it later.
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with jason becker and friedman no need to discuss the tracks.....btw what disesase does jason becker have?
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Steve Vai - The Infinitive Steve Vai : An Anthology

This 2 disc set spans the career of the god father of shred and arguabley the best guitarist alive today. A selection of Vai's best work can keep you entertained for 1:20 if you listen to each disc consecutively. A great compilation and a perfect introduction to Vai's work.
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Do I really need to say much about this album? I mean, it's a classic shred/virtuoso album that any music fan should own.

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JASON BECKER - Perpetual Burn
Becker plays all lead, rhythm, and bass guitars and keyboards, with guest solos from Marty Friedman and Atma Anur on drums, both former members of Cacophony.
This album kicks total ass, one of my favour tracks is 'Air', if you don't know it check out Beckers website, its well worth it.

RITCHIE KOTZEN - Ritchie Kotzen
Koztens first solo album before he joined Poison, which is a weird fusion album, a shred must, it is a bit crazy but its cool. Jason Becker is the producer too so you can't go wrong.

and i can't be really bothered to mention in detail Reb Beach, Doug Aldridge, Malmsteen and so on... some one else can
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Asomodai, is Racer X's singer the same Jeff Martin that was in The Tea Party?
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Originally posted by YouKnowYourRite
This 2 disc set spans the career of the god father of shred and arguabley the best guitarist alive today.

Good choice but Vai's not the Godfather of shred seeing that when Satriani first started teaching him, Vai didn't even know a G chord from an E.
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#12
so theres a problem with that i dont know any of my notes but i can still play
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All I was saying was that Vai cannot be the godfather of shred if Satriani taught him right from square one.
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Yngwie's first masterpiece
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Meltdown by Vinnie Moore

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#17
Originally posted by Refuse/Resist
All I was saying was that Vai cannot be the godfather of shred if Satriani taught him right from square one.


he was one of the pioneers of shred....and satch wasnt vais first teacher at all, satch taught vai when vai was like about 10 as far as i know
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#18
^ I wouldn't say something that I'd made up, what would be the point? Satriani was Vai's first teacher. I read in an interview with Satch that he believed Vai had benifited more from his teaching than Kirk Hammett, because Hammett was in Exodus at the time but Vai was a complete beginner.

P.S I respect Vai as a guitarist and have the infinite SV anthology that you suggested so don't get the wrong idea- a good choice
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"Passion and Warfare" -Vai
"Suring with the Alien" - Satriani

Must haves. Man, wish we could see some guitarists like that in bands of today.
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#21
I think it's racer x.

I like the song scarified the most
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#22
Originally posted by IOnceWasAFaggot
Glam?Isn't that like David Bowie and mystic shit like that?


yeah... im not sure why its in this forum either.
i quite like glam rock, bowie, roxy music and all... but i wouldn't call it shred
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#23
anything joe satriani except engines of creation
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^Eh, if I'm not mistaken thats thrash mate...

Or perhaps the solo's... Friedman was in it y'know

Maybe
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#28
Here a few I think are pretty essential ,

Rising Force- Yngwie Malmsteen
Passsion&Warfare- Steve Vai
Surfing with the Alien- Joe Satch
Blizzard of Oz- Ozzy/Randy Rhoads
Van Halen 1 - Van Halen
Street Lethal- Racer X
Train of Thought- Dream Theater
Pornograffitti- Extreme
Stained Glass - Judas Priest (Beyond the Realms of Death)


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Originally posted by ThorMx
I mean yea Petrucci's stuff is a lot harder but I don't know if you've heard any solos from Slash he can shred just as fast
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#30
Ok all good albums...as far as they went.But You left a few out
Dokken-Back for the attack
Savatage-Streets(A rock Opera)
Tony MacAlpine-Edge of Insanity
Vinnie Moore-Mind's Eye
Alcatraz
Steeler
and more as I dig up the old 33 1/3's
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^Its the must haves, not the good albums
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Demonrider
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#32
ah ok then I have to disagree with a few but not gonna start a flame war so I'll let it go at that.
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A must have. Even if only for the single 'Get it On'



IMO, this is a very underrated band of the late 80's , 90's.
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Dokken-back for the attack
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Surfing with the ALien left me speechless. Especially the first solo on the title track.
overated- Kirk Hammet, Slash, Angus Young, all nu metal guitarists
underated- Malcolm Young, Izzy, John 5, Tony Iommi, Jake E. Lee, Justin and Dan Hawkins The Edge, Joe Perry
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Surfing With The Alien - It is the essential shred album. And it's absolutley flawless, a perfect album. Mettalic riffing, crazy, mind-bending, liquid solos and just crazy creativity. My favorite effort from Satch, and that says alot since Satch is my favorite recording artist of all time.

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I recommend Liquid Tension Experiment 2. With Petrucci (guitar) and Rudess (keys) sharing the lead parts, this is definitely a musical wonder and should be picked up ASAP.

The lineup:
Mike Portnoy - drums
Tony Levin - bass
John Petrucci - guitars
Jordan Rudess - keyboards

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^^^i just bought that yesterday, good stuff. did anyone say perpetual burn?
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i did
Originally posted by ThorMx
I mean yea Petrucci's stuff is a lot harder but I don't know if you've heard any solos from Slash he can shred just as fast