Metal Allegiance to Release Debut Album This Fall

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David Ellefson of Megadeth performs at The Wellmont Theatre on November 29, 2013 in Montclair, New Jersey.  

Music collective signs with Nuclear Blast In worldwide deal.

Metal Allegiance, the heavy metal collective founded by Mark Menghi, has signed a worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment, and will release its debut album in the fall.

Menghi, Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, Testament’s Alex Skolnick and The Winery Dogs’ Mike Portnoy composed and recorded nine original songs for the album. Other metal stars joined in the recording sessions, but the track listing and performing lineup have yet to be announced.

“I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work with legendary musicians and personal heroes like David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy, as well as Metal Allegiance founder Mark Menghi,”said Nuclear Blast Entertainment president Monte Conner in a statement.“These guys wrote an amazing and diverse record that is 100 percent pure metal, and lined up some killer guest vocalists and lead guitarists to bring it home in an epic, shredding fashion. Just the leads on this record alone will blow people away.

“Perhaps the coolest part of all is that unlike similar projects in the past that existed as studio-only creations, Metal Allegiance were a touring entity first and have now organically evolved into a studio band that makes albums. I am very grateful to these guys for choosing me and the Nuclear Blast team as the vehicle to bring their music to the metal masses.”

Menghi formed Metal Allegiance in 2011 with the idea of uniting hard rock and metal musicians to perform classic metal songs. Members of such bands as Pantera, Anthrax, Slayer, Mastodon, The Cult, Sepultura, Death Angel, Black Sabbath and Motorhead have participated in live events. Metal Allegiance recently did an all-star jam during the fall 2014 Motorboat cruise and also performed at the 2015 NAMM Convention in Anaheim, Calif.


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