The first taste of brand new music of late MEGADETH drummer Nick MenzaThe unearthed drum riffs just premiered via the Menza Nation YouTube channel and can be streamed below. The music is produced by former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, which enlists “a handful of different” musicians from around the world to record new riffs and add new parts to menzaexisting riffs – an expected 13 songs touted as “the heaviest and fastest drum material” Nick ever made.”
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 he has – some parts 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 who participate in this. And I’m going to write some new riffs and some new stuff.”
Last September, Screaming Butterfly Entertainment announced a partnership with Ellefson And his Ellefson Movies about the upcoming full-length documentary “This Was My Life: The Story of Nick Menza”. Ellefson has signed on to co-produce the film and will also provide narration to guide the viewer’s exploration of the late MEGADETH the life of a drummer.
In conjunction with the announcement of Ellefson‘s attachment to the film, an Indiegogo campaign has been launched to raise money for the film’s completion. Fans will have the opportunity to directly support the production of the film, as well as get their hands on a rare official Nick Menza memorabilia. These items include various touring laminates that are 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 decks. Fans can even have their name and a message added to the credits of the film.
The campaign can be found at this location.
“This Was My Life” will be the very first film to commemorate menzalegacy and celebrates 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 of all time, authorized by the menza family. From his childhood to the end of his life, including a true account of the classic’s repeated failed attempts ‘Rest in peace’ queue.”
“This Was My Life” will feature rare and never-before-seen photos and video footage of Nick‘s archived VHS tape collection, personally filmed by menza himself from 1988 to 1991. Included will be exclusive content presentation Nick working in the studio, personal home movies, casual time and party time with his fellow band members, as well as other well-known artists of the time Nick toured with. A screenshot of the film was recently released featuring an interview with former LAMB OF GOD/MEGADETH drummer Chris Adler.
Late in the evening on May 21, 2016, Nick collapsed after 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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