As the guitarist notes, while finding distribution for the latest album, which is a metal record, was not too difficult, he often struggles finding outlets for his more avant garde work because it confuses record labels:
"It's frustrating for record companies because I happen to have a lot of musical statements I want to make, but that makes it really hard to sell as an artist, and it's confusing for everyone. This time the company is a very metal record company, and a very modern company, and it's just what I needed to direct my music to the people who are going to want to hear it and haven't heard from me since I've been in Japan. And there are a lot of people like that. I'm very thankful for their support in doing it."
Friedman also talked about how his relocating to Japan was in part informed by the lack of strict boundaries imposed on particular genres of music:
"That's really important. Growing up and playing music in America, you know how it is ... If you play heavy metal, you're not necessarily going to make a lot of friends playing R& B. If you play hip-hop, you're not going to make a lot of friends playing country. The borders are very strictly drawn and there's not a lot of mixing. It's 'heavy metal or die,' or 'country music or die.' The fans of all this music like to have an open mind, but I think people are afraid to share that information in front of their friends. They might act like they're totally into metal all the time, but when they get home they listen to something else by themselves. In Japan there's much less stigma about that. It's better suited for me and my taste, particularly."
"Inferno," Friedman's first multi-national solo release in 15 years, was released this spring.