“This came straight out of the Yngwie thing. Once I heard Yngwie, I started listening to everyone else – Tony MacAlpine, Cacophony with Jason Becker and Marty Friedman, all of those guys. I think most of them were playing Ibanez Roadsters.
“To me, this was the next level of virtuoso guitar playing. Vinnie’s legato sweeps were the cleanest I’ve ever heard. For as long as I’ll live, I’ll never be able to touch that level of excellence. You have to sit in a room and practice for eight hours a day to get that good – I just don’t have the time.
“The compositions are solid too, so it’s not all about the guitar alone; the record is tight as a musical listening experience.”