Dave Ellefson Debuts ‘Sleeping Giants’ Video

Courtesy: Combat Records/EMP Label Group

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.

More information on Dave Ellefson’s new video and album is available online now along with all of his latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.davidellefson.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

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Wrath Premieres ‘Draw Blood’ Lyric Video

Veteran thrash outfit Wrath released the lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the lyric video for ‘Draw Blood‘ Sept. 17 via YouTube.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Rage, which is currently scheduled to be released Oct. 5 via Combat/EMP Label Group.

Musically speaking, this song will appeal easily to fans of Prong, Slayer and other similar acts.  Lyrically speaking, the song comes across as a certain commentary.  What exactly is the precise target was not discussed in the press release for the video’s release.  But it seems to be addressing certain religious zealot types.  This is inferred as front man Gary Golwitzer says, “Can you see what I see/Brainwashed minds spreading disease/Rise up/Time to stop the hate/All together/We control our fate/As one/We can win this fight/United front darkens the night.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Religious thoughts poison their minds/No escape from their kind/Say nothing/Don’t want to offend/Lie down/The bastards, they will win/Insane from all of their lies/Religious thoughts have poisoned their minds.”

It’s not clear which group the song addresses, but even despite that, such lyrical content, coupled with the song’s driving musical arrangement makes it a powerful entry in the overall picture of Rage.

Rage was produced by Chris Dujuricic, and mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Sacred Reich, Sacred Heart).  The album’s cover art was developed by Ipoet Poetra/Five Milligams and Wrath.

Originally crafted as the follow-up to the band’s 1990 album Insane Society, some of its tracks reach back to 1989.  It even features a cover of Motorhead’s hit song ‘Ace of Spades.’  The record’s full track listing is noted below.

Tracklist:
1. CONFLICT
2. WHAT YOU CRAVE
3. DRAW BLOOD
4. TENSION ON HIGH
5. MY RAGE
6. FEEDING THE HOST
7. CLEARING MY SOUL
8. UNHOLY ALLIANCE
9. MOTHER’S HELL
10. ACE OF SPADES (Featuring Jeff Duncan)

The band will perform a trio of live dates next month in support of Rage alongside Combat Records label mates Green Death for EMP Label Group hhead Dave Ellefson’s BASSTORY tour.  The tour launches Oct. 4 in Lombard, IL.  Its current schedule is noted below.

10/4 Lombard, IL – Brauer House (w/ Green Death, WRATH)
10/5 Sturtevant, WI – Route 20 Outhouse(w/ Green Death, WRATH)10/6 Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center (w/ Green Death, WRATH)
10/7 Mankato, MN – What’s Up Lounge (w/ Green Death, WRATH, Kublai Khan)

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Archer Nation To Open 2019 With New Album

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

Hard rock band Archer Nation is preparing to release its sophomore album.

The band is currently scheduled to release Beneath The Dream January 25, 2019.  Produced by Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth, Mo tley Crue), it will be released via EMP Label Group.

Front man Dylan Rose said expectations for the record are high,especially since three years have passed since the release of the band’s debut album.

“After working to create Culling The Weak, everyone was excited to get back in the studio with Mike for the second record,” Rose said.  “We’re very pleased with the result and can’t wait to release Beneath The Dream with the great team at EMP Label Group, so we can get back to non-stop touring in 2019!”

Dave Ellefson, EMP Label Group head, shared Rose’s thoughts.

“When Mike Clink first turned myself and Thom [Hazaert] onto the Archer Nation record, we were blown away,” Ellefson said.  “Clink is a true world-class producer, and we’re honored to work with him and Archer Nation to release their ferocious new album in 2019!”

More information on Archer Nation’s new album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://archernation.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ArcherNation

 

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Ellefson Announces First BASSTORY Dates

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Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson has announced the first dates for his upcoming BASSTORY tour.

