TesseracT Debuts New Single, Video; Launches New Live Schedule

Tesseract is back.

The U.K.-based progressive metal outfit unveiled its new single ‘Smile’ and its companion lyric video this week.  The previously unreleased song was recorded at 4D Studios in Brighton and Celestial Sound Studios in Notts, UK, and produed by Acle Kahney early this spring.

Tesseract Smile Video Grab

The band described the new song as “its most collaborative track in recent years,” with its vocals playing an integral part in bringing it to life. The band’s members added the song’s bass line strengthened the song even more by serving as the backbone for its chorus.

Vocalist Daniel Tompkins explained the lyrical concept behind the song is somewhat metaphysical.

“Lyrically, ‘Smile’ carries a strong and forward sense of irony as we explore the darkest side of the human condition,” Tompkins said.  “The song will witness the manifestation of an ‘entity.’ Consciousness survives through constant manipulation only to propagate pessimism and hopelessness.  Our entity observes, consumes and evolves, bearing witness to human existence, mimicking our presence in colossal form.”

Bassist Amos Williams expanded on Tompkins’ thoughts, saying the song, in its current form, is just one example of what audiences can expect from the band’s next, in-the-works album.

“We chose this track as although it is part of a greater theme, and is in fact toward the end of a story arc, it stands alone very well,” Williams said.  “We have a solid idea of where we would like to take this track on the next album as it is no way finished.  It is merely one step in a journey.”

Williams went on to discuss his own part in the song’s creation, saying a lot of time and thought was put into the bass’ line as it worked with the rest of the song.

“The verses and choruses stand very far apart from each other,” Williams said.  “There is a tension we wished to build through a minimalist approach, with small phrases that repeat against accompanying parts of different lengths.  These undulate, seemingly getting lost against the non-conventional phrasing of the drums.  All this is nothing new to TesseracT fans, but this time we have really looked to align the lyrical and musical messages.”

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The band’s release this week of ‘Smile’ and its companion video was intentionally timed, as the band has hit the road on a new string of live dates with Megadeth and Meshuggah.  The bands’ tour launched June 23 in Big Flats, NY, and currently runs through July 11 in Pittsburg, PA.  TesseracT also has its own string of headlining dates lined up from July 1 to July 13.  TesseracT’s current live schedule is noted below.

WITH MEGADETH + MESHUGGAH
6/23 Big Flats, NY – Tags Summerstage
6/25 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
6/27 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
6/28 Portsmouth, VA – Portsmouth Pavillion
6/29 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
6/30 Columbus, OH – Express Live
7/07 Saint Charles, MO – Family Arena
7/08 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
7/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Centre
7/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEHEADLINE:
7/01/17 – Indianapolis IN – The Emerson Theater
7/05/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In
7/06/17 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
7/12/17 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room

7/13/17 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Grill

‘Smile’ can be purchased or streamed online now here.  More information on ‘Smile’ is available online now along with all of TesseracT’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Ellefson Coffee Company Grand Opening Celebration Grows Again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ellefson Coffee Company Marking Director Thom Hazaert agreed.

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

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

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

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ellefsoncoffeeco.com

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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:

 

 

 

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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

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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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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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