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I dont know about you guys, but for me, Nick Menza is definitely a metal legend. The crazy amount of talent that man had is unbelievable. He had this raw, aggressive, fast way of playing, I think one could say he was a beast on the drums. No other like Nick Menza himself! I admire not only his ability to play the drums but his persistence in maintaining a creative mind and the strength needed to not give up after getting kicked out of the band in such way by Mustaine. I mean, if I had gotten kicked out of the band of my dreams 2 days after having a major knee surgery I would've given up on everything, but he didn't. Sure, he struggled for half a year with substance abuse, didn't leave his house at all, but he recovered from it all pretty well and went on to live a full-filling, healthy life. Hats off to Nick for that. I'm a huge fan of his! I wanna know what you guys think about Nick Menza. 

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I've always liked Nick, even his pre-'deth stuff was great despite it not being full on thrash. His book was a good read and I was quite thankful to see it didn't just turn into a bitchfest against Megadave. Sure it wasn't a love story but I think Nick, and his team that took over the story after his death, handled what was some really shitty treatment in a very dignified manner.

I'm looking forward to the biopic that is coming soon. I will admit I'm less thrilled since Jnr's team got hold of the production and I really hope they do Nick's unreleased stuff the justice it deserves. He (Jnr) released a statement a few weeks ago about writing the music score to go along with some of the drum tracks. I hope they actually have some idea what those tracks are and it's not just Jnr and that other guy from his new band writing their current batch of radio friendly horse shit that they tried to pass off as an album.

 

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Nick's pre-deth stuff is definitely good stuff, different from what he did before, but good. I feel the same way about Ellefson getting a hold of the production, something about this makes me think that the quality of the documentary wont be as good but I hope that I'm wrong. Ellefson aside, Im pretty excited to see unreleased footage taken by Nick himself - i heard there's some Metallica footage in there from when Megadeth opened for them! 

I was wondering if you've ever listened to his solo album `Life After Deth´. Sound quality is not the best but I loved hearing him sing in every track! 

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With the number of 'unreleased' videos they have been releasing lately I'm just hoping they have some left for the movie :)

Yeah I have a copy of that album. It's really interesting to hear the difference between what he was doing and what he moved to. The same when he moved on to Ohm with Chris Poland. But I loved the way that he appreciated instruments and how that love led him to start making his own drums.

 

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