Ramon : The wisest words Marty Friedman ever spoke were that as an artist you should never do too long solos, never do instrumental songs and that you should never put too much emphasis on metal. And once more he fails in all his intentions, just as with ‘Inferno” from 2014. However, with this ‘Wall Of Sound’, a direct referral to the 70s producer Phil Spector, he hardly seems set out to please the metal audience. Or any other audience for that matter. Only if you appreciate musical ingenuity served at its most awkward this will turn out to be one of your favourites. And at times I do like it like that unfortunately, which allows me the required patience, as especially the first few listening sessions you are confused to the max, about the direction he is pursuing. Not a single nomenclature is bull’s eye. Just as soon as you get the hang of a passage, it completely changes, and back again, or again into another direction. And it just goes on and on. It is prone towards the lust for manifestation, but then again in a way that only Friedman can get away with it. In between those moment, you foremost hear he is a genius with a golden touch. Some of his long solo can last for days without getting boring and the moments you get the opportunity to settle into the music a little longer, it is pure joy. However, you got to stay focused, but he makes sure you don’t wander off. The man is a genius and it not seldom a genius is not easy to understand for the millions. Are you among the happy few? Allow yourself some time to fathom ‘Wall Of Sound’ as far as you can, as fast as you can. Focus meets Vai. But in true Friedman style.