Combat Records To Rise Again

Courtesy: Combat Records/EMP Label Group/O’Donnell Media Group

Combat Records is coming back.

EMP Label Group head Dave Ellefson announced this week that the label, which was one of the seminal punk and thrash labels from the 1980s, has been resurrected and will be part of the EMP Label Group family. The one-time powerhouse label shuttered its doors in the mid-2000s after its catalogue was absorbed by Sony Music.

The label’s official re-launch will happen in 2018, with its first release being British hard rock act Raven’s next, as yet untitled album. It will also re-issue a number of classic thrash and metal albums from various acts once it officially opens as well as a new compilation piece from Helstar and new recordings from Dead By Wednesday and 80s progressive thrash outfit Wrath.

Ellefson said in a recent interview about the label’s re-launch that he was optimistic about its new life.

“Today is a really exciting day, as after over a year, it was finally announced that we will be re-launching the legendary Combat Records as a new label through EMP Label Group,” Ellefson said. “We are so excited and honored to be able to revive such an iconic brand that was so instrumental to my history. Even though we signed to Capitol after Killing is My Business, Combat’s logo was on all the Megadeth releases through Countdown to Extinction, and it was and is one of the most iconic metal labels of all time, even being home to some of the other artists who would end up on the EMP roster, like Helstar. The same independent spirit that drove Combat in those early days, is truly the same spirit that drives what we do with EMP, and we are honored to launch another amazing conduit to support new and established metal artists, with great respect to the legacy of the past.”

Ellefson added with Combat’s resurrection, it will only handle new material because Sony has control of the label’s back catalog.

“…And to clarify, we do not own any rights to the Combat Records back catalog,” Ellefson stressed. “That is owned and controlled by Sony, and they have done a great job of curating it through other imprints. Combat Records will solely focus on nre releases under the Combat banner. As always, thank you for your support and stay tuned for more details!”

Combat Records will be distributed through EMP Label Group via Amped Distribution domestically and via SPV in Europe.

More information on Combat Records, along with its latest news, is available online now at:

Website: http://www.combatrecs.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/combatrecs

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Ellefson Coffee Company To Mark Its Expansion Next Month With Hometown Party

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Ellefson Coffee Company is expanding its presence in its hometown, and its founder will be on hand to help mark the occasion.  .

Dace Ellefson, the company’s founder (and Megadeth bassist) will return to his hometown (and his company’s home town) Nov. 18 to celebrate the birthday of Kat’s Hog Heaven, the latest of the town’s local retailers to carry the company’s coffee.  The special birthday/end-of-year celebration will feature a display of various memorabilia from Ellefson’s Museum of Deth, which includes items from throughout Ellefson’s career.

The Ron Keel Band, who recently signed to EMP Label Group’s new Southern Rock/Outlaw Country imprint EMP Outlaw will provide musical entertainment for the event.  As an added touch, the celebration will also feature the debut of Ellefson Coffee Company’s new Jackson House Blend line.

Ellefson said in a recent interview that he was looking forward to the forthcoming event.

“I am so excited to return to Jackson and welcome our newest ECC retailer, Kat’s Hog Heaven, and unveil the Jackson House Blend!,” Ellefson said.  “Since we started ECC we have scoured the world to find a reasonably priced coffee that will adhere to the high quality standards we have set for ECC, and we are sure we have hit the jackpot with the Jackson House Blend.  I am also extremely excited to welcome my old friend Ron Keel to Jackson and showcase the latest addition to the EMP family!”

Ellefson Coffee Company Marketing/Operations Director Thom Hazaert agreed.

“The last time we went to Jackson, it was an absolute blast,” Hazert said.  “We’re so stoked to go back and introduce our new blend that pays homage to David’s hometown, and the great people of Minnesota!  And this time we’re dragging Ron Keel along for the ride!  We’ll also have tons of giveaways and surprises, so definitely get down and see us at Kat’s!!! (And try some of Donnie’s amazing BBQ).”

More information on Ellefson Coffee Company is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://Ellefsoncoffeecompany.com

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

 

 

 

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Ellefson Coffee Co. Partners With Breast Cancer Charity To Launch New Blend

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Ellefson Coffee Company has launched a new line to its coffee offerings.

The brainchild of Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson, the company has launched what it has dubbed Rock N’ Rose blend to its growing list of offerings.  According to a news release from the company, the new blend takes the place of the recently retired She Wolf blend.

Ellefson said in a recent interview about the seasonal light-roast blend that while it is a light roast, it does have a little something extra, adding that the his company has partnered with a well-known breast cancer organization  to promote the coffee.

“We wanted to introduce a new roast to replace the recently retired She-Wolf, and with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought it would be a great opportunity to pair up with an amazing charity like The Rose and help to raise support for breast cancer awareness.  It is a rich, full blend light roast with some extra kick, that we are sure everyone is going to love.”

Rock N’ Rose will be available for a limited time via ellefsoncoffeeco.com.  A portion of the sales from each bag’s sales will go to benefit The Rose, which is a Houston, TX-based breast cancer charity.

More information on Rock N’ Rose and all of Ellefson Coffee Company’s other blends is available online along with all of the company’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://ellefsoncoffeeco.com

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

 

 

 

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Autograph Inks New Record Deal; Announces New Album Details

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1980s rock outfit Autograph has signed a new record deal.

