Megadeth’s David Ellefson has released a new single titled “Simple Truth” via Bandcamp. Ellefson wrote the track with Thom Hazaert and Italian musicians Andy Martongelli and Paolo Caridi. Proceeds from it will go towards COVID-19 relief efforts in Italy.
“We actually wrote the song in Milan during a tour rehearsal, and a lot of it was recorded there. We’ve gone back and forth with Andy in Italy, from the Platinum Underground in Phoenix, and with our mixer and co-engineer Alessio Garavello in London. While we’re all staying positive and just keeping busy, it’s heartbreaking to see what’s going on over there with the death toll climbing every day.”
“We played several shows in Italy on our European ‘More Live With Deth’ tour last year, and I was just there with Megadeth back in February. It’s absolutely devastating to see what the country is going through right now. The people, and it’s culture, have been so welcoming to me over the years, that i’m honored to do anything I can to give something back to them during this time of need.”
“Simple Truth” is the title track of a new EP, which also includes a new mix of “Vultures,” a live version of “Vultures,” and a live version of “If You Were God.” It will also appear on Ellefson’s upcoming album.
Upon A Burning Body have shared a new video update in which they revealed their upcoming plans. Among them are a new EP, which will be released this summer, and a new album, which they are hoping to track this summer. If you missed it, the title tack of the EP, “Built From War,” was released early and can be found HERE.
Metal Allegiance have released a new EP titled “Thrashing From The House Of Blues Anaheim.” The effort comes with live versions of “Pledge Of Allegiance” and “Can’t Kill The Devil” and proceeds will go towards Looney Tunes record store. The band commented:
“Calling all thrashers! We have just given/released two live tracks to our good friends at Looney Tunes Music and More (Long Island, New York) to sell digitally with 100% of the proceeds going to their employees during this extremely difficult time. We know many people have been affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and many small business are having a difficult time right now, most shutting their doors leaving many people out of work… we hope this helps, even if its just a little. These two songs, Can’t Kill The Devil and Pledge of Allegiance were record live at the House of Blues Anaheim in Anaheim, CA on January 25th, 2018! PLEASE SUPPORT MUSIC AND HELP!”
Ville Valo (HIM) has released a new EP titled “Gothica Fennica Vol. 1.” The effort was released under the moniker VV and it features three songs: “Salute The Sanguine,” “Run Away From The Sun,” and “Saturnine Saturnalia.”
The Acacia Strain have released a new EP titled “E.“ The effort comes with two new songs including “Solace And Serenity” and “The Lucid Dream“ (feat. Mortality Rate’s Jess Nyx). You can stream those below and pre-order a 7” vinyl pressing of “E” HERE. Vincent Bennett commented:
“I’ve been a fan of Jess since Judiciary introduced me to her voice, and I’m extremely happy to have her on a song. Solace, serenity — enter the lucid dream. The second chapter is here. We descend further and further into our own undoing.”
Alkaline Trio have digitally released a new EP simply titled “E.P.” The effort comes with three tracks, “Minds Like Minefields,” “Radio Violence,” and “Smokestack,” and it can be streamed below. You can also pre-order a limited edition 7″ featuring “Minds Like Minefields” and “Radio Violence” HERE. Matt Skiba commented:
“With the tour postponed and the current state of the world, we feel and hope that some new music will help people transcend the uncertainty and possible fear they might be feeling, if even for a few minutes. Music has always had a way of helping us all cope with unpleasant times. We can only hope that ours can do the same for our fans on some level. We hope you enjoy the songs.”