Brave The Cold (Napalm Death, Megadeth) Premiere “Hallmark Of Tyranny” Video

Brave The Cold, the band featuring Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris and Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren, have premiered a new video for their new song “Hallmark Of Tyranny.” This track is from their debut album “Scarcity,“ which will be released on October 2.

The following was said about the song:

“The track is an attack on overreaching governments — highlighting financial superpowers, forced vaccines, targeted false flag operations and frequency harnessing of the masses to achieve a one-world government.”

Harris added:

“Although it may sound doom and gloom, it’s meant for a positive outcome from creative efforts inspiring change. Inspiration through art is essential in our world, with our need for social interaction, adaptation, individualism and personal transformation. If Brave The Cold doesn’t get your attention, what will? It’s time to wake the fuck up!”

Brave The Cold (Napalm Death, Megadeth) To Release Debut Album “Scarcity” In October

Brave The Cold, the band featuring Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris and Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren, have signed a new deal with Mission Two Entertainment and are planning to release their debut album, “Scarcity,“ through the label on October 2. Harris commented:

“Mission Two Entertainment progressed to their next phase in the music world and they have been the most inspiring team I’ve ever worked with! They truly believe with heart and soul to push this to the highest level possible as we forge ahead in our forever altered civilization.”

Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Teams Up With Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) And Jesper Liveröd (Nasum) For New Bent Sea Song “Quietus”

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren has shared a new song, titled “Quietus,” from his Bent Sea project. The track, which features Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) and Jesper Liveröd (Nasum), serves as the fourth single in Verbeuren’s “Instagrind” series.

Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Teams Up With Richard Johnson (Drugs Of Faith) For New Bent Sea Song “Nothing Blasts Forever”

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren has shared a new song, titled “Nothing Blasts Forever,” from his Bent Sea project. The track, which features Richard Johnson (Drugs Of Faith), serves as the third single in Verbeuren’s “Instagrind” series.

Dirk Verbeuren On New Megadeth Album: “It’s Heavy”

During a recent appearance on “Todd Nief’s Show,” Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the effort will have “a lot of heavy stuff.”

Verbeuren said the following:

“We had to push things back a little bit, but at the end of May, both David Ellefson [bass] and myself went to Nashville to go in the studio there with Dave [Mustaine], and we recorded drum and bass tracks for the record, which we’d been working on about a year and a half or so prior — we started, with Dave, working on song ideas and riffs. So the foundation for the album is done. Dave Mustaine is currently recording all the guitars — all the rhythm guitars. Kiko [Loureiro, lead guitar], at some point — he’s in Europe at the moment — is gonna come over and work with him on all the stuff. So it’s in progress.

We recorded, actually, a lot of songs, and I’m pretty sure not all of them are gonna be on the album. But the overall direction of the record is definitely — it’s gonna be a thrash album, it’s gonna be a metal album. It’s heavy — there’s a lot of heavy stuff. So I’m very excited about it.

Old MEGADETH is kind of what I grew up with — and that’s not to discredit anything they did in their career, but that’s the stuff that touches me the most — so I wanted to bring that energy. And I was able to, because Dave being the frontman he is, let me try stuff, let me do stuff — he was actually encouraging me to go crazy in some parts and stuff. And I think that was a very exhilarating time to be able to do that. It was pretty surreal, actually, to be in the studio with those guys.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Teams Up With Petri Eskelinen (Feastem) & Jesper Liveröd (Nasum) For New Bent Sea Song “Sycophant Legions”

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren has shared a new song, titled “Sycophant Legions,” from his Bent Sea project. The track, which features Petri Eskelinen (Feastem) and Jesper Liveröd (Nasum), serves as the second single in Verbeuren’s “Instagrind” series.

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.”

Megadeth, Testament, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Black Sabbath’s “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has joined forces with Dino Jelusick (Animal Drive), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Steve Di Giorgio (Testament), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), and Julie Belanger Roy for a quarantine cover of Black Sabbath’s “Falling Off The Edge Of The World.” You can check that out below:

Phil commented:

“As the anniversary of Ronnie’s passing was getting close, I reached out to Dino Jelusić to see if he’d be into singing on this tune. I saw him sing with TSO a few years back and thought he was awesome, but watching a vid of him cover the Badlands song “The Last Time” blew me the fuck away. A Sabbath/Dio cover needs to nailed. It had to be him. I next hit up my Bay-Area Brother, Steve Di Giorgio to do the Geezer parts. We’d known each for about 35 years but never jammed together. I thought he’d be perfect.

