Ellefson Debuts New Compilation’s Lead Single; Unveils Initial Track Listing

Courtesy: Combat Records

Audiences got their first preview of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s new eponymous rock project this week.

The band — Ellefson (bass), Thom Hazaert (vocals), Andy Martongelli (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), and Paolo Caridi (drums) — released the song ‘Wasted‘ Friday.  The song, a cover of the Def Leppard song, is the lead single from the group’s debut record, No Cover.

Ellefson’s cover of ‘Wasted’ features guest appearances from Frank Hannon (Tesla), Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars, Lynam), and Dave McClain (Ex-Machine Head, Sacred Reich).

The famed names featured on ‘Wasted’ are just some of well-known musicians and performers who make appearances on this record.  Also lending their talents to the album are equally well-known figures, such as Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Al Jourgensen (Ministry) and Gus G. (Firewind).

Along with debuting its lead single, Ellefson has also unveiled the initial track listing for No Cover.  The initial listing opens with a cover of Judas Priest’s timeless hit song ‘Freewheel Burning’ and also features covers of songs such as AC/DC’s ‘Riff Raff,’ Queen’s ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ and Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell.’

The album’s initial track listing is noted below.  Two tracks are still TBA. Pre-orders are open now.

 

Tracklist:
1. Freewheel Burning (Judas Priest) ft. Jason McMaster, Gus G, Andy James, Dave McClain
2. Tear It Loose (Twisted Sister) ft. Eddie Ojeda, Dave McClain
3. Love Me Like A Reptile (Motorhead) ft. Doro Pesch, Greg Handevidt, Chuck Behler
4. Holiday in Cambodia (Dead Kennedys) ft. Charlie Benante
5. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
6. Wasted (Def Leppard) ft. Frank Hannon, Jacob Bunton, Dave McClain, Bumblefoot
7. Riff Raff (AC/DC) ft. Jason McMaster, Dave Lombardo
8. Nailed To The Gun (Fight) ft. Andrew Freeman, Russ Parrish, Jimmy DeGrasso
9. Not Fragile (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) ft. John Aquilino
10. Say What You Will (Fastway) ft. Troy Lucketta, Mark Slaughter
11. LOVE Machine (W.A.S.P.) ft. Dirk Verbeuren, Dave Alvin
12. Love Hurts (Nazareth) ft. Brandon Yeagley, Chuck Behler, Tyson Leslie
13. Sheer Heart Attack (Queen) ft. Bumblefoot, Doro Pesch, Charlie Benante
14. Sweet FA (Sweet) ft. Todd Kerns, Bumblefoot, Shani Kimelman
15. TBA
16. TBA
17. Auf Wiedersehen (Cheap Trick) ft. Al Jourgensen, Brandon Yeagley, Charlie Benante

Bonus Tracks
18. Eat The Rich (Krokus) ft. Dead By Wednesday

 

No Cover was co-produced by Ellefson, Hazaert, and Martongelli.  The record was engineered by Alessio Garavello, Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Lil Jon, Skindred) and John Aquilino.  Alessio and Garavello mixed the album alongside Randy Burns and others.

Ellefson talked about the record’s genesis in a recent interview.

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians,” said Ellefson.  “So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends. During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, “This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!” Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album,” he added.” We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazert expanded on Ellefson’s comments with his own thoughts.

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early “Metal” and harder Classic Rock,” he said. “Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, “Let’s do this song”, and me saying, “Yes!!! And let’s do this song.” And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s [Ellefson] history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on “Love Me Like A Reptile”, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to LA (which we wrote about in More Life With Deth), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two,” added Hazert.  “As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to Rock N’ Roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Ellefson resurrected Combat Records in 2017 as part of the EMP Label Group family.

Combat Records was a seminal punk and thrash record label in the 1980s.  Its doors closed in the mid-2000s after its catalog was absorbed by Sony Music.  Combat Records’ official relaunch took place in 2018.

Ellefson said in an interview in 2017, Combat Records would handle only new music 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 new releases under the Combat banner. As always, thank you for your support and stay tuned for more details!”

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

at:

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Echobats Debuts ‘Save Me From Loving You’ Video

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Rock super group Echobat debuted the video for its first-ever single this week.

