Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has announced the release of Sleeping Giants, a companion LP to be released July 5 on CD/digital and August 30 on LP, on Combat Records, in conjunction with his upcoming memoir More Life With Deth, in stores July 16 via Jawbone Press. Co-written with Ellefson’s business partner Thom Hazaert, More Life With Deth is the follow-up to Ellefson’s celebrated My Life With Deth, and delves deeper into the later stages of Ellefson’s career, as well as a thorough exploration of the earliest days of Megadeth and beyond.
Sleeping Giants will be a retrospective featuring several new tracks recorded by Ellefson and Hazaert, plus a collection of demos and unreleased material from F5 and David’s other projects, including the unreleased demo ‘If You Were God’, featuring John Bush (Anthrax, Armored Saint), plus several unreleased demos featuring House of Lords/Giuffria vocalist David Glen Eisley. The CD version will also include a second bonus disc, featuring a compilation of EMP and Combat artists.
Says Hazaert, “David and I were in Tampa for the 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 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’”.
Says Ellefson, “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.”
Check out a teaser video of the title track here.
Pre-order SLEEPING GIANTS on CD, LP, and in bundle configurations at this location.