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Nick Menza - Megadeth - Holy Wars - Isolating The Throne
Monday, 07 April 2014 17:11
Rust in Peace was the fourth studio album by Megadeth and was released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records. The album was produced by Mike Clink. Rust in Peace is the first album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza, following the departure of Jeff Young and Chuck Behler in 1989. This isolated drum track is 'Holy Wars', which was one of the two singles released from the album. The album was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards.
A remixed and remastered version featuring four bonus tracks was released in 2004. In addition, in January 2010, the band announced a North American tour to commemorate the album's 20th anniversary. Their performance at the Hollywood Palladium was filmed and released as Rust in Peace Live on CD, DVD and Blu-ray later that year.
This is the first of three isolated tracks Nick Menza sent us, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back for the others, as well as other tracks on the way from many, many amazing drummers.
Some Questions For Nick:
SDM:  Do you remember the exact gear you were using during this tracking?
Nick:  I used the Drum Doctor (Ross Garfield) He brought in the drumkit and tuned it every day for me. I learned so much from Ross, he has always got the drums and great knowledge of drums, gear and tuning. Everybody used Drum Doctor for most sessions in USA, mostly in the LA area anyway.
The Rust In Peace Kit:
(2) 24" Noble & Cooley kicks
14" Ludwig Black Beauty Snare (used on 6 or 7 of the tracks)
14" Custom Brass Snare (rest of the tracks )
10", 12", 14", 16", 18"  Gretsch Rosewood Toms
24" Zildjian Megabell Ride
(2) 18", (2) 19", (2) 20" Zildjian  Z Crashes     
15" Zildjian K-Brilliant Hi-hats 
It was a great sounding and playing drumkit.

SDM:  How long did tracking take and how was it tracked? mics, triggers, both, to tape or all digital?
Nick:  24 hours. Analog  2" tape and I did all the drums in 10 days :)   
SDM:  Has anything changed in your setup since this tracking?
Nick:  Of course, I'm always change my setup around. Always making it better
SDM:  Your thoughts on sound replacement software? wish it never existed?
Nick:  Lol It's cool, you still have to play it! If it sucks it's still gonna suck with sound replacement! you cant polish a turd!
SDM:  What's your favorite old-school raw drum sound? Which band and album or albums?
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffetti
Rush - Carress of steel, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures
Van Halen - 1 & 2 and Diver Down
Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman
Scorpions - Blackout
Iron Maiden - Number of The Beast
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengence,
Loudness - Thunder In The East
SDM:  One piece of advice to younger kids about to record an album?
Nick:  Be prepared, get new drumheads and most of all... have the most fun possible.

Tom Hunting and Exodus Issue First Studio Update
Thursday, 27 March 2014 20:19

San Francisco's veteran thrashers Exodus have entered a studio in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap to record their tenth studio album. Guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt has issued the following update:
"We are well into drum tracks; everything is going super smooth and Tom [Hunting] is just killing it! Best drum sound this band has ever laid down - sounds just simply pummeling! Only one more song and some B sides to go, then we go through things and make sure everything is up to par, and then time for guitars! Can't wait to add the crunch to these monsters.  This is gonna be so goddamned heavy it ain't even funny! We couldn't be more stoked and pleased with how this record is coming along!  Bludgeoning!"
Exodus U.S. tour dates with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies:
05/09/14  The Great Salt Air – Magna, UT
05/10/14  Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
05/11/14  Shrine Auditorium – Billings, MT
05/13/14  Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
05/15/14  The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
05/16/14  Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
Exodus Worldwide Festival Appearances:
05/17/14  Rock On The Range Festival – Columbus OH
07/11/14  Bang Your Head Festival – Balingen, Germany
07/12/14  Antwerp Metal Festival – Antwerp, Belgium
08/10/14  Heavy Montreal Festival – Montreal, QC – Canada
08/16/14  Rock Al Parque – Bogotá, Columbia
About Exodus:
With a career spanning 34 years and over five million albums sold worldwide, Exodus have not only helped shape & define the thrash metal genre for over three decades but they continually seek to raise its standards. One of the forefathers of the Bay Area scene that became known & envied throughout the world, the band’s 1985 debut album, Bonded By Blood, has since become a legacy album featuring mandatory live staples such as "Strike Of The Beast," "A Lesson In Violence," and the album’s title track. Formed in 1980, the band’s original members included Tom Hunting on drums, Kirk Hammett (Metallica) & Tim Agnello on guitars, and Carlton Melson on bass. With a line-up that evolved throughout the years, the current incarnation of Exodus has remained unchanged since 2007: Gary Holt & Lee Altus on guitars, Tom Hunting on drums, Jack Gibson on bass, and Rob Dukes on vocals. To date, Exodus has released nine studio albums, two live albums, and one compilation. Their most recent release, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in 2010. 
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Former Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza Pulls Out Of Metal Allstars Tour
Monday, 24 March 2014 19:30

"I regret to inform you all that I am unable to fulfill my obligations as the headlining drummer for this years metal all-stars. I was really looking forward to it, unfortunately the agreement made between the metal allstars and myself wasn't kept, for my best interest, my manager Robert Bolger pulled me off the tour. I'm really sorry to the fans who are expecting me to be there, You guys rule. Everything happens the way it's supposed to. Man plans and God laughs!" 
Thanks for all the support!
~Nick Menza
Video footage of Menza playing along to the song "Lucretia" can be seen below.
Asked last September by Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon if there is a possibility of him ever doing anything with Megadeth again, Menza said: "You never know what can happen in the future. It's, like, I'm open to whatever. I would never say, 'I'll never join Megadeth back up again.' But it's really up to [Megadeth mainman Dave] Mustaine. I put the ball in his court."
Following the reissue of the entire Megadeth catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired after rehearsals and replaced with Shawn Drover. Mustaine said that this was because Nick "just wasn't prepared."
Menza has been writing, recording and producing constantly but only releasing sporadic singles for years. That will all change when he opens the floodgates with the upcoming release of his memoir, "Nick Menza: Megalife", by acclaimed writer J. Marshall Craig.
Menza is currently negotiating a publishing deal for the book, which was written over the past couple of years. It features rare and never-before-seen photos of Menza with every band he's ever been in, including, of course, Megadeth.
"It's a memoir of music," writer Craig said. "But a lot more. It's a book about chasing the ultimate gig, the ultimate drum setup, the ultimate sound and, it will come as no surprise to Nick's fans, the ultimate aliens, government conspiracies and anything else his muse sees fit to lay across his path."
"Nick Menza: Megalife", by J. Marshall Craig, is due in stores, in Kindle and eBook versions, later in the year.


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