Holy Wars – Megadeth – IntroSteve Ley
Holy Wars was the opening track on Megadeth's fourth album, Rust in Peace (1990) and the first Megadeth album featuring Nick Menza on drums.
The above figure is played rhythmically with the guitar, beginning at the end of the fourth measure of the intro (0:07).
It is important to get the pickup notes beginning on the ‘and of beat 4’. Nick used ‘right leading’ sticking (RLR RLR etc) which works well when moving clock-wise around the drum set. The pattern also works nicely using alternating sticking beginning with the left stick (LRL RLR etc).
Nick Menza died on May 21, 2016 suffering heart failure while performing with his band, OHM, in Los Angeles. RIP NM.