Watch Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Mastodon, & Metal Allegiance Members Cover Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, Alice In Chains singer William DuVall, Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher, and Metal Allegiance bassist Mark Menghi recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage.” You can see footage of that below:

Benante commented:

“Rusty Cage…first song off of Badmotorfinger and a Damn Good one at that! This song makes me wanna drive fast.

I was a @soundgarden fan as soon as I heard ‘hunted down’. I then heard the FOPP ep on which they had covered an @ohioplayers song (Honey was a great Album) and I was Hooked. I saw them numerous times from 1988-89 to playing festivals with them a few years ago. I always thought they had ‘it’: they were tight but loose,up and down,in and out of tune, heavy and soft, always unique. I always loved the way @Chriscornellofficial sang, His voice was so Recognizable. I saw them at the Armory in New York and he came out and did an acapella version of Beth by @kissonline , I got goosebumps.

We are celebrating the music they created with this version of Rusty Cage. When @billy_butterslax , @markmenghi, @williamduvallofficial and I decided to Jam this one out it was because it moved us when we first heard it and dammit, it still does!

Hope you all enjoy it and Take the time to think what Good Music does to your soul.

Thank you to @dlevanchuk and @tom.w.tapley . Love to #kimthayil #mattcameron #benshepherd .”

Watch Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Etc. Members Cover Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament, Metal Allegiance), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), Jennifer Cella (Beauty In The Machine), and Randy McStine have teamed up for a quarantine cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Rhiannon.“ Benante said the following about that:

“I’ve been a fan of #fleetwoodmac for many years, there is something about that #rumors lineup that just excites me . When @markmenghi asked me about doing this song I immediately was down. It’s personal to him and I understood why.”

Watch Anthrax, Death Angel, & Metal Allegiance Members Cover Mother Love Bone’s “Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Mother Love Bone‘s “Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns.“ You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“What if? I always ask that when I listen to Mother Love Bone, Would Andrew Wood have sung “Release” or “Why go“? Would that TEN album have been the next MLB album? I remember sitting in Lonn Friend’s @instadude74 office when he got the Call that Andrew Wood had Died. I couldn’t believe it, WTF?? I thought that band was going to have a long career…well some of them did.

What A great album; to this day it’s one of my favorites. The Chloe/Crown Of Thorns song is a stand out, it’s so perfect. A few years ago I did a version of Chloe Dancer with Mark Osegueda @bonsloth and Mark Menghi @markmenghi at a @metalallegiance show. I think they both capture the feel and emotion on this song.

I always thought I never really finished or felt fulfilled and I wanted to do a better cover of it. Since I’ve been doing these jams this song has always been on my mind. I get goosebumps when I play it, it’s weird and emotional. I hope you Dig it! Thanks to @andylagis and @dlevanchuk for their awesome ears and eyes @roland.artists @ikguitarist @headrushfx @officialtamadrums @paistecymbals”

BPMD (Overkill, Vio-lence, Etc.) Share Video For Cover Of Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic”

BPMD, the band featuring Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), have premiered a new video for their cover of Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic.” This track is from the band’s new covers album “American Made,“ which is set to be released on June 12.

Bobby Blitz commented:

“I remember waaaaaaaaaaay back when Overkill formed, we were cutting our teeth on covers as I was finding my way around the mic. The Aerosmith covers were right in my wheelhouse, so when Mike [Portnoy] picked ‘Toys’ to cover, I was like… ‘Hell Yea’!”

Phil Demmel added:

“It was tricky because Aerosmith have two guitarists, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, playing different things. So, as one guitar player, I had to pick a medium place between the two that sounded good. I thrashed it up a little by adding a lot of down picking and some gallops and triplets.”

“American Made” Track Listing:

01. “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” (Ted Nugent cover)
02. “Toys In The Attic” (Aerosmith cover)
03. “Evil” (Cactus/Willie Dixon cover)
04. “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” (ZZ Top cover)
05. “Saturday Night Special” (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
06. “Tattoo Vampire” (Blue Öyster Cult cover) (feat. Buck Dharma)
07. “D.O.A.” (Van Halen cover)
08. “Walk Away” (James Gang cover)
09. “Never in My Life” (Mountain cover)
10. “We’re An American Band” (Grand Funk Railroad cover)

BPMD (Overkill, Vio-lence, Etc.) Sign With Napalm Records

BPMD, the band featuring Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. As previously reported, the group’s debut album, which is tentatively titled “American Made,” will feature covers of tracks from the 1970s.

