Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson released his solo debut album last month, and this week, debuted the video for the album’s lead single.
Ellefson, who also heads EMP Label Group, debuted the video Sleeping Giants‘ lead single Friday. the video features guest appearances from Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Bumblefoot, Ilias Papadakis (Memorain), Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam) and Ellefson’s fellow EMP Label Group head Tom Hazaert.
Ellefson talked about the collaboration in a recent interview.
“It was truly an honor to collaborate with DMC, and I think the track came out great,” he said. “When Thom and DMC wanted to do a collaboration with us, I instantly thought of ‘Sleeping Giants.’ When he [McDaniels] came out to Revolution in Amityville to perform with us and shoot the video, it was an awesome energy. I think everyone there got a show they won’t ever forget.”
Hazaert expanded on Ellefson’s comments.
“David had all these great instrumental songs laying around, and ‘Sleeping Giants’ was one of them,” he said. “He suggested I write and record some vocal parts for them, so I called up DMC andasked if he’d want to collaborate with us on a track, and we got to work. I’ve always loved off-the-wall metal/hip-hop collaborations (E.g. ‘Judgement Night’ — from Onyx and Biohazard) and I think ‘Giants’ definitely draws from that. The song and video both ended up with a really cool aggressive, old-school New York hardcore/hip-hop feel. In my book, it doesn’t get any more legendary than Run DMC. This was definitely one for the history books.”
The video for ‘Sleeping Giants’ was shot on location in Amityville, NY and the Salton Sea in California. Hazaert and Melody Myers co-directed the video. It was filmed and edited by Myers/Designed by Melody (Altitudes and Attitude, Escape The Fate).
Sleeping Giants was released July 19 through EMP Label Group and Combat Records. The record is a compilation of new music from Ellefson as well as demos and previously unreleased material that spans Ellefson’s career outside that with Megadeth.
One of those previously unreleased tracks is the song ‘If You Were God,’ which features a guest appearance from John Bush (Anthrax, Armored Saint). The CD version features a bonus compilation of artists and songs that are in the EMP and Combat Records stables.
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