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.”

Rescheduled Dates Announced For Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, & In Flames Tour

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames have announced the rescheduled dates for their North American tour. The trek will now take place in summer 2021.

Tour Dates:

07/09 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/10 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
07/11 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/13 Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
07/14 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
07/16 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07/17 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/18 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
07/20 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
07/21 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
07/23 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performance Arts Center
07/24 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/26 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
07/27 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
07/28 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/30 Laval, QC – Place Bell
07/31 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
08/03 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
08/04 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
08/06 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/07 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
08/08 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
08/10 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/11 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
08/12 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/14 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
08/18 Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Selena Auditorium
08/20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
08/21 Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory
08/22 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
08/25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/27 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
08/29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
08/31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
09/01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater
09/02 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
09/04 Portland, OR – Moda Center
09/05 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09/07 Pocatello, ID – Portneuf Health Truth Amphitheatre
09/08 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09/10 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center

The following statement was issued:

“We are excited to share the new 2021 dates for the ‘Metal Tour of the Year‘. All tickets will be honored for the new rescheduled dates. If you are a ticket holder and cannot make the new show, you will receive an email directly allowing you to request a refund. For more details, please visit livenation.com/refund

We can’t wait to get back on stage and get this tour kicked off.

Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium & In Flames“

Megadeth’s Kiko Loureiro Premieres New Song “Imminent Threat” Feat. Marty Friedman

Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro has premiered a new song titled “Imminent Threat.“ This track features former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman and it will appear Loureiro‘s new album “Open Source,“ which is set to be released on July 10. Loureiro commented:

“For the last five years, I’ve always been compared to Marty Friedman, and Marty Friedman is a great musician — not only a great guitar player but an amazing musician. And I’m a big fan of his solo work and Cacophony and, of course, other Megadeth years, and I had a chance to meet him two times and have great conversations about music and about life with him. I have some guest musicians, guest guitarists on my new album, and guess what? Marty Friedman is one of them. I’m so happy to have Marty Friedman. He did, of course, an amazing solo on one of my songs. So, thank you, Marty.”

Ex-Lamb Of God Drummer Chris Adler Launches New Project Firstborne

Drummer Chris Adler (ex-Lamb Of God) has joined forces with vocalist Girish Pradhan (Girish and The Chronicles), guitarist Myrone, and bassist James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.) in a new band called Firstborne. The group’s debut EP was released today and it can be purchased on Bandcamp. Notably, the effort is being released on the same day as Lamb Of God‘s new self-titled album, which happens to be their first without Adler.

Megadeth Recording 18 Songs For New Album

Earlier today (June 12), Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames took part in a special “Metal Tour Of The Year” streaming event. During the stream, which was hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin, Dave Mustaine offered an update on the new Megadeth album. According to him, the band are recording 18 songs for the effort.

Mustaine said the following:

“Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and David Ellefson [bass] both just finished their parts. And this was probably one of the strongest records we’ve ever had as far as duration. The other records we’ve done have all done been different lengths, and our [record] contract that we have [to deliver] for one company, it’s eight songs, for another company, it’s 11 songs, so, realistically, all we need to do is do an 11-song album and we’re done, right? That’s not the way old Uncle Dave is, though.

“So we got in the studio and we started working and it got to where we were writing all the original parts, and we had 15 of ’em. And then we got to the end, and I said, ‘Shoot, we didn’t think about the cover songs, man.’ We had a couple of songs we wanted to do for this record. ‘Damn, we forgot. What are we gonna do? Do you wanna still talk about it?’ ‘Yeah, we wanna talk about it.’ So we ended up doing 18 songs altogether, and then we had another song that we forgot was part of one of the other songs, so we had 19. [We] ditched one of the cover songs, so now we’ve got an 18-song album that we’re gonna be bringing.”

He continued after being asked about the musical direction:

“I think this is probably in the top four records as far as towards the tip of the spear with our career and everything that we’re doing. It’s up there with ‘Countdown [To Extinction]’, ‘Rust In Peace’ and probably ‘Peace Sells’. The other one I would say is ‘Dystopia’. So that would round up my top five.

“Honestly, it’s kind of lame when guys have new records and they go, ‘Oh, this is my favorite one,’ ’cause, [let’s] face it, we all do that. When we have a new record come out, ‘This is my favorite one ever.’ I mean, this is a good record, but I don’t have any words to it yet, so…”

He also added the following about the lyrical inspiration:

“There’s a lot of stuff to sing about, isn’t there? But I think I’m gonna kind of keep it to myself right now and try and focus on finishing the guitar parts. This is the first time in a really long time that we’ve had a record that the guitar playing and the bass playing was so hard that we had to stop in between parts. Ask Ellefson — he’s the best ambassador — what he’s doing with his [bass] guitar parts, because he’s playing the same thing I’m doing. And we do some really cool stuff. Like, there’s one part in one song that he played parts that are like ‘Five Magics’. And there’s another part where it was full-on ‘Take No Prisoners’ — just shredding on bass guitar. So you’ll have to see for yourself. The guitar playing could totally suck, but I don’t think it will.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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”

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, & In Flames Announce “The Metal Tour Of The Year” Streaming Event

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames will be taking part in a streaming event on June 12. The event will start at 2pm PDT / 5pm EDT on metaltouroftheyear.com and it will feature Megadeth’s 2016 show at St Vitus in Brooklyn, Lamb Of God’s 2020 show at the House Of Vans in Chicago, Trivium’s 2019 set at DreamHack Dallas, and In Flames’ 2019 set at Borgholm Brinner. Fans will also be able to check out new interviews with each band and purchase limited edition merch. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Live Nation’s Crew Nation.

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]