Ellefson Partners With Pro Tone Pedals To Release New Pedal

Courtesy: Pro Tone Pedals

Courtesy: Pro Tone Pedals

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson does not rest easily on his laurels.

The musician turned entrepreneur announced this week a new partnership with Pro Tone Pedals to create a new guitar pedal.  The pedal, dubbed the “Dawn Patrol Chorus,” came to being after Pro Tone Pedals representatives approached Ellefson and proposed the idea.

Ellefson stressed the new, signature pedal will be a welcome addition to any bassist’s resources, adding he already used the company’s “Chorus” pedals when the organization’s representatives came to him with the idea.

“When Pro Tone approached me with the idea of making some signature pedals,as a bass player, Chorus is one of my go-to effects live, an ace weapon in my arsenal, and in many regards, helped me transition to my signature tone from studio to live on classics like ‘Dawn Patrol,’ Ellefson said.  “So the idea of developing a great chorus pedal was really a no brainer.  Dennis and the Pro Tone team are technical wizards and developed the Dawn Patrol to my exact specifications, and together we’ve developed a high quality, hand-built stompbox pedal that I’m positive will find a special place in any bassist’s rig.”

Ellefson’s new partnership with Pro Tone Pedals makes him just the latest name to make the company live up to its name.  Animals as Leaders bassist Tosin Abasi and Reeves Gabrels use the company’s signature pedals.  Jeff Loomis, Fear Factory, Alice in Chains, Prong, Deftones, Living Colour, Overkill, 30 Seconds to Mars and many others also use the company’s products.

Pro Tone Pedals was founded in 2004.  The company, now based in Charleston, South Carolina, has developed its reputation from making custom designed pedals.  Its employees’ dedication to customer service has garnered it affiliations with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Arch Enemy, Whitechapel, the Cure, Fear Factory, Ministry, Prong, Overkill and others.

The Dawn Patrol Chorus will be available at an introductory price of $189.99.  More information on the new pedal is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.protonepedals.com/ellefson

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/protonefans

 

 

 

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AEG Live To Debut New Rock Festival This Summer

Courtesy:  AEG Live/Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: AEG Live/Ashton-Magnuson Media

The annual summer music festival season has just expanded again.

The High Elevation Rock Festival will make its debut this summer.  It will be held Saturday, September 10th at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in in Greenwood Village, Colorado.  That is just outside Denver.  The one-day festival will feature some of today’s biggest rock acts over the span of eleven hours.  Those bands include but are not limited to: Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Chevelle, Pierce The Veil, Ministry, Killswitch Engage, Animals As Leaders, Sevendust, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Amity Affliction, Neck Deep, Shaman’s Harvest, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Lola Black.

Pre-sale tickets for this event go on sale this Wednesday, May 18th at 10:00am MDT/12:00pm EDT and ends Friday, May 20th at 9:59am MDT/11:59am EDT.  They can be purchased online at http://www.HighElevationFestival.com.  Audiences can go online to the festival’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page to obtain a password that can be used to purchase said tickets.  Public on-sale for tickets begins Friday, May 20th at 10am MDT/12pm EDT.  General Admission ticket prices are noted below.

 

Presale ticket prices are as follows (plus fees):

General Admission Pit:  $79.50

General Admission Seated:  $69.50

General Admission Lawn:  $59.50

 

A very limited number of General Admission lawn 4-packs will be available for $198 each.  There will also be a limited number of tickets available for active military personnel online through a partnership with GovX. They can be purchased online at http://ww.govx.com.  A limited number of hotel packages for 2 and four people each will also be available for purchase.  Hotel packages include: accommodations close to the festival site, premiere parking, and festival shirts for each person attending.

The High Elevation Rock Festival is powered by Monster Energy and presented by AEG Live, producers of Rock on the Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma, and Northern Invasion as well as other festivals.  More information on the inaugural High Elevation Rock Festival is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.HighElevationFestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/High-Elevation-Festival-474374642769050/?fref=ts

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ElevationRockCO

Instagram: http://instagram.com/HighElevationFestival

 

 

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Between The Buried And Me Debuts Coma Ecliptic’s Third Single

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Between the Buried and Me has officially debuted the third single from its upcoming album Coma Ecliptic.

