New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 80

throughout. The title track finds the band rising to the occasion on a song centered around the hill where Christ was crucified. To be honest, for whatever reason we never followed this outfit’s career back in the day. But, once the anthemic songs on this disc got into our heads we were in for a nice sonic surprise and we’re now believers. Time to check the back catalogue... Metal Allegiance is a dynamic and demonic assembly of play- ers who have taken a blistering “Pledge of Allegiance” to music and their self-titled debut features an illustrious list of performers from the hard rock and metal realms. The ensemble is anchored by legends of the genre - Alex Skolnick on guitars; David Ellefson on bass; and Mike Portnoy on drums. They are joined by a caustic cast of characters. The result is a scary good collection of harrowing riffs and rhythms with occasional melodic Watch the lyric video for “Scream” by W.A.S.P. NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 10 80