Your Chance To Die To Release Its Next Album Via EMP Label Group

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Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group is set has added yet another new name to its roster, and that name will release its next album via Ellefson’s label this spring.

Death metal outfit Your Chance To Die will release its latest full-length studio recording Ex Nihilo on Friday, April 21.  The record, the band’s third full-length studio recording, will be released via EMP Label Group’s extreme metal imprint EMP Underground.

Talks between the band, Ellefson, and his EMP Label Group partner Thom Hazaert in late 2016.  The dual vocalist team of Missi Avila and Som Plumijers were upbeat as they discussed the fruits of those talks and about the band’s future.

“Your Chance To Die is honored to be a part of the EMP Label Group Family,” the vocalists said. “We are very excited about our future with EMP, the new record that we have written, and are very thankful for this amazing team we now have behind us.  We have worked very hard on our new songs…to become a new band…with different, new music…and now a great label.  We are very excited to finally have a team that believes in us to release the new album.”

Hazaert shared the pair’s excitement about the things to come for the band and the label through the groups’ new partnership.

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome YCTD into the EMP Label family,” Hazaert said.  “they truly are bringing something new and interesting to the extreme metal, and we’re very excited that we’re able to partner with them to bring it to the world.  Obviously, many in the extreme metal world are familiar with Som’s amazing work in Cerebral Bore, and I am confident soon YCTD will be a household name in that regard as well.”

Your Chance To Die’s previously released albums include Suscitacio Somnus (2011) and The American Dream (2013).  Both records were released via Red Cord Records, so Ex Nihilo will be the band’s first release for EMP Label Group.

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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.

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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:

 

 

 

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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:

 

 

 

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Megadeth Bassist Opening First Brick And Mortar Coffee Shop

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/Ellefson Coffee Company

Megadeth bassist and EMP Label Group head Dave Ellefson is set to open his first brick and mortar coffee shop.
Ellefson Coffee Co. will open next Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Ellefson’s hometown of Jackson , MN .  The store will sell custom Ellefson Coffee Co. brands including Roast in Peace, She Wolf, Kenya Thrash and Urban Legend.
Along with selling its own brands of coffee, ECC will sell its own coffee products, memorabilia and Ellefson Music Productions merchandise.  It will also present on various Megadeth items on permanent display from his own collection and items from other artists.
The decision to open Ellefson Coffee Co. started when Ellefson partnered with local Jackson , MN coffee shop Coffee Choices and its owner Susan Reiter for the Urban Legend blend.  Seeing the success of the blend, Ellefson’s EMP Label Group (and ECC) partner Thom Hazaert suggested Ellefson take his brand one step further.
Hazaert said in talking to the pair, the idea was originally to put the store in another location, but that it ultimately ended up being placed in Jackson , MN .
“One day Susan and I had a conversation about the idea of sort of re-branding Coffee Choices into something more aligned with the ECC brand, and us coming in as partners,” Hazaert said. “I pitched the idea to David.  We had already discussed the idea of opening a brick and mortar outlet maybe in Phoenix , and we all loved the idea, being David’s hometown, and Susan’s amazing history in Jackson , and her experience running Coffee Choices.”
Hazaert added the new store will provide a special experience both for coffee lovers and for Megadeth fans.
“Not only will Ellefson Coffee Co. 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 fan (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.
Ellefson said his roots have always been in his hometown, and that it is special to have the new store in the town where he grew up.
“I’ve been blessed to travel the world year after year as a musician, but my roots have always stayed in Jackson , MN ,” Ellefson said.  “So it’s a true honor for our coffee brand to have a retail shop on the main street USA I grew up on, and to serve the very community I was born and raised in.  Aside from some great coffee and a fun Rock N’ Roll atmosphere, our store is a go-to destination for coffee that also tells my story of heavy metal and global music history.  I look forward to seeing you there.”
Ellefson Coffee Company will officially open next Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 404 Second Street , Jackson , MN 56143 .
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Hail Sagan Announces New Live Dates

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Hail Sagan has announced a new slate of tour dates.

The fledgling band will hit the road in late January in support of its debut self-titled EP beginning with a live performance in Scottsdale, AZ on Jan. 27.  The band’s tour also includes performances in Colorado, Utah and California among other locations.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

January
27 – Pranksters Too – Scottsdale, AZ
29 – Juggernaut Music – Gallup, NM

February
1 – The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
4 – Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
7 – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
8 – Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
9 – Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
12 – Slide Bar – Fullerton, CA

 

 

Hail Sagan released its debut self-titled EP this fall independently.  The record is currently sold out in the band’s webstore but can be purchased when more copies are made available.

The band released the video for its lead single ‘Dark Cloud’ late this year.  Vocalist and founder Sagan Amery said the song and video are meant to take on the subject of bullying and abuse.

“It’s been a great experience being able to broach the subject of bullying and abuse with the lyrics of this song,” Amery said.  “We took it one step further and created a video with director Matthew Crum and DP Kenny Keeler that visually enhanced the subject matter.  We chose to mask the members of the band in an effort to show the world that anyone can be a part of this, you never know who will be under there, maybe even a fan or someone else who needs music to save them.”

Audiences can view the video for ‘Dark Cloud’ online now here.  More information on ‘Dark Cloud,’ Hail Sagan’s debut self-titled EP  and all of the band’s latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Heaven Below Premieres ‘Renegade Protest Movement’ Video

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/eOne/ODonnell Media Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/eOne/ODonnell Media Group

Heaven Below has premiered the video for the latest single from its new album Good Morning Apocalypse.

The band premiered the video for ‘Renegade Protest Movement’ this week.  The video mixes footage of the band performing its new song with vintage footage from old military conflicts.  The footage presents bombs being dropped on targets, doctors looking at x-rays of patients and more.

For those who are familiar with the work of front man Patrick Kennison’s former band, The Union Underground, this latest offering from Heaven Below boasts a clear influence from that band.  The video can be viewed online now here.

Good Morning Apocalypse will be available in stores and online on Friday, October 14th via Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.  More information on Good Morning Apocalypse is available online now along with more information on Heaven Below’s new video, news and more at:

 

 

 

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