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Metal Allegiance came about from an idea almost 5 years ago to serve as a collective effort for some of heavy metal’s most high profile musicians to unite and show their love for performing music together.  The line-up has rotated over time and tours, but the concept has remained a constant.

In 2016, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything Metal Allegiance; furthered with the 2015 release of Metal Allegiance’s self-titled debut album via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which includes many top names in metal such as Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, D. Randall Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, David Ellefson, Alissa White-Gluz, Matthew K. Heafy, Gary Holt, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, dUg Pinnick, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, Steve “Zetro” Souza and Ben Weinman.

The album has been in the Top 10 of the Amazon Metal charts since it was announced and shot up to the top of the iTunes charts and has been receiving an overwhelming amount of postiive reviews.

The concept video for the debut single, “Dying Song” was directed by Vicente Cordero of Industrialism Films and features Philip H. Anselmo on vocals, Alex Skolnick on guitars, Mark Menghi on bass and Mike Portnoy on drums and premiered on RollingStone.com  :

 Video For Album Opener “Gift Of Pain” featuring Randy Blythe on  guest vocals:

METAL ALLEGIANCE recently released their latest video for the album opener “Gift Of Pain”, which features vocals by D. Randall Blythe, lead & rhythm guitars by Alex Skolnick, bass by David Ellefson, drums by Mike Portnoy and additional lead guitar by Gary Holt. The video is a compilation of the song performers playing the song and is the first time any Metal Allegiance members are seen performing in a video.

The standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance features 9 original songs, while the digipak edition features an all-star tribute to RONNIE JAMES DIO with a cover of his classic song “We Rock” (with vocals by Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy and Steve “Zetro” Souza;  lead & rhythm guitars by Alex Skolnick with additional lead guitar by Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel and Gary Holt; bass by David Ellefson and drums by Mike Portnoy), along with a 45 minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album.   A double vinyl version is available that features all 10 songs.  Physical CD bundles are available via the Nuclear Blast store .

Words cannot convey how proud I am of this release. It’s been an honor to work with so many talented folks, from the master rhythm section of Ellefson/Portnoy to our songwriting team with Menghi to the many experts from the studio and business side of things and of course, our stellar lineup of special guests,” states ALEX SKOLNICK.

As a guitarist, this project feels like a career milestone – some of my best work as a soloist (including fun tradeoffs with several esteemed colleagues) as well as the first metal recording to feature my own rhythm playing and guitar tone as its core foundation. I’m grateful for the opportunity and believe this is an album that will shatter all preconceptions.”

TRACK LISTING:

1. Gift Of Pain (Vocals: D. Randall Blythe Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Gary Holt)

2. Let Darkness Fall (Vocals: Troy Sanders Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums & Percussion: Mike Portnoy Additional Bass: Mark Menghi & Rex Brown Additional Screams: D. Randall Blythe)

3. Dying Song (Vocals: Philip H. Anselmo Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: Mark Menghi Drums: Mike Portnoy)

4. Can’t Kill The Devil (Vocals: Chuck Billy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser)

5. Scars (Vocals: Mark Osegueda & Cristina Scabbia Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy)

6. Destination: Nowhere (Vocals: Matthew K. Heafy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Matthew K. Heafy)

7. Wait Until Tomorrow (Vocals: dUg Pinnick & Jamey Jasta Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums, Percussion & Additional Vocals: Mike Portnoy)

8. Triangulum I. Creation II. Evolution III. Destruction (Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Charlie Benante, Phil Demmel, Matthew K. Heafy & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal)

9. Pledge Of Allegiance (Vocals: Mark Osegueda Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Charlie Benante, Gary Holt & Andreas Kisser)

10. We Rock (Deluxe Edition Only) (Vocals: Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy & Steve “Zetro” Souza Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel & Gary Holt)

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