Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has just released his new solo track "Sleeping Giants" with quite the band surrounding him. Ellefson has recruited Run-DMC vocalist Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Steve Conley of Flotsam And Jetsam, Ilias Papadakis of Memorain, Thom Hazaert, and Ethan Brosh.
Here's what Ellefson had to say about the track.
“It was truly an honor to collaborate with DMC, and I think the track came out great. When Thom said DMC wanted to do a collaboration with us, I instantly thought of ‘Sleeping Giants‘. And when he came out to Revolution in Amityville to perform with us, and shoot the video, it was an awesome energy. I think everyone there got a show they won’t ever forget.”
Here's what Hazaert had to say as well.
“David had all these great instrumental songs laying around, and ‘Sleeping Giants‘ was one of them. He suggested I write and record some vocal parts for them, so I called up DMC and asked if he’d want to collaborate with us on a track, and we got to work. I’ve always loved off the wall Metal/Hip-Hop collaborations, ‘Judgement Night‘ etc. And I think ‘Giants‘ definitely draws from that. The song and video both ended up with a really cool aggressive, old-school New York Hardcore/hip-hop feel. In my book, it doesn’t get any more legendary than Run-DMC. And this was definitely one for the history books.”
Ellefson's solo album Sleeping Giants is out now.