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David Ellefson

David Ellefson

Real/full name:
David Warren Ellefson
59 (born Nov 12th, 1964)
Place of birth:
United States (Jackson, Minnesota)


Ellefson started to play bass guitar because of its presence in heavy rock music. He then became an accomplished rhythm guitarist and honed his songwriting skills while leading several of his own bands through the club scene of North America's Midwest region.

Other than vocalist and primary composer/lyricist Dave Mustaine, Ellefson was the only constant member of Megadeth from the time of their ...


He wrote Making Music Your Business: A Guide for Young Musicians and published his autobiography, My Life With Deth, in 2013.

Ellefson told HM Magazine that he, like Dave Mustaine, is a committed Christian. "Well, I was actually brought up in a Christian household, so I have, you know, a pretty broad knowledge of it; and strayed from it for quite a while. And, now that I have children, I ...

Altitudes & Attitude

Bass, Guitars (2013-present)

2014 Altitudes & Attitude (EP) Bass, Guitars, Vocals (backing)
2019 Get It Out Bass, Guitars, Vocals (backing)


Bass (2022-present)

2022 In the Hall of the Hanging Serpents (Single) Bass
2023 To Hell and Back (Single) Bass
2023 Don't Get Mad ... Get Even! (Single) Bass
2023 Walk with Me Forever (EP) Bass, Vocals
2023 To Hell and Back Bass, Vocals (track 6)


Guitars, Bass, Drum programming (2010-present)

2011 Beamz Metal Factory (EP) Guitars, Bass, Drum programming
2019 Sleeping Giants (Compilation) Guitars, Bass
2020 Simple Truth (EP) Bass
2020 Over Now (Single) Bass
2020 No Cover Guitars, Bass, Drum programming


Bass (2021-present)

2021 Swords & Tequila (Single) Bass
2022 Vacation in the Underworld Bass



Kings of Thrash


Knight Fury

Bass (2011-?)

2011 Time to Rock Bass

Metal Allegiance

Bass (2014-present)

2015 Metal Allegiance Bass
2016 Fallen Heroes (EP) Bass
2018 Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty Bass, Guitars (rhythm) (additional) (track 6)

The Lucid

Bass (2021-present)

Angels of Babylon

Bass (2008-2013)

2010 Kingdom of Evil Bass


Bass (2004-2010)

2005 A Drug for All Seasons Bass, Guitars (rhythm)
2008 The Reckoning Bass

Fallen Angels

Bass (1983)

Iron Steel


2008 Devil May Care (EP) Bass (tracks 1, 2, 4)



Killing Machine

As Dave Ellefson:
Bass (2005-?)

2006 Metalmorphosis Bass


Bass (1983-2002, 2010-2021)

1984 Last Rites (Demo) Bass
1985 Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! Bass, Vocals (backing)
1986 Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? Bass, Vocals (backing)
1986 Wake Up Dead (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1988 So Far, So Good... So What! Lyrics (tracks 4, 6), Bass, Songwriting (tracks 7, 8), Vocals (backing)
1988 Anarchy in the U.K. (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1988 Mary Jane (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1988 Liar (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1989 No More Mr. Nice Guy (Split) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1990 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1990 Rust in Peace Songwriting (tracks 6, 8), Bass, Lyrics (track 7), Vocals (backing)
1991 Rusted Pieces (Video) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1991 Hangar 18 (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1992 Countdown to Extinction Bass, Vocals (backing), Songwriting (tracks 3, 11), Lyrics (tracks 4, 7, 8, 10)
1992 Symphony of Destruction (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1992 Skin o' My Teeth (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1992 Foreclosure of a Dream (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1992 Exposure of a Dream (Video) Bass
1992 Limited Edition! Megadeth Live (EP) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1993 99 Ways to Die (Single) Bass
1993 Last Action Hero Sampler (Split) Bass
1993 Sweating Bullets (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1994 The Story of Megadeth (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1994 Youthanasia Bass, Vocals (backing), Songwriting (tracks 8, 10), Lyrics (tracks 1, 5, 10)
1994 Train of Consequences (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1995 A tout le monde (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1995 Evolver (The Making of Youthanasia) (Video) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1995 Hidden Treasures (Compilation) Bass
1996 Cyberarmy Exclusive Tracks (EP) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1997 Radio Force 1 (Split) Bass
1997 Cryptic Writings Bass, Vocals (backing), Songwriting (tracks 6, 7, 12), Lyrics (tracks 6, 7)
1997 Trust (Single) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1997 Live Trax (EP) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1998 Cryptic Sounds (No Voices in Your Head) (EP) Bass
1999 Less than Jake / Megadeth (Split) Bass, Vocals (backing)
1999 Risk Bass, Vocals (backing), Lyrics (track 10)
2000 Breadline (EP) Bass
2000 Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (Compilation) Bass
2001 The World Needs a Hero Bass, Vocals (backing)
2002 Rude Awakening (Live album) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2002 Rude Awakening (Video) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2002 Still, Alive... and Well? (Compilation) Bass
2004 Unplugged in Philly (Live album) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2005 Video Hits (Video) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2005 Greatest Hits: Back to the Start (Compilation) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2006 Unplugged in Boston (Live album) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2006 Arsenal of Megadeth (Video) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2007 Extended Versions (Compilation) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2010 Rust in Peace Live (Video) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2010 Sudden Death (Single) Bass
2010 The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria (Split video) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2011 Never Dead (Single) Bass
2011 Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (Boxed set) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2011 Public Enemy No. 1 (Single) Bass
2011 Th1rt3en Bass, Vocals (backing), Songwriting (track 7)
2012 Rust in Peace / Countdown to Extinction (Compilation) Songwriting (tracks 6, 8), Bass, Lyrics (track 7), Vocals (backing)
2013 Super Collider (Single) Bass
2013 Super Collider Bass, Vocals (backing), Songwriting (tracks 1, 7), Lyrics (track 7)
2013 Countdown to Extinction: Live (Live album) Bass
2014 Icon (Compilation) Bass, Vocals (backing)
2015 Fatal Illusion (Single) Bass
2015 The Threat Is Real (Single) Bass
2016 Dystopia Bass, Vocals (backing)
2019 Warheads on Foreheads (Compilation) Bass
2021 Unplugged in Boston (Live album) Bass
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Bass (2019)