The intro is pretty layered. Steve had suggested we get real strings and brought in Julie Belanger Roy, she then layed down both a viola and violin track. My wife Marta found a keyboard patch that sounds sooooo close to the original and they NAIL it, all the way to the descending slide. I asked Steve about drummers and he mentioned he knew Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork/Megadeth and could reach out. I had just watched Dirk play with Devin Townsend on the 70K Tons cruise and loved watching him play. A world-class drummer.

Sounds like SDG put this line-up together? He pretty much did. Juan Urteaga got a slamming mix together and Scott Kirkeeng played around with the RotoScope effect you see on the vid.

So much appreciation and thanks to all the above for the effort. This is done for fun and for the love of music, and this song was done in tribute of a man we ALL admire and carry the torch for. RJD RIP”

David Ellefson Says Recording Sessions For New Megadeth Album Are “Officially Underway”

During a recent interview with The Metal Circus, David Ellefson confirmed that recording sessions for the new Megadeth album are “officially underway.” The bassist said that him and drummer Dirk Verbeuren started working on their parts for the effort “this last week.”

Ellefson said the following:

“Recording happens in various stages. First, the basic tracks, which, for us, is bass and drums. And then the rhythm guitars, and then starting to put some vocals down and solos and all the embellishments of extra guitars and whatever layers of melody and stuff. The main thing, the first thing we wanted to get done was drums and bass, so me and Dirk were working on that this last week.”

He continued:

“So, look, it’s underway. I think that’s the good news now — the album is officially underway. We’ve been writing it since late 2017 — our last show was in Buenos Aires, Argentina back in November of 2017. And then the intention from there was just to get started composing. But it’s on its way — the ship is sailing, which is great.”

He also added the following when asked if fans can expect to hear the traditional Megadeth sound on the new record:

“There’s a saying, you have your whole life to write your first record, and then you have about a year to write your second one. And once you put the first one out, the die is cast — now there is sort of a sound that people expect when they hear the next record. And if album two is too much of a departure, people go, ‘Eh, this is kind of weird. I like the first one better.’ And I think with MEGADETH, this is album sixteen, so we have a lot of experience doing this. We’ve been able to expand and try a lot of different things.”

“Look, there’s been some missteps — of course — but you have to also, in our opinion, be bold and be adventurous and try some new things. If you just do what you always did, it’s, like, why put out another album? Everybody can just go buy the previous one. You’re dealing with the creative. Yeah, there’s business and there’s marketing and all this stuff. But [it’s called the] music business. We’re dealing with music; the business always comes after the music. So I think for us, what we find is that when we’re in a room and we’re playing something, and if we’re all going, ‘Yeah, that’s freaking awesome,’ if we like it, chances are you’re all gonna like it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jacob Bannon (Converge) Says He Recorded A New Album With Napalm Death, Megadeth, & Ex-Nasum Members

Jacob Bannon (Converge, etc.), Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), and Jesper Liveröd (ex-Nasum) have joined forces in a new project. According to Bannon, the group have already recorded a 12-track album.

Bannon said the following about the project during an interview with “Mosh Talks With Beez” for Knotfest.com:

“Aside from the Umbra [Vitae] record I actually finished another album before the pandemic situation hit here in the States. We didn’t totally put that on ice, but it definitely delayed getting that out to the world…”

“It’s something totally new for me, where Umbra is a band—a proper band—and Converge and Wear Your Wounds are proper bands, this is more of a project that might have some live elements at some point. But I wrote a album with Shane Embury from Napalm Death, Dirk from Megadeth who also used to play drums in Soilwork and Jesper from Nasum.

And we recorded a 12-song album and we’re really excited about it. And we’re gonna get that out to the world, I don’t know, hopefully in the next few months, we’ll see what happens…”

[via The PRP]