Life After Deth a recent release from former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza is a difficult release to review because of its uniqueness, but certainly not a difficult listen. It was shocking to check out credits on this release and find the musician who hid behind the shadows for so long could be capable handling guitars and bass in addition to playing drums (Not to mention the creativity behind this release). While the thematic elements surrounding the release are very dark, leading others to compare the music with that of Trent Reznor and Devin Townsend, an initial listen will reveal vocals very similar to that of Don Dokken, and at times mimicking the Megadeth grunt that will be most familiar to this album’s audience (especially on “Mastervibe”).
Thirteen tracks complete the album, with highlights including mainstream rocker “In My Life” and a ray of light on the release entitled “One Nation.” With subliminal messaging and modernized techniques the album is very contemporary in nature, but still breathes from strong metal roots for those who haven’t forgotten about the long stance Menza had with one of rock’s fastest bands.
P.S.: The Menza release has a hidden track with an Egyptian theme that could have made its way into one of the “Mummy” movies. So, be sure to keep listening.