'Scars', the new lyric video from METAL ALLEGIANCE - the all-star metal band consisting of a rotating cast of musicians, including members of MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, LAMB OF GOD, PANTERA, MACHINE HEAD and more - is now streaming over on YouTube. The song is taken from METAL ALLEGIANCE's self-titled debut album, which was released in September via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. 'Scars' features Death Angel's Mark Osegueda and Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia on vocals, Testament’s Alex Skolnick on guitar, Megadeth’s David Ellefson on bass and Winery Dogs and Twisted Sister’s Mike Portnoy on drums.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/_1yStat5WOQ
"This song is all about our life as musicians who travel the world and see so many contrasting lifestyles, beliefs and hardships”, Ellefson says. Skolnick comments further on the lyrics: “The lyrics are a lament on modern times, with the male voice representing an honest person at wits end, scarred by all the falseness and deception he’s encountered in life and dismayed at the negative impact of human behaviour on a global scale. He’s balanced by the female voice - she appears as a soothing angelic presence, offering hope and a reminder to stay strong.”
Scabbia adds: “The love we all have for music and what we do for a living added to the fact that we cherish our friendship created an even bigger explosive factor that will blow your minds!”
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 phone books to a diverse lineup of performers, each adding their own personal musical stamp to the collection of nine original songs.
Stemming from an initial idea in 2011, Metal Allegiance was born as a way to unite a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable musicians in a setting born under one ideal - a love of music and performing. In 2015, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything Metal Allegiance; furthered with the release of the forthcoming debut album. While the lineup may change, the passion, the energy and the emotion all remain the same. Metal Allegiance is more than just a record or a concert, it’s an experience and a lifestyle.
The standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance will feature the 9 original songs. A digipack 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 is also be available that will feature all 10 songs as well.
The track list for Metal Allegiance racks up as follows:
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)
(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)
(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).
NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK