David Ellefson Says Kings Of Thrash Are “Working On Some Live Stuff And Some Studio Stuff”

Kings Of Thrash, the project featuring bassist/vocalist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), guitarist Jeff Young (ex-Megadeth), guitarist/vocalist Chaz Leon, drummer Fred Aching, and occasional guest guitarist Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth), are “working on some live stuff and some studio stuff” that they are planning to release in the future. Ellefson told Metal Rules the following about that:

“Through doing the Nick Menza documentary, I got reconnected with Jeff Young. We were at the Rainbow. He was singing me a riff that he wrote on the ‘So Far, So Good… So What!’ tour in 1988. I went, ‘Dude, I remember that riff.’ And so that led to us… We wrote some songs. We got ’em demoed up. When we did the tour last week, we filmed it at the Whisky, so we’ve got all that. So we’re working on some live stuff and some studio stuff. We got tunes recorded and then the live stuff we captured as well. Like everything, it kind of finds its lane and moves on from there.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Kings Of Thrash (Ex-Megadeth) Working On New Original Song

Kings Of Thrash, the project featuring bassist/vocalist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), guitarist Jeff Young (ex-Megadeth), guitarist/vocalist Chaz Leon, drummer Fred Aching, and occasional guest guitarist Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth) are working on some new material. The band will soon be entering the studio to record a new song.

Young told Ghost Cult the following:

“We’re going in the studio Thursday to lay down the rhythm guitar one and drums to the first original. And we’re doing it to two-inch tape analog-style, live in a room like real men, they used to do… They’re just demos right now with my guitar and bass and a click track. Soon they’ll have drums and it’ll be a real version of the first song. But people we’ve let hear it are really digging it. It’s got the vibe of MEGADETH — it’s on that playing field, but it’s got all of its own stuff and all of our influences and some SOUNDGARDEN/TOOL vibes in maybe the music and melodies.”

He went on to say that the band are using a studio with “a really cool back story”:

“It’s a mom-and-pop operation nestled in a residential area in North Hollywood. [Legendary producer] Eddie Kramer, who’s done a few up-and-comers over his career — THE BEATLES, THE [ROLLING] STONES, all the posthumous Jimi Hendrix recordings and albums have been mixed at this studio. So the great news is that the engineer who we’re using is his protégé; he’s been mentoring and apprenticing with Eddie Kramer. So for a fraction of the price, my friends, you’re gonna get the Eddie Kramer tones and analog two-inch, like in the good old days, for the first KINGS OF THRASH release.”

He also added the following about working with Aching and Leon:

“We really feel in a way how Ozzy [Osbourne] must have felt introducing Randy Rhoads to the world with these young two guys we have, both half our age and both so composed and mature musically for their age. And we’ve just been having a blast. And it’s great that they’re fans of the music and they’ve really studied it. Chaz, the singer/guitar player, plays in a MEGADETH tribute and fronts a SOUNDGARDEN tribute. So he has some of that Chris Cornell huskiness… So it’s really cool to hear him sing these songs with a bit more huskiness and that young exuberance that he has. I think the kids are gonna love him ’cause he has that Dimebag Darrell kind of likability.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ellefson-Soto (Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Premiere New Song “The Reason”

Ellefson-Soto, the project featuring bassist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo), have premiered a new song titled “The Reason.” This track is from the band’s new album “Vacation In The Underworld” which will be released on October 7.

Dieth (Ex-Megadeth, Ex-Decapitated, Etc.) Sign With Napalm Records

Dieth, the project featuring David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), Guilherme Miranda (ex-Entombed A.D.), and Michał Łysejko (ex-Decapitated), have signed a new deal with Napalm Records. The band’s debut album will be released through the label on 2023.

Dieth commented:

“We are stoked to announce that we’ve signed a multi-album international record deal with Napalm Records, who will release our debut album in 2023. Their approach to music and devotion to metal made Napalm the perfect, most suitable place for us and our music. Last but not least, we would like to thank each one of you that are giving us this massive support. More info and details about the album will follow soon. Stay tuned!”

Sebastian Münch, A&R at Napalm, added:

“The term ‘supergroup’ feels overused nowadays, but with the formation of Dieth, it correctly and justifiably describes the coming together of these three extremely talented musicians. The first single, ‘In The Hall Of The Hanging Serpents’, underlines that the debut album could become a death-thrash metal masterpiece. Napalm Records is pleased and proud to partner with Dieth, to establish the band and make the new album a success. Personally, as a lifelong Megadeth fan, this signing is a dream come true.”

