Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman recently detailed his departure from the band, sharing an explanation for leaving one of the biggest metal acts of all time for "embarrassingly happy" J-Pop.
As NPR reports, Marty claims he simply outgrew metal, saying how Megadeth tunes began to bore him, further singling out ballad "A Tout Le Monde" as a specific example.
"The melody's like duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh. It's kind of the same thing over and over again," he said. "I'd go play the show at night with Megadeth. And I'd be like, you know, what what I'm listening to is just so much more exciting than what I'm playing as my gig."
Focusing on the J-Pop genre, Friedman noted that going for the opposite of metal was the whole point.
"There's not a whole lot of happy music going on," he said. "Especially in the heavy metal world, where everybody's just trying to out-lame each other, you know, with darkness and monsters and crap like that."
The other thing drawing the axeman to J-Pop was the hidden complexity. Marty pointed out that the best J-Pop tunes are far more daring than Megadeth in terms of chord choices, song structure and key changes.
"If you want to hear difficult stuff, just listen to any jazz music," he said. "But to do that and make it palatable for anyone - that's the challenge. That's what I love about this."
Following a 2003 move to Japan, Friedman had fully focused himself on J-Pop, even writing a weekly opinion column on the genre and appearing in over 600 TV shows, movies and ads.
However, after 14 years away from Megadeth, the guitarist released "Inferno," branding it "by far the most intense, sickest album I've ever done." Check out the title track video below.