Sjak : Exactly three years ago the eponymously entitled debut album of the outfit Metal Allegiance saw the light of day, which in my opinion didn’t make the impact that you would have expected on the basis of the band’s line-up. The band was originally started by ex-Constricted bass player Mark Menghi, who was capable to convince greats like David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) to become part of his project. Originally Metal Allegiance was meant as a live-project to play classic metal tracks, but soon they also started to create their own material. On the first album those songs were performed by a number of guest singers like Chuck Billy, Mark Osegueda, Phil Anselmo, Randy Blythe and Cristina Scabbia to name just a few, which accounted for quite a varied album which still couldn’t live up to the high expectations.
This ‘Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty’ has as a matter of fact become somewhat of a repetition of the first album, because also here a number of world class singers are presented with Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Bobbi Blitz (Overkill), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mark Tornillo (Accept), Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth), Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel) and our own Floor Jansen (Nightwish), who each take care of one song. The biggest difference with the debut album is however that the song material is much more interesting, causing the record to leave a much better impression.
Especially opening track ‘The Accuser’ (with Trevor Strnad), ‘Mother Of Sin’ (with Bobbi Blitz), ‘Terminal Illusion’ (with Mark Tornillo) and the diptych ‘Power Drunk Majesty Part I and Part II’ (with respectively Mark Osegueda and Floor Jansen), on which guest guitar player Joe Satriani is doing a great solo, prove to be excellent songs, giving Alex Skolnick lots of opportunities to fire the necessary great riffs at you. The by Johan Hegg sung ‘King With A Paper Crown’ took some more listens before I started to appreciate it and that was also applicable for ‘Voodoo Of The Godsend’ which is sung by Max Cavalera and which suits him really well because of the tribal influences.
As said this successor ‘Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty’ is a lot better than the somewhat disappointing debut album and therefore I would certainly advise you to check out this great piece of heavy metal with lots of thrash influences. I’m pretty sure that you won’t regret it!