Sound — 10
This album is an absolute masterpiece, not just in terms of guitar playing but in terms of general compositional and arranging skills. Jason Becker is truly an amazing guitarist and this album showcases that it in its peak form (due to Jason's infliction and battle with ALS). Since he was never the most famous guitarist around, I decided to get this album by special order, which proved to be well worth it and then some. I was opened up to some of the most incredible shred and general guitar music of all time. His guitar tones alone on the opening track are just so powerful and the riffage is quite innovative. The sounds on this album range from classical guitar styling, to jazzy sounds, to neo-classical shred! Honestly, I don't think there are many guitarists out there who can top Jason's ability to compose in any genre!
Lyrics — 9
This album is 100% instrumental, so I'll use this section of this review to rate the composing & arranging!
Overall Impression — 9
This album surely destroys all of Jason's work with Marty Friedman in "Cacophony", so fans of those albums will practcally wanna throw them away! Also, this album is inarguably among some of the best guitar-based or instrumental albums of all time, so it's not just for shredders. Honestly, I believe that every song is equally well-written and performed, but my favourites are the first 4: "Altitudes", "Perpetual Burn", "Mabel's Fatal Fable" & "Air". There's no filler on this record. "Air" is probably the most heartfelt song on the album though. He dedicated it to his parents and arranged/composed it in such a way that any lover of any music style would find it very moving. And of course, the title track that has some of the most difficult, most complicated sweep-arpeggio progression of all time! Not to mention the fact that it blazes with incredible speed throughout the track! Nothing bad can be said about this album except for maybe the fact that there weren't many more like it made by Jason. I guard this album with my life, so it will never leave my posession, and other owners of it probably feel the same way too. Perpetual Burn is seriously worth ten times its weight in gold.