There wasn't really anything there I felt was special but no doubt it was some solid playing. The lead work reminded me of Dragonforce but better.
I mean truly "down the line"(later on in the list)...not saying he belongs in the same league as Vai or Loomis. The main thing I was trying to point out was his knack for crazy riffs and how tight his playing is with the tempo changes. Also note the groovy syncopated solo in the middle of a thrash tune...which I find very creative and more special than crazy alternate picking the whole time(what most people seem to think skill is all about in metal) Leadwise, those are actually some more conservative lead chops on his part(he gets a lot faster and more intricate)..
I wanted to show videos that show different sides of his metal playing and had quality video/audioso people could get a better feel for what he's going for. As far as influences on his lead playing it's actually Dimebag, Friedman and jazz players(hence the polyrhythms and tempo changes). He's a very schooled musician. He majored in jazz theory at Berklee and is now a teacher at an arts high school
I find his lead playing way too bluesy and quircky to be mentioned in the same sentence as DF, but some of the melodic parts I could see, sure.
btw...sorry about our stupid spats in the past dude, we cool?