This is a bit of a departure for the “Metal for Friday” series, but mention of this album came across my Twitter timeline this morning and triggered some very fond memories of this album–and this song. This is “Night,” from the instrumental metal/guitar rock album Scenes, which was the first solo album by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman (Megadeth’s drummer at the time, Nick Menza, also appeared on this album). This came out in the fall of 1992 and I remember it was a big deal when it did. Friedman is incredibly talented, and his solid guitar work is often credited with being one of the magic ingredients in Megadeth’s “classic” period of the 1990s, which included such iconic albums as Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction. In Scenes, Friedman shows off his wonderful versatility as well as considerable creativity in songwriting. This is simply a beautiful piece, moving through many different moods, including a crushing heaviness toward the end that inspires almost a sense of wonder.

In 1992 I lived in a college dorm where most of my neighbors were metalheads. Scenes played often on the stereos of nearly everyone that semester. I recall specifically being snowed in toward the end of the semester and we had marathon sessions of the video game Wolfenstein 3-D in a friend’s room while this album spun repeatedly. Over the years whenever I want to lapse into a thoughtful mood I’ll often put this on. It’s still as fresh and pathbreaking as it was nearly 25 years ago.

Have a great weekend, and Shabbat Shalom! \m/