Watch First Trailer For David Ellefson-Produced Horror Film “Dwellers”

Ellefson Films, the new film production company ran by Megadeth’s David Ellefson and music/film producer and industry exec Thom Hazaert, have shared a new trailer for an upcoming horror film called “Dwellers.” That movie was written and directed by musician, filmmaker, and actor Drew Fortier. Here’s a description of it:

“While shooting a documentary on the suspicious disappearances within the homeless community, a filmmaker and his crew go missing while uncovering a terrifying and vicious secret below the city’s surface.”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson Premieres “Sleeping Giants” Video

Megadeth’s David Ellefson has premiered a new video for “Sleeping Giants.“ The song, which features Ellefson’s business partner Thom Hazaert, MC Daryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run-DMC), Steve Conley (Flotsam And Jetsam), Ethan Brosh, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and Ilias Papadakis (Memorain), serves as the title track to Ellefson’s “More Life With Deth” companion album.

Hazaert commented:

“David had all these great instrumental songs laying around, and ‘Sleeping Giants’ was one of them. He suggested I write and record some vocals parts for them, so I called up DMC and asked 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, ‘Judgement Night’, etc. 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. It my book, it doesn’t get any more legendary than RUN DMC. And this was definitely one for the history books.”

Ellefson added:

“It was truly an honor to collaborate with DMC, and I think the track came out great. When Thom said DMC wanted to do a collaboration with us, I instantly thought of ‘Sleeping Giants’. And when he 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.”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson Premieres New Song “Hammer Comes Down” Feat. Alter Bridge, Sacred Reich, Ex-Megadeth, Etc. Members

Megadeth’s David Ellefson has premiered a lyric video for his new song “Hammer Comes Down.“ The track features a number of guests including: Ellefson’s business partner Thom Hazaert, Eric “A.K.” Knutson (Flotsam And Jetsam), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, etc.), Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth), Joey Radziwill (Sacred Reich), and Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head). The song will appear on Ellefson’s “More Life With Deth” companion album “Sleeping Giants“ (out July 16).

Watch Nita Strauss & David Ellefson Cover Iron Maiden’s “Aces High” Live

During her June 13 show at Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.) was joined onstage by David Ellefson (Megadeth) for an instrumental cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High.” You can see footage of that below:

Megadeth’s David Ellefson To Produce Horror Film “Dwellers”

Ellefson Films, the new film production company ran by Megadeth’s David Ellefson and music/film producer and industry exec Thom Hazaert, have greenlit their first film project, a horror film called “Dwellers.” The movie is being written and directed by musician, filmmaker, and actor Drew Fortier.

The following description of the film was shared:

“While shooting a documentary on the suspicious disappearances within the homeless community, a filmmaker and his crew go missing while uncovering a terrifying and vicious secret below the city’s surface.”

Fortier will star in the movie alongside James L. Edwards, Douglas Esper, Rick Jermain, and Mitch Lafon. Ellefson and Hazaert will also make cameos.

Fortier commented:

“I’ve been tossing the idea of ‘Dwellers’ around in my head for a few years now and am excited to finally make it a reality. It made perfect sense to rope in my buddies Ellefson and Hazaert for this whole thing as producers and I am honored to have their support for the film. The cast is amazing and I can’t wait to show off the finished product.”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson Announces More Summer “Basstory” Dates

Megadeth’s David Ellefson has added more dates to his summer “Basstory” tour. The trek will feature Q&A sessions/discussions about his new book “More Life With Deth” (out July 16) and full live-band sets featuring songs from the book’s companion album “Sleeping Giants.”

Tour Dates:

07/06 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
07/07 Long Branch, NJ – Brighton Bar
07/08 N. Branford, CT – Strangeland (book signing)
07/10 New Bedford, MA – Vault Music Hall at Greasy Luck
07/11 Waterbury, CT – Shamrock Pub and Grill
07/12 Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina
07/14 Long Island, NY – Revolution
07/17 Lakewood, OH – The Winchester
07/18 Pekin, IL – Twisted Spoke Saloon
07/19 Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
07/21 Green Bay, WI – SV2
07/22 Rockford, IL – Whiskey’s Roadhouse
07/27 Indianapolis, IN – Citadel Music Hall
07/29 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
07/30 Mankatao, MN – What’s Up Lounge
09/07 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto

Thom Hazaert, Dead By Wednesday’s Dave Sharpe and Opus Lawrence, and Hatchet’s Clayton Cagle are expected to perform with Ellefson on these dates.