Bass (1982-1983)



Ronnie Monstrose

Bass (2006)


Bass (2003, 2005, 2006)

Tim Ripper Owens

Bass (2009)

Andy Martongelli

2023 Ultradead Bass (track 6)

Dream Theater

2007 Systematic Chaos Spoken words (track 5)

Ethan Brosh

2014 Live the Dream Bass (tracks 6, 7)

Fatal Opera

2022 Fatal Opera 3 Bass (track 1)

Flotsam and Jetsam

2008 Cuatro Songwriting (track 13)

Green Death

2017 Pure Torture (EP) Bass (track 2)
2018 Hallowmass Bass ("Pure Torture")

Gus G.

2014 I Am the Fire Bass (track 4)


As Dave Ellefson:

1987 License to Kill Vocals (backing) (tracks A2, B1)


2004 The Craving Bass (track 14)


2012 Evolution Bass (tracks 6, 9)
2013 Seven Sacrifices Bass (Track 7)
2016 Duality of Man Bass (track 4)


2021 Moral Hygiene Bass (tracks 5, 6)


2023 Cosmic Redemption Bass (track 9)


2021 Awenasa Bass (track 6)

Operation: Mindcrime

2015 The Key Bass
2016 Resurrection Bass (track 9)


2021 Sepulquarta Bass (track 1)


2004 Prophecy Bass (tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 10)
2005 Dark Ages Bass (track 10)

The Alien Blakk

2006 Modes of Alienation Bass
2010 Bekoming Bass (track 4)

Tim Ripper Owens

2009 Play My Game Bass (track 8)


2018 Tranzig (EP) Bass


2005 The Beginning of the End Bass (tracks 1, 2, 8)

Altitudes & Attitude

2014 Altitudes & Attitude (EP) Executive producer

Andy Martongelli

2023 Ultradead Engineering (bass) (track 6)


2005 From the Depths of Time Co-Producer


2019 Womb (EP) Executive producer


2020 Over Now (Single) Executive producer
2020 No Cover Executive producer


2021 Swords & Tequila (Single) Producer
2022 Vacation in the Underworld Producer

Evil United

2019 Serpent Producer


1995 Multiples of Black Producer (tracks 2, 4-6 & 8)
2016 Vampiro Executive producer

Last Crack

2019 The Up Rising Executive producer

Marc Rizzo

2018 Rotation Executive producer

Operation: Mindcrime

2015 The Key Songwriting (track 3)


2014 Lunar Manifesto Executive producer


2016 Live Hammersmith (Live album) Executive producer
2018 Live Hammersmith (Live album) Liner notes
2018 Live Hammersmith (Live album) Liner notes


2005 The Beginning of the End Co-producer (tracks 1, 2, 8, 9)


2018 Rage Executive producer


1993 Mind over Splatter Songwriting (track 3)
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