Marty Friedman Premieres "Meat Hook" Music Video

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Marty Friedman has released the official music video for "Meat Hook," a track off his 2014 solo album, Inferno.

The song features a guest appearance by Jørgen Munkeby of "blackjazz" act Shining. You can check it out below.

"'Meat Hook' was one of the few times that a guitar riff shot a vivid image into my mind as I was writing it," Friedman told Billboard. "That's pretty rare, so I kept that concept of the image I had in mind when it came time to make a video. It was the image of all these massive slabs of meat on hooks, kind of like in the movie Rocky … No idea why the image came to me. Maybe it's because the actual guitar riff is quite aggressive, and when you play it you really feel the stamina of your muscles going at full throttle. If a guitar riff could be physical or 'animalistic,' the main riff in 'Meat Hook' could be described that way.

"Musically the tune is kinda gory, and there are a lot of tension-and-release moments in it. That's like the concept of meat, in the way that slaughtering anything is grotesque and reprehensible, but once the thing is killed, then it gets all dressed up and pampered and seasoned, so when you are eating it, it can be blissful. Kind of a strange turn of events, isn't it?"

Inferno features what Friedman told Guitar World is "the most intense writing and playing I can do." The album includes notable guest appearances by Alexi Laiho, Keshav Dhar and David Davidson, plus Friedman's first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in Cacophony.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.