Charlie Benante And John Bush Reunite For Quarantine Performance Of Anthrax’s “Packaged Rebellion”

Charlie Benante and John Bush recently reunited for a quarantine performance of Anthrax’s “Packaged Rebellion.” Benante commented:

“An intimate version from the Sound of white noise album with my Friend- Happy Anniversary . If you like the song , please just enjoy it for what it is and nothing else”

Arch Enemy, Ex-Slayer, Etc. Members To Join Metal Allegiance At Anaheim, CA Show

Metal Allegiance have added more special guests to their January 16 show at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Here’s the full list of participants: Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Slayer, etc.), Dave Davidson (Revocation, etc.), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, etc.), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (Misfits), Chuck Billy (Testament), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), John Bush (Armored Saint), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Jack Gibson (Exodus), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Troy Sanders (Mastodon, etc.), and Alex Skolnick (Testament). WWE wrestler Erick Rowan will serve as the MC at the event and Exmortus, Weapons Of Anew, and Trauma will open.

Watch David Ellefson & Chris Poland Reunite Onstage To Perform Megadeth’s “The Conjuring” & “Peace Sells”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson recently reunited with his former bandmate Chris Poland during a September 5 show at the Slidebar in Fullerton, CA. You can see footage of them performing Megadeth’s “The Conjuring” and “Peace Sells” with John Bush (Armored Saint, etc.) on vocals below:

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Metal Allegiance Announce West Coast Fifth Anniversary Dates

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 some fifth anniversary shows with Superfix and Weapons Of Anew. The group will be joined by special guests Chuck Billy (Testament), John Bush (Armored Saint), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Max Cavalera (Soulfly, etc.) will also perform at the Phoenix, AZ show and Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) and Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) will perform at the San Francisco, CA show. Here’s the dates:

04/17 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
04/18 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
04/19 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
04/20 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

Menghi said the following:

“Five years already? Geez… when I thought of the words ‘Metal Allegiance‘ in my local taco joint and the skeleton of a concept, I never imagined MA becoming what it has become. Only a few short months after that, we were on Motörhead‘s ‘Motorboat Cruise‘ and on that boat the future of MA as I knew it (well not at the time) is when everything changed as we thought ‘hey, lets write some music together’.

Well… 2 full-length albums, an EP and many memorable shows later we’re still intact and stronger than ever. I look forward to celebrating with everyone and hope to see many old faces and new ones at these special shows. Each gig is going to be different with some surprise guests planned for each city. In true MA fashion…Ya never know who is gonna show up?!?!”

Skolinick also commented:

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years! While MA has had some memorable one off concerts recently, tour dates have been relatively rare due to schedules. Now the stars have aligned to make this run of shows possible, including a strong lineup that’s touring together for the first time, some great venues and very special guests. Come celebrate with us!”

Ellefson continued:

“Most bands barely survive one album and a tour. So to go from our debut all star jam on Motorboat in 2014, to having full length releases and accompanying world tour dates under our belt, five years has packed a big loud punch from Metal Allegiance. I think it shows that great music and friendship have always been at the heart of Metal Allegiance so this five year milestone finds us a perfect celebration for just that!”

Portnoy added:

“5 years of hanging, jamming, thrashing, ball crushing and ball busting with this wrecking crew! I love being able to write, record and perform this music with these guys…it’s always a blast!”

Watch Metal Allegiance Perform With Sepultura, Arch Enemy, Death Angel, Etc. Members In Anaheim. CA

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, performed at The House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA last night (January 24) and a stream of the show is available below. That concert saw the band performing Black Sabbath‘s self-titled debut album in full, as well as some of their own songs and covers of Slayer, Sepultura, Iron Maiden, etc. tracks. The following guests took part in the concert: 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).

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!”

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.

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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Metal Allegiance Share “Beer Visualizer” For “The Accuser” Feat. Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Perform With Arch Enemy, Overkill, Etc. Members At New York Show

Metal Allegiance, the supergroup 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 shared a “beer visualizer” for their new song “The Accuser” featuring Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder). This track is from the band’s new album “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty,” which was released today (September 7).

Strnad said the following:

“I am super honored to have been asked to join Metal Allegiance as a guest vocalist for the track ‘The Accuser‘! The list of greats that have contributed to this union of might and metal over the course of these two albums is truly staggering. To be considered a peer to any of these musicians is a high bench mark for achievement. I spit out my coffee when I saw that they chose the song I contributed to to be the opening track for the album… I was simply shocked!”

Skolnick also commented:

“We’d been searching all over for a vocalist on our opening track ‘The Accuser‘ – someone who fit the tune but who could also kick off this album right. One day, while getting ready to go on at Ozzfest/Knotfest, I heard The Black Dahlia Murder way off in the distance – Trevor Strnad was using many vocal tones and a few felt perfect for the song. I suggested him to Mark, and as it turned out, we not only found the right guy for our most aggressive track yet, we also got to bring someone from a new generation of metal into the fold; it’s great to have him on board.”

Menghi added:

“The vocalist for ‘The Accuser‘ had to fit a certain mold and sing these lyrics with honest conviction – he or she had to be willing to dig deep and understand what we were speaking of lyrically. Enter Trevor Strnad, who absolutely nailed it.

It seems that in today’s society, it’s very easy to blame a person (or persons) for something in order to save their own ass and cover-up their own lies with heinous accusations. Someone once told me that the greatest fiction novels are the ones with the most detail; unfortunately that’s how society works today and it’s sad for the people that truly need the help.”

In other news, Metal Allegiance also took the stage at the Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY last night (September 6) and they were joined by a number of guests including Strnad, Arch Enemy‘s Alissa White-Gluz, Overkill‘s Bobby Blitz, Armored Saint‘s John Bush, Death Angel‘s Mark Osegueda, and more. You can see footage from the show below:

Metal Allegiance Premiere New Video For “Bound By Silence” Feat. John Bush (Armored Saint)

Metal Allegiance, the supergroup 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 premiered a new video for their new song “Bound By Silence” feat. John Bush (Armored Saint). This track is from the band’s new album “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty,” which will be released on September 7.

Skolnick commented:

“Bringing in John Bush to sing on ‘Bound By Silence‘ feels like a real coup. He has the perfect voice for this track musically, as well as the ability capture the intensity of the lyrics in terms of storytelling. A great addition the the MA family.”

Menghi added:

“‘Bound By Silence‘ tells the true tale of an amazing Vietnam War Vet, a brave soul who told me his incredible story with only a few months left to live due to Pancreatic Cancer. It’s a very personal song to me. I’ve since come to learn he recently passed on while leaving a great legacy behind. Forever Bound By Silence.”