David Ellefson (Megadeth) Announces “Bass Chronicles” Storyteller Concert Series

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has announced a “Bass Chronicles” storyteller concert series. The trek will consist of four Midwest dates with Dead By Wednesday.

Tour Dates:

09/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
09/24 Akron, OH – The Empire Concert Club
09/25 Marietta, OH – The Adelphia Music Hall
09/26 Richmond, IN – The Firehouse

Ellefson’s “Bass Chronicles” band will feature vocalist Andre Vanchot (Eddie Ojeda Band), drummer Christian “Opus” Lawrence (Dead By Wednesday), and guitarists Dave Sharpe (Dead By Wednesday) and Drew Fortier (Bang Tango). The following was said about the shows:

“Each event will be presented as a chronological set filled with songs and stories spanning David’s legendary career, along with some deep cuts that have rarely (or never) been performed live from his catalog of work.”

Ellefson added:

“I’m excited to head out and hit the stage again as we’re preparing a special list of songs, including some rarities which have never been performed live.”

“People are excited about live shows again so we’re approaching these events like a traveling pop-up experience where you can catch a show, see a flick, buy some merch, and even break bread with the band at the VIP dinners. So, get ready for a full night out!”

Tickets and VIP dinner packages can be found HERE.

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Recruits Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Crobot, Etc. Members For New Covers Album

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” on October 2. The 13-track record will feature covers of tracks by Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and more.

Ellefson recorded the album with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses), drummer Paolo Caridi, and the following special guests:

– Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
– Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
– Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
– Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
– Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
– Mark Slaughter
– Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
– Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
– Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
– Gus G (Firewind)
– John Aquilino (Icon)
– Doro Pesch
– Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
– Dave Alvin (White Trash)
– Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
– Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
– Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
– Dead By Wednesday

Ellefson said the following:

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians. 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.

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!”

Hazaert added:

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early ‘metal’ and harder classic rock. 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 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 L.A. (which we wrote about in ‘More Life With Deth’), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two. 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.”

Attila, Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, Etc. Set For 2020 Metal In The Mountains Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Metal In The Mountains festival. The event will take place in Pipestem, WV on June 5-7 and the daily lineups can be found below:

June 5: Attila, Lethal Injektion, Monochromatic Black, Snipers Of Babel, Seasons, Mettal Maffia, Famz And The Hooliganz, Pigweed, Cultus Black, Hollywood Nightmare, Sepsiss, Blud Red Roses, Sever The Wicked, Farmacy, Artusha, and A New Days Fall.

June 6: Butcher Babies, For The Fallen Dreams, Before The Silence, In The Red, White Collar Sideshow, Krashkarma, Monster Dolls, After Silence, Carnivora, Black Satellite, Kranium, Dead By Wednesday, Blackwater Drowning, Dramascream, Defending Cain, Of Virtue, Aittala, and Outsider Heart.

June 7: Upon A Burning Body, Sons Of Texas, Flaw, Sunflower Dead, 3 Years Hollow, Dawn Of The Rising, Wor, Nocion, Love The Hate, Anything But Human, Zero Theorem, Dose, Out Of Darkness, Burdens Within, and Transcendence.

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Announces East Coast “Basstory” Dates With Bumblefoot & Dead By Wednesday

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has announced some East Coast “Basstory” dates with Bumblefoot and Dead By Wednesday. The trek will see the bassist performing and telling stories. Here’s the new dates:

11/16 Manchester, NH – Jewel Nightclub
11/18 Holyoke, MA – Waterfront Tavern
11/20 New York City, NY – The Iridium
11/21 Albany, NY – Chrome
11/23 Niagara Falls, NY – Evening Star Concert Hal
11/25 Waterbury, CT – Shamrock Pub

Previously announced U.S. dates can be found HERE, while European/UK dates can be found HERE.

Dead By Wednesday Welcome Ex-Blood Has Been Shed Guitarist Dave Sharpe To The Band, Finish New Album

Dead By Wednesday have welcomed ex-Blood Has Been Shed guitarist Dave Sharpe to the group as a full-time member. With this news, the group have also confirmed that they have finished recording their new self-titled album. The effort, which was produced by Nicky Bellmore, is expected to be released later this year via Combat Records, and the band are currently working on a video for the first single “You & Die.“ An album teaser can be found below, along with the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Tour Dates:

