Here’s the Drums to Megadeth’s “Holy Wars” in the Nude

Last week we covered Sick Drummer’s new “Isolating The Throne” feature in which they share just the raw drum tracks to a song du jour. How is this different than the drum tracks you can already find on YouTube that were maybe ripped from Rock Band or whatnot? Well those mixes are.. um, mixed, so to speak. Even if they’re not the exact album drum tones, they’re compressed and eq’d roughly to match. Isolating The Throne, on the other hand, gives you raw tones with lots of room sound, plus no triggers or quantization, so you can really hear the drummer’s performance for what it is.


I won’t continue to mention every new instance of this feature since you can just go to Sick Drummer for that, but when something particularly cool pops up then I’ll keep you in the loop. And I’d say Nick Menza‘s tracks from the quintessential song from Megadeth’s quintessential thrash record certainly qualifies. So here’s “Holy Wars,” from Rust In Peace. And again, as a nice bonus there’s a breakdown of the gear used during the recording session. I’ve included it below the embedded video.

(2) 24″ Noble & Cooley kicks
14″ Ludwig Black Beauty Snare (used on 6 or 7 of the tracks)
14″ ProDrum Custom Brass Snare (rest of the tracks )
10″,12″ ,14″, 16″ , 18″ Gretsch Rosewood Toms
24″ Zildjian Megabell Ride
(2) 18″, (2) 19″, (2) 20″ Zildjian Z Crashes

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.