The band recently inked a new deal with Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group. The new deal will see the band’s next new full-length studio recording Get Off You’re a** released via EMP Label Group on CD and digital download. A limited edition vinyl pressing of the album will be released in November.

The new album is the first studio outing for the band’s new members – Simon Daniels (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Marc Wieland (drums) – with founding members Steve Lynch (guitars) and Randy Rand (bass).  It boasts what a news release called “a harder-edged (and keyboard-free) sound featuring down-tuned guitars and a blues-based vocal delivery” from new front man Daniels.

Pre-orders for Get Off Your A** are available now.  The band is currently touring in support of the forthcoming record.  More information on the band’s tour, album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.autographband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/autographband

 

 

 

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Kik Tracee Announces Compilation Release, Live Dates

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90s rock act Kik Tracee will release its new compilation record this summer.

Big Western Sky is currently scheduled to be released Friday, July 17 via THC Music/EMP Label Group/Amped.  The record will feature a collection of B-Sides, Demos and other rarities from the band’s classic No Rules/Field Trip era prior to its break-up in the early 90s.

In discussing the upcoming release of Big Western Sky, Shareaux said its release happened naturally.

“After all these years, why a Kik Tracee release now?  The timing just felt right,” Shareaux said.  We’ve been sitting on these songs for what, 25 years now?  Kinda pulled them out recently and listened to the stuff and thought..you know..let’s package this stuff and put it out there for the diehard fans to relive the glory days, if you will.  Or just get their Kik Tracee on, man.”

Shareaux added discussions with Thom Hazaert and representatives with THC Music led to the compilation’s creation and its upcoming release.

The announcement of the record’s impending release comes fresh on the heels of former front man Stephen Shareaux’s addition to this weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffe Company’s first brick and mortar store in Jackson, MN.  That performance is just one of a handful of live acoustic dates that Shareaux will perform this spring.  His current live schedule is noted below.

Dates are as follows:

4/5 Live Wire – Chicago, IL
4/6 Rock N Roll Land – Green Bay, WI
4/7-4/9 Ellefson Coffee Co – Jackson, MN
4/10 Aster Cafe – Minneapolis, MN

Shareaux will be joined by his one-time band mate, guitarist Drew Fortier for the tour.  Fortier also performs with Shareaux as a member of Zen From Mars, which also features Shareaux on vocals, Chip Z’nuff of E’nuff ‘Z nuff and members of FLIPP and Fear Factory.

Shareaux released his debut solo record Golden independently in 2013.  He is currently in the final stages of recording Zen From Mars’ debut album.  More information on Kik Tracee and Zen From Mars is available online now at:

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Ellefson Coffee Company Grand Opening Celebration Grows Again

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Next weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffee Company’s first brick and mortar store keeps growing.

The festivities for next weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffee Company’s Jackson, MN store now include performances by two more acts.  Kik Tracee/Zen From Mars vocalist Stephen Shareaux and Bang Tango/Zen From Mars guitarist Drew Fortier will perform at the store throughout the weekend.  The duo will perform songs from Kik Tracee and Zen From Mars over the weekend.

Also added to the weekend’s festivities is Bryn Arens, front man of beloved local Minneapolis-based band FLIPP.  Arens, Shareaux and Fortier are just the latest additions to next weekend’s grand opening celebration. Local Jackson, MN-based stock car racer Luke Sathoff’s Ellefson Coffee Company-sponsored car will be on display at the store throughout the weekend, too.

The newly noted additions to next weekend’s festivities join already announced celebrities That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson and paranormal author and investigator Adrian Lee.

Jamieson will be at the store April 8 while Lee will lead Ellefson and others on an exploration of Loon Lake Cemetery, the local Jackson, MN cemetery that inspired Megadeth’s hit song ‘Mary Jane.’

The permanently displayed “Museum of Deth,” which features artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection. The items that will be on display include Ellefson’s own high school marching band uniform and memorabilia from other acts including Korn, Machine Head, Max Cavalera and Coal Chamber.

Ellefson said in a recent interview he was looking forward to next weekend’s events.

“As the grand opening draws nearer, it’s amazing to see the excitement build and be able to announce some more killer things we have planned for the grand opening and beyond!,” Ellefson said.  “We have people traveling from all over the country to join us in this celebration of all things coffee and metal and we’re going to show them all a great time.”

Ellefson Coffee Company Marking Director Thom Hazaert agreed.

“The Ellefson Coffee Company store has turned out to be an amazing way for David to have a permanent face in his hometown, while being able to tie in EMP, Jackson, Dean, SIT and everything else in our universe,” Hazaert said.  “With the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique an amazing fan (and coffee) experience that, as predicted, is turning out to not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the world.”

Ellefson Coffee Company’s new brick and mortar store sells more than just coffee.  It also serves as an outlet for anyone looking to purchase products from Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, Jackson Guitars, SIT Strings, Puck Hcky, Dean Guitars and other companies connected with Ellefson and EMP Label Group.

Ellefson Coffee Company’s grand opening will take place Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9 at 404 2nd Street, Jackson, MN.  The store can be contacted by phone at 507-847-4065.  More information on Ellefson Coffee Company is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ellefsoncoffeeco.com

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

 

 

 

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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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