The band — Tony Harnell (TNT), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Trans Siberian Orchestra), James Lomenzo (White Lion, Megadeth), Matt Starr (Mr. Big), and Eric Levy (Night Ranger) — debuted the video for its new single ‘Save Me From Loving You‘ Friday.  The video, shot in London, California, and New York as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, features the band members singing along (and performing to) the single.

The song’s musical arrangement features a catchy, upbeat indie-rock style arrangement that also has a touch of influence from the rock and pop sounds of the 1960s and 70s.  It will stick in listeners’ minds.

The song’s musical arrangement is a direct contradiction to its lyrical theme, which Harnell said is the polar opposite of the feeling in the song’s musical arrangement.

“The lyrics for ‘Save Me from Loving You’ are ironic for such a happy song!,” he said. “They’re kinda dark; describing someone who’s pretending to be something that looks good to the world while hiding a dark and empty soul. I think, against the happy melodies, it gives it a kind of cinematic mood. “Isn’t there more to you than shine, or are you an empty room”. A friend of mine described the song as Bop-Noir. I kinda like that!”

‘Save Me From Loving You’ is available to stream and download at: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and Deezer.  The song was mixed by Chris Collier (Prong, Lita Ford, Korn, Whitesnake).

More information on Echobats’ new song is available along with all of the band’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/echobatsofficial.

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Ellefson Debuts Cover Of Post Malone Song ‘Over Now’

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Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s band Ellefson is covering a Post Malone song for its latest single.

The group — Ellefson, Thom Hazaert, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Paolo Caridi — released its cover of Post Malone’s song ‘Over Now’ May 8 through its official Youtube channel and official Bandcamp page. The band’s cover is expected for inclusion on the band’s as-yet untitled album, which is due out this fall.

The song’s arrangement is a heavy rap-rock style composition that adds in screaming vocals and heavy down-tuned guitars accompanied by full-throttle double-bass-centered time keeping for its foundation.

According to information available at genius.com, Malone’s song, which is featured in his 2018 album Beerbongs and Bentleys, is centered on the end of a relationship that happened as the result of the revelation about the relationship by the song’s subject.

Hazaert talked about the genesis of Ellefson’s cover of Malone’s song in a recent interview.

“As I actually told him [Malone], some of my stuff on Sleeping Giants was heavily influenced by Beerbongs and Bentleys, which I spent 2 months on tour last year driving around the country listening to on repeat, which was really where the impetus for the cover came from,” Hazert said. “So, it was a huge honor to put our stamp on this song, and pay my respects to what he does, and how much I appreciate it. And I think the emotions and dynamic of the song really lend themselves to the heavier arrangement. Posty is a Rock and Metal guy at heart, and I think ‘Over Now’ is definitely a Metal song at heart.”

Ellefson added his own thoughts to the discussion.

“We’re all fans of Posty, and he’s also been a huge fan of Megadeth and all things metal,” he said. “Aside from being a great song for any genre, our cover of “Over Now” is our way of showing our mutual admiration and paying homage to our friend.”

More information on Ellefson’s cover of ‘Over Now’ is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

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Trivium Debuts ‘Bleed Into Me’ Video

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Trivium gave audiences yet another preview of its new album What The Dead Men Say this week.

The band debuted the album’s new song ‘Bleed Into Me‘ Wednesday.  The video is a continuation of sorts from the video that accompanied the album’s lead single, ‘Catastrophist.’

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Bleed Into Me’ is a heavy,  brooding work that incorporates some old school metal influences into its whole for a song that will connect with listeners. Front man Matt Heaggy’s vocal delivery adds its own touch to the whole of the presentation.  The song’s lyrical content presents its own depth.

The debut of ‘Bleed Into Me’ follows the release, most recently, of another of the album’s songs, ‘Amongst The Shadows and the Stones.’  The band debuted the video for the album’s title track and second single March 26.

The track listing for What The Dead Men Say is noted below.  The album is scheduled to be released Friday through Roadrunner Records.

