The first taste of brand new music from late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza‘s excavated drum riffs have just premiered via Menza Nation YouTube channel and can be streamed below. The music is produced by fhv MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, which hires “a handful of different” musicians from around the world to record new riffs and add new parts to Menzas existing riffs – expected 13 tracks to be hailed as “the heaviest and fastest drum material Nick ever created. “
In a video announcing his involvement in the project, Ellefson said: “We’re actually recording some new riffs and parts for some existing ones Nick Menza drum riffs that he has – some parts that are brand new. So posthumously we actually form a new band with Nick. I have a handful of different people from our industry around the world participating in this. And I’m going to write some new riffs and some new stuff. “
In September last year, Screaming butterfly entertainment announced a partnership with Ellefson and His Ellefson film on the upcoming documentary in feature film length “This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza”. Ellefson has signed as co-producer of the film, and will also provide narrative to guide the viewer through the exploration of the late MEGADETH drummer’s life.
In connection with the publication of EllefsonIn connection with the film, an Indiegogo campaign has been launched to raise funding for the completion of the film. Fans have the opportunity to support the production of the film directly, as well as get some rare officials Nick Menza memorabilia. These items include various touring laminates personally owned, and authentically signed by Menza himself and Ellefson. In addition to memorabilia, fans can buy brand new ones Nick Menza merchandise, including hats, posters and even Nick Menza skateboard tires. Fans can even have their names and a message added to the film’s captions.
The campaign can be found here.
“This was my life” will be the first film ever to be remembered Menzas legacy and celebrate his life exactly as it was. It is described in a press release as “an unwavering exploration of the life of one of the most successful thrash-metal drummers ever, authorized by Menza family. From his childhood all the way to the end of his life, including a true beat-by-beat account of the classic’s repeated failed attempts ‘Rust in peace’ line up.”
“This was my life” will contain rare and never before seen photos and video recordings from Nick‘s archived VHS tape collection, personally filmed by Menza itself from 1988 to 1991. Included will be exclusive content preview Nick work in the studio, personal home movies, casual time and party time with his other band members, as well as other well-known artists from the time Nick toured with. A screenshot from the film was recently released that included an interview with ex GOD’S LAM/MEGADETH drummer Chris Adler.
Late in the evening of May 21, 2016, Nick collapsed after having a heart attack during a concert with Chris Poland and Robertino “Pag” Pagliari in their band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Menza died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
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