Ellefson’s tour is scheduled to launch September 20 in Portland, Oregon and to run through October 7 in Mankato, Minnesota.  the exclusive “storytellers” style presentations couples Ellefson’s own performances with stories of his life and career in the music industry.

Four of the dates on his new tour will feature additional performances from Combat Records bands Green Death and Wrath.  The tour’s dates are noted below.

BASSTORY DATES:

9/20 Portland, OR – Dante’s
9/21 Spokane Valley, WA – The Roadhouse
9/22 Fife, WA – Louie G’s
9/28 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
9/29 Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club
10/4 Lombard, IL – Brauer House
105 Sturtevant, WI – Route 20 Outhouse

10/6 Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center
10/7 Mankato, MN – What’s Up Lounge

*With Green Death and WRATH

Tickets and limited VIP packages are available here.

Ellefson said of the upcoming tour that audiences will have plenty to anticipate in his appearances.

“I have always done clinics, and a couple of years ago, and did an amazing spoken word tour in Australia to support my book, My Life With Deth and have always welcomed the opportunity to be able to meet and connect with fans on a more intimate level,” Ellefson said.  “These important parts of my professional life convergedto create BASSTORY.  Not only will fans get to hear some of their favorite bass riffs, but the stories behind them.  It’s not often I get into small, intimate Rock clubs, the way this all started, and I’m excited for fans to to get to experience this show.”

Along with being a special presentation by Ellefson, his tour is also a launching pad for Ellefson Touring Agency (ETA) the new booking agency launched by Ellefson and his partner Thom Hazaert.

More information on BASSTORY is available online along with Ellefson’s latest news and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.davidellefson.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

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Dave Ellefson Announces New “BASSTORY” Tour

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Megadeth bassist and EMP Label Group founder Dave Ellfson is launching a new solo tour.

Ellefson, who also runs Ellefson Coffee Company, will embark on what he has dubbed the “Basstory” starting September 20 in Portland, Oregon.  The tour is being labeled as an intimate “storyteller” type of presentation in which Ellefson stories of his years in the music industry along with solo bass performances.

The tour is currently very short with only five confirmed dates including two dates in Texas and two more in Washington state.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

BASSTORY DATES:

9/20 Portland, OR – Dante’s
9/21 Spokane Valley, WA – The Roadhouse
9/22 Fife, WA – Louie G’s
9/28 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
9/29 Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club

Tickets and VIP packages are available now here.

Ellefson said of the new tour dates and format that he has been looking forward to the outing.

“I have always done clinics, and a few years ago did an amazing spoken word tour in Australia to support my book My Life With ‘Deth, and have always welcomed the opportunity to be able to meet and connect with fans on a more intimate level.  These important parts of my professional life converged to create BASSTORY,” Ellefson said.  “Not only will fans get to hear some of their favorite bass riffs, but the stories behind them.  It’s not often I get to get into small, intimate rock clubs, the way this all started, and I’m excited for fans to get to experience this show.”

More information on Ellefson’s upcoming tour is available online now along with all of his latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.davidellefson.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

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Ellefson Coffee Company Announces Appearances To Promote New Drink

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company/O’Donnell Media Group

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellfson’s success as an entrepreneur just keeps growing.

Just announced Thursday, Ellefson has announced some new in-person appearances alongside The Ron Keel Band to promote the growth of Ellefson’s beverage offerings and the release of The Ron Keel Band’s album Metal Cowboy Reloaded.  Ellefson, who will be on hand at each of the four currently scheduled appearances — March 16 – March 18 — will be promoting Ellefson Coffee Company’s new Urban Legend Coffee Stout alcoholic drink alongside Sioux Falls microbrewery Hydra Beer Company.

The forthcoming debut of the new drink come on the heels of the successful January debut of Combat Blood and Bullets Cabernet, a 2015 California cabernet, and Combat Hard Cider.  The cider is infused with Ellefson Coffee Company’s coffee.  Both drinks were cellared and bottled by Scottsdale, AZ’s Desert Rock Winery.  Both drinks are also available online at http://www.combatwines.com.

