Digital single for new album's title track out now; album pre-order packages also available
Eminent guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN has unveiled the music video for "Inferno," the title track of his highly anticipated new album, due out in North America on May 27. The concept for the clip -- directed by FRIEDMAN and David Brodsky (Devin Townsend, The Black Dahlia Murder) -- was inspired by a television show in Japan, where FRIEDMAN currently lives and is a popular TV personality himself.
Says FRIEDMAN, "The music video for 'Inferno' is an homage/parody of one of my fave Japanese TV shows, 'Zenryokusaka' ('Full Power Hill'). It's a weekly five-minute show where the entire premise is absolutely nothing but a girl running up a hill. Each week a different girl, and a different hill. I am hooked on this show, and think it is genius in its simplicity and ever-so-slight sexual nature. It took me a while to explain the charm of the show to the video director, but I think towards the end of making our video together, he got it. It's like many things that happen outside the culture you were born in; you either get it and it's fresh or you don't and it's just weird."
A digital single for "Inferno" is now available via Amazon MP3 and iTunes; the song can also now be streamed on Spotify. Additionally, you can view exclusive commentary from FRIEDMAN about the track at Guitar World.
FRIEDMAN’s first studio album that will be released simultaneously internationally in over 10 years, "Inferno" was recorded mostly in Los Angeles with engineer Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children of Bodom) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth). Featuring notable guest appearances and collaborations with acts including Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jason Becker, Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Dave Davidson (Revocation) and Danko Jones, the album features what FRIEDMAN describes as the heaviest and most intense playing and writing of his career. The iTunes digital pre-order includes instant downloads of both the title track and new song "Steroidhead," while physical pre-order packages (including a smoke-colored gatefold LP) are currently on sale here: http://prostheticrecords.com/inferno/
In addition to his regular Japanese broadcast appearances, FRIEDMAN was recently featured on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" and the late-night talk show "The Artie Lange Show" following the launch of his Paul Reed Smith Signature Series guitar at this year's NAMM convention in Anaheim, Calif. He will next be seen kicking off a European tour alongside Gus G starting May 1 in Finland. Full dates and ticket links can be found at http://www.martyfriedman.com/.