Autograph Inks New Record Deal; Announces New Album Details

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

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

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Kik Tracee Announces Compilation Release, Live Dates

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/THC Music/Amped/O’Donnell Media Group

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

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company/O’Donnell Media Group

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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Ellefson Coffee Co. Store To Hold Grand Opening This Spring

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group/Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group/Ellefson Coffee Company

Ellefson Coffee Company’s first ever brick and mortar store will hold its official grand opening this spring.

The event will be held April 7 – 9.  It comes almost three months after the store held its soft opening, which was held Jan. 10.  The company is named after its founder, Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson.

The store is located in Ellefson’s hometown of Jackson, MN.  Ellefson will be on hand for the grand opening.  He will be joined by comedian and That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson.  Jameson said in a recent interview that he gladly accepted Ellefson’s request to appear at the event, while also praising the power of one of Ellefson Coffee Company’s select coffee lines.

“He’s (Ellefson) a Grammy®-winning musician, thrash metal legend and now…Mega Barista!,” Jamieson said.  “When David and I spoke about this event, I was immediately excited to jump on board.  In fact, after a few cups of his Kenya Thrash blend, I may just run all the way to Jackson, MN!  So come raise a glass of java, and join us for this celebration of Ellefson coffee.”

Ellefson was also excited for his store’s official hard opening.

“This is our heavy metal spring break in Jackson!,” Ellefson said.  “We look forward to hosting some really fun events centering around my career’s roots and history in the area, as well as a chance to see some memorabilia from my friends in music, film and TV.”

Some of the memorabilia on display at the store will include Dave’s Jackson High School marching band uniform to see, and items from other bands including Korn, Coal Chamber, Machine Head, and others.

Along with memorabilia, the store will also offer products from Ellefson’s fledgling record label, EMP Label Group for sale and Ellefson Coffee Company products.

Ellefson’s ECC partner Tom Hazaert stressed the new store, while already having been opened since January, will be a special place for coffee lovers and for Jackson, MN’s metal community for the foreseeable future.

“Not only will Ellefson Coffee Company now have a permanent face in David’s hometown, but being able to tie in EMP, and everything else we do, and with the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique and amazing (and coffee) experience that we are sure will not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the world,” Hazaert said.

As part of the store’s hard opening, author Adrian Lee will join Ellefson and company as they take visitors and customers on a haunted tour of nearby Loon Lake Cemetery.  The cemetery is where one Mary Jane Terwilliger is said to be buried.  According to legend, Terwilliger, born in 1862, was beheaded by residents of Petersburg, MN in 1881 after being accused of being a witch.  However, research has debunked that myth, proving she in fact died at the age of 17 allegedly from diphtheria.

Due to the myth surrounding Terwilliger and her death becoming so popular, she became the topic of the song ‘Mary Jane,’ which is included in the band’s 1988 album So Far, So GoodSo What!  Terwilliger’s headstone stands today at the Jackson County Historical Society office.

Ellefson Coffee Company’s store is located at 404 Second Street, Jackson, MN 26143.  More information on Ellefson Coffee Company’s store, its coffee lines, and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ellefsoncoffeeco.com

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

 

 

 

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“Roast In Peace” Is Another Bold Success For Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

When Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson made the decision last year to start up his own coffee company, the move was clearly a big risk.  That is because Ellefson has made a living making music and spreading that music around the world.  But of course all good things must come to an end.  Eventually Ellefson is going to hang up his bass and call it career.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that Ellefson’s risk to start up his coffee company may very well prove to be a good move.  With four lines already in production—one of which, Urban Legend, being limited edition—Ellefson Coffee company looks to already be moving in the right direction.  Its “Kenya Thrash” line is obviously the company’s cornerstone. That coffee is a bold blend of Arabica and Robusta coffees whose aromatic kick is just as powerful as that present in its taste and caffeine content.  It is just one of the company’s standout lines.  “Roast In Peace” is another one of the company’s standout lines.  While its caffeine content may not be as high as that of Kenya Thrash, it still offers plenty for coffee lovers and connoisseurs to appreciate beginning with that content.  Its bold taste is just as important to note as its caffeine content.  Its aroma is just as bold as its taste.  Each element of this blend is important to its appeal.  All things considered, they make “Roast In Peace” another blend from Ellefson Coffee Company that hits all the right notes.  Yes, that bad pun was fully intended.

