DAVID ELLEFSON joins us on this week’s edition of THE LOADED RADIO PODCAST
David Ellefson is a renowned bassist known for his groundbreaking contributions to the heavy metal genre. Rising to prominence as a founding member and bassist of the iconic band MEGADETH, Ellefson’s thunderous bass lines have influenced countless musicians. While his time with MEGADETH solidified his place in metal history, Ellefson continues to make waves in the industry through various musical endeavors.
MEGADETH and Rise to Fame:
Ellefson played an integral role in MEGADETH‘s success, establishing the band as one of the “Big Four” of thrash metal alongside METALLICA, SLAYER and ANTHRAX. As a founding member, Ellefson‘s thunderous bass riffs provided the backbone for the band’s aggressive sound, while his songwriting abilities contributed to MEGADETH‘s signature tracks. His collaboration with Dave Mustaine led to the creation of timeless albums like “Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?” and “Rust In Peace,” which cemented the band’s status as one of the most influential metal bands of all time.
Following his departure from MEGADETH in 2021, David Ellefson ventured into various musical projects. One of his notable ventures is THE LUCID, a hard rock band formed in 2019. With Ellefson‘s virtuosic bass skills at the forefront, THE LUCID delivers a potent blend of heavy riffs and melodic hooks, captivating audiences worldwide.
Ellefson also joined forces with fellow MEGADETH alumnus Jeff Young to form KINGS OF THRASH. Together, they honor their thrash metal roots and deliver high-octane performances that remind fans why they fell in love with the genre.
Additionally, Ellefson is a member of extreme metal act DIETH, an exciting project that showcases his versatility and collaborative spirit. DIETH‘s music combines elements of death metal and thrash metal, pushing boundaries and creating a unique sonic experience.
Ellefson‘s legacy extends far beyond his time in MEGADETH. His immense talent and dedication to his craft have allowed him to explore new musical horizons, captivating audiences with his distinctive bass playing. From his contributions to the legendary MEGADETH to his involvement with THE LUCID, KINGS OF THRASH and DIETH, Ellefson continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of heavy metal. With each new project, he reaffirms his position as an influential figure in the genre, ensuring his enduring presence in the annals of metal history.
In the latest edition of THE LOADED RADIO PODCAST, Ellefson discusses the formation of DIETH, his involvement in the upcoming documentary on late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza, his admiration for ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and much more.
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