SLAYER/EXODUS Guitarist GARY HOLT Joins METAL ALLEGIANCE On Stage At U.K.'s BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR (Video)
August 15, 2016
SLAYER/EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt joined metal supergroup METAL ALLEGIANCE on stage at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival to perform cover versions of MOTÖRHEAD's "Iron Fist" and ACCEPT's "Fast As A Shark".
METAL ALLEGIANCE's lineup for the August 14 performance at Catton Hall in Walton-on-Trent, England included TESTAMENT's Alex Skolnick on guitar, DEATH ANGEL's Mark Oseguda on vocals and ANTHRAX's Charlie Benante on drums.
Benante was filling in for regular METAL ALLEGIANCE drummer Mike Portnoy, who was on tour with TWISTED SISTER and was unable to make MA's Bloodstock show.
METAL ALLEGIANCE released a special EP, titled "Fallen Heroes", on August 12. The band united to pay homage to the three legends — Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie and Glenn Frey — who impacted not just their lives but the world as well.
Recorded at Conclave Studios in New York City, "Fallen Heroes" was produced by Mark Menghi and Alex Skolnick. The album was mixed by Jay Ruston in Los Angeles, California and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City by Ted Jensen. The initial sketch of the artwork was created by Mark Menghi and Stephen Thompson (ANTHRAX) and was later finalized by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER).
METAL ALLEGIANCE's self-titled debut album was released on September 18, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Brought together by METAL ALLEGIANCE principal partner Mark Menghi, the project's original material came together from the creative minds of David Ellefson (MEGADETH),Mike Portnoy, and Alex Skolnick, alongside Menghi. The four writers then reached out through their metal rolodexes to a diverse lineup of performers, each adding their own personal musical stamp to the collection of nine original songs.