METAL ALLEGIANCE — the all-star collective anchored by Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and Mark Menghi — began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself.
On January 24, the band will assemble at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California for its annual winter assault. This marks the bands fifth year performing annually in Anaheim. The night will include several special guests as well as feature music from METAL ALLEGIANCE's self-titled album and its recent sophomore LP, "Volume II - Power Drunk Majesty".
Menghi comments: "New York City might be home but Anaheim is the epicenter of our favorite and most epic METAL ALLEGIANCE gigs. Can't wait for everyone to hear tunes from 'Metal Allegiance' along with our new record, 'Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty', live along with some other amazing surprises we have in store. Gonna be another thrash-tastic night of METAL ALLEGIANCE-branded thrash metal. Who knows, maybe Blitz and I will actually let the Jersey/New York jokes go for a night?"
Skolnick comments: "While there are many concerts in and around Orange County during late January when it comes to the heavy side of things, METAL ALLEGIANCE at House Of Blues in Anaheim is the place to be (as attested to by more and more fans each year). Even if I weren't playing the show, this one would be at the top of my list to attend. Don't miss it!"
John Bush (ARMORED SAINT) comments: "Looking forward to my third METAL ALLEGIANCE show — that I am participating in — at the House Of Blues. It's going to be metal mania, again! And we're going to do different songs this time. Not going to tell you what it is... just be ready for a little surprise. The guys are amazing and I have a great time... every time. Be there!"
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL) comments: "From the East to the West and all in between… METAL ALLEGIANCE bangs Cali in January 2019. So one more time, Anaheim, make all it can be… if Menghi's Long Island don't sink into the sea."
Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) comments: "The annual METAL ALLEGIANCE jam is the best jam of the year. I'm always honored to be a part of this metal encounter! Love to play the metal classics but also amazing to perform the original METAL ALLEGIANCE material! See you all in January 2019!"
In METAL ALLEGIANCE fashion, the band will see an all-star line-up including the core four as well as Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA), Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL), John Bush (ARMORED SAINT), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Trevor Strnad (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), Mark Tornillo (ACCEPT), Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY) and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (MISFITS).
The night presented by Nuclear Blast will open with HELD HOSTAGE as well as special guests.
"Volume II - Power Drunk Majesty" was released on September 7 via Nuclear Blast.
As previously reported, METAL ALLEGIANCE will perform BLACK SABBATH's debut album in its entirety during the band's October 27 performance at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York.