In other news, Ellefson has also shared an updated track listing for “Sleeping Giants”:

Disc 1:

01. “Vultures”
02. “Sleeping Giants” (ft. DMC)
03. “Hammer (Comes Down)” (ft. Mark Tremonti and Chris Poland)
04. “Vultures” (Kristian Nairn Remix)
05. “If You Were God” (ft. John Bush) *

F5 Demos:

06. “Deadman Rise”
07. “I Fall”
08. “Bleeding”
09. “Why Can’t We Die”
10. “Dying on The Vine”
11. “Faded”
12. “Undeniable”
13. “Feel Your Pain”

14. “Out In The Rain” (ft. David Glen Eisley) *
15. “Voices” (ft. David Glen Eisley) *

*Unreleased Demo

Disc 2: (EMP/COMBAT Artist Sampler):

01. Last Crack – “Golden Age”
02. CO-OP (ft. Joe Perry) – “Howl”
03. Green Death (ft. David Ellefson) – “Pure Torture”
04. Semblant – “Scarlet Heritage – Legacy of Blood Pt. III”
05. Hatchet (Official) – “Back Into Dust”
06. Marc Rizzo – “Downside Up”
07. Mark Slaughter – “Conspiracy”
08. Doyle (ft. Alissa White-Gluz) – “Kiss Me As We Die”
09. Dead By Wednesday – “You & Die”
10. Evil United (ft. Jason McMaster) – “Operation Overlord”
11. Sunflower Dead – “Turn Away” (Radio Edit)
12. Arise in Chaos – “The Divine”
13. Doll Skin – “Daughter”
14. Psykotribe (ft. David Ellefson) – “End It”
15. Archer Nation – “Severed”
16. Ron Keel Band – “Fight Like A Band”
17. WRATH – “Draw Blood”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson Announces Summer “Basstory” Dates

Megadeth’s David Ellefson has announced the first set of dates for his summer “Basstory – More Life With Deth” tour. The trek will feature a Q&A session/discussion with Ellefson’s “More Life With Deth” co-author Thom Hazaert and a full live-band set featuring songs from the book’s companion album “Sleeping Giants.”

Tour Dates:

07/06 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
07/07 Long Branch, NJ – Brighton Bar
07/08 N. Branford, CT – Strangeland (book signing)
07/10 New Bedford, MA – Vault Music Hall at Greasy Luck
07/11 Waterbury, CT – Shamrock Pub and Grill
07/14 Long Island, NY – Revolution
07/18 Pekin, IL – Twisted Spoke Saloon
07/19 Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
07/22 Rockford, IL – Whiskey’s Roadhouse
09/07 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto

It’s worth noting that these shows will find Ellefson performing with Hazaert, Dead By Wednesday’s Dave Sharpe and Opus Lawrence, and Hatchet’s Clayton Cagle. Archer Nation, Last Crack, Bleed (a.k.a. Crawl), Green Death and more will also perform on select dates.

Ellefson commented:

“When we got the unfortunate news that the Ozzy [Osbourne] tour was postponed, we thought we’d make the best of the downtime and take one more lap around the track to get up close and personal with the fans, and go talk about the book, and play some of these ‘Sleeping Giants’ songs live.

‘Basstory’ started out more in the vein of a ‘clinic’ and has evolved into a full-on live band show, and now with some new material to play, and revisiting some of my past material from other projects on ‘Sleeping Giants’, I think it’s going to be that much more exciting. That’s the great thing about ‘Basstory’ — it’s always a different show. And it’s always fun to get back into the clubs and get intimate with the fans in a way that’s not possible in a giant arena, and that’s really what ‘Basstory’ is all about.”

You can purchase a limited VIP dinner experience for each show HERE.