According to Theprp.com, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has shared a lyric video for his track “Hammer (Comes Down).” The track is the first single from Ellefson’s forthcoming debut solo album Sleeping Giants, as well as a companion release to his memoir “More Life With Deth.” Sleeping Giants will be released on July 19 via Combat Records while the book due on July 16 via Jawbone Press.
The song features former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), guitarist Joey Radziwill (Sacred Reich) and drummer Dave McClain (Machine former leader). Lead vocals from Ellefson’s “More Life With Deth” co-author Thom Hazaert and Flotsam and Jetsam vocalist Eric “A.K..” Knutson.
Ellefson and Poland reunite on the new song. Their last commercially collaboration dates back to Megadeth’s iconic The System Has Failed album in 2004. Ellefson states: “It was great to reconnect with Chris, musically and personally, who is still, and always has been, one of the most innovative players in metal.
“When we were working on putting together the record, Thom had brought up the idea to Chris of him playing on a track, and somehow it all worked out,” he continues. “Add some killer solos from Chris Poland, on to a song that already features Mark Tremonti, Dave McClain, and Eric AK from FLOTSAM, and you can only imagine how incredible it came out. It’s truly an epic collaboration, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.”
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with throat cancer last month, forcing the band to cancel scheduled tour dates. Psycho Vegas 2019 has announced The Misfits will replace Megadeth. David Ellefson also dropped his side project, Altitudes & Attitude, with Frank Bello of Anthrax earlier this year.
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