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Metal_Allegiance_1-21-15Late January can be like one long slow news day, so a live 80’s Metal All-Star Jam was a welcome experience in early 2015.
 
On January 21st, Metal Allegiance blasted the Downtown Disney House of Blues in Anaheim, California with members from classic metal bands Exodus, Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament, Death Angel and Sepultura.
 
The show started with Scott Ian (Anthrax) and his spoken words stories. Scott talked about how sometimes he is mistaken for other rock stars by people he meets, noting one instance in a Los Angeles taxi, where the driver turned around and yelled at him, “your System of a Down!” LOL. The driver thought he was Shavo Odadjian because he also has a bald head and beard. The stories continued for about 30 minutes and then it was time for some kick ass tunes.
 
Hitting the stage first were Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante from Anthrax along with Troy Sanders from Mastodon, thrashing the S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death) gem ‘March of the S.O.D.-Sargent D & the S.O.D.’ and ‘Freddy Krueger.’
 
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Next up was Rex Brown (Pantera), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), amd Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), rocking hard two Judas Priest songs, ‘Rapid Fire’ and ‘Victim of Changes.’
 
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All night, this all-star jam kicked ass on songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Sepultura, Van Halen and Ronnie James Dio. Former DIO guitarist Jimmy Bain was a special guest.
 
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It was an amazing show and we wish to thank Kevin Chiaramonte for making this happen for METAL SHOP… You Rock Kevin! Here are some photos and videos. -Ralph
 
Metal Allegiance Performers:
 

  • Mike Portnoy (Ex Dream Theater)
  • Troy Sanders (Mastodon)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testemant)
  • John Tempesta (The Cult)
  • David Ellefson (Megadeth)
  • Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer)
  • Scott Ian (Anthrax)
  • Andreas Kisser (Sepultura)
  • Mark Osegueda (Death Angel)
  • Rex Brown (Pantera)
  • Chris Broderick (Ex Megadeth)
  • Frank Bello (Anthrax)
  • Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
  • Chuck Billy (Testament)

Here are some more photos. You can also view videos on the METAL SHOP YouTube page at this location – Click Here. -Ralph
 
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The Merciless Book of Metal ListsWho Are The Top 20 Metal Bands Of All Time?
 
Depends who you ask and how they define who is metal or just hard rock. For example, many agree that Metalica, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are metal, but KISS, AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses are not metal.
 
That is how the authors of the new book ‘The Merciless Book of Metal Lists‘ see it in one of several indexes they compiled for this release set for April 9, 2013 by Abrams Image.
 
Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins’ book features numerous compilations of bests (songs, guitarists, album covers featuring goats) and worsts (embarrassing metal videos, metal fashion faux pas’).
 
80’s metal fans will also surely appreciate unconventional lists such as: ’10 Reasons Why EVERYONE Loves Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood” and ’10 Accomplishments Iron Maiden Would Never Have Achieved had Paul Di’Anno Remained Their Singer’.
 
One of the lists sure to spark some debate is ’20 of the Greatest Metal Voices.’ They nailed the top three (my opinion) and Queensryche’s Geoff Tate certainly deserves a top five appearance:
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1. Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio)
2. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
3. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
4. Eric Adams (Manowar)
5. Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
6. King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond)
7. Tom Araya (Slayer)
8. John Bush (Armored Saint/Anthrax)
9. James Hetfield (Metallica)
10. Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly)
 
In an interview with the New York Times, Abrams said Dio was the unanimous choice for the top spot because he had a virtuosity that set him far apart from other top metal vocalists.
 
“If he needed to apply darkness, he could do it,” said Abrams. “If he needed to belt and go to a higher range, he could. He replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, and I’m not sure there was a taller task for a vocalist. He did it with ease and grace, and he may have improved on what Oz did in the first place.”
 
‘The Merciless Book of Metal Lists’ is a fun read. I especially enjoyed viewing the artwork from ‘200 Embarrassingly Bad Album Covers’… Anthrax took the top two spots with ‘State of Euphoria’ and number one ‘Fistful of Metal.’
 
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