 

 

WHAT THE DEAD MEN SAY TRACK LISTING:
“IX”
“What The Dead Men Say”
“Catastrophist”
“Amongst The Shadows And The Stones”
“Bleed Into Me”
“The Defiant”
“Sickness Unto You”
“Scattering The Ashes”
“Bending The Arc To Fear”
“The Ones We Leave Behind”

 

Trivium is scheduled to join Megadeth and Lamb of God on their summer tour starting June 12 in Bristow, VA.  The band’s run on the tour is scheduled to go through Aug. 1. Following some time off, Trivium will rejoin Lamb of God and Megadeth starting Oct. 2 in West Palm Beach, FL.  That leg of the tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 13 in Reno, NV.

The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

 

 

TRIVIUM ON TOUR:
SUMMER 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:

6/12 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
6/13 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
6/14 — Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheater
6/16 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/17 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/18 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
6/20 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
6/21 — Boston, MA — Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
6/23 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
6/24 — Providence, RI — Bold Point Park
6/26 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/28 — Burgettstown, PA — S&T Bank Music Park
6/29 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
7/1 — Detroit, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/2 — Mount Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
7/3 — Indianapolis, IN — Ruoff Music Center
7/5 — Atlanta, GA — Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
7/7 — Cincinnati, OH — PNC PAVILION
7/8 — Cleveland, OH — Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/10 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/11 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/12 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium
7/14 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP
7/16 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater
7/17 — Houston, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/18 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/20 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre
7/23 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
7/25 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
7/26 — Portland, OR — Moda Center
7/29 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 — Pocatello, ID — Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/1 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion

FALL 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:
10/2 — West Palm Beach, FL — iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/6 — Birmingham, AL — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/7 — New Orleans, LA — UNO Lakefront Arena
10/9 — Corpus Christi, TX — American Bank Center Arena
10/11 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center
10/14 — Springfield, MO — JQH Arena
10/16 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center
10/21 — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center
10/23 — Huntington, WV — Mountain Health Arena
10/24 — Bethlehem, PA — The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
10/28 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
10/30 — St. Paul, MN — Armory
10/31 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center
11/2 — Omaha, NE — Baxter Arena
11/3 — Sioux Falls, SD — Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/5 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
11/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Mandalay Bay Events Center
11/10 — Spokane, WA — Spokane Arena
11/11 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/13 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center

 

More information on Trivium’s live dates with Lamb of God and Megadeth, its new album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Trivium Announces New LP Release, Tour Dates; Debuts Video For LP’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Trivium will release its ninth full-length studio recording next month.

What The Dead Men Say is scheduled for release April 24 through Roadrunner Records.  It will come less than three years after the band released its eighth album The Sin and the Sentence.

In anticipation of the new LP’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Catastrophist‘ Thursday.  The video, directed by Ryan Mackfall, is a full cinematic presentation that finds the band — Matt Heafy (vocals, guitar), Corey Beaulieu (guitar), Paolo Gregoletto (bass) and Alex Bent (drums) — watch a woman try to escape a pair of unidentified figures who are pursuing her.  The whole thing is captured on a series of closed circuit cameras, allowing the band to follow all of the events of the chase.

An explanation behind the video’s treatment was not provided in a news release about the video.  What can be said is that the song’s musical arrangement is comparable to works from Stone Sour while the song’s lyrical content, which seems to present a certain commentary of sorts, adds to the song’s interest.  That content is featured with the song’s video.

Heafy talked about the band’s new album in a recent interview.

What The Dead Men Say is everything that is Trivium,” he said.  “On this album, one can hear the proper ingredients of past, present and future Trivium.  The Trivium sound is having everything the band does — on one album.”

Gregoletto added to Heafy’s comments with his own statement.

“With the new album, we took what worked on the The Sin and the Sentence and dialed it all up to 11,” he said.

Beaulieu expanded on his band mates statements.

“We wanted to build on the foundation that we established with the last album,” he said.  “The record has all the elements that are Trivium — along with all of us pushing ourselves creatively.  This led to a highly-inspired and fast-paced writing and recording process that really captures the energy of the band.”

The track listing for What The Dead Men Say is noted below.  Pre-orders for the album are open now.

