ECC’s Kenya Thrash Line Packs A Punch As Big As Megadeth’s Music

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson has been quite the busy figure in the past couple of years or so.  He started his own music label, EMP Label Group, in 2015.  He followed that up by starting up his own coffee company.  That company opened its first-ever brick and mortar outlet just recently in his home town of Jackson, MN.  The store features Megadeth memorabilia, music and at least three lines of coffee that are certain to impress coffee connoisseurs and impress Megadeth fans just as much as Ellefson’s work on his band’s records.  One of the three lines of coffee currently being offered by Ellefson Coffee Company is known as Kenya Thrash.  It is just as powerful as the thrash riffs churned out by Ellefson and his band mates on their records beginning with its aroma.  That will be discussed shortly.  The drink’s eye-opening taste is just as notable as its equally sense-pleasing aroma.  The beans’ sourcing is also of note to the coffee.  Coffee connoisseurs and coffee lovers the world over will agree each element plays its own part in the success of this line.  All things considered, Kenya Thrash proves to be just as powerful as the music that Ellefson and his band mates produce for the masses.

Ellefson Coffee Company’s Kenya Thrash coffee line is just one of three lines of coffee that the company currently offers coffee connoisseurs coffee lovers across the country right now.  There is a lot to like about this powerhouse blend of Arabica and Robusta coffees beginning with its powerful aroma.  Right from the moment that one opens the bag, the aroma from the beans instantly hits the senses.  The aroma from the beans is so strong that it instantly opens the eyes from said strength.  That is not a bad thing, either.  Simply put, the strength of the beans’ aroma is right up there with the strongest blend from Folgers, Seattle’s Best and Gevalia.  That is just to name a few of the stronger brands.  That is likely thanks to the blend of the Arabica and Robusta beans, which create the coffee’s equally powerful punch when brewed.  That punch is just as important to note as the punch from its aroma alone.

The punch present by Kenya Thrash’s aroma is powerful in itself.  As soon as customers open the bag–which by the way holds the actual unground beans–the beans’ aroma instantly hits the nose and opens the eyes with its strength.  It is just one of the punches that makes this line so powerful.  The second hit from the coffee’s 1-2 punch comes from the impact of the coffee after it is brewed.  Whether one takes it black or with cream and sugar, one can still taste and smell the beans’ output once that first cup is poured.  Even the second cup boasts its own aromatic and taste punch.  That is a clear testament to just how powerful this caffeine-laced coffee proves to be.  Not many coffee companies out there can say their coffees are so strong even with the second cup.  Even more important to note is that even those who prefer cream (or flavored creamer) with their coffee will be able to taste the beans’ output.  The thing is that even though it still cuts through, it doesn’t overpower the creamer.  In fact it creates its own strong balance that impresses just as much as the pure brew.  It still is not the last element to note in this line of coffee from the Ellefson Coffee Company.  The beans’ sourcing rounds out its most important elements.

The 1-2 punch that Kenya Thrash offers coffee connoisseurs and lovers alike from its aroma and its flavor is key to the enjoyment of this powerhouse, eye-opening line from the Ellefson Coffee Company.  It is just part of what makes this line so impressive.  Consumers will also be happy to know that the beans used in the coffee are directly sourced from Kenya.  The bag however, doesn’t make any note of being fair trade, so one can only hope that the line is in fact a fair trade line.  Considering Ellefson’s dedication to bringing consumers only the best, odds are the coffee likely is fair trade and organic no less.  Even with that in mind, the fact that the beans were imported directly rather than grown locally adds even more interest to the coffee.  Keeping all of this in mind, the beans’ source proves to be just as key to its appeal as its powerhouse aroma and taste.  When all three elements are joined together, they make Kenya Thrash a line of coffee that—as long as it is at least fair trade—one that deserves to be in every store and coffee lover’s home in America.

Kenya Thrash is just one of four lines of coffee produced by Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s Ellefson Coffee Company.  It is also an impressive line of coffee.  That is thanks to the 1-2 punch provided to consumers via its powerhouse aroma and taste.  The direct sourcing of the coffee’s beans adds even more to its interest.  Each element clearly plays its own part in proving the enjoyment of Kenya Thrash.  All things considered, they make Kenya Thrash a line of coffee that packs just as much punch as the music crafted by Ellefson and his band mates.  They come together to prove this line of coffee one that deserves to be in every store and every coffee lover’s home across America.  Kenya Thrash is available now at Ellefson Coffee Company’s brick and mortar store in Jackson, MN and online.  More information on Kenya Thrash and other Ellefson Coffee Company lines is available online now along with all of the company’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Armored Saint Fans Will Want To Get Their Hands On ‘Carpe Noctum’

