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Volume II:Power Drunk Majesty Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set

by Metal Allegiance

Release Date: 07 September 2018

Format: LP Double Vinyl

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

£18.99

Metal Allegiance Volume II:Power Drunk Majesty Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set

Overview:
It 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. Now, with their second album, METAL ALLEGIANCE achieves the seemingly impossible once again. Beyond any doubt, the all-star “project” has cemented its position as a true band.
An adrenaline-soaked, thrash-worshipping, groove-driven, diverse, yet more sharply focused effort than its no-less-impressive predecessor, the mere existence and urgent brilliance of VOLUME II: POWER DRUNK MAJESTY silences any doubt as to the band’s earnest intention, purposeful resolve, and resilient dedication to all things heavy metal.
VOLUME II: POWER DRUNK MAJESTY presents a cohesive vision, a straight-ahead almost throwback thrash attack that’s still grooving and modern. “With both albums we got together to see what would happen and in both situations, we surprised ourselves,” says guitarist/cofounder ALEX SKOLNICK. “On the first album, we were like kids in a candy store. It’s a diverse record, which is great. On this one, we went for a more unified sound, and with fewer guests.”
Getting the core of METAL ALLEGIANCE together once is nothing short of a minor miracle, considering the complex crisscross of schedules and outside obligations. That ELLEFSON, MENGHI, PORTNOY, and SKOLNICK have written and performed together multiple times and produced not one but two studio albums is nothing short of astounding. It’s evidence of their total commitment to the spirit that METAL ALLEGIANCE embodies, to the force of their unique creative chemistry, and to the fans.
On VOLUME II: POWER DRUNK MAJESTY, the core membership is once again strengthened by a small army of friends, an eclectic mix of metal legends, visionaries, and firebrands. Vocalists include: TREVOR STRNAD (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), JOHN BUSH (ARMORED SAINT), BOBBY “BLITZ” ELLSWORTH (OVERKILL), MARK TORNILLO (ACCEPT), JOHAN HEGG (AMON AMARTH), MAX CAVALERA (SOULFLY), and FLOOR JANSEN (NIGHTWISH). VOLUME II: POWER DRUNK MAJESTY also marks the return of unofficial “fifth Beatle” MARK OSEGUEDA (DEATH ANGEL) and TROY SANDERS (MASTODON).
“The Accuser,” which opens the album, was another song that came together quickly, featuring lyrics co-written by both of the band’s bass players. “Trevor Strnad is somebody from a newer generation of metal and doing it really well; he killed that track,” enthuses Skolnick, who is responsible for much of the vocal phrasing on the LP.
Skolnick was similarly impressed with the Dutch singer who handles the album’s closer. “Floor from Nightwish, what a musician! She came up with this whole new melody. The way it interacts with the music, it’s almost like an instrumental. It’s beautiful.” Skolnick’s virtuoso, tasteful and melodic lead guitar work is joined by guest soloists who represent a wide spectrum of generations and styles: ANDREAS KISSER (SEPULTURA), who regularly appears with Metal Allegiance live; NITA STRAUSS (ALICE COOPER), and the one-time guitar teacher for a pre-Testament teenaged Alex Skolnick, JOE SATRIANI. Now two albums deep, METAL ALLEGIANCE stands triumphantly as more than a project.

Featured Tracks:
LP Disc 1
Side A:
1. The Accuser feat. Trevor Strnad
2. Bound By Silence feat. John Bush
3. Mother Of Sin feat. Bobby Blitz

Side B:
1. Terminal Illusion feat. Mark Tornillo
2. King With A Paper Crown feat. Johan Hegg

LP Disc 2
Side C:
1. Voodoo Of The Godsend feat. Max Cavalera
2. Liars & Thieves feat. Troy Sanders
3. Impulse Control feat. Mark Osegueda

Side D:
1. Power Drunk Majesty (Part I) feat. Mark Osegueda
2. Power Drunk Majesty (Part II) feat. Floor Jansen