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Nick Menza


Beginning his professional musical career at the age of 18 drumming in the band Rhodes featuring singer Kelly Rhoads, brother of the late Randy, Nick released his first record with Rhoads called "Into The Future" in Europe. The band hit the road with Foghat for a short time.
Moving on to session playing including styles ranging from R&B to Gospel, Funk and Heavy Metal recording with the likes of John Fogerty, Nick caught the attention of then Megadeth drummer Chuck Behler and became his tech. When Megadeth needed a drummer, Nick Menza was asked to join the band.
Nick does 85% of the music on guitars (even lead), drums, bass and programming as well as subliminal messages put in the songs by intention. Helping on the album is lead guitarist Christian Nesmith on a few tracks and is a staple with Nick at the moment if they happen to take this on the road; more explained in the interview.

The drumming, as you would expect, is incredible and the ideas Nick uses. Despite the vocals aren't really fantastic or his lead-work, which he admits, the rhythms, subliminal messages and futuristic type ideas make this an all-out original. Only two other people remind me of what one person can do within the confines of their own studios and that would be Trent Reznor and Devin Townsend. All 3 of these have great minds and take boundaries to limits unknown and always are fresh with new ideas. Thirteen (13) tracks, with a hidden bonus track as well, definitely something new for the ears to partake in.
Nick Menza has been carving his niche' as a world class drummer since as early as age two, when he would accompany his dad, legendary jazz woodwind master Don Menza to gigs all over the world. It was during this time that Nick would soak in drum knowledge from pros that we all would dream of learning from - Buddy Rich, Jack DeJonette, and Steve Gadd, just to name a few! After breaking in playing sessions and jingles, Nick landed the gig that most of us know him best from - Megadeth. In this great exclusive interview, Nick openly gives us the most honest and sometimes surprising answers about his time in Megadeth and about his new solo album, "Life After Deth".

Nick's new solo album, "Life After Deth" is now available!

NICK MENZA made the decision to assemble a band for tour. Searching for the best musicians, he found what he was looking for.

Now, to introduce the line-up for the new band MENZA:

NICK MENZA (former Megadeth drummer), ANTHONY GALLO (former Suicidal Tendencies guitarist), TY LONGLEY (former Samantha 7 & Great White guitarist) and JASON LEVIN (Studio bass player extraordinaire).

As you have noticed, there is no mention of a frontman. "That is still in the works." Explains Menza. "I have to find the right guy, so we have been auditioning like mad! In the mean time, we are going over the music on the CD and doing our own writing. These players are permanent. They're awesome to work with and it's great to be able to have everyone participate. We get along perfectly."


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