Former Megadeth Members Discuss Upcoming Kings Of Thrash Shows

As previously reported, Kings Of Thrash, the project featuring bassist/vocalist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), guitarist Jeff Young (ex-Megadeth), guitarist/vocalist Chaz Leon, and drummer Fred Aching, will be performing Megadeth’s “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” and “So Far, So Good… So What!“ in full during some October shows with guest guitarist Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth). Now, the band have shared a new video in which Ellefson, Young, and Poland share their thoughts on the upcoming concerts. You can check that out below. Here’s the group’s current dates:

10/12 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
10/13 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10/14 Las Vegas, NV – The Space
10/15 West Hollywood, CA – The Whisky a Go-Go

David Ellefson On Getting Fired From Megadeth: “I Feel Like I Got Kicked Out Of Hell”

During a recent appearance on the “2020-d Podcast,” David Ellefson further opened up about his departure from Megadeth, saying that it felt like he “got kicked out of hell.” As previously reported, the bassist was ultimately fired from the band due to a sex video scandal involving him masturbating with a young woman online.

Ellefson had the following to say after Dave Mustaine accused him of making a “pathetic” attempt to “poach” the band’s song “Kingmaker“:

“The record [‘Super Collider’] was done, or at least my bass parts were. And Dave, at the end of the session, at the end of the day, he said to me, he said, ‘Hey, man. If you wanna go through the record, if there’s anything you wanna add or tweak or change, blah blah blah blah,’ giving me free license to do so, ’cause he had signed off on everything.

So [I said], ‘All right. No problem.’ So after he left, me and [then-Megadeth guitarist] Chris Broderick and Johnny K sat in the studio and I said, ‘You know, I do have this one little bit, this little thing,’ and I showed it to them, and Broderick goes, ‘Dude, that would be really cool at the beginning of ‘Kingmaker‘.’ And I said, ‘Huh. Interesting idea.’ And in my opinion, I think ‘Kingmaker‘ is probably the better song on the record, just off the top for me.

Johnny liked it. We sat and we worked on it and put it together. And we were all excited. Dave walks in the next day in a much different mood — grumpy, I might add [laughs] and not feeling so joyous as the night before. And I think either me or Johnny said, ‘Hey, I’ve got something I want you to listen to that we worked on last night.’ And there was this kind of disapproving look.

And Johnny plays it for him, all excited. ‘Cause I think the three of us [Johnny, Chris and me] all heard the same thing: ‘Hey, if you wanna add anything, if you wanna work on anything, please do.’ Well, Dave didn’t seem to maybe remember that conversation. And so what he walked into was, ‘Why the hell are you messing with my song?’ And I think he pulled Broderick aside and said, ‘Don’t you dare add David Ellefson‘s stuff to my songs.’”

Ellefson went on to discuss the band’s songwriting dynamic:

“I remember when I first came back to the band in 2010, we’d done a year of [touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of] ‘Rust In Peace‘. We had about 10 weeks to write the thirteenth record, the record that would become ‘Th1rt3en‘. And I said, ‘Well, look, we’re all gonna be at NAMM in Anaheim. Why don’t we just go down to [Mustaine‘s then-studio] Vic’s Garage?’, which was down in kind of by San Diego, Fallbrook area, north of San Diego.

I said, ‘Why don’t we just get in a room and fire some ideas and see where we’re at with everything?’ And I swear to God, the first day we played… It took a couple of days ’cause we were listening to stuff. They wanted to listen to everybody’s ideas. And [Dave] acknowledged everybody had a couple of things that he liked.

And so we get in a room, guitars on, saddle up, and we started playing on something. And keep in mind, I hadn’t been in this environment for almost 10 years now. ‘Cause this was 2011, and the last time we worked on a record together was ‘The World Needs A Hero‘ in 2001, so literally 10 years [earlier].

And I’d been working with all kinds of other people where it’s, like, ‘Hey, killer idea. How about this? How about that?’ You know — collaborative; you’re having musical conversations in the room. And knowing how things had been in the past, Dave will start with something, bring in an idea, and maybe someone says, ‘Hey, that’s cool. How about we add this little bit here? Or maybe that riff goes with this riff.’

And so I said, ‘Hey, I’ve got something that might go with that.’ Dave immediately took his guitar off, walked in the office. I looked at [then-Megadeth drummer] Shawn Drover, and Shawn and Chris are just shaking their heads. I said, ‘What the hell was that all about?’ He goes, ‘Dude, trust me. The days of collaborating are long gone. That Megadeth that you were in, that’s way over.’

So [I spoke to Dave] in the office, and Dave, he was furious, but yet we didn’t want our newfound friendship to deteriorate, so I said, ‘What’s the deal?’ And he said, ‘Don’t try to put your ideas into my songs.’ I said, ‘No problem.’ I said, ‘All good. Today is day one. No worries.’ And that was the last we ever jammed together. Everything after that, on every other Megadeth record after that, it was just Dave writing the songs, doing his thing.”

