Kings Of Thrash, the project featuring bassist/vocalist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), guitarist Jeff Young (ex-Megadeth), guitarist/vocalist Chaz Leon, drummer Fred Aching, and occasional guest guitarist Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth) are working on some new material. The band will soon be entering the studio to record a new song.
Young told Ghost Cult the following:
“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.”
He went on to say that the band are using a studio with “a really cool back story”:
“It’s a mom-and-pop operation nestled in a residential area in North Hollywood. [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.”
He also added the following about working with Aching and Leon:
“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.”