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Megadeth’s David Ellefson Announces Companion Album To His Upcoming Memoir, Bumblefoot, Mark Tremonti, Etc. Among Guests


David Ellefson of Megadeth/Altitudes & Attitude fame has announced the upcoming July 05th release of a new companion album to his forthcoming memoir, ‘More Life With Deth“. Titled “Sleeping Giants“, the album will initially be release on CD/digital formats via Combat Records with an LP version due on August 30th. Ellefson‘s aforementioned memoir will hit stores on July 16th and was co-written by his business partner Thom Hazaert.

Sleeping Giants” itself will compile several new tracks recorded by Ellefson and Hazaert as well as a demos and unreleased material from Ellefson‘s various projects, including F5 and more. Numerous guests will appear throughout the outing and Hazaert will also contribute vocals alongside DMC of Run-D.M.C. fame to the title track.

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Guests tapped for the record include:

Daryl “DMC” McDaniels
Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, Flotsam and Jetsam)
Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam, F5)
Ethan Brosh
John Bush (Armored Saint, ex-Anthrax)
Dave Sharpe (Dead By Wednesday)
Opus Lawrence (Dead By Wednesday)
Mark Tremonti (Tremonti, Alter Bridge)
Juan Garcia (Abbatoir, Body Count)
Illias Papadakis (Memorain)
Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, Ex-Machine Head)
David Glen Eisley (House Of Lords/Giuffria)

Actor/musician Kristian Nairn, best known as ‘Hodor‘ on ‘Game Of Thrones‘, also appears via a remix he did of the track “Vultures“. Pre-orders for that set can be found here.

Ellefson commented of the companion album:

“I love to collaborate and It’s timely and fitting to work up these song ideas with my friends, and get to break out and release some of these great demos and oddities from over the years, the stories behind many of which are told in the book. And to be able to include many of the EMP and COMBAT artists, I think it really brings another dimension to the stories we’re telling in More Life With Deth.”

Hazaert added:

David and I were in Tampa for PBX – Playback Independent Music Expo, and had just finished an amazing run of BASSTORY, where I ended up performing with him, and several of our friends, including Bumblefoot, and Dave Sharpe and Opus from Dead By Wednesday. We capped it off with an amazing all-star BASSTORY jam at the Brass Mug in Tampa with Dirk Verbeuren, Troy Sanders from Mastodon, Jason Bieler of Saigon Kick, Head from Korn, Kyle Sanders from Hellyeah. It was insane. So, we went into a local studio, MASTERSOUND in Tampa, with the Dead By Wednesday guys, and ended up writing and tracking “VULTURES”.”

David had all these other amazing instrumental songs and parts, laying around, that I had always loved, and we just ended up getting a bunch of guests to play on them, polished some of them up, I wrote lyrics, laid down vocals, and the rest is history.”

“It truly was just writing and making music from the purest place of writing and making music… like, buddies in the garage jamming on songs. And while everyone knows him as a bassist, David is such an incredible guitar player, and songwriter, and I love that we can finally showcase that. And to have a bunch of our friends who are IN the book play on it, and for me and David to collaborate the way we did.

I think it’s really special. And, at first, we really didn’t know what to do with it, or if we would even do anything with it, for that matter. We’d discussed the idea of releasing the new tracks as singles, then an EP, and then we came up with the idea to create a sort of “island of misfit toys” b-sides release, with all this killer stuff David had been involved with over the years, and it really all just kinda fell into place.”

01 – “Vultures
02 – “Sleeping Giants” (feat. DMC)
03 – “Hammer Comes Down
04 – “Vultures” (Kristian Nairn Remix)
Unreleased Demo:
04 – “If You Were God” (feat. John Bush)
F5 Demos:
05 – “Deadman Rise
06 – “I Fall
07 – “Bleeding
08 – “Why Can’t We Die
09 – “Dying On The Vine
10 – “Faded
11 – “Undeniable
12 – “Feel Your Pain
Unreleased Demos:
13 – “Out In The Rain” (feat. David Glen Eisley)
14 – “Voices” (feat. David Glen Eisley)