Former members of American thrash metal band Megadeth bassist and co-founder David Ellefson and guitarists Jeff Young and Chris Poland recently held several concerts as part of the Kings of Thrash – The MEGA Years mini-tour. At these concerts, the musicians performed the albums “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” and “So Far, So Good… So What!” in their entirety.
Now from this concert project a new band was born under the very modest name of Kings Of Thrash. Besides the listed former Megadeth musicians, the young but promising band includes: drummer Fred Aching and guitarist/vocalist Chaz Leon. The band is already preparing to enter the studio to begin recording the first of four original songs. Here’s what Jeff Young had to say:
We’re going in the studio Thursday to lay down the rhythm guitar one and drums to the first original. And we’re doing it to two-inch tape analog-style, live in a room like real men, they used to do… They’re just demos right now with my guitar and bass and a click track. Soon they’ll have drums and it’ll be a real version of the first song. But people we’ve let hear it are really digging it. It’s got the vibe of Megadeth — it’s on that playing field, but it’s got all of its own stuff and all of our influences and some Soundgarden or Tool vibes in maybe the music and melodies.
The new band itself, according to David Ellefson, originated back in the winter, when they were making a documentary about the drummer Nick Menza. Guitarist Jeff Young reminded David Ellefson of some old riffs from the So Far, So Good… times, and they decided to work with them and make new songs. So we’re waiting for new material and a debut album.