Ellefson Coffee Company has proven already to this critic that it has a fighting chance in the coffee business thanks to its “Kenya Thrash” coffee line.  That blend hits about as hard as the riffs that the band churns out on its songs.  It is only one of the powerful blends that the upstart coffee company has to offer consumers.  Its “Roast In Peace” blend hits almost as hard and will impress consumers just as much as “Kenya Thrash.”  That is evident primarily through its caffeine content.  “Roast in Peace’s” caffeine content is not as high as that of “Kenya Thrash,” but it still is high in its own right.  That is thanks to the fact that the Brazilian-grown beans are 100% pure Arabica. Its content is high enough that it doesn’t take long for even the sleepiest person to wake up after the first few sips.  That is how high its caffeine content proves to be.  There are not a lot of coffee companies out there whose representatives can say their blends are that powerful.  Again, its content isn’t as high as that of “Kenya Thrash,” it still is high enough to keep consumers quite well awake through most of the day.  Keeping that in mind, the drink’s caffeine content proves to be a hugely important piece of the drink’s whole.  It is just one of the important parts of what makes this blend so appetizing.  The drink’s taste is just as important to its appeal as its caffeine content.

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

The caffeine content of Ellefson Coffee Company’s “Roast In Peace” blend is clearly an important piece of the drink’s appeal.  Its content isn’t as high as that of “Kenya Thrash,” but is still high in its own right.  It is just one part of what makes this blend so appealing.  Its bold taste is just as important to note as its caffeine content.  Whether one prefers one’s coffee straight or with cream and sugar (or with flavored creamers) its bold flavor is evident.  Even if one prefers flavored creamers for their coffee one will be able to taste this drink’s bold taste.  The thing is that just as with “Kenya Thrash’s” taste, it doesn’t overpower the creamer.  In fact it creates a certain balance for a taste that presents its own identity separate from “Kenya Thrash” and other coffee companies’ blends.  To that end, it makes for one more reason this blend will appeal to coffee lovers and connoisseurs alike.  It is just one more of the many elements that makes this blend so appealing.  Its aroma is just as bold as its taste.

“Roast In Peace’s” caffeine content and its bold taste are both key parts of what makes this blend another sure success for Ellefson Coffee Company.  They are not its only important elements.  Its bold aroma packs just as much punch as its taste.  That aroma is evident before the coffee even gets poured.  Consumers will love the smell that fills their kitchens as it brews.  It is an aroma that is right up there with the strongest blends from Folgers and other companies.  As soon as that aroma hits consumers’ noses, it will bring a smile to their faces.  That smile will only get bigger with the first sip thanks to the drink’s equally bold taste.  When those two elements are joined with the coffee’s caffeine content, the end result proves to be a drink that will impress coffee lovers and connoisseurs just as much as “Kenya Thrash.”  They combine to make it a drink that shows even more to be one of Ellefson Coffee Company’s leading lines of coffee.

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

“Roast In Peace” is one of Ellefson Coffee Company’s leading lines of coffee.  It is right up there with the company’s “Kenya Thrash” line and with other companies’ boldest lines.  That is due in part to a caffeine content that will wake up consumers right from the first few sips.  It will keep them awake for the better part of the day even despite not being as high as that in the company’s “Kenya Thrash” line.  Its bold aroma and taste enhance the drinking experience with this blend even more.  Whether one takes one’s coffee straight or with some mix of cream and sugar or flavored creamer, every coffee drinker will appreciate the drink’s boldness.  That first scent and first sip will put a big smile on consumers’ faces.  Even using cream and sugar or flavored creamer, consumers get a great balance of sweet and bold.  The end result is an experience that coffee lovers in general will appreciate just as much as Ellefson’s fans and Megadeth fans.  More information on this and other lines from Ellefson Coffee Company is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://ellefsoncoffeeco.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

 

 

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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:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ellefsoncoffeeco.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

 

 

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