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Megadeth’s David Ellefson To Release New Covers Album, Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Etc. Members To Guest


Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” via his Ellefson band. That outfits sees him performing with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarists Andy Martongelli and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses) and drummer Paolo Caridi.

The 13-track effort is due out on October 02nd and will feature covers of Motörhead‘s “Love Me Like A Reptile” and unspecified tracks from W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Fastway, Fight, Dead Kennedys and more.

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A number of special guests have been recruited to flesh out those covers, they include:

  • 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 & The Conspirators)
  • Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
  • Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
  • Dead By Wednesday

Pre-orders for the collection are available here. Ellefson himself commented:

“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.”

He continued:

“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!”

Ellefson‘s full-length debut album is expected out this spring.

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