The band is currently streaming its new single ‘Famine Wolf’ online now via Metal Injection. Audiences can hear the song now here. Fans that pre-order Coma Ecliptic online now via iTunes can get both ‘Famine Wolf’ and the album’s lead single ‘Memory Palace’ as instant downloads. Coma Ecliptic will be available in stores and online Friday, July 10th. The band will hit the road in support of its new album beginning July 7th in Athens, Georgia. The thirty-two date tour runs through August 15th and includes a pair of shows in North Carolina on August 9th and August 14th respectively. Animals as Leaders will serve as a support act for the tour alongside The Contortionist. BTBAM is also scheduled to perform at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which kicks off today and runs through this Sunday, June 14th. BTBAM’s full tour schedule is listed below.

Upcoming Tour Dates
06/11-14 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Tour w/ Animals As Leaders, The Contortionist
07/07 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
07/08 Tallahassee, FL Sidebar Theater
07/09 Orlando, FL Venue 578
07/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
07/11 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
07/13 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
07/14 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s
07/15 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/17 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater and Club
07/18 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
07/19 Tucson, AZ Club X’s
07/21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
07/22 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
07/23 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
07/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spaces
07/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
07/27 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
07/29 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
07/30 Joliet, IL Mojoes
07/31 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
08/01 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
08/02 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
08/04 London, ON London Music Hall
08/06 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
08/07 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
08/08 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
08/09 Wilmington, NC Ziggys by the Sea
08/11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
08/12 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
08/13 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
08/14 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggys
08/15 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works

All of the latest updates on BTBAM’s tour schedule are available online along with all of the latest news on the band’s new album, videos, and more at:

Website: http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/btbamofficial

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BTBAM Offers Audiences First Glimpse Behind The Scenes Of Coma Ecliptic

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Fans of Between The Buried and Me got their first glimpse into the making of the band’s new album Coma Ecliptic this week.

Metal Blade Records released an interview with BTBAM front man Tommy Rogers on Tuesday in which Rogers discusses the concept behind the record both musically and lyrically. Rogers explains in the clip, which can be seen here, that the main subject of the album’s story has put himself intentionally into a coma because he is unhappy with the world in which he lives. While in his coma, he experiences the many past lives that he has lives. If this seems a bit dark, Rogers does admit in the clip that it is in fact a dark story to a point. He also cites The Twilight Zone and The Truman Show in explaining the concept. While coming in at a little more than two minutes, the new clip offers quite a bit of insight into the upcoming album, which will be released in stores and online Tuesday, July 7th.  Fans can check out the album’s lead single ‘Memory Palace’ now at http://www.metalblade.com/btbam/.

In celebration of Coma Ecliptic’s release, BTBAM will hit the road for a headlining tour that will take the band from the east coast to the west and in-between over the course of thirty-two dates. It all kicks off on the day of the album’s release in Athens, Georgia and winds down August 15th in Nashville, TN. The tour also includes a pair of performances in the band’s home state of North Carolina on August 9th and 14th. The band is also scheduled to appear next month at the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. The band’s complete current tour schedule is listed below.

Upcoming Tour Dates
06/11-14 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Tour w/ Animals As Leaders, The Contortionist
07/07 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
07/08 Tallahassee, FL Sidebar Theater
07/09 Orlando, FL Venue 578
07/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
07/11 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
07/13 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
07/14 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s
07/15 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/17 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater and Club
07/18 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
07/19 Tucson, AZ Club X’s
07/21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
07/22 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
07/23 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
07/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spaces
07/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
07/27 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
07/29 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
07/30 Joliet, IL Mojoes
07/31 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
08/01 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
08/02 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
08/04 London, ON London Music Hall
08/06 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
08/07 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
08/08 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
08/09 Wilmington, NC Ziggys by the Sea
08/11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
08/12 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
08/13 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
08/14 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggys
08/15 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works

More information on BTBAM’s upcoming album and tour schedule is available online now along with the band’s latest updates at:

Website: http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/btbamofficial

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BTBAM Debuts Coma Ecliptic’s First Song

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Between The Buried And Me has released the first song from its upcoming album Coma Ecliptic.

The band debuted ‘Memory Place’ today online. It can be heard online now at http://www.metalblade.com/btbam. The near-ten minute song builds on the music crafted for the band’s most recent album The Parallax II: Future Sequence (2012). Coma Ecliptic will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, July 7th. The band’s seventh full length studio release, it can be pre-ordered online now at http://www.metalblade.com/btbam.

