KINGS OF THRASH is preparing to enter the studio to begin recording the first of four original songs
The new band, which features former MEGADETH members David Ellefson (bass) and Jeff Young (guitar), is preparing to hit the studio to begin recording the first of four original tracks. The band also features drummer Fred Aching, guitarist/vocalist Chaz Leon and the occasional appearance by former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland.
KINGS OF THRASH just wrapped a four-date West Coast tour which saw the group performing MEGADETH‘s classic albums “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” and “So Far, So Good… So What!” from front to back.
Speaking with Ghost Cult magazine, Young discussed KINGS OF THRASH‘s recording plans (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “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/TOOL vibes in maybe the music and melodies.”
Jeff says the studio where KINGS OF THRASH is recording “has a really cool back story. It’s a mom-and-pop operation nestled in a residential area in North Hollywood,” he explained. “[Legendary producer] Eddie Kramer, who’s done a few up-and-comers over his career — THE BEATLES, THE [ROLLING] STONES, all the posthumous Jimi Hendrix recordings and albums have been mixed at this studio. So the great news is that the engineer who we’re using is his protégé; he’s been mentoring and apprenticing with Eddie Kramer. So for a fraction of the price, my friends, you’re gonna get the Eddie Kramer tones and analog two-inch, like in the good old days, for the first KINGS OF THRASH release.”
Young also spoke about his bandmates Aching and Leon, saying: “We really feel in a way how Ozzy [Osbourne] must have felt introducing Randy Rhoads to the world with these young two guys we have, both half our age and both so composed and mature musically for their age. And we’ve just been having a blast. And it’s great that they’re fans of the music and they’ve really studied it. Chaz, the singer/guitar player, plays in a MEGADETH tribute and fronts a SOUNDGARDEN tribute. So he has some of that Chris Cornell huskiness… So it’s really cool to hear him sing these songs with a bit more huskiness and that young exuberance that he has. I think the kids are gonna love him ’cause he has that Dimebag Darrell kind of likability.”