He also added the following about “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” sessions:

“In 2019, we were in the room together [working on music]. Actually, Dave was doing his thing, and then he was off taking care of his medical stuff at the time. And so [the engineer] Chris Rakestraw said to me, Kiko [Loureiro, Megadeth‘s current guitarist] and Dirk [Verbeuren, Megadeth‘s current drummer], ‘Look, you guys are here. We need to write a record. We’ve got the beginnings of five songs,’ and we were supposed to have been working on this record for a year and a half. ‘Get in a room. Let’s go.’

So we saddled up and started riffing on stuff. In fact, I remember there’s one song — it might have been that first one that they put out; I can’t remember; it was one of ’em — but I remember we kind of modeled it after ‘Black Friday‘ and just kind of took the sort of mellow intro into a full-on ripping part… So we went down, and I remember Dave came in [and was] furious that we were working on stuff without him. And Rakestraw took the bullet and said, ‘Hey, it was my idea. These guys are here. Everybody’s here to work. We need to get a record done.’

And [Dave said], ‘I wanna know who wrote what part where.’ I could see it coming. I knew he was gonna see what parts I wrote and take ’em out, which he did — he took all my parts off the record, of which there were several, and either re-wrote ’em or changed them, just to make sure that I wouldn’t have any writing on the record.

And I just saw it coming. I rolled my eyes and [went], ‘Whatever.’ So I was there [at the studio in Nashville] for about five weeks and then I went home for Father’s Day and I just never went back. [Laughs] I was just, like, ‘Whatever.’ I went back a year later to record bass, and all of sudden all of my parts are off the record, all of my writing contributions.”

Ellefson then went on to discuss his termination from the band:

“I kind of saw the events of last year as just the perfect opportunity to choose box office over brotherhood. I look back at it now and I feel like I got kicked out of hell. So, whatever… It was abusive, for sure. It was just abusive. It was unnecessary. … Dave even said he had a resentment toward me that he couldn’t let go, and I didn’t know what it was.”

“He’s fighting with himself. He’s in a game of tug of war with himself. I’m not fighting with him. I’ve just moved on. I remember we talked about that after he jammed with Metallica and the ‘Big Four’. I said, ‘How was that last night playing ‘Am I Evil?’?’

And he said, he goes, ‘You know, those guys kicked me out of the band and they just moved on. I held on to the resentment for all these years.’ It’s like the same thing for me. It’s, like, why is he resenting me? He got rid of me. Supposedly the problem should have gone away if he got rid of me. But the problem still seems to be there.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ellefson-Soto (Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Premiere “Vacation In The Underworld” Music Video

Ellefson-Soto, the project featuring bassist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo), have premiered a new video for the title track of their new album “Vacation In The Underworld.” That effort will be released on October 7.

Ellefson-Soto (Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) To Release New Album “Vacation In The Underworld” In October

Ellefson-Soto, the project featuring bassist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo), have announced that their new album, “Vacation In The Underworld,” will be released on October 7. The duo recorded the effort with guitarist/keyboardist Andy Martongelli and drummer Paulo Caridi.

“Vacation In The Underworld” Track Listing:

01. “Vacation In The Underworld” (feat. Flotsam And Jetsam’s Steve Conley and Ken Mary)
02. “Like A Bullet”
03. “Sharpen The Sword”
04. “The Reason”
05. “S.T.N.”
06. “The Revolution”
07. “Celebrity Trash”
08. “Live To Die Another Day”
09. “The Day Before Tomorrow” (feat. Frozen Crown’s Giada Jade Etro)
10. “Hercules”
11. “Rise To Win”
12. “Out Of The Blue” (Bonus Track)
13. “Lone Star” (Bonus Track)
14. “Writing On The Wall” (Bonus Track)

Ellefson-Soto (Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Tease New Album “Vacation In The Underworld”

Ellefson-Soto, the project featuring David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth) and Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo), have shared a teaser for their new album “Vacation In The Underworld.” That effort will be released in September.

Former Megadeth Members To Perform “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” & “So Far, So Good… So What!“ During Upcoming Shows

Kings Of Thrash, the new project featuring bassist/vocalist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), guitarist Jeff Young (ex-Megadeth), guitarist/vocalist Chaz Leon, and drummer Fred Aching will be performing Megadeth’s “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” and “So Far, So Good… So What!“ in full during some October headlining shows. Notably, the concerts will also feature guitarist Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth). Here’s the dates:

10/12 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
10/13 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10/14 Las Vegas, NV – The Space
10/15 West Hollywood, CA – The Whisky a Go-Go