Between The Buried and Me will launch an early spring tour this Sunday in support of Coma Ecliptic with support from The Atlas Moth. the tour kicks off at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina and then moves to Charleston, South Carolina next Monday April 6th. From there, the bands will make their way south to Florida before heading to Louisiana and then Texas for a pair of dates on April 10th and 11th. Both of its shows in Texas are festival shows. The second half of the band’s 12-date tour takes them up through the midwest and into the northeast, rounding out on April 19th in Lancaster, PA. The full schedule for BTBAM’s tour with The Atlas Moth is listed below:

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME

Tour w/ The Atlas Moth

04/05 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel

04/06 Charleston, SC Music Farm

04/08 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall

04/09 New Orleans, LA The Howlin Wolf

04/10 Austin, TX Empire Garage Texas Independence Fest

04/11 Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory Atomic Music Festival

04/13 Lawrence, KS The Granada

04/14 St Louis, MO The Ready Room

04/15 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe @ Old National Centre

04/17 Worcester, MA The Palladium New England Metal and Hardcore Fest

04/18 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall

04/19 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club

After taking some much-needed down time to recharge, BTBAM will head to Manchester, Tennessee for this year’s annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival from June 11th – 14th. The band will take some more time off after Bonnaroo to recharge once more before heading back out on the road on July 7th alongside Animals as Leaders and The Contortionist for a 32-date tour that will take the bands well into September. That tour includes a pair of dates in its home state of North Carolina as it winds down. The first of those dates sees the bands performing at Ziggy’s By The Sea in Wilmington, NC on September 9th and at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, NC on September 14th. The full schedule for BTBAM’s tour with Animals as Leaders and The Contortionist is listed below.

Tour w/ Animals As Leaders, The Contortionist

07/07 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre

07/08 Tallahassee, FL Sidebar Theater

07/09 Orlando, FL Venue 578

07/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution

07/11 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live

07/13 Houston, TX Warehouse Live

07/14 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s

07/15 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom

07/17 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater and Club

07/18 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl

07/19 Tucson, AZ Club X’s

07/21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

07/22 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park

07/23 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst

07/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spaces

07/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House

07/27 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex

07/29 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s

07/30 Joliet, IL Mojoes

07/31 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

08/01 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection

08/02 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre

08/04 London, ON London Music Hall

08/06 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom

08/07 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE

08/08 Norfolk, VA The NorVa

08/09 Wilmington, NC Ziggys by the Sea

08/11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall

08/12 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

08/13 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

08/14 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggys

08/15 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works

All of the latest updates on BTBAM’s upcoming album and tour dates is available online now along with the latest news from the band at:

Website: http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/btbamofficial

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BTBAM Announces New Album Release, Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

There’s big news from prog-metal band Between The Buried and Me this week.

Metal Blade Records and the members of Between The Buried and Me announced this week the release date for the band’s upcoming album and its supporting tour. The band–Dan Briggs (bass), Blake Richardson (drums), Tommy Rogers (vocals, keyboards), Paul Waggoner (guitar), and Dustie Waring (guitar)–announced this week that it will release its next full length studio effort Coma Ecliptic this summer. The album, the band’s seventh, is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, July 7th via Metal Blade Records. The album’s lead single has not yet been announced. However, it has been announced that it will be released Tuesday, April 3rd. Pre-orders for Coma Ecliptic open the same day.

Along with the announcement of the information for the album and its lead single, it was also announced that the band will launch a tour in support of Coma Ecliptic on the same day of the record’s release. The Contortionist will join Animals as Leaders as support acts for BTBAM’s upcoming tour. The thirty-plus date tour runs through August 15th and includes two dates in its home state of North Carolina. The first of those dates will see the band performing live at Ziggy’s By The Sea in Wilmington, NC on August 9th. The second brings the band to Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem on August 14th.  Before that tour kicks off, BTBAM will hit the road alongside The Atlas Moth beginning April 5th for a twelve-date tour to build excitement around Coma Ecliptic.  The tour’s opening date is at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina.  BTBAM’s current tour schedule is available online now along with all of the latest updates on Coma Ecliptic at:

