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Life After Deth: Nick Menza Goes Solo

By Frank Meyer, Contributing Editor
Thursday, January 17, 2002 @ 12:13 AM


Former Megadeth Drummer Nick M

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Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza will release his first solo album, ironically titled Life After Deth, on February 15th through his own Menzanations Records. Produced by Menza and Max Norman (Megadeth, Ozzy, Savatage, Fates Warning, Loudness), Life After Deth was ten years in the making. While playing drums in Megadeth (1989 – 1998), Menza was writing music as a hobby. “At first it was more of a hobbyist art project. When my relationship with Megadeth came to an end, the music and the writing became more serious to me. Most of the music, on this album, was written through the years on tour. It’s like a snapshot of that time,” explains Menza. I learned a lot from Dave (Mustaine). He’s a great lyricist and song writer.”

The inspiration of this album is mostly attributed to Menza’s long-term career with Megadeth. With no apologies and no holds barred, Menza belts out lyrics driven primarily by the physical and psychological need to release his emotional demons in the form of song.

“The song “Life Back” explains my newfound freedom I regained after my Megadeth career came to an end. I didn’t have to worry about what I said. I was in charge of myself and only have to answer to myself,” Menza explains. “When you are in a situation for so long, you act as a unit.”

With track titles such as “Though the Lies,” “You Won’t Forget Me,” and “Mastervibe” palpably proves Menza’s debut solo-project is a no-frills, no-nonsense dose of hard, brooding rock.

Life After Deth will be sold exclusively on Nick Menza’s website.


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