Long before Marty Friedman made his name in Cacophany, and later Megadeth, he was in a metal band called Hawaii. The one thing I love about heavy metal music is discovering rare releases like The Natives Are Restless. I had zero expectations when I purchased this CD. I have always been a fan of Marty Friedman, and he was the reason that I tracked this disc down.
What I was surprised to find is a band that has a sound closer to Judas Priest than Megadeth. It may not be fair to compare the band to Judas Priest, as they are no where near as good, however if you like Judas Priest, you may like this. Even in 1985 when this originally released, Friedman had plenty of guitar chops, and his guitar work stands out on The Natives Are Restless. Edward Paul Day has a coarse vocal style that sounds like a blend of Stephen Pearcy & Rob Halford.
The songs on The Natives Are Restless are definitely catchy, but I can see how the band never became any bigger than they did. The music is good, but only slightly above average for the time. For me, this CD is a guilty pleasure. I love 80’s metal, and there tunes are just catchy enough to keep me entertained.
Edward Paul Day – Vocals
Marty Friedman – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Tom Azevedo – Rhythm guitar
Joe Galisha – Bass, vocals
Jeff Graves – Drums
Guitar Virtuoso MARTY FRIEDMAN Performs Special Show
@ Musicians Institute In Hollywood January 31st
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – SHOW STARTS @ 4:00PM
MI is proud to welcome back the incredible talents of former Megadeth axe-slinger Marty Friedman for a 4:00 pm Saturday afternoon clinic in MI’s main concert hall “P100”. Friedman will hold a clinic, and then follow it up with a one song performance by the girl band “Beppin San.” “I have a TV show in Japan on NHK called “Paphoo!” (Perform!!),” explains Friedman. “Every episode is a different theme, this time it is on location in LA where I will produce a song for this band that I chose out of hundreds of entrants from the entire country. www.nhk.or.jp/paphooo/master/music/mst01.html
Friedman has sold over ten million albums during his tenure with Megadeth, and he has received 27 gold and platinum records from around the world, as well as five Grammy nominations. His latest album, Music For Speeding, marks his solo debut on Steve Vai`s Favored Nations label. Friedman is also a regular columnist for magazines including Guitar World, Young Guitar (Japan) and Burrn, and appears regularly on Japanese television.
Get there early to ensure your entrance – there are no tickets so first come, first serve! For more information or direction to get to Musicians Institute go to www.mi.edu.