Metal Allegiance To Cover Black Sabbath’s Self-Titled Album At Upcoming Anaheim, CA Show

Metal Allegiance, the band featuring core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) and Mark Menghi, have announced that they will be performing Black Sabbath’s 1970 self-titled debut album in full during their January 24 show at The House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. That concert will also include another full set with the following guests: Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), John Bush (Armored Saint), Chuck Billy (Testament), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Mark Tornillo (Accept), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), and Doyle (Misfits).

Menghi commented:

“This past October we had the idea of covering the first Sabbath record while dressing up in costume for a one-time only (scaled down) MA show.

However, we had way too much fun and decided to bring it to Anaheim and incorporate the ‘scaled down’ four piece into the massive MA Anaheim show at our home away from home in SoCal. We’ll be doing a full MA set filled with the MA thrash attack you all know and love, covered by a few sprinkles of select gems and guests dosed with the first Sabbath record.

This show is NOT to be missed and will certainly be one for the ages.”

Skolnick added:

“It is a fun challenge to play Black Sabbath’s debut album – the music has as much in common with Cream and other psychedelic jam rock of the period as the future metal genre it inspired. Playing it live for Halloween (in full early 70s Sabbath regalia) for a packed house in Brooklyn was so special that we just had to bring this experience to friends at our annual Anaheim HoB bash!”

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Armored Saint Team Up With Metal Monkey Brewing For “Symbol Of Salvation” Belgian Blonde Ale

Armored Saint have teamed up with Metal Monkey Brewing to create “Symbol Of Salvation” beer. Decibel Magazine shared the following description of the Belgian Blonde Ale:

Brewed with Grains of Paradise and Pacifica hops, “Symbol Of Salvation” offers a slight twist on the traditional style; the Grains of Paradise add a slightly spicy, woody character, while the Pacifica hops bring to the party an aroma and flavor reminiscent of orange marmalade.

The beer will be tapped at the Decibel Metal & Beer Fest in Los Angeles. Armored Saint are set to perform at the pre-party for that event and are also scheduled to participate in a signing at 7 p.m. on December 1.

Metal Monkey Brewing said the following about the collaboration:

“Metal Monkey got to hang out with Fates Warning after their Joliet, Ilinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin dates during their 2017 ‘Theories Of Flight’ tour. It was basically two nights of bonding over the magic of music and beer. When Armored Saint came through Chicago earlier this year as part of their tour to celebrate ‘Symbol Of Salvation’, we had the chance to do it all over again. Since then, we’ve kept in touch with Joey Vera with an eye toward working together in the future. After we were added to the brewery lineup for the Decibel Metal & Beer Festival, we immediately got in touch with Joey because it was the perfect opportunity to turn a hypothetical into a reality.

Working with Joey has been a blast. He’s he made music that’s been a fixture in our lives and he shares our love of beer and our passion for creativity. It’s been an honor to pair up and create a fun, flavorful beer that sidesteps conventional expectations.

We’re proud to debut ‘Symbol Of Salvation’, our Belgian Blonde Ale brewed in collaboration with and in celebration of Armored Saint and their iconic album, at the Decibel Metal & Beer Festival. Everything about this beer was born of a shared love for the art of brewing that, much like heavy metal in all its forms, affords endless possibilities.”

Vera added:

“We are super excited to announce that we have made a great craft beer in collaboration with Metal Monkey Brewery from Romeoville, Illinois! Aside from being metalheads, these guys are great brewers who are not afraid of going outside the box. Together, we’ve created a killer Belgian Blonde Ale that we stand tall behind! Welcome to ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ Belgian Blonde Ale! Come on out to the Decibel Beer Fest, meet the band, meet our brew, get a taste of ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ Belgian Blonde Ale!”

Armored Saint’s John Bush Lends His Voice To Animated Show “Flex Calibur”

Armored Saint frontman John Bush serves as the singing voice for the main character in a new animated show called “Flex Calibur.” According to The PRP, the show was created by Exit 73 Studios and it features a story about a rockstar named Flex Calibur, who was kicked out of heaven after his death only to go on to thrive in hell.

