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.”

Kublai Khan Announce European/UK Tour With Justice For The Damned, I AM, & Antagonist A.D.

Kublai Khan has announced a September European/UK tour. Justice For The Damned, I AM, and Antagonist A.D. will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/04 Bochum, GER – Matrix
09/05 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
09/06 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
09/07 Gothenburg, SWE – Fangelset
09/08 Sobord, GER – Richter
09/09 Berlin, GER – Cassiopeia
09/10 Hannover, GER – Mephisto
09/11 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
09/12 Prague, CZE – 007
09/13 Nurnberg, GER – Z-Bau
09/14 Vienna, AUT – Arena
09/15 Munich, GER – Backstage
09/17 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
09/18 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
09/19 Paris, FRA – Gibus
09/20 Bristol, UK – The Exchange
09/21 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
09/22 Glasgow, UK – G2
09/23 Leeds, UK – Key Club
09/24 London, UK – Underworld
09/25 Brighton, UK – Bash At The Beach
09/25 Aarschot, BEL – De Klinker

Terror Announce East Coast Tour With Kublai Khan, Magnitude, & Restraining Order

Terror have announced an East Coast tour with Kublai Khan, Magnitude, and Restraining Order. Here’s the dates:

03/04 Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents
03/05 Albany, NY – Fuze Box
03/06 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
03/07 Providence, RI – Alchemy
03/08 Falls Church, VA – Falls Church VFW
03/09 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
03/10 Nashville, TN – The End
03/11 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
03/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
03/13 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
03/14 Cincinnati, OH – Legends

Left Behind Premiere New Song “Peeling Wax” Feat. Kublai Khan’s Matt Honeycutt

Left Behind have premiered a new song titled “Peeling Wax.” This track features Kublai Khan’s Matt Honeycutt and an official video for it can be found below. The band’s new album “No One Goes To Heaven“ will be released on November 15.

Zach Hatfield commented:

“All the songs have different meanings, some were inspired by how I’m still recovering from things that happened a couple years ago with some of the stuff I wrote about on the last album. ‘Peeling Wax‘ in particular was about a conversation I had with Matt (from Kublai Khan) during the first tour we did together.

To sum it up, he told me he connected with what I say, that he felt like he was alone in a lot of things he experiences and our music was like a light in the darkness he felt. We became a lot closer friends over the last couple years and I decided to write the song about that same loneliness we feel. It was only right to feature him on the track.”

Kublai Khan Premiere “The Truest Love” Music Video

Kublai Khan have premiered a new video for their new song “The Truest Love.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Absolute,” which will be released on October 4. Matt Honeycutt commented:

“‘The Truest Love‘ is a statement surrounding the cultural norm of the single-parent household. It challenges and questions what it means to be a man and still abandon a family you took part in creating. We hope it provokes thought and unfiltered conversation.”

Architects, The Ghost Inside, Northlane, Polaris, Etc. Set For 2020 UNIFY Gathering Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 UNIFY Gathering festival. The event will take place at Tarwin Meadows in Gippsland, Australia on January 9-12 and it will feature the following:

January 10: Architects, Northlane, Silverstein (20th anniversary set), Make Them Suffer, Dear Seattle, Antagonist AD, Tired Lion, The Beautiful Monument, Between You And Me, Diamond Construct, and Tapestry.

January 11: The Ghost Inside, Polaris, Tonight Alive (with friends), Stray From The Path, Void Of Vision, Knocked Loose, Kublai Khan, Eat Your Heart Out, The Brave, Columbus, Sleep Talk, Caged Existence, and Something Something Explosion.

Kublai Khan Premiere “Self-Destruct” Music Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Absolute”

Kublai Khan have premiered a new video for their new song “Self-Destruct.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Absolute,” which will be released on October 4.

“Absolute” Track Listing:

01. “Armor Of Goddamn”
02. “Boomslang”
03. “Us & Them”
04. “The Truest Love”
05. “Self-Destruct”
06. “Lower Level”
07. “Cloth Ears”
08. “High Hopes”
09. “Beneath A Crescent Moon”
10. “Before It’s Too Late”

Matt Honeycutt said the following about the new record:

“‘Absolute‘ is by far our greatest achievement in my opinion. It’s a perfect mix of each and every sound we have accumulated, all crushed into a single record. We’re extremely excited for the world to give it a shot and feel the energy we have created.”

Despised Icon Add Three More Dates To Upcoming North American Tour

Despised Icon have added a few more dates to their fall North American tour. You can find their updated schedule below. As previously reported, the band will be joined by Kublai Khan, Ingested, and Shadow Of Intent on this run. Suffocation, Devourment, AngelMaker, I AM, and I Declare War will also perform on select dates.

Tour Dates:

09/20 Saskatoon, SK – Coors (feat. AngelMaker)
09/21 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room (feat. AngelMaker)
09/22 Calgary, AB – Dickens (feat. AngelMaker)
09/23 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret (AngelMaker only)
09/24 Seattle, WA – El Corazon (feat. I Declare War)
09/25 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom (feat. I Declare War)
09/27 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver (feat. I AM)
09/28 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (feat. I AM)
09/29 Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar and Billiards (feat. I AM)
09/30 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue (feat. I AM)
10/01 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater (feat. I AM)
10/02 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad (feat. I AM)
10/03 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey (feat. Devourment)
10/04 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live (feat. Devourment)
10/05 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall (feat. I AM)
10/06 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (feat. I AM)
10/08 Philadelphia, PA – TLA (feat. Suffocation)
10/09 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater (feat. Suffocation)
10/10 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (feat. Suffocation)
10/11 Montreal, QC – Club Soda (feat. Suffocation)
10/12 Quebec, QC – Imperial Bell (feat. Suffocation)
10/13 Toronto, ON – Opera House (feat. Suffocation)