09/05 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
09/06 Chesapeake, VA – RiffHouse Pub
09/07 Covington, KY – Madison Live!
09/08 Maple Park, IL – The REVIVAL 2018
09/09 Mishawka, IN – Smith’s Downtown
09/11 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
09/12 Mentor-on-the-Lake, OH – Music Lynxx
09/13 Scranton, PA – The Irish Wolf Pub
09/14 Rochester (Gates), NY – Pineapple Jack’s
09/15 Oneida, NY – American Legion Hall
09/16 Long Island, NY – Revolution Bar

Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Kamelot, Etc. Set For 2018 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2018 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. The event will take place on April 20-21 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, and the daily lineups can be seen below:

April 20: Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Nile, Carnifex, Soulfly, Oceano, Winds Of Plague, Fit For An Autopsy, Enterprise Earth, Rivers Of Nihil, Shadow Of Intent, Archspire, Spite, Great American Ghost, Sanction, Bodysnatcher, I Am, Downswing, Buried Above Ground, and Distinguisher.

April 21: Kamelot, Life Of Agony, Delain, Doyle, Candiria, Powerglove, Battle Beast, War Of Ages, and Dead By Wednesday.

Relaunched Combat Records To Handle New Releases From Raven, Dead By Wednesday, Etc.

As previously reported, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group have releaunched Combat Records as an imprint. Now, it has been revealed that the reaunch will only handle new releases with a new album from Raven, a limited edition ‘classic’ b-sides set from Helstar, and new efforts from Dead By Wednesday and Wrath, being among the first to come from the label.

Ellefson commented:

“Today is a really exciting day, as after over a year, it was finally announced the we will be relaunching the legendary Combat Records as a new label through EMP Label Group. So excited and honored to be able to revive such an iconic brand that was so instrumental to my history.

Even though we signed to Capitol after Killing is my Business, Combat‘s logo was on all the Megadeth releases through Countdown To Extinction, and it truly was/is one of the most iconic Metal labels of all time, even being home to some of the other artists who would end up on the EMP roster, like Helstar. The same independent spirit that drove Combat in those early days, is truly the same spirit that drives what we do with EMP, and we are honored to launch another amazing conduit to support new and established Metal artists, with great respect to the legacy of the past.

And to clarify, we do not own any rights to the Combat back catalog. 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!”

Raven Announce 2017 U.S. Tour With Dead By Wednesday

Raven have announced a U.S. tour with Dead By Wednesday. Check out the dates below.

Tour Dates:

08/17 – Trickshots – Clifton Park, NY
08/18 – Jewel Nightclub – Manchester, NH
08/19 – AxeFest 2017@The Outer Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT
08/20 – The Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
08/22 – The Riffhouse – Chesapeake, VA
08/23 – The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
08/24 – Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
08/25 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
08/26 – The Basement – Nashville, TN
08/27 – Twist of Lime – Metairie, LA
08/30 – Gold Bar – San Antonio, TX
08/31 – Texas Mist – Austin, TX
09/01 – Diamond Jim’s Saloon – Arlington, TX
09/02 – The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
09/03 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
09/04 – Madison Live! – Covington, KY
09/05 – Empire Concert Club & Bar – Akron, OH
09/06 – Black Circle Brewing Co. – Indianapolis, IN
09/07 – Full Terror Assault Open Air III 2017 – Cave-In-Rock, IL
09/08 – The Frequency – Madison, WI
09/09 – The Revival 2017 – Yorkville, IL
09/10 – The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
09/12 – Evening Star Concert Hall – Niagara Falls, NY
09/13 – Oneida American Legion Post 169 – Oneida, NY
09/14 – Saint Vitus Bar – New York, NY
09/15 – Jabber Jaws – Allentown, PA
09/16 – Bar XIII – Wilmington, DE (Raven only)

Overkill, Venom Inc., Crowbar, Iron Reagan, Etc. Set For 2017 Full Terror Assault

The lineup has been revealed for the 2017 Full Terror Assault. The event will take place on September 7-9 in Cave-In-Rock, IL and it will include: Overkill, Venom Inc., Crowbar, Iron Reagan, Toxic Holocaust, Goatwhore, Havok, Lich King, Phobia, Raven, Homewrecker, Child Bite, Prophecy, Maggot Twat, Dead By Wednesday, Oni, Hammer Fight, Warsenal, Witchaven, Against The Grain, War Curse, Seax, The Convalescence, Hemdale, Detriment, Ground, Nucleus, Withering Soul, Skinned, The Offering, Crank County Daredevils, Airacobragorgy, Ophiuchus, Bleed The Victim, The Mound Builders, and Hailshot.