Menghi commented:

“We’re super excited about our first BPMD record. Last summer, I was inspired and came up with this crazy idea and here we are, not even a year later, and it’ll see the light of day in these very trying times. The planet needs something to feel good about, and I 100% whole-heartedly believe these tunes will do the trick. Buckle up and make way for BPMD…”

Ellsworth added:

“The BPMD sessions were very fun. They took us all back to our roots and even pre-roots. As it developed, we all realized it was something special, as did Napalm Records, with one listen!”

BPMD are currently scheduled to make their live debut at the Old Bridge Elks Lodge in New Jersey on May 30 as part of “Bulldozer Bash 5.” That event will benefit the Old Bridge Militia Foundation.

Metal Allegiance Release “Thrashing From The House Of Blues Anaheim” To Raise Money For Looney Tunes Record Store

Metal Allegiance have released a new EP titled “Thrashing From The House Of Blues Anaheim.” The effort comes with live versions of “Pledge Of Allegiance” and “Can’t Kill The Devil” and proceeds will go towards Looney Tunes record store. The band commented:

“Calling all thrashers! We have just given/released two live tracks to our good friends at Looney Tunes Music and More (Long Island, New York) to sell digitally with 100% of the proceeds going to their employees during this extremely difficult time. We know many people have been affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and many small business are having a difficult time right now, most shutting their doors leaving many people out of work… we hope this helps, even if its just a little. These two songs, Can’t Kill The Devil and Pledge of Allegiance were record live at the House of Blues Anaheim in Anaheim, CA on January 25th, 2018! PLEASE SUPPORT MUSIC AND HELP!”

Mike Portnoy, Phil Demmel, Bobby Blitz, & Mark Menghi To Release “American Made” Covers Album Under The Name BPMD

During an appearance on “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show,” Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) revealed that his new project with Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) will be called BPMD. The group plan to release a new covers album titled “American Made” later this year.

Demmel said the following:

“It’s called BPMD. So it’s Bobby Blitz, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi and Phil Demmel — BPMD. It’s all cover tunes from American bands of the ’70s. It’s called ‘American Made‘, [and it’s got songs from] ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Gang, Aerosmith, Grand Funk Railroad — all these cover tunes that we modernized them and not really thrashed them up, but we made kind of metal versions of them.

And we think we found maybe a label home, and we’re looking to put the record out here probably at the end of the first quarter, maybe beginning of second quarter. It’s all up in the air right now.”

He then added the following after being asked who came up with the idea:

“Mark Menghi did. He said he was around his campfire listening to a Skynyrd song, and he’s all, ‘Hey, I wanna record this and get some guys.’ And he called us up. I flew out to Portnoy’s house, and we had the songs we picked. Each of us picked two, and then we had two songs that were kind of band picks that we needed to do. And we flew out to Portnoy’s house in Pennsylvania. I flew in one day, did tracks, flew out the next day, went home and recorded guitar tracks and solos in a day. And the guys did their other tracks. We got it done pretty fucking quick.”

Demmel also revealed his favorite track from the effort:

“I’m gonna have to say… There’s a sleeper track. It’s a Blue Öyster Cult song called ‘Tattoo Vampire’ that I picked. And Buck Dharma from Blue Öyster Cult actually played on the song. And it’s got kind of a punky feel. ‘Cause the original track is kind of rock and roll, but Menghi or Portnoy had this idea to make it kind of a Ramones feel. So we picked it up. So, ‘Tattoo Vampire’ is my favorite.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Dave Lombardo Perform Slayer Songs Live With Members Of Death Angel, Exodus, & Vio-lence

Ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo joined Metal Allegiance onstage during their January 16 show at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. You can see footage of him performing Slayer‘s “Postmortem,“ “Raining Blood,” and “Angel Of Death” with Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) and Jack Gibson (Exodus) below:

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.

Testament’s Alex Skolnick Performs U.S. National Anthem At Chicago Bulls Vs. Detroit Pistons Game

Alex Skolnick (Testament, Metal Allegiance, etc.) performed the U.S. national anthem at the November 1 Chicago Bulls Vs. Detroit Pistons game at the United Center in Chicago, IL. You can see footage of that below: