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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Animals as Leaders are leaders

Animals as Leaders has got to be one of the most bizarre, yet impressive bands of 2011.  There is no band like them out there right now.  The band’s new release, “Weightless” proves that.

One wouldn’t imagine that combining elements of Meshuggah, Nevermore, Dream Theater, Joe Satriani, and so many top name progressive rock acts would turn out too well.  But somehow, Tosin Abasi (founder of Animals as Leaders) has done the unimaginable.  He has crafted an album that crosses the lines of the rock world more than any other artist in the progressive rock world.  And he does it in impressive fashion.

Right from the opening strains of ‘An Infinite Regression’, trained audiences will instantly think of famed bassist Jaco Pastorius.  And while the 8-bit video game sounds may leave some audiences scartching their heads, those who wait will be rewarded with quite the musical adventure.  It kicks into high gear with a very Nevermore-esque sound that doesn’t try to outdo the revered Seattle metallers.  From there, it keeps that same peculiar experimental feel with ‘Odessa’.  ‘Odessa’ starts off with those same 8-bit video game sounds before breaking into something akin to Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci. 

That same Dream Theater feel continues on until ‘Do Not Go Gently’.  This opus starts off with a nice jazz bass intro beofre kicking things way into high gear with a blatantly Meshuggah-esque sound.  And there’s plenty more where that came from.  Now, for those who want something softer, AAL offers that too in the form of:  ‘David’ and ‘Espera’.  Those two pieces are as quiet as this album gets.  The rest of the album is a great aural adventure through the world of progressive metal.  It’s one of those albums that unless it’s bought or downloaded audiences won’t be hearing it on any radio station.  That in mind, not only is “Weightless” one of the best metal albums of 2011, it’s also one of the most underrated.  For any purist metalhead, this one is definitely a must.