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David Ellefson’s The Lucid Release Megadeth-Like Second Single

  • Axl Rosenberg

The Lucid — the new band featuring bassist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), vocalist Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge), guitarist Drew Fortier (Zen From Mars), and drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory) — have released their second single, “Damned.”

Fans who felt let down that the group’s IPO, “Maggot Wind,” didn’t sound remotely like Megadeth will enjoy “Damned” a whole lot more. Vocally, Dombroski couldn’t be further from Dave Mustaine, because it doesn’t sound like he’s trying to sing while someone twists his nuts. But musically, it could be Countdown to Extinction/Youthanasia-era ‘Deth song.

You can stream it below. The Lucid’s eponymous debut comes out October 15 via SpoilerHead Records. Pre-order it here.

Ellefson was fired from Megadeth in May after an Instagram user, identified only as ‘woahworst,’ started sharing accusations that Ellefson had groomed an underage girl. As proof, they offered extremely explicit video of Ellefson masturbating during a video chat, as well as screen caps of text exchanges between Ellefson and the young woman in question. The woman provided a statement indicating that while the relationship did take place, she was not underage at the time and it was consensual.

In a statement announcing Ellefson’s dismissal, Megadeth said that “While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible moving forward.”

Ellefson subsequently released his own statement, in which he indicated that he would be seeking legal action against the person who leaked the videos.

In addition to The Lucid, Ellefson was recently announced as the co-producer of a forthcoming documentary about Nick Menza, the former Megadeth drummer who passed away in 2016 — while performing live! — from heart disease.

Megadeth have replaced Ellefson for their current tour with James LoMenzo (White Lion, Black Label Society, Firstborne, etc.), who was previously in the band from 2006 until 2010.

Additionally, Ellefson’s parts for the new Megadeth album, The Sick, The Dying, and The Dead, have been re-recorded, although whether that was by LoMenzo or someone else is unclear.

Megadeth’s current tour with Lamb of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed continues tomorrow in Mount Pleasant, MI. Remaining dates are below. Mustaine says you don’t have to be vaxxed or wear a mask; Randy Blythe says you do. I’d go with Randy on this one.

9/24 Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre [tickets]
9/26 St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis [tickets]
9/28 Minneapolis, MN @ Armory [tickets]
9/30 Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage [tickets]
10/1 Laval, QC @ Place Bell [tickets]
10/2 Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron [tickets]

[via The PRP]

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