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Follow your favorite performers and cities Receive alerts when new shows are announced Get updates for the latest concert schedules Never miss a show again! I remember that my first thought upon hearing the album for the first time was "Marty left Megadeth to do this?!?
To be fair, this album isn't heavy in the traditional Megadeth sense, or even in the same sense as Dragon's Kiss. Marty's interest in pop music shines through in many of the songs, with periodic keyboards and machine-generated percussion.
There are also some very heavy sections that sound downtuned. You can tell that Marty is experimenting with a wide variety of sounds instead of sticking to the same guitar tone and power chords the whole way through. As usual, his solos and melodies are performed at blistering speeds when appropriate, but unlike some guitarists he's not out to prove how fast he is although he can shred with the best of 'em. The electronic influence on many of the songs reminded me of Joe Satriani's album Engines of Creation.
If you liked that album, then you're almost certain to like this one. On the song Cheer Girl Rampage, there's even some clear J-Pop influence, which sounds good to my ears even though I find that genre to be positively wretched. If the thought of electronic or pop influences makes your stomach turn, then you're probably not going to like this album.
All in all, it's a fresh direction for Marty and a good sign that he's not falling into creative decay. If you're a fan of his earlier works, I'd definitely recommend this album. If you're looking for more of a straight-up metal album instead, check out his first solo album Dragon's Kiss, which is also awesome. Metal Archives loading Username Password Login. Bands alphabetical country genre Labels alphabetical country Reviews R.