METAL AL­LE­GIANCE

FOR FANS OF: Me­gadeth, Dream The­ater, Ju­das Priest

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

■ If noth­ing else, Metal Al­le­giance should be ap­plauded for the sheer amount of heavy ta­lent they’ve man­aged to get in on this. Formed by leader and song­writer Mark Menghi, and rop­ing in Me­gadeth bassist David Ellef­son, Tes­ta­ment gui­tarist Alex Skol­nick and ex-dream The­ater drum­mer Mike Port­noy, the songs here are works of ul­tra-sharp, hi-tech metal, with a dif­fer­ent guest vo­cal­ist on each one. Lu­mi­nar­ies like Amon Amarth front­man Jo­han Hegg, The Black Dahlia Mur­der’s Trevor Str­nad and Mastodon’s Troy San­ders each add their own roar to their given tunes, with the lat­ter’s ap­pear­ance on the stomp­ing, tricky Liars & Thieves be­ing a par­tic­u­lar high­light. How­ever, un­like Dave Grohl’s Probot project, where the tracks were writ­ten in the style of the guests’ own works, here songs and singers feel a lit­tle in­ter­change­able. Still, if big riffs and vir­tu­oso play­ing are your thing, Metal Al­le­giance will scratch the itch. NICK RUSKELL

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