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records had quite a year in 2016, putting out impressive new recordings from Amon Amarth, Wovenwar, Artillery and a number of others.  One of the leading labels in the metal community, Metal Blade has wasted little time in 2017 getting things going.  It will open the new year late next month with the release of Armored Saint’s new live recording Carpe Noctum.  The eight-song, 38-minute recording isn’t necessarily a career-defining collection of songs, but is still impressive in its own right.  It is just one of the elements to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note in examining the recording’s presentation as its set list.  Considering that the recording will seemingly only be released on CD, its audio mix rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  All things considered, Carpe Noctum proves to be a recording that Armored Saint fans new and old alike will appreciate.

Armored Saint’s latest live recording Carpe Noctum is a collection of live performances that fans new and old alike will appreciate.  The eight-song, 38-minute recording will be released in stores and online Feb. 24 via Metal Blade Records.  The main element to be examined in this recording is its set list.  The set list takes audiences all the way back to the band’s 1984 debut full-length album March of the Saint and all the way up to the band’s most recent album Win Hands Down (2015).  Along the way, three more of the band’s nine total albums are represented here.  The albums in question are its 1985 sophomore record Delirious Nomad, its 1991 album Symbol of Salvation and its 2010 record La Raza.  According to Metal Blade Records’ summary description of the set list, it appears the set list was pulled from Armored Saint’s set at the 2015 Wacken Open Air Festival and its headlining show at Aschaffenburg, Germany.  In other words, the set list presented here is not one complete concert, but seemingly a collection of performances from two separate concerts.  That would likely account for why the recording features such a limited number of songs in its defense.  This is a good thing in its own right, too.  That is because it provides audiences a more diverse representation of the band’s live show.  Again, fans new and old alike will appreciate this aspect of the recording.

Carpe Noctum’s 8-song, 38-minute set list is an important piece of the recording’s overall presentation.  That is because while not necessarily career-defining, it does at least present some highlights from the band’s extensive span of records.  It also provides audiences a relatively diverse representation of the band’s live show.  That is because it allegedly pulls from not one but two of the band’s live shows.  While the recording’s set list is clearly an important piece of its whole, it is only one of the pieces of the recording that should be considered in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  The band’s performance of said songs is just as important to note as the songs themselves.  Audiences will note in taking in these performances that the band’s members largely let their performances do the talking for them.  Since this recording is only available on CD, it is difficult to know if the songs presented here were presented in the same order as in the original performances.  There could have been some interaction with the audience between songs at those performances.  Again, that can’t be determined here.  That aside, the band members’ performances do plenty to keep listeners’ engaged.  Front man John Bush commands the stage with each performance, his pipes in prime condition.  Drummer Gonzo Sandoval keeps the band moving in each song with his solid time keeping.  The dual guitar approach of Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan adds even more depth to the band’s stage presence.  Of course one would be remiss to ignore bassist Joey Vera’s work on the low end.  Each band member’s performance in itself plays its own critical part to the whole of the performances. They cut through solidly throughout the recording, too.  Altogether, the band members’ performances prove to be just as enjoyable here as the concert’s set list itself.  One can’t help but hope Metal Blade Records will release the concert on DVD and/or Blu-ray, though.  One would be safe assuming those performances would hold even more significance when able to be seen and heard, and not just heard.  Even with that in mind, the band’s overall performances throughout the recording still proves to be just as important to the recording’s presentation as the sets’ featured songs.  While the band members’ performances prove to be just as important to the recording’s presentation as the recording’s featured set list, neither element would be worth discussing without mention of the concert’s audio mix.

The set list at the center of Armored Saint’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key pieces of the recording’s overall presentation.  That has already been discussed.  They are only a pair of the recording’s most important elements.  Its audio mix forms the recording’s foundation, especially considering that the recording is currently available only on CD.  Those responsible for the recording’s audio mix are to be given their due credit here.  That is because they expertly handled the situation presented in each setting.  The Wacken performances were open, outdoor performances.  This critic can’t say for certain if the band’s other featured performance was outdoor, too.  That aside, those behind the recording’s audio engineering expertly balanced each musician’s part.  No one part overpowered the others at any point throughout the recording.  What’s more, inside or out, audiences aren’t left feeling like they’re listening to a bootleg recording, either.  Believe it or not, there are some “professional” live recordings out there that do in fact sound more like bootlegs than professional recordings.  This recording is not in that category.  To that end, the balance of that element and the balance of the musicians’ own parts in each song proves the importance of the recording’s audio mix to its whole, too.  When that element is set alongside the concert’s set list and the band members’ equally entertaining performances, the whole of the recording proves to be a collection of live performances that Armored Saint fans old and new alike will appreciate.