Website: http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial

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Scale The Summit Impresses Once Again On Its New LP

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Metal Blade Records was a powerhouse of a record label in 2012.  It led this critic’s lists of the year’s best rock records, best Hard Rock/Metal albums, and Best Albums overall with releases from Horisont, O.S.I., Gypsyhawk, and Trioscapes, just to name a handful.  But with 2013 now halfway over, this critic’s list of the year’s best Hard Rock and Metal albums at least is being controlled by a different label.  This year, Prosthetic Records leads the way in the world of Hard Rock and Metal.  Holy Grail, which is being touted as the second coming of Judas Priest tops the list of the year’s best metal records with its sophomore album, Ride the Void.  And now with the upcoming release of its brand new album, The Migration, Scale the Summit becomes the second band signed to Prosthetic Records to make this critic’s list of the year’s best Hard Rock and Metal albums.

The Migration is an impressive introduction to this Houston, Texas based band for first-time listeners.  It’s just as welcome a return for long-time fans.  The band wastes no time getting right into the swing of things with this album.  Its opener, ‘Odyssey’ is a fittingly titled piece.  In its roughly five-minute plus run-time, the band—Chris Letchford (7 & 8-String guitars), Travis Levrier (7-String Guitars), Mark Michell (6-string bass), and Pat Skeffington (drums, percussion)—takes listeners on a three movement opus that boasts three completely different musical emotions.  Most interesting about this is that those listeners that are open minded enough will be able to close their eyes and truly take in all three movements and understand the emotion being presented in each one.  It is a song that more than makes for a solid re-introduction for the band after having spent the past couple years touring in support of its previous release, 2011’s The Collective.

‘Odyssey’ as a whole is an impressive opener to the Migration.  Looking deeper into the song, the transition from the song’s slower, more subdued third movement into ‘Atlas Novus’ is another factor to note in the success of the upcoming album.  The transition itself is notable as it’s not the only time on this album that this happens.  It is just one of so many transitions that make The Migration one of those rare albums this year, which audiences will enjoy taking in from start to finish without skipping songs.  That’s not to say that The Migration is some instrumental concept album.  It’s anything but.  It’s just that the sequencing (along with the equally impressive production and mixing) has made this album so easy on the ears.

Getting back to the songs as a whole, ‘Atlas Novus’ is more subdued than ‘Odyssey’ by and large.  But it also has its own kick.  Fans of fellow experimental rock band Animals as Leaders will appreciate this piece with its controlled guitar and bass runs throughout its run time that also comes in at just over five minutes.  In an odd way, it proves the old adage that less truly is more.  That’s because as impressive as the song’s runs are, Letchford and company prove in the song, that some of the best riffs are ones that are not loud, shredding riffs, but softer, more controlled pieces.  Drummer Pat Skeffington gets his own opportunity to shine here, too.  Skeffington shows that he’s just as good as Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, ex-Dream Theater) or any other far more experienced drummer here and throughout the album.  He shows that he can handle some extremely tough polyrhythmic patterns without missing a beat and even some simpler rhythms, too.    

So much was done right with this album that one could ramble on for some time on everything right with this record.  As already noted, it’s not just the songs, but the album’s sequencing and its general production that makes it one more record that the band’s long-time fans will enjoy just as much as new listeners.  The variety of musical styles from harder edged prog-metal to a slightly progressive jazz sound to something a little softer make this album worth more than just one listen, too.  It will prove with each listen to be an album that grows on listeners more each time.  Considering all of this, it may end up even on this critic’s list of the year’s best albums overall.  The Migration will be available in stores and online Tuesday, June 11th.  It can be ordered online via the Prosthetic Records store at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/19303.

The band is currently on tour in support of its new album.  Fans in North Carolina will get to see the band live in Charlotte on Saturday, June 22nd at the Tremont Music Hall.  It will be joined by Intronaut and Mouth of the Architect.  The show is slated to start at 9:00pm.  Tickets range from $13 – $15.  They can be purchased online at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/244625?skinName=tfly&utm_medium=api&wrKey=AF9450BAA81C7D8C2DAA1CA5ED7CAC4F

For the most current list of tour dates, all the latest news and more from the band, fans can “Like” the band on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/scalethesummit.  Fans can also keep up with the band online at http://www.scalethesummit.com

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