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons Added To Megadeth’s Megacruise

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons have been added to Megadeth’s inaugural Megacruise. The Norwegian Jewel will set sail from Los Angeles, CA on October 13, 2019 and it will hit ports in San Diego, CA and Ensenada, Mexico before returning on October 18, 2019. Previously announced acts include: Megadeth, Anthrax, Armored Saint, Testament, Corrosion Of Conformity, DevilDriver, John 5, Doro, Overkill, DragonForce, Danko Jones, Beasto Blanco, Metalachi, and Metal Church. In addition to the various performances, the cruise will also feature artist photo experiences, Q&As, beer tasting, music clinics, morning coffee jams, a charity auction, special theme nights, a cornhole tournament, Megadeth themed events, etc.

Overkill & DragonForce Added To Megadeth’s Megacruise

Overkill and DragonForce have been added to Megadeth’s inaugural Megacruise. The Norwegian Jewel will set sail from Los Angeles, CA on October 13, 2019 and it will hit ports in San Diego, CA and Ensenada, Mexico before returning on October 18, 2019. Previously announced acts include: Megadeth, Anthrax, Armored Saint, Testament, Corrosion Of Conformity, DevilDriver, John 5, Doro, Danko Jones, Beasto Blanco, Metalachi, and Metal Church. In addition to the various performances, the cruise will also feature artist photo experiences, Q&As, beer tasting, music clinics, morning coffee jams, a charity auction, special theme nights, a cornhole tournament, Megadeth themed events, etc.

Metal Allegiance Announce January Anaheim, CA Show

Metal Allegiance, the band featuring core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) and Mark Menghi, along with multiple special guests, have announced that they will be performing at The House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA on January 24. Confirmed guests for the concert include: Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), John Bush (Armored Saint), Chuck Billy (Testament), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Mark Tornillo (Accept), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), and Doyle (Misfits).

Menghi commented:

“NYC might be home but Anaheim is the epicenter of our favorite and most epic MA gigs. Can’t wait for everyone to hear tunes from MA1 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 MA branded thrash metal. Who knows, maybe Blitz and I will actually let the Jersey/NY jokes go for a night?”

Skolnick added:

“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 HoB 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!”

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ANAHEIM SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! On January 24th, @metalallegiance will assemble at @hobanaheim for our annual winter assault. This marks the band's fifth year performing annually in Anaheim. The night will include several special guests as well as feature music from our self-titled album and our recent sophomore album, Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty. Joining us on stage that evening will be @andreaskisser (SEPULTURA), Mark Osegueda ( @deathangelofficial ), John Bush ( @thearmoredsaint ), @chuckfcknbilly ( @testamentofficial ), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), @trevortbdm ( @theblackdahliamurder_official ), Mark Tornillo ( @acceptworldwide ), Phil Demmel ( @machine_head ), @alissawhitegluz ( @archenemyofficial ) and @doylewolfgangvonfrankenstein (The Misfits) The night will be presented by @nuclearblastusa and sponsored by @ikmultimedia @murderinthefrontrow & @orangeamplifiers The VIP meet & greet package is now available for purchase with a general admission ticket for $100 or without a general admission ticket for $80. Please note that a ticket to the show is required to attend the pre-show meet and greet. Purchase your VIP packages here: http://bit.ly/MAwinterVIP Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase on Wednesday and Thursday via Ticketmaster. General admission tickets will be available for purchase to the public on Friday here: http://bit.ly/MAwinter2019 #metalallegiance #thrashmetal #markmenghi #alexskolnick #mikeportnoy #davidellefson #overkill #armoredsaint #deathangel #tbdm #archenemy #misfits @markmenghi @mikeportnoyinstagram @davidellefsonbass @alexskolnick #nuclearblast #metal

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Megadeth Recruit Anthrax, Testament, DevilDriver, Etc. For Inaugural Megacruise

The initial lineup has been revealed for Megadeth’s inaugural Megacruise. The Norwegian Jewel will set sail from Los Angeles, CA on October 13, 2019 and it will hit ports in San Diego, CA and Ensenada, Mexico before returning on October 18, 2019. The following artists have been booked: Megadeth, Anthrax, Armored Saint, Testament, Corrosion Of Conformity, DevilDriver, John 5, Doro, Danko Jones, Beasto Blanco, Metalachi, and Metal Church. In addition to the various performances, the cruise will also feature artist photo experiences, Q&As, beer tasting, music clinics, morning coffee jams, a charity auction, special theme nights, a cornhole tournament, Megadeth themed events, and more.