New video footage of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza warming up to the bands classic, “Devil’s Island” before preparing to record new material for his as-yet-unnamed new project featuring former MEGADETH members Chris Poland (guitar) and James LoMenzo (bass), can be seen below.
The trio (Including James LoMenzo on bass) held its first rehearsal (November 1), at Menza’s, “Disintegrator Studios” in Studio City, California with with plans to release full length release in early 2015. According to Menza, “Poland already has six heavy original songs in the can that they will start working on in the next week’s to come.”
Menza and Lomenzo’s first jam session took place on June 25 at Menza’s Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, California where they cracked through some of the old MEGADETH catalog along with some of their favorite METALLICA and LED ZEPPELIN songs.
A cover version from the session of the METALLICA classic “Motorbreath”, with a guest appearance by guitarist/vocalist Davor Garasic from the Croatian thrash metal band SUFOSIA, can be streamed below.
Chris Poland is best known for his work with MEGADETH from 1984 – 1987 – 1990 – 2004 appearing four of the band’s highly acclaimed studio albums. 1985’s Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!, 1986’s Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?, 1990’s Rust in Peace Demos and 2004’s The System Has Failed which showcased Poland’s dynamic style of playing.
Menza joined MEGADETH for the 1990 recording “Rust In Peace” and for the next ten years became associated with the band’s “classic” and most profitable era.
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 and replaced with Shawn Drover. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine said that this was because Nick “just wasn’t prepared.”
LoMenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006 and appeared on two of the group’s studio albums, 2007’s “United Abominations” and 2009’s “Endgame”. He was replaced with returning original MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson.