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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Mark Zavon Unveils New LP’s Lead Single

Kill Devil Hill guitarist Mark Zavon is giving audiences their first preview of his debut solo album.

Zavon premiered the single ‘Message at the Tone‘ on Friday.  The song is the lead single from Zavon’s forthcoming debut self-titled solo record, which is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 23 via EMP Label Group.

Couetesy: EMP Label Group

Zavon’s forthcoming album features Brian Tichy (The Dead Daisies, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne) on drums and guest appearances by Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell) and Mike Duda (W.A.S.P., Hotel Diablo, Frost). Along with handling guitar and vocals, Zavon also handled bass and keyboards on the album.

Zavon offered praise for all involved in the record’s creation.

“I was really fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such talented people on this project,” Zavon said.  “They really brought this record to life.

The album — mixed by Josh Newell (Intronaut, Black veil Brides) and mastered by Paul Logus (Stone Sour, Winery Dogs) — consists of 10 songs that Zavon said had gone unpublished ever since Kill Devil Hill went on hiatus following the release of the band’s 2013 album Revolution Rise.  He said that played a key role in creating his own album.

“I had a bunch of tunes that needed finishing or had just never seen the light of day, so I decided to put them together and see where it took me,” Zavon said.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Tracklist:
1. Message at the Tone
2. Back In The Day
3. Three Days Grace
4. Big Shot
5. South of the Border
6. Color of Blood
7. Whiskey Tango
8. Seven Stitches
9. Remember
10. Brick By Brick

More information on Mark Zavon’s new record is available online along with all of Kill Devil Hill’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://killdevilhillmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/killdevilhillmusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/klldvlhll

 

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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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Sunflower Dead Debuts ‘Victim’ Video

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

Hard rock band Sunflower Dead has debuted the video for its latest single.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Victim‘ on Friday.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Coma, which is currently due to be released Oct. 19 via EMP Label Group.

Directed by Matt “Lord” Zane, the video is the band’s first to debut its updated lineup.  The new lineup features Christian Olde-Wolbers (ex-Fear Factory, Powerflo) on bass and Brian “Brett” Weir” on drums.

Pre-orders for Coma are open now.  Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Evanescence) produced Coma.  The album is the follow-up to the band’s 2015 album It’s Time To Get Weird, whose title track featured Korn front man Jonathan Davis as a guest vocalist.

More information on Sunflower Dead’s new single and video, and its new album is available online now along with the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.sunflowerdead.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sunflowerdead

 

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Kill Devil Hill Guitarist Inks Deal With EMP Label Group; To Release Debut Solo Album This Fall

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Megadeth bassit Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group has added another big name to its artist roster.

Kill Devil Hill guitarist Kevin Zavon recently inked a deal with the label that will see his debut solo album.  The as yet untitled album is currently scheduled to be released November 23 via EMP Label Group and features Brian Tichy (The Dead Daisies, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne) on drums and guest appearances by Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell) and Mike Duda (W.A.S.P., Hotel Diablo, Frost). Along with handling guitar and vocals, Zavon also handled bass and keyboards on the album.

Zavon offered praise for all involved in the record’s creation.

“I was really fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such talented people on this project,” Zavon said.  “They really brought this record to life.

The album — mixd by Josh Newell (Intronaut, Black veil Brides) and mastered by Paul Logus (Stone Sour, Winery Dogs) — consists of 10 songs that Zavon said had gone unpublished ever since Kill Devil Hill went on hiatus following the release of the band’s 2013 album Revolution Rise.  He said that played a key role in creating his own album.

“I had a bunch of tunes that needed finishing or had just never seen the light of day, so I decided to put them together and see where it took me,” Zavon said.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Tracklist:
1. Message at the Tone
2. Back In The Day
3. Three Days Grace
4. Big Shot
5. South of the Border
6. Color of Blood
7. Whiskey Tango
8. Seven Stitches
9. Remember
10. Brick By Brick

More information on Mark Zavon’s new record is available online along with all of Kill Devil Hill’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://killdevilhillmusic.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/klldvlhll

 

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Sunflower Dead Signs With EMP Label Group; Announces New LP Title, Release Date

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Goth rock outfit Sunflower Dead is offering fans an update on its next album.

The Long Beach, California-based band — Michael Del Pizzo (vocals, accordion), Jaboo (guitar), Jamie Teissere (guitar), Christian Olde Wolbers (bass) and Brian “Brett” Weir (drums) — will release Coma, its third full-length studio recording, October 19 via EMP Label Group.

The album is the follow-up to the band’s 2015 album It’s Time To Get Weird, whose title track featured Korn founder and front man Jonathan Davis on guest vocals.  According to a press release about COMA, this record will see Sunflower Dead moving in a new direction, reflecting the band’s overall approach and image, which includes stepping out from behind its theatrical stage shows and attire.

Del Pizzo expanded on that change in a recent interview, adding that decision to change included signing with a record label was needed as part of that change, leading to the band signing with EMP Label Group.

“Though we are extremely proud of what what we have accomplished on our own with the more theatrical version of the band, Sunflower Dead has grown considerably,” Del Rizzo said.  “The entire process of writing and recording this album was fueled by a sense of aggression unlike anything in our previous output.  It was clear to everyone involved that this was the moment to strip off the makeup, sign with a label and let the music speak for itself.  So we did, and when it came down to it, EMP was definitely the right place.”

Del Rizzo added the band’s connection with EMP’s Thom Hazert helped the band make the decision to go with EMP.

“We have known Thom forever. He actually helped launch SFD’s first album and got us our first national tour back in 2012,” Del Rizzo said.  “Combine that with having David Ellefson on our side, and this was an easy decision.”

Ellefson shared the band’s feelings about the two sides’ new relationship, saying he was just as pleased as the band’s members.

“Sunflower Dead is a great, hardworking band who truly embodies the the type of DIY ethos that EMP was built on,” Ellefson said.  “They have not only released their own records and had great success at radio, but also managed to tour the world supporting major artists, all without the support of a label. We’re proud to welcome them into the EMP family!”

Sunflower Dead is currently expected to tour this fall in support of COMA.  Tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.  Those tour dates will be announced online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.sunflowerdead.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sunflowerdead

 

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