Metal Allegiance – Fallen Heroes EP
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release date: August 12, 2016
The end of 2015 and the beginning of the New Year served as a painful reminder that so many of our musical heroes–our rock and roll gods, are still only human. The passing of Lemmy Kilmister struck a raw chord throughout the music community, only to be followed by several more losses, including David Bowie, and Glenn Frey. With the Fallen Heroes EP, Metal Allegiance honors and remembers these lost icons, paying homage by keeping their music alive.
The Mark Menghi formed project which also features Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, and drum legend Mike Portnoy quickly banded together to record three songs, bringing in some of their favorite vocalists, all of whom appeared on the Metal Allegiance debut record last year.
The first song on tap is a cover of Motörhead’s mighty “Iron Fist”. The guys deliver a blazing rendition of this Lemmy fueled classic. Mastodon’s Troy Sanders serves up a filthy vocal delivery that pays tribute to one of rock music’s more iconic heroes. Menghi delivers a perfectly dirty bass line, while Portnoy simply drills the drum kit. The track is absolutely pummeling.
Next the band roughs up the 1972 Bowie classic “Suffragette City”, bringing in Death Angel frontman Mark Osegueda to handle vocal duties. Skolnick’s fretwork adds new depth to this absolute classic. The song is a perfect balance of fuzzy groove, and high-energy tribute.
The third track on the Fallen Heroes EP is perhaps the most surprising. The Eagles and Glenn Frey are hardly metal or even hard rock, but the band’s choice of “Life in the Fast Line” is brilliantly inspired. The song is a riff-driven beast taken to a blistering new level. This rendition maintains all the melody of the 1976 rock classic, but Metal Allegiance gives it a ballsy kick in the teeth. Even more inspired is the vocal attack of Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White Gluz who continues to amaze us with her expansive vocal abilities. Here she is equal parts melodic, edgy, and even soulful. Who knew an Eagles song could rock so hard and heavy?
It is a sad fact of life that we will continue to watch our rock and roll heroes fall, but it is also true that as long as we have new heroes like the men and women behind Metal Allegiance, rock can never truly die. Fallen Heroes is a perfect, 3-track homage to those we have lost and all the timeless musical magic they left behind that continues to resonate with us.
Check out Alex Skolnick talking about Fallen Heroes below: