In the last 12 months, many of the most influential musicians ever to walk this earth have passed on. It’s a tragedy, and they will be missed dearly. Metal Allegiance, coming off a killer self-titled debut in 2015, are a who’s who of metal all-stars, featuring Alex Skolnick (Testament) on guitar, Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater) on drums and Mark Menghi on bass, and they are back to pay tribute to three recently departed legends with Fallen Heroes.
In the fashion of the first LP, this EP also features a different vocalist on each track. Troy Sanders (Mastodon) is first up with a cover of Motorhead‘s Iron Fist. While Sanders is most known for his more laid back, stoner vocals on his band’s albums, he fills Lemmy Kilmister‘s shoes very well on this iconic Motorhead song, and the entire band crushes it! He makes it his own, although he never leaves listeners to wonder who wrote and recorded this song. Mark Osegueda (Death Angel) is up next for a cover of David Bowie‘s “Suffragette City,” and it is an incredible version. Osegueda’s vocals are absolutely stellar! This is one of my all-time favorite covers of this classic Bowie song, and the band really goes out in style at the end. Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) delivers the vocals on a cover of The Eagles iconic “Life in the Fast Lane.” Glenn Frey was a master vocalist and songwriter, and Metal Allegiance do him justice here. It’s a little further from the original than the first two songs, but it still retains the original feel of the song. They definitely “metallized” it!
Metal Allegiance nail it on this covers EP. Lemmy, Bowie and Frey would be proud of such an honor.
Fallen Heroes is out August 12 on Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-order it here!
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