METAL ALLEGIANCE — the all-star metal band consisting of a rotating cast of musicians, including members of MEGADETH, TESTAMENT — which debuted on MOTÖRHEAD's Motörboat cruise last year, and performed at this year's NAMM show and on the ShipRocked cruise, will release its self-titled debut album on September 18 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Brought together by METAL ALLEGIANCE principal partner Mark Menghi, the project's original material came together from the creative minds of David Ellefson of MEGADETH, Mike Portnoy of THE WINERY DOGS, and Alex Skolnick from TESTAMENT, alongside Menghi. The four writers then reached out through their metal rolodexes to a diverse lineup of performers, each adding their own personal musical stamp to the collection of nine original songs.
"Metal Allegiance" contains appearances by:
* Philip H. Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN)
* Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
* Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
* D. Randall Blythe (LAMB OF GOD)
* Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN, KILL DEVIL HILL)
* Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (GUNS N' ROSES)
* Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD)
* Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY)V
* Matthew K. Heafy (TRIVIUM)
* Gary Holt (EXODUS)
* Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED)
* Chris Jericho (FOZZY)
* Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA)
* Misha Mansoor (PERIPHERY)
* Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL)
* Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH)
* Doug Pinnick (KING'S X, KXM)
* Troy Sanders (MASTODON)
* Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL)
* Steve "Zetro" Souza (EXODUS)
* Ben Weinman (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN)
"It's always my pleasure to jam with such esteemed musicians and brothers, and my contribution to this project is further proof of that fact. Hail to all heavy metallers the world over!" states Philip H. Anselmo.
Mike Portnoy adds: "I could not be any more excited or proud of the METAL ALLEGIANCE album... It's everything I've always dreamed of and hoped for and a hundred times more!"
From the blistering opening of album starter "Gift Of Pain" to the final notes of closer "Pledge Of Allegiance", it is clear this collective have created something special. The diversity of the individual tracks is apparent through each musical collaboration.
The standard edition CD of "Metal Allegiance" will feature the nine original songs. A digipak edition will be available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song "We Rock" as well as a 45-minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version will also be available that will feature all 10 songs as well.
D. Randall Blythe adds: "When LAMB OF GOD asked Alex Skolnick to rip a guest solo on 'Ashes Of The Wake', it was a big deal to us to have one of the legends of our scene play on our record. Much to my amazement, years later he returned the request, and it's an even bigger deal to me to be asked on a peer level to contribute to a project with so many stellar players. I was honored to be chosen. 'Gift Of Pain' rips! Play it LOUD!"
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