Friday night (April 1st) was a true celebration of music. I attended yet another amazing show, this time delivered by super-group Metal Allegiance. As Mike Portnoy had mentioned, we were pulling a “Dio” that night- meaning that the crowd may have been small, but it was mighty. It didn’t matter if the band was playing an original song or a cover, everyone loved everything. Honestly, when I saw how the crowd reacted to Metal Allegiance’s original songs I was a little bit surprised. In my experience, crowds don’t respond as well to songs off new albums or lesser known songs by said band- but this concept didn’t apply whatsoever to the Metal Allegiance crowd. It didn’t matter if the band was covering “Balls To The Wall” by Accept or performing their original song “Pledge of Allegiance”- the crowd went ballistic.
Drawing attention to the band itself, the lineup as well as individual performances were killer. You can’t go wrong with Mark Osegueda and Chuck Billy on vocals, and to match that with Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi, Alex Skolnick and Bumblefoot created a truly unique experience to see and hear. It was obvious that these guys were putting 100% of their energy into our “Dio” sized crowd- and that they were genuinely enjoying themselves while doing it. Metal Allegiance, to me, came off as more of a brotherhood than a band. Metal Allegiance first caught my attention when I noticed how great their various lineup’s were (be it on the record or touring), and then they drew me in again with their impressive first studio album. And as if I didn’t like them enough already, their live show sealed the deal.
They played a few songs off their self titled, debut album Metal Allegiance and a ton of hard rock and heavy metal covers. The covers ranged from “Territory” by Sepultura to “Runnin’ With The Devil” by Van Halen- which is sure to please any rock/metal fan. Alex Skolnick did an outstanding job at the “Eruption” guitar solo, and Bumblefoot drove the crowd crazy when he came out and played a solo in the middle of all of us. The only thing I noticed that wasn’t 100% was Chuck Billy’s mic- for a few of the songs that had him on lead vocals you could hardly hear him which seemed like a mistake on the venue’s part. However they got it sorted out after a couple of songs and everything was back in order.
If you can make it out to a Metal Allegiance show, do it. As the band has said many times, it’s a celebration of music- and it truly is. You can follow the band on Twitter @metalallegiance or like them on Facebook to keep up with all things Metal Allegiance.