METAL ALLEGIANCE has released the official “beer visualizer” video for “The Accuser”, featuring THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER‘s Trevor Strnad. The song is taken from METAL ALLEGIANCE‘s sophomore album, “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty”, out now via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Strnad comments: “I am super honored to have been asked to join METAL ALLEGIANCE as a guest vocalist for the track ‘The Accuser’! The list of greats that have contributed to this union of might and metal over the course of these two albums is truly staggering. To be considered a peer to any of these musicians is a high bench mark for achievement. I spit out my coffee when I saw that they chose the song I contributed to to be the opening track for the album… I was simply shocked!”
METAL ALLEGIANCE guitarist Alex Skolnick (also of TESTAMENT) states: “We’d been searching all over for a vocalist on our opening track ‘The Accuser’ — someone who fit the tune but who could also kick off this album right. One day, while getting ready to go on at Ozzfest/Knotfest, I heard THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER way off in the distance. Trevor Strnad was using many vocal tones and a few felt perfect for the song. I suggested him to [METAL ALLEGIANCE‘s] Mark [Menghi], and as it turned out, we not only found the right guy for our most aggressive track yet, we also got to bring someone from a new generation of metal into the fold; it’s great to have him on board.”
Adds Menghi: “The vocalist for ‘The Accuser’ had to fit a certain mold and sing these lyrics with honest conviction — he or she had to be willing to dig deep and understand what we were speaking of lyrically. Enter Trevor Strnad, who absolutely nailed it.
“It seems that in today’s society, it’s very easy to blame a person (or persons) for something in order to save their own ass and cover up their own lies with heinous accusations. Someone once told me that the greatest fiction novels are the ones with the most detail; unfortunately, that’s how society works today and it’s sad for the people that truly need the help.”
METAL ALLEGIANCE — with its four core members: David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER) and Mark Menghi — began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself.
Other guest musicians on “Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty” include John Bush (ARMORED SAINT, ANTHRAX), Max Cavalera (SOULFLY), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Mark Tornillo (ACCEPT), Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH) and Johan Hegg (AMON). The album also marks the return of Mark Oseguesda (DEATH ANGEL) and Troy Sanders (MASTODON).
“Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty” was produced by Menghi and Skolnick while Mark Lewis of MRL Studios handled the mixing and mastering. The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY, HATEBREED) and Rafael Tavares.