Dragon's Kiss


Dragon's Kiss is the first studio album by guitarist Marty Friedman, released on August 8, 1988 through Shrapnel Records (United States)[1] and Roadrunner Records (Europe).

Dragon's Kiss
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 8, 1988 (1988-08-08)
RecordedPrairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, California
GenreInstrumental rock, neoclassical metal
ProducerMarty Friedman, Mike Varney
Marty Friedman chronology
Dragon's Kiss

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[3]
Rock Hard8.0/10[4]

In a contemporary review, Holger Stratmann of Rock Hard did not recommend the album, but considered it as "quite good" in mixing "speed and folkloric influences from his old days in Hawaii" with "the typical and probably indispensable nature of the Shrapnel horde."[4]

Andy Hinds of AllMusic considered Dragon's Kiss an excellent album, and wrote that it "may be the most definitive sampling of Friedman's talents available."[2] Martin Popoff in his Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal described Dragon's Kiss as "a structured album of artful instrumental rock that kills all that came before" and "ushered in a new classy, mature era in shred records."[3]

Track listingEdit

All music is composed by Marty Friedman, except where noted.

Side one
1."Saturation Point" (Friedman, Jason Becker)4:53
2."Dragon Mistress"3:41
3."Evil Thrill"5:31
4."Namida (Tears)"2:47
Side two
6."Jewel" (Friedman, Becker)4:05
7."Forbidden City"8:18
8."Thunder March"4:13
Total length:36:06




  1. ^ "Discography: Solo Album". Marty Friedman Official Website. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  2. ^ a b Hinds, Andy. "Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  3. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 127. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  4. ^ a b Stratmann, Holger (1988). "Review Album: Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss". Rock Hard (in German). No. 28. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  5. ^ a b c Friedman, Marty (7 September 2002). "Story Behind The Song - Dragon's Kiss". Marty Friedman Official Website. Retrieved 2017-08-20.

External linksEdit

  • In Review: Marty Friedman "Dragon's Kiss" at Guitar Nine Records