As noted already, The Ron Keel Band will also be on hand at some of the currently scheduled appearances.  The band’s performances at the dates, listed below, are in promotion for the upcoming release of its album Metal Cowboy Reloaded.  It will be available in stores and online March 23 via EMP Outlaw, the outlaw country arm of EMP Label Group.

Meet David at the following locations:
Friday 3/16 7 PM
HYDRA BEER COMPANY, SIOUX FALLS, SD
URBAND LEGEND COFFEE STOUT LAUNCH/
RON KEEL METAL COWBOY RELOADED CD RELEASE

Saturday 3/17 2 PM
DOWN IN THE VALLEY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
MEET AND GREET WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
8020 OLSON MEMORIAL HWY
GOLDEN VALLEY MN 55427

SATURDAY 3/17 7 PM
WHATSUP LOUNGE – MANKATO, MN
RON KEEL METAL COWBOY RELOADED CD RELEASE
WITH MEET AND GREET WITH DAVID ELLEFSON

SUNDAY 3/18 2 PM
KNOW NAME RECORDS, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
MEET AND GREET WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
6009 PORTLAND AVE. SO. MINNEAPOLIS, MN

More information on the upcoming scheduled appearances is available online now along with more Ellefson Coffe Company and Combat Wines news at:

Website: https://ellefsoncoffeeco.comhttps://desertrockindustries.ecwid.com/#!/Special-Bottles/c/20355002

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

More information on Hydra Beer Company is available online now at:

Website: http://www.hydrabeercompany.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HydraBeerCo

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Ellefson Coffee Company Debuting New Lines At Winter NAMM

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group/Ellefson Coffee Company

Ellefson Coffee Company is appearing at this year’s annual Winter NAMM.

The company is exhibiting at Anaheim Convention Center in Hall D, Booth 3905.  It will be there along with company head Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group and its imprints, EMP Underground, EMP Outlaw, THC Music and the recently re-launched Combat Records.

ECC is debuting new signature coffee lines during its appearance at Winter NAMM including the Skid Row line, “Slave to the Grind,” Autograph’s “Get Off Your Ass” and “Whip’s Pacific Blend” from Michael Wilton (Queensryche, Skid Row).  Ellefson himself will be on hand to help promote the new coffee lines as well the bands on the EMP Label Group family.  Those acts include Doyle, Metal Allegiance, Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) and many others.

EMP Label Group/ECC’s schedule for this year’s conference is noted below.

EMP LABEL GROUP/ELLEFSON COFFEE CO NAMM MEET AND GREET SCHEDULE
HALL D BOOTH 3905

THURSDAY
10 AM – MORNING COFFEE WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
3 PM – SYMBOLIC

FRIDAY
NOON – DOYLE
1 PM – DC4 – SHAWN DUNCAN, JEFF DUNCAN (ARMORED SAINT), ROWAN ROBERTSON (Ex-DIO)
2 PM – CO-OP
2:30 – DIRK VERBEUREN – MEGADETH
3:30 – METAL ALLEGIANCE – DAVID ELLEFSON, MIKE PORTNOY, ALEX SKOLNICK, MARK MENGHI
4:30 – MARC RIZZO – SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY

SATURDAY
10 AM – MORNING COFFEE WITH DAVID ELLEFSON
NOON – DAEG FAERCH
1 PM – METAL SANAZ
2 PM – ODIN – JEFF DUNCAN, SHAWN DUNCAN, AARON SAMSON
3 PM – DAEG FAERCH/CHRONUS
4 PM – METAL SANAZ

SUNDAY
12 PM – DAVID ELLEFSON
1 PM – METAL SANAZ

More information on Ellefson Coffee Company’s appearance at this year’s conference is available online now along with all of the company’s latest news at:

Website: http://ellefsoncoffeeco.com

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

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ellefsoncoffe

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