METAL ALLEGIANCE began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself. Their sophomore album, Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty, was released on September 7th via Nuclear Blast.
Today the band discusses the unique experience that is a METAL ALLEGIANCE live performance.
Watch the video trailer here:
Alex Skolnick states, “One of the exciting things about having a band of players who are in different bands is that you don’t know who you are going to get for events but we can usually count on the ‘core four’ and a really nice supporting line-up. I can definitely see a lot more of theses live shows happening built around events such as NAMM, maybe award shows and certainly album releases.”
Mike Portnoy comments, “For a lot of bands, every time you see them you get a different set list. With METAL ALLEGIANCE, every time you see us you get a different band. You never who is going to be on stage; it’s this cast of characters. We have this pool of brothers and sisters, every show is a unique experience.”
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Watch the official music video for ‘Bound By Silence’ featuring John Bush here:
The thrash worshiping new album merges old-school legends with the modern metallers of the scene to produce groove driven, adrenaline soaked anthems while tackling the frustrating state of the world. The list of musicians for Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty include Trevor Strnad (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), John Bush (ARMORED SAINT), Bobby “BLITZ” Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Mark Tornillo (ACCEPT), Max Cavalera (SOULFLY), Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH) and Johan Hegg (AMON). It also marks the return of Mark Oseguesda (DEATH ANGEL) and Troy Sanders (MASTODON).
Listen to the first single ‘Mother of Sin’ featuring Bobby ‘BLITZ’ Ellsworth (OVERKILL):
Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty was produced by Mark Menghi and Alex Skolnick while Mark Lewis of MRL Studios handled the mixing and mastering.