 

 

WHAT THE DEAD MEN SAY TRACK LISTING:
“IX”
“What The Dead Men Say”
“Catastrophist”
“Amongst The Shadows And The Stones”
“Bleed Into Me”
“The Defiant”
“Sickness Unto You”
“Scattering The Ashes”
“Bending The Arc To Fear”
“The Ones We Leave Behind”

 

 

Trivium will join Megadeth and Lamb of God on their summer tour starting June 12 in Bristow, VA.  The band’s run on the tour is scheduled to go through Aug. 1. Following some time off, Trivium will rejoin Lamb of God and Megadeth starting Oct. 2 in West Palm Beach, FL.  That leg of the tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 13 in Reno, NV.

The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

 

 

TRIVIUM ON TOUR:
SUMMER 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:

6/12 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
6/13 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
6/14 — Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheater
6/16 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/17 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/18 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
6/20 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
6/21 — Boston, MA — Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
6/23 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
6/24 — Providence, RI — Bold Point Park
6/26 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/28 — Burgettstown, PA — S&T Bank Music Park
6/29 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
7/1 — Detroit, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/2 — Mount Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
7/3 — Indianapolis, IN — Ruoff Music Center
7/5 — Atlanta, GA — Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
7/7 — Cincinnati, OH — PNC PAVILION
7/8 — Cleveland, OH — Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/10 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/11 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/12 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium
7/14 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP
7/16 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater
7/17 — Houston, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/18 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/20 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre
7/23 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
7/25 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
7/26 — Portland, OR — Moda Center
7/29 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 — Pocatello, ID — Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/1 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion

FALL 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:
10/2 — West Palm Beach, FL — iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/6 — Birmingham, AL — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/7 — New Orleans, LA — UNO Lakefront Arena
10/9 — Corpus Christi, TX — American Bank Center Arena
10/11 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center
10/14 — Springfield, MO — JQH Arena
10/16 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center
10/21 — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center
10/23 — Huntington, WV — Mountain Health Arena
10/24 — Bethlehem, PA — The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
10/28 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
10/30 — St. Paul, MN — Armory
10/31 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center
11/2 — Omaha, NE — Baxter Arena
11/3 — Sioux Falls, SD — Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/5 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
11/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Mandalay Bay Events Center
11/10 — Spokane, WA — Spokane Arena
11/11 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/13 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center

 

More information on Trivium’s live dates with Lamb of God and Megadeth, its new album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.trivium.org

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TriviumOfficial

 

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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

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

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Zakk Wylde Added To 2019 Experience Hendrix Tour Lineup

Courtesy: Experience Hendrix, LLC

The annual experience Hendrix tour added another big name to its lineup this week.

Concert organizers announced this week that Zakk Wylde has joined this year’s nationwide celebration of Jimi Hendrix.  The announcement was made in a news release sent Friday from Experience Hendrix LLC.

Wylde will join artists, such as Joe Satriani (who has previously taken part in the annual tour), blues legend Taj Mahal and Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine for this year’s tour.  This is not the first time that Wylde has taken part in the Experience Hendrix tour, having first taken part in the tour in 2014.  He has appeared on the tour many times since then.

Wylde talked about joining the tour again in a recent interview.

“Hendrix, you can pick out a mile away,” Wylde said.  “His sound, his execution — he was about as unique as it gets.  I’m a fan of all the guys on the tour.  I’m just excited to get out there and hang around the whole thing.  Just watching them play and jammin’ with them.”

This year’s Experience Hendrix tour is scheduled to start on March 3 in Pompano Beach, FL and to run through Apr. 6 in Wallingford, CT.  The tour features performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Washington, D.C. and Albany, NY.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

2019 Experience Hendrix Tour 

Mar 3                      Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater*

Mar 4                      Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall*

Mar 5                      Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts*

Mar 6                      Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre

Mar 8                      North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center

Mar 9                      Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theatre-Atlanta*

Mar 10                    Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center*

Mar 11                    Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center*

Mar 12                    Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theater*

Mar 14                    Raleigh, NC – Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts*

Mar 15                    Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium*

Mar 16                    Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre*

Mar 17                    Cincinnati, OH – The Taft Theatre*

Mar 19                    Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theatre*

