Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT) and David Ellefson (MEGADETH) recently stopped by Guitar World studios to play the song “Can’t Kill The Devil” from the self-titled debut album from their new project METAL ALLEGIANCE. Check out the clip below.
“Metal Allegiance” was released on September 18 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 of MEGADETH, Mike Portnoy of THE WINERY DOGS, and Alex Skolnick from TESTAMENT, 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.
“Can’t Kill The Devil” features a guest appearance on vocals by TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy.
“I am very honored to be a part of the METAL ALLEGIANCE record,” Chick said. “The track ‘Can’t Kill The Devil’ was fun and challenging for me.
“Working outside of TESTAMENT lets me try different things with my voice. I think the fans are going to be singing along to this track, for sure.”
In a recent interview with I Probably Hate Your Band, Menghi stated about the songwriting process for “Metal Allegiance”: “We wrote the majority of the lyrics for the record. In particular, Dave Ellefson and I co-wrote a lot of the lyrics to the record. We based it off our personal experiences in life, some of the fucking crap we went through. For example, with ‘Can’t Kill The Devil’, he had two lines for that song: ‘Can’t kill the Devil, the Devil never dies.’ And when he said that to me, I was, like, ‘Just stop right there,’ and an hour later, I came back with all the lyrics for the song. And I basically told a tale, I told a story about the Devil. We all have a Devil in our life. I told a story about my Devil and combined it with his.”
The standard edition CD of “Metal Allegiance” features nine original songs. A digipak edition was made available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song “We Rock” as well as a 45-minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version was also made available that features all 10 songs as well.