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All live Photos by Dhruv Kumar
The Metal All Star phenomenon that is Metal Allegiance announced earlier this year a short sting on the road on the East Coast. Destination (Almost) East Coast tour! kick started a 7 day journey on March 31st in Providence, Rhode Island followed by stops in Poughkeepsie, New Haven, and Lancaster before the final show on April 7th at the Gramercy in New York which we we’re fortunate enough to shoot.
This variation of the lineup includes none other than Mike Portnoy, Mark Osegueda, Chuck Billy, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Alex Scholnick, Mark Menghi and Chris Jericho all making appearances.
We spoke with Mark Menghi a short while ago about how the creation came about:
MGM: As a fan I really appreciated that it was never announced and you only got any hints by seeing pictures of people like Mike Portnoy boarding the cruise ship.
MM: We were all going already Mike and I – just as two friends/fans taking a vacation. And then all of a sudden – we got work to do. But I’m really grateful for that trip and for everyone giving us that opportunity because that’s where Metal Allegiance happened. If you were on that boat (Motorboat 2014) you’ll remember that we couldn’t dock one of those days. We were supposed to go to Key West and we were out at sea longer than expected. And Me, Mike and Alex (Skolnick) were just hanging out as we circled Cuba – we just kept circling Cuba and that’s where the idea came about. “Hey why don’t we start a record?” and that’s when the lightening bolts started coming out.
Check out more live shots of MA in action at Gramercy below and don’t forget to check them out on the road!!!
The long-awaited debut from Metal Allegiance is now available via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album hit the Top 10 of the Amazon Metal charts when it was released and shot up to the top of the iTunes charts as well. Metal Allegiance has been receiving rave reviews with Revolver declaring in a 4-star review “…Metal Allegiance towers above other albums of its ilk.
Metal Allegiance is equal parts reverence and reference. While the songs are solid with remarkable performances and solos (performed by a host of guests), the real star here is the metal genre itself and the bands that influenced these eclectic tracks.” Wicked Channel recently praised the album in a 10 out of 10 review by stating, “The sales pitch is easy, this is our Bible.” The self-titled album contains appearances by 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 standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance features 9 original songs. A digipak edition is 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 available that features all 10 songs.