Mar 20                    Madison, WI – Overture Center for the Arts*

Mar 21                    Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater*

Mar 22                    Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre*

Mar 23                    Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre*

Mar 24                    Charleston, WV – The Clay Center

Mar 26                    Washington, DC – Warner Theatre

Mar 27                    Bensalem, PA – Xcite Center at Parx Casino

Mar 28                    Westbury, NY – Theatre At Westbury

Mar 29                    Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Mar 30                    Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino

Apr 1                       Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre for the Performing Arts

Apr 2                       Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center for the Arts

Apr 3                       Albany, NY – Palace Theatre

Apr 4                       Lowell, MA – Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Apr 5                       New Bedford, MA – Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Apr 6                       Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre

*dates with Zakk Wylde

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‘The Face of Fear’ Shows Artillery Still Has Plenty Of Ammunition

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It’s hard to believe, but in a little more than a month, 2018 will officially over, and 2019 will be here.  It goes without saying that this year has been another impressive one for the metal community, with powerful new releases from acts, such as Soulfly, Tesseract and Nonpoint just to name a few acts.  Though the year is almost over, the year’s stream of new releases is not yet over.  Veteran metal outfit Artillery released its latest album The Face of Fear on Nov. 16, and it will make critics’ decisions on their year-ender lists that much more difficult.  That is because the Danish band’s ninth full-length studio recording’s far-reaching appeal among thrash and metal fans alike.  This is evidenced right from the album’s outset in its opener/lead/title single.  ‘Sworn Utopia’ does just as much as the album’s title track to support that statement, and will be discussed shortly.  Much the same can be said of ‘Preaching To The Converted,’ which will also be discussed later.  Each song shows in its own way, what makes The Face of Fear yet another strong addition to this year’s already outstanding list of new hard rock and metal albums.  When they are considered along with the album’s other songs not noted here, the whole of the record’s 11-song, 45-minute a work that every thrash and metal purist will appreciate.

Artillery’s latest full-length studio recording, The Face of Fear continues what is for the veteran Danish metal outfit, a long-running tradition of success.  It is a work that will appeal to a wide range of thrash and metal purists from the band’s homeland to America and beyond.  That is proven in part through the album’s opener/title track/lead single.  ‘The Face of Fear’ is an important opener and addition to the album considering the state in which the world currently exists.  As the band noted in a discussion on the song’s lyrical content, “the song is about dealing the end of man by himself.  We create our own phobia about the destruction of the world, but remain disrespectful to the globe.”  Front man Michael Bastholm illustrates that message here, singing right off the top, “The world is gonna fall,” adding in the chorus, “Under crimson skies/Our hopes and dreams, they die/This reality/Why can’t we see.”  Additionally, he sings, “No heeding the signs/No wait for tomorrow/Ready between the lines/the face of fear/The scenes will be erased/The trials that we face/Miasma amber mist/the face of fear/It whispers in your ear/It all will end in tears.”  From here, Bastholm reprises the song’s chorus, driving home even more, the song’s blatant warning of what we as a species are doing to the planet.  The song’s official video serves to illustrate Bastholm’s message even more, featuring images of warplanes dropping bombs, missiles being fired, power plants spewing gases into the atmosphere and mushroom clouds, clear-cut forests and mounds of trash piled up in a landfill.  The images, coupled with the song’s intense lyrical message makes The Face of Fear a star wake-up call of what truly is fear-inducing.

The coupling of the song’s straight forward warning in its lyrical content and the visuals, which drive the song’s message home even more does plenty to make ‘The Face of Fear’ an important addition to The Face of Fear.  That is because of the clarity that they create together.  While they are obviously an important part of the song, they are not its only important elements.  The song’s musical arrangement is just as important to discuss as its lyrical theme.  Bastholm’s power metal vocal delivery style set against the song’s old school thrash arrangement creates an interesting dichotomy for which audiences have already shown their appreciation.  One could argue that juxtaposition harkens back to a style made popular by acts, such as Megadeth, Metallica and Anthrax in the early 1980s.  Keeping this in mind, the combination of the song’s musical arrangement, its lyrical content and even its visual content clearly shows why ‘The Face of Fear’ is an important to its namesake album.  It is just one of the examples of what makes the album in whole another successful offering from the band, too.  ‘Sworn Utopia,’ which comes a little later in the album’s run, is another example of the album’s strength.

‘Sworn Utopia’ stands out in its own way in the overall picture of The Face of Fear in part because of its own musical arrangement.  As with the album’s title track (and so many of the album’s other songs), Bastholm’s power metal vocal delivery style couples with the thrash style approach that is so prevalent throughout the album for another powerhouse arrangement.  The song’s bridge conjures clear thoughts of Megadeth while the verses and chorus add a touch of Judas Priest influence.  Again, that collection of musical influences, which throws listeners back to the heyday and thrash (and power) metal cannot be ignored in its importance.  It is only one part of what makes the song, though.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to discuss here as the song’s musical content.

The song starts off with the ringing of church bells before Bastholm and company launch into the song, with Bastholm singing, about altar confessions, priests’ celibacy, altar boys and faith put to the test.  He even goes so far as to directly indict the church (apparently the Catholic church) as he sings, “Your law’s religion/Dramatic and vile/Imprisonment…like a child/You must stay absent from glory and joy.”  Little doubt is left as to the song’s target, considering what can be deciphered from Bastholm’s rapid fire delivery.  If any doubt left at this point, his further statement of “For all I care/Make your peace/But don’t you take/It out on kids.”  At this point, there is no doubt left as to the song’s lyrical topic.  It is a full-on indictment of the Catholic church and the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the church.  Given, it’s not the first time that a band ever took on any religious establishment, but considering the reality of the issue and its importance, it is another pressing matter.  To that end, the fashion through which Bastholm addresses the issue here is powerful in its own right.  The addition of the fury in the song’s musical arrangement helps to illustrate the urgency with which the issue must be addressed and the importance of the matter.  When both elements are considered together, they make the song another clear example of The Face of Fear’s strength.  Even with this in mind, ‘Sworn Utopia’ is still not the last example of what makes The Face of Fear another positive offering from Artillery.  ‘Preaching to the Converted’ shows just as much as ‘The Face of Fear’ and ‘Sworn Utopia’ The Face of Fear’s strength.

‘Preaching to the Converted’ is another full-throttle trash opus that fans of the genre will welcome with arms wide open.  Right from the song’s outset, the old school Megadeth and Metallica influences are on full display, as is even a touch of Exodus.  That is evident in the screaming guitar solos and solid time keeping from the drums.  Lyrically, the song comes across as a socio-political commentary of sorts.  This is inferred as Bastholm sings of people being “shackled” by politicians, those in positions of power “feeding lies” to the populous and mind control of sorts created, again, by those in power.  It is an interesting work that is certain to generate plenty of discussion if it has not already done so.  Discussions aside, it can be said with certainty that this is another work that indicts those in power for what they are doing to the masses.  That includes the world’s political leaders and maybe even military leaders.  Again, it is not the first time that a band has taken this road, but it is no less powerful here than in other acts’ presentations.  To that end, that message, coupled with the song’s full force musical presentation makes the song in whole yet another clear example of what makes The Face of Fear another welcome offering from Artillery.  It still is not the last song that can be cited in supporting that statement, either.  One could just as easily cite the seemingly tongue-in-cheek nature of ‘Dr. Evil,’ the direct discussion of what goes around comes around in ‘Crossroads To Conspiracy’ and the warning about the dangers of alcoholism in ‘Pain,’ the album’s strength becomes that much clearer.  The somewhat Dio-esque ‘Thirst For The Worst’ adds even more depth to the album as does the Metallica-esque sound of ‘New Rage’ and its seeming message about someone who has been wronged.  Between all of those songs and the works directly discussed here, the whole of The Face of Fear clearly shows itself to be another welcome offering from Artillery that shows this band still has plenty of ammunition.