Armored Saint’s upcoming live recording Carpe Noctum is a collection of live performances that fans new and old alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to its 8-song, 38-minute set list.  The set list isn’t necessarily a career-defining collection of performances.  It only pulls from five of the band’s nine total full-length studio recordings.  However, it does go all the way back to the band’s 1984 debut record and up to the band’s most recent album, 2015’s Win Hands Down.  The set list also allegedly pulls from not one but two of the band’s recent live shows.  The band’s performance of the featured songs is just as enjoyable as the songs themselves.  The audio engineering presented in the recording forms its foundation.  It balances each of the band members’ parts and handles the settings in which the performances were held just as expertly.  Each element is important to note in its own right, as has been noted.  All things considered, they show, once again, that this latest live recording from Armored Saint is a collection of live performances that Armed Saint fans old and new alike will appreciate.  It will be released Feb. 24 in stores and online via Metal Blade Records.  More information on Carpe Noctum is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.armoredsaint.com

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Zakk Wylde Unveils ‘Lost Prayer’ Video

Zakk Wylde debuted the video for his latest single this week.

Wylde unveiled the video for the song ‘Lost Prayer’ this week. The song is the latest single to be released from Wylde’s latest album Book of Shadows II.  The album was released April 8, 2016.

The video is streaming online now here.  It combines footage of Wylde performing the song in a dimly lit studio and actors playing out certain parts to illustrate the song’s message of overcoming difficult situations in life. The end result is another song that, as Wylde has said before, proves a song can be heavy without having heavy, crunching guitars and pounding drums.

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy: eOne Music

Wylde’s new video is just some of his latest news.  He will hit the road with the Black Sabbath tribute band Zakk Sabbath this coming week for a series of shows in southern California.  Those shows include performances at the NAMM party at The Grove of Anaheim on Jan. 21.

Zakk Sabbath has also been confirmed for performances at a handful of summer concert festivals.  Those festivals include MMR-B-Q, Rocklahoma and the recently sold out Rock on the Range.

Zakk Sabbath is made up of bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age) and Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society).

Along with his performances with Zakk Sabbath, Wylde has also been tapped to perform on the 2017 Experience Hendrix tour alongside Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many other famed artists from across the musical universe.  This year marks the third consecutive year that Wylde has been invited to be part of the Experience Hendrix Tour.

The dates for Wylde’s Zakk Sabbath Shows and Experience Hendrix shows are noted below.

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy: eOne Music

Jan 19 – Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA*
Jan 20 – Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA*
Jan 21 – The Grove – Anaheim, CA*

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy: eOne Music

2017 Experience Hendrix Tour
Feb 17 – Schnitzer Hall – Portland, OR
Feb 18 – Northern Quest Theater – Airway Heights, WA
Feb 19 –  Paramount Theater – Seattle, WA
Feb 20 – Hult Center – Eugene, OR
Feb 22 – Mondavi Center – Davis, CA
Feb 23 – Luther Burbank Center – Santa Rosa, CA
Feb 24 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
Feb 25 – Silver Legacy Casino – Reno, NV
Feb 28 – Ikeda Theater – Mesa, AZ
Mar 01 – Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 03 – Fantasy Springs Casino – Indio, CA
Mar 04 – Harrahs Events Center – Valley Center, CA
Mar 06 – Eccles Theatre – Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 07 – Paramount Theater – Denver, CO
Mar 09 – Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie, TX
Mar 10 – Thalia Mara Hall – Jackson, MS
Mar 11 – Revention Music Center – Houston, TX
Mar 12 – Majestic Theater – San Antonio, TX
Mar 15 – Saenger Theater – New Orleans, LA
Mar 16 – Orpheum Theater – Memphis, TN
Mar 17 – Hard Rock Casino – Tulsa, OK
Mar 18 – Peabody Opera House – St Louis, MO
Mar 19 – The Palace Theater – Louisville, KY
Mar 21 – Taft Theater     – Cincinnati, OH
Mar 22 – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
Mar 23 – Fox Theatre – Detroit, MI
Mar 25 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
Mar 26 – Mystic Lake Casino – Prior Lake, MN

May 20 – MMR*B*Q – Camden, NJ*

*Zakk Sabbath

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New York Sports Anthem Will Get NFL Fans Going At Pro Bowl, Super Bowl

Courtesy: Chris Clemence

Courtesy: Chris Clemence

Bassist Chris Clemence’s New York sports anthem ‘Let’s Go’ is about to become one of the next big national sports anthems thanks to the National Football League.

