Heavy Metal is more than a genre, more than an attitude and certainly more than whatever cheap epithets are dismissively thrown at it by clueless critics. At its best, Metal is a lifestyle, a community, a tribe uniting people across cultural, economic and philosophical divides with the primal pulse of bombastic and majestic expression.
Never before has one entity encapsulated so many components of the heavy metal community’s continued vibrancy and dedication to the lifestyle than the collective fittingly called METAL ALLEGIANCE.
METAL ALLEGIANCE recently announced the release of their debut self-titled album as September 18th but until then, the collective are teasing fans with videos from their sessions in the studio. The first trailer is now online and covers the recording of the first track, 'Gift Of Pain'.
Watch out for appearances by Randy Blythe, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy and Gary Holt,
The band’s forthcoming new album includes appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, Randy Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, Alissa White-Gluz, Matt Heafy, Gary Holt, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Dug Pinnick, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Steve 'Zetro' Souza and Ben Weinman, in addition to Ellefson, Menghi, Portnoy and Skolnick.
The album contains nine original songs, with the digipack edition including a cover of 'We Rock' as a tribute to the late and great Ronnie James Dio.
METAL ALLEGIANCE TRACKLIST
1. Gift Of Pain (ft Randy Blythe, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Gary Holt)
2. Let Darkness Fall (ft Troy Sanders, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi, Rex Brown, Randy Blythe)
3. Can’t Kill The Devil (ft Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Phil Demmel, Andreas Kisser
4. Dying Song (ft Phil Anselmo, Alex Skolnick, Mark Menghi, Mike Portnoy)
5. Scars (ft Mark Osegueda, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy)
6. Destination: Nowhere (ft Matthew K Heafy, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy)
7. Wait Until Tomorrow (ft Dug Pinnick, Jamey Jasta, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy)
8. Triangulum (ft Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Charlie Benante, Phil Demmel, Matthew K. Heafy, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal)
9. Pledge Of Allegiance (ft Mark Osegueda, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Charlie Benante, Gary Holt, Andreas Kisser)
10. We Rock (ft Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy, Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel, Gary Holt)
PRE-ORDER 'METAL ALLEGIANCE':
Digipack CD: http://bit.ly/AMZMAALL
Limited Edition Double Gatefold Red or Clear Vinyl available exclusively from the Nuclear Blast UK store: http://bit.ly/METALAVIN
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