Artillery’s ninth new album The Face of Fear is a strong new statement from the veteran metal outfit.  It is a work that from start to end, shows this band can still hold its own with any of today’s up-and-coming metal acts.  This is evidenced right from the album’s outset in the warning to the world about what it is doing to the planet, its equally stark musical arrangement and accompanying video.  ‘Sworn Utopia’ serves to support that statement even more, as it takes on the atrocities committed by so many members of the Catholic Church.  The seeming indictment of the world’s political leaders through ‘Preaching to the Converted’ supports that statement of the album’s strength even more.  When it is considered along with the likes of ‘Crossroads to Conspiracy,’ ‘Thirst For The Worst,’ ‘Pain’ and the rest of the album’s works, the whole of the record shows that artillery still has plenty of ammunition, and can still hold its own against today’s younger, up-and-coming metal acts.  It is available now.  More information on The Face of Fear is available online now along with all of Artillery’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.artillery.dk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ARTILLERY.DK

Twitter: http://twitter.com/artillerymetal

 

 

 

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Megadeth Partners With Century Media For ‘Killing Is My Business…’ Re-Issue

Courtesy: Century Media/ Century Media Label Group/Century Media Records

Megadeth is going back in time…sort of.

The band announced Friday that it will re-issue its 1985 debut album Killing is My Business…and Business Is Good! this summer.  The album is scheduled to be released June 8 via Century Media.

Killing Is My Business…and Business Is GoodThe Final Kill is just the latest re-issue for the album.  It was most recently re-issued in 2015 via Sony/Legacy.  This new re-issue Remixed by veteran mixer Mark Lewis (Trivium, Death Angel, Devildriver, Whiechapel) and remastered by Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains, Hatebreed, Machine Head), includes previously unheard bits and pieces throughout (E.g. a previously unheard drum drum performance found during the mixing sessions).  It also features the original album in its entirety coupled with seven live performances transferred to CD from VHS tapes found in Megadeth frontman and founder Dave Mustaine’s attic.

The extra live tracks are not this re-issue’s only bonuses.  It also includes the band’s 1984 3-track demo as part of its body alongside a previously removed cover of Lee Hazelwood’s ‘These Boots’ and new cover art for the album.  The re-issue’s full track listing is noted below.

“Killing Is My Business…and Business Is Good – The Final Kill”
1. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (Remastered)
2. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! (Remastered)
3. The Skull Beneath the Skin (Remastered)
4. Rattlehead (Remastered)
5. Chosen Ones (Remastered)
6. Looking Down the Cross (Remastered)
7. Mechanix (Remastered)
8. These Boots (Remastered)
9. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (live) (1987 London, UK)
10. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
11. The Skull Beneath the Skin (live) (1990 London, UK)
12. Rattlehead (live) (1987 Bochum, Germany)
13. Chosen Ones (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
14. Looking Down the Cross (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
15. Mechanix (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
16. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (demo) (Remastered)
17. The Skull Beneath the Skin (demo) (Remastered)
18. Mechanix (demo) (Remastered)

In looking at all that this re-issue offers, Mustaine was excited.

“I am just as much amazed at the music we made as I am at the pure fact that we survived at all!,” Mustaine said.

Killing is My Business…and Business Is Good!The Final Kill are open now.  It will be available in stores and online in North American on CD and in four different vinyl pressings.  Details on those releases are noted below.

North America:
CD Digipak (In stores & Online)
Gatefold Red 2LP – Limited to 1500 copies (In stores & Online)
Gatefold Black 2LP (In stores & Online)
Gatefold White 2LP –  Limited to 500 copies (FYE Exclusive)
Gatefold Silver 2LP – Limited to 500 copies (Band Exclusive available on www.megadeth.com)

It will be available on CD and two separate vinyl pressings in Europe.  Information on those releases is noted below.

Europe:
CD Digipak
Gatefold Clear 2LP – Limited to 400 copies
Gatefold Black 2LP

It will be released June 6 in Japan via Sony Japan on BluSpecCD.

Copies can be reserved now at the links noted below.

Reserve your copy today!
Band Exclusive Silver 2LP & More Megadeth Merchandise available at:
Red or Black 2LP & CD Digipak available at Century Media’s US Store:
Clear 2LP & CD digipak:
Digital Pre-orders & Streaming:
Signed Limited Copies Red or Black 2LP & CD Digipak available at Pledge Music:
http://megadeth.pmstores.co

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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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