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Former Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza Pulls Out Of Metal Allstars Tour
Monday, 24 March 2014 19:30

"I regret to inform you all that I am unable to fulfill my obligations as the headlining drummer for this years metal all-stars. I was really looking forward to it, unfortunately the agreement made between the metal allstars and myself wasn't kept, for my best interest, my manager Robert Bolger pulled me off the tour. I'm really sorry to the fans who are expecting me to be there, You guys rule. Everything happens the way it's supposed to. Man plans and God laughs!" 
 
Thanks for all the support!
~Nick Menza
 
Video footage of Menza playing along to the song "Lucretia" can be seen below.
 
Asked last September by Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon if there is a possibility of him ever doing anything with Megadeth again, Menza said: "You never know what can happen in the future. It's, like, I'm open to whatever. I would never say, 'I'll never join Megadeth back up again.' But it's really up to [Megadeth mainman Dave] Mustaine. I put the ball in his court."
 
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 after rehearsals and replaced with Shawn Drover. Mustaine said that this was because Nick "just wasn't prepared."
 
Menza has been writing, recording and producing constantly but only releasing sporadic singles for years. That will all change when he opens the floodgates with the upcoming release of his memoir, "Nick Menza: Megalife", by acclaimed writer J. Marshall Craig.
 
Menza is currently negotiating a publishing deal for the book, which was written over the past couple of years. It features rare and never-before-seen photos of Menza with every band he's ever been in, including, of course, Megadeth.
 
"It's a memoir of music," writer Craig said. "But a lot more. It's a book about chasing the ultimate gig, the ultimate drum setup, the ultimate sound and, it will come as no surprise to Nick's fans, the ultimate aliens, government conspiracies and anything else his muse sees fit to lay across his path."
 
"Nick Menza: Megalife", by J. Marshall Craig, is due in stores, in Kindle and eBook versions, later in the year.
 

 
Dave Culross Selling Legendary GMS Drum Kit Used On Malevolent Creation - Suffocation and Hate Plow Recordings
Sunday, 23 March 2014 19:24

Want to own a very rare piece of death metal history? Ever wish you had a drum sound like Malevolent Creation, Suffocation, or Hate Plow? This classic GMS Grand Master Series drum set that was used on almost all of the recordings by drumming legend, Dave Culross, is up for sale! This includes recordings from: Eternal, Joe Black, Envenomed, and Warkult from Malevolent Creation - Despise The Sun and Pinnacle of Bedlam from Suffocation - and The Only Law is Survival, from Hate Plow. The store price for everything included in this sale is somewhere around $8k! The kick drums list for over $1,200 a piece. The reserve price is only $3,500 which is a deal and a half.
 
The drum rack in the picture is also for sale, but not included in this as part of the kit, only the mounting hardware comes with it. This kit comes with a set of soft bags for each drum, made by Humes and Berg.
 
To have a chance to own this legendary kit, check out the Ebay auction here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/111308359248 - and place your bid! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have the set that produced some of the most classic drum sounds in Death Metal history.
 
This GMS kit is an 8-ply Maple shell pack, with nodal point designed lugs (which take pressure off the shell) that allow free, uninhibited resonance of the drum. The drum heads used in recording Suffocation's, "Pinnacle of Bedlam" will be shipped on the kit, unchanged in tuning since recording and still in amazing shape!
 
It is a nine-piece kit, with all mounts: 10", 12", 13", 14" rack toms, 16", 18" floor toms, 14" snare, and two 22" bass drums. All drums are a see through black stain, known by GMS as their Midnight Finish.
 
Carry on a tradition of excellence in recording and live sound! Own this kit and play it yourself.
It will sell, so don't miss your chance.
 
The winning bidder will receive not only the kit, but the soft carry cases by Humes and Berg.
Good luck!

 
Sick Drummer Magazine Issue 27 Featuring Francesco Paoli of Fleshgod Apocalypse Now Live On Line!
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:13

Issue 27 of Sick Drummer Magazine featuring Francesco Paoli of Fleshgod Apocalypse is now live on line. This issue also features interviews with Bill Tolley of Internal Bleeding, Bryan Newbury of Death Toll Rising, Nicolas Muller of Svart Crown, Max Scheffler of Post Mortem, Ben Carter of Evile, David Husvik of Extol, Torrey Moores of Deprecated, Brian Tichy (ex: Whitesnake, Billy Idol and the founder of the Bonzo Bash), Mike Wyatt of Genocaust, Kyle Severn of Incantation/Acheron, Daniel Hemmerich of Goemagot, Xul of Thanatos (ex: Melecesh), Marc Jackson of Mpire of Evil and a look back at 'Kingdom of Conspiracy' with Steve Shalaty of Immolation.
 
This issue also has an interview and contest with Tomasz Pilasiewicz of Agony Climax (ex: Gorgasm). Check out page 14 and take the link to our contest page. This snare drum is a piece of death metal history and would be an amazing addition to the collection of any true fan of drumming and music.
 
Additionally you will find the first product review by Elliot Hoffman of [Car Bomb]. Elliot takes a look at the Zildjian "A" Series - two crash cymbals and the 23" Sweet Ride. There is a link to a video where Elliot played the cymbals in a live setting, so be sure to click on that and check it out.
 
Gus Rios (ex: Malevolent Creation) wrote a great review of the Ultimate Ears UE 11 Pro in-ear monitors on page 82.
 
Lastly, this issue announces the winner of our Slipknot Drum Cover Contest that was launched mid-December last year. There were 158 entries and they were all great! Many of them were amazing, which made the decision that much harder. After many views of each video and long deliberation, we chose our winner who will be featured in our next issue. You can see who was chosen and check out the winning video from page 90-91.
 

>>> Check out the issue here!

 
Until next time, enjoy the issue and thanks for the support!
 
SDM

 


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