‘Let’s Go’ will air live during the NFL’s Pro Bowl later this month and early next month during Super Bowl LI. The song will play over the speakers at each game’s stadium.  Clemence originally debuted the song late last year.

The up-tempo, fist-pumping inciting composition features vocals from Cro Mags member Harley Flanagan and additional instrumentation from Madison Square Gardens organist and DJ Ray Castoldi. It went on to become an anthem of the Knicks, Giants and Rangers since its debut.

Photo Credit: Ultra Sound Studios L - R: Chris Clemence, Harley Flanagan, Ray Castoldi writing 'Let's Go' in New York City.

Photo Credit: Ultra Sound Studios
L – R: Chris Clemence, Harley Flanagan, Ray Castoldi writing ‘Let’s Go’ in New York City.

Clemence was humble as he talked about the continuously growing popularity of ‘Let’s Go.’ He said he was moved by the reaction audiences have had to the song and looked forward to see if it would continue to grow in its popularity.

“The song has had a really great response, and it’s exciting to watch it grow even bigger,” Clemence said.  “I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Audiences can download ‘Let’s Go’ now via iTunes. Audiences can also stream the song online via Clemence’s website.

Clemence said downloading the song will allow audiences to hear it whenever they want, but stressed fans who hear it live during a game will gain even more of an appreciation for the song.

“For the full effect you have to go hear it at a game,” Clemence said.

More information on ‘Let’s Go’ is available online now along with all of Clemence’s latest news and more at: http://www.chrisclemence.com.

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Pop Evil Launches New Tour In Support Of ‘Up’

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy: eOne Music

Pop Evil is back on the road again.

The band hit the road Tuesday for the “Rock ‘N’ Roll Now Tour: Right Now.”  The Tour is in support of the band’s latest full-length studio recording Up.

The tour launched in Louisville, KY and will see the band perform in Charlotte, NC tonight. It wraps Feb. 26 in Sault Ste Marie, MI.  Red Sun Rising and Bad Flower are serving as support acts throughout the tour.

Along with its tour, the band also recently debuted its latest single ‘If Only For Now’ on radio stations nationwide.  The song is the last single to be released from Up.  Audiences can hear the song now here.

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy:  eOne

Courtesy: eOne

Pop Evil released Up in 2015.  The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Indie Chart. It landed at #25 on the magazine’s Top 200 albums chart, #16 overall and #3 on the magazine’s Top Hard Music Albums Chart.

More information on Pop Evil’s latest tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.PopEvil.com

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TNT Announces Thursday, Special Monday NBA Broadcast Schedules

Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports/NBA

Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports/NBA

TNT will carry a special double header schedule NBA double header schedule Monday night.

Monday’s special broadcast schedule opens at 7 p.m. with a special hour-long edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.  The special broadcast will come live from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA.  It will lead into the first of the games scheduled for the night as the Cavaliers and Warriors face off in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.

The Inside The NBA broadcast team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal will be at the desk for Monday’s special edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.  Hank Thomas – one of the original Freedom Riders – will be a special guest during the broadcast.

Marv Albert will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Chris Webber for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers round out the night’s NBA on TNT coverage.  Kevin Harlan will have the call for the game.  Coverage is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m.  Harlan will be joined by analyst Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter David Aldridge will be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

Before Monday’s matchup, TNT will present its regular NBA on TNT double header schedule on Thursday.  The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls will lead the night’s schedule beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Marv Albert will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Brent Barry for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

The Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors follow at 10:30 p.m. ET.  Kevin Harlan will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Kevin Mchale for additional commentary.  Reporter Lewis Johnson will be on hand for the latest in-game interviews and news.

As an additional bonus for audiences, Kevin Garnett’s Area 21 will feature a number of special guests throughout the evening.  This includes pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage.

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Green Day Updates Tour Schedule

Photo Credit: Frank Maddocks

Photo Credit: Frank Maddocks

Green Day has changed a pair of dates for the Fall 2017 leg of its Revolution Radio.

The band has flipped the dates for two performances in Texas.  The dates are September 8th and 9th. The band will now perform at the Austin 360 Amphitheatre in Austin, TX on September 8. It will perform at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX on September 9.

The dates were changed due to scheduling conflicts. Sources close to the band did not comment on the nature of the scheduling change.  The tour date information is listed in whole below.

 

September

8th Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheatre
9th San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

 

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Website: http://www.greenday.com

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