Jason Becker
Perpetual Burn


4.0
excellent

Review

by USER (1 Reviews)
January 16th, 2006 | 47 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


Jason Becker- Perpetual Burn

Jason Becker was a phenomenal guitar player back in the 80�s and a very creative musician to this day. After being crippled with ALS he stopped playing guitar but it didn�t stop him creating albums. This however is an album from when he was still playing guitar and hadn�t been diagnosed with als yet.

At the time of these recordings Jason Becker was at his peak. His technique was flawless and unlike some incredibly technical guitarists he had an ear for melody as well, making him an all round accomplished guitarist. Also unlike some guitarists he doesn�t just stick to some of the more contemporary styles but was also greatly influenced by Mozart and Paganini. Giving him a really broad musical diversity.

Altitudes- starts off with quite a slow classical opening which gradually gets layered up into an incendiary rock track that his more than enough technical showcase to please any guitar fans but he doesn�t forget the art of phrasing on this piece. A great opener with some top playing on it. 5/5

Perpetual Burn- a much faster paced more rockier style to altitudes but still maintains that neo classical style. Some cool ideas used in it and the drums have some cool double bass sections with great drumming in it from atma anur who is his old band cacophony�s drummer. He features throughout this album. Melody is a little weak but has plenty of drive to it. 4/5

Mabel�s Fatal Fable- cool harmonic idea at the beginning really sets the standard for the rest of the song. Has some brilliant drumming again, very Metallica esq. Riff in the background could do to be brought to the fore front as it is very hard to hear. But the lead guitar is as you expect, beautiful and very creative.4/5

Air- possibly the best piece on the album, you can really here Mozart�s influence on this track. Great use of melody, and such creativity that gives such a strong argument that he was not just a great guitar player but a great musician. When malmsteen was 19 years old he wouldn�t have been this good a guitarist. 5/5

Temple Of The Absurd- this one features Marty Friedman of Megadeth joining in for some guitar madness on what is possibly the heaviest track on the album. Great use of twin guitars to get that excellent harmony. Pure shred solo�s throughout that prove those 2 to be the best guitarists at the time. The only downside to this one is that the drumming is a little plain and not very adventurous. 4/5

Eleven Blue Egyptians- Marty also plays on this track, however I feel it sounds a little too similar to the last track and doesn�t seem to be too different except for the very cool blues solo�s that are used but otherwise isn�t very impressive. A good song for anyone other than these 2. 3/5

Dweller In The Cellar- the last of the songs with Marty on, some very cool clean and phaser guitar ideas being used at the beginning before going into a slow heavy riff. Has some of the best solo�s on the album from both Marty and Jason, very expressive and technical at the same time. Bass really comes through well on this track and drumming is pretty good. A top track. 5/5

Opus Pocus- nice ending to the album. A very unexpected song for the end of the album, thought it would start off faster and be more driving but starts like he finishes and is similar to altitudes. Has my favourite melody on the album and is the standard you expect from him. 4/5

stand out tracks:
Altitudes
Air
Temple Of The Absurd
Dweller In The Cellar

Not an album for death metallers, more an album for the 80�s thrash and hair metaller. An amazing album in my opinion that deserves great respect as one of the best guitar albums around. A well deserved 4/5 in my eyes.
If you like this album check out Jason�s band cacophony which features Marty Friedman of megadeth. Another good album would be David lee Roth�s a little ain�t enough which he plays guitar on. This is my first review, constructive criticism is welcome.


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Priestmetal
January 16th 2006


542 Comments


Jason Becker is an amazing guitarist and song writer. Its so sad that he got ALS.

eug008
February 10th 2006


97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review and amazing album.

Hammerheart
February 10th 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing album, good review to!

10th man down
April 3rd 2006


39 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great album, very inspiring.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
January 15th 2007


855 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, and he was only 16 when he recorded this. That is ridiculous! Great album, Opus Pocus is brilliant.

rattlehead42147
May 9th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good review especially for an instrumental album. cacophony is amazing and so is this. only one problem... do you think you could change the album cover because that is not the right one. no big deal though.This Message Edited On 05.09.07

CoRpSeSlAyEr
September 12th 2007


855 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Jason Becker getting ALS is one of the biggest tragedies in music history. Imagine what he could be doing now if he could still play. Like i said in the my last comment, he was only 16 when he recorded this! A true prodigy.

yas666eer
November 25th 2007


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

1 of the best all guitar album of all time... each and every song kicks ass.. altitudes is another level

botb
November 25th 2007


11047 Comments


altitudes alone makes this album at least a 3.

CaptainMorgan13
April 29th 2009


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great production combined with awesome guitar work

CoRpSeSlAyEr
December 11th 2009


855 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How the HELL can you give Eleven Blue Egyptians a 3, it's perfect.

Piglet
December 19th 2009


7462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so good.

megadeth16
December 24th 2010


50 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best instrumental albums ever. And Jason is really an amazing guitarist.

Altitudes in my life one of my favorite songs.

KjSwantko
December 23rd 2011


10466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album would've been a 5 if there was an epic, blistering solo at the end of Opus Pocus which I thought there was gonna be (and should've been).

jet22
June 11th 2012


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This record has in it my favourite all-time instrumental song, Altitudes. Just two words: Mind blowing!

KjSwantko
July 18th 2012


10466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know, it makes my dick swell every time

Lick496
September 12th 2012


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one word. YES

RunOfTheMill
September 24th 2013


3263 Comments


Is this another wank record, or are the songs actually good?

demigod!
May 21st 2014


49231 Comments


songs are actually really good.

Becker's one of the greatest guitar virtuoso's I know of, frankly. His story is so tragic.

Digging: NoMeansNo - Wrong

MrSirLordGentleman
July 10th 2014


10991 Comments


Hey, this wankery is actually pretty good



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