For decades now Frank Bello & Dave Ellefson have supplied the low end for one half of “the Big 4” of thrash metal, serving as the bass players for Anthrax and Megadeth respectively. The longtime friends began writing music together while traveling the world during the Metal Masters Clinics. The collaboration being dubbed Altitudes & Attitude will release their debut self-titled EP on Janurary 14th via Megaforce Records.

“What started out as simple bass ideas quickly developed into some really great songs together,” says Ellefson. “Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us. It’s exciting to write melody with diversity while still pushing the limits of lead-bass playing. Frank’s singing, and both of us playing guitars and other instruments, gave us a whole new dimension for creative opportunities.”

“We thought it would be cool to let fans hear something they wouldn’t expect from us- which is what Altitudes & Attitude is,” adds Bello.

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The first track “Booze & Cigarettes” almost sounds like it could have been on Anthrax’s tragically underrated “Volume 8: The Threat Is Real.” The chorus is very catchy, the song is a little on the poppy side and not what you would probably come to expect from two of the founding father’s of thrash.

“Here Again,” steps it up and almost sounds like Megadeth with a different singer.

The third track “Tell The World” sounds like it would have fit in nicely with many of the post-grunge bands that filled alternative rock radio stations in the late 90’s.

It’s not “metal,” but what I’ve heard so far is enough to have me wanting more.

“Altitudes & Attitude” EP recording credits:

Frank Bello (Anthrax) – lead vocals, electric guitar, 8-string bass guitar
David Ellefson (Megadeth) – 4-, 5- and 8-string bass guitars, rhythm guitars
Jeff Friedl (The Beta Machine, A Perfect Circle) – drums and percussion
Special guest: Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne) – lead guitar on “Here Again”

(01/14/14*Updated: The album is out now, you can buy it from Amazon via the link below. Also replaced the Soundcloud link (which is gone) with Spotify.