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Metal Allegiance release date and guests revealed

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Photo Credit: Mark Menghi

WORDS: Laura McCarthy

LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX, MEGADETH and PANTERA members have come together for mammoth album, which has been confirmed for release September 18th.

Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT, David Ellefson of MEGADETH and Mike Portnoy of DREAM THEATRE came together back in 2011 for a project masterminded by Mark Menghi. Now, the guys are back together, with a huge plethora of musicians including Randy Blythe, Philip H. Anselmo, Cristina Scabba and Charlie Benante. METAL ALLEGIANCE, as the project is known, assures that the self-titled album will be something to be “played loud”.

Randy Blythe, frontman of LAMB OF GOD also commented: “When LAMB OF GOD asked Alex Skolnick to rip a guest solo on Ashes Of The Wake it was a big deal to have one of the legends of our scene play on our records… 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.”

With a huge line up of guest appearances over the whole album, the new album is sure to be a great record. Portnoy says, “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 100 times more!”
According to the press release the track listing for METAL ALLEGIANCE is as follows:

  1. “Gift of Pain” – (Randy Blythe – vox; Alex Skolnick – gtr; David Ellefson – bass; Mike Portnoy – drums; Gary Holt – gtr)
  2. “Let Darkness Fall” – (Troy Sanders – vox; Alex Skolnick – gtr; David Ellefson – bass; Mike Portnoy – drums; Rex Brown and Mark Menghi – bass; Randy Blythe – screams)
  3. “Can’t Kill the Devil” – (Chuck Billy – vox; Alex Skolnick – gtr; David Ellefson – bass; Mike Portnoy – drums; Phil Demmel – gtr; Andreas Kisser – gtr)
  4. “Dying Song” – (Philip H. Anselmo – vox; Alex Skolnick – gtr; Mark Menghi – bass; Mike Portnoy – drums)
  5. “Scars” – (Mark Osegueda and Cristina Scabbia – vox; Alex Skolnick – gtr; David Ellefson – bass; Mike Portnoy – drums)
  6. “Destination Nowhere” – (Matt Heafy – vox/gtr; Alex Skolnick – gtr; David Ellefson – bass; Mike Portnoy – drums)
  7. “Wait Until Tomorrow” – (dUg Pinnick and Jamey Jasta – vox; Alex Skolnick – gtr; David Ellefson – bass; Mike Portnoy – drums/vox)
  8. “Triangulum” – I. Creation II. Evolution III. Destruction – (Alex Skolnick – gtr; David Ellefson – bass; Mike Portnoy – drums; Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Charlie Benante, Phil Demmel, Matt Heafy and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal – additional gtr)
  9. “Pledge of Allegiance” – (Mark Osegueda – vox; Alex Skolnick – gtr; David Ellefson – bass; Mike Portnoy – drums; Charlie Benante, Gary Holt and Andreas Kisser – additional gtr)
  10. “We Rock” (Deluxe Edition only) – (Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy and Steve “Zetro” Souza – vox; Alex Skolnick – gtr; David Ellefson – bass; Mike Portnoy – drums; Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel and Gary Holt – additional gtr)

 

METAL ALLEGIANCE promotional video:

To pre order, check out Nuclear Blast’s Online Store.

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