Metal Allegiance

Chameleon Club presents

Metal Allegiance

Next To None, Chris Jericho, Chains Over Razors, Gun Metal Gray, Bullet Method, HYT

Wed, April 6, 2016

6:00 pm

Chameleon Club

$18.00 - $20.00

This event is 18 and over

Metal Allegiance
Metal Allegiance
Heavy Metal is more than a genre, more than an attitude, and certainly more than whatever cheap epithets are dismissively thrown at it by clueless critics. At its best, Metal is a lifestyle, a community, a tribe uniting people across cultural, economic, and philosophical divides with the primal pulse of bombastic and majestic expression.

Never before has one entity encapsulated so many components of the heavy metal community's continued vibrancy and dedication to the lifestyle than the collective fittingly called METAL ALLEGIANCE. Like the comic book heroes of The Avengersfranchise, the men and women who've assembled on the stage and in the studio as METAL ALLEGIANCE come and go as they please, but each arrive armed with unique mythologies and classic discographies of their own, converging with mutual respect and a collaborative spirit. The result is a continuously evolving musical force both serious in its proficiency and celebratory in its enthusiasm and camaraderie.

Now, METAL ALLEGIANCE unleashes an album as pulverizing, energetic, atmospheric, and awe inspiring as fans of the jaw-dropping list of associated bands should expect.

The liner notes for the METAL ALLEGIANCE album read like a massive chunk of a heavy metal encyclopedia, with contributions from past and present members of MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, DREAM THEATER, LAMB OF GOD, SLAYER, EXODUS,MASTODON, PANTERA, TRIVIUM, KINGS X, HATEBREED, SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD, ANTHRAX, LACUNA COIL, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, PERIPHERY, DEATH ANGEL, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, and ARCH ENEMY. Live incarnations ofMETAL ALLEGIANCE have seen guest appearances from Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee(MOTÖRHEAD), Wolfgang Van Halen (VAN HALEN), Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan.

As Troy Sanders (MASTODON) declared when he joined Metal Allegiance at the NAMM Convention in January 2015: “Holy Shit! I've been invited to the All-Star game!”

METAL ALLEGIANCE founder MARK MENGHI describes his relationship with DAVID ELLEFSON, MIKE PORTNOY and ALEX SKONICK in terms of brotherhood, and it was those four who buckled down to write the first batch of original, all new material for the METAL ALLEGIANCE album. As principal architects, ELLEFSON (MEGADETH), PORTNOY (THE WINERY DOGS), SKOLNICK (TESTAMENT), and MENGHI (a bassist and musical instruments industry exec beloved by metal musicians) built a foundation of sonic steel.

“Mark is kind of like the Brian Epstein of the band,” says Portnoy. “He's the behind-the-scenes mastermind who put the whole thing together. When we began this as a live covers thing, he was the guy moving the chess pieces. When we decided to make original music, he became a huge creative element as a songwriter, as well.”

“Usually in a band, there's a leader type, there's a guy that's more passive, a guy that wants to be a rock star at all costs, and sometimes, there's a guy on drugs over in the corner,” Ellefson explains. “You have all of these dynamics in a rock band. What's so cool about METAL ALLEGIANCE is that we've got four strong leaders who are all motivated, capable, and very driven. Everybody gets a chance to shine in METAL ALLEGIANCE, and everybody is comfortable when it's time to step aside, too.”

More than an experiment, a one-off or a “super group,” METAL ALLEGIANCE is an experience. D. Randall Blythe (LAMB OF GOD) lends his blistered pipes to “Gift of Pain,” which features dueling solos from Skolnick and Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER). Troy Sanders (MASTODON, KILLER BE KILLED) sets an ominous vocal mood with the vintage PINK FLOYD infused “Let Darkness Fall,” with Rex Brown (PANTERA, KILL DEVIL HILL) pitching in on additional bass duties. The blend of melodic power from dUg Pinnick (KINGS X) and the metalcore bite from Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED, KINGDOM OF SORROW) on “Wait Until Tomorrow” blends as seamlessly as the duet between Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL) and Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL) on “Scars,” or the somber intensity of “Dying Song” featuring Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN).

“The word 'supergroup' gets thrown around a lot, and I don't so much mind the word, but this project feels more like multiplesupergroups to me,” says Skolnick, who'd sat in with the guys for the first time on Motörhead's Motörboat Cruise in September 2014, which happened to be the first time the collective performed as METAL ALLEGIANCE.

“The name sums it up,” says Portnoy. “It's all about this camaraderie. The word 'allegiance' is perfect. We're making music for metal fans, by metal fans. We get together to do this and it brings us back to our teenage years, just being fans of this entire genre. That's the whole reason of doing this. It really is like a brotherhood.”

By December, the core members were writing songs at Portnoy's home. “Obviously he's a phenomenal drummer - he's Mike fucking Portnoy - but many people probably don't know about his arrangement ideas,” Menghi reveals. “He can just hear things in his head as far as arrangements. If we're writing riffs, instantaneously he knows how to put a song together within a minute. It's pretty damn amazing. And Alex? He's a guitar god. He can just play anything and that's what this record shows. There are some riffs on here I believe are going to be classic riffs, riffs I'd compare to Dimebag Darrell and 'Walk' or James Hetfield and 'Master of Puppets'; very iconic, very memorable.

“METAL ALLEGIANCE formed as a live act first, that's a big difference, too,” reasons Ellefson. “When bands perform live you can very clearly see what it is and what it can be. It wasn't theoretical in this case. Everything was very practical and pragmatic because you can see it, feel it, and you knew what it was capable of becoming.”

Just as the electrifying concept explored by collaborative tribute experiences like HAIL! and Metal Masters eventually led to the founding of METAL ALLEGIANCE in 2014, the collectives' raucous renditions of classic material from the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, and Pantera in clubs, conventions and cruise ships, however improbably, inevitably led to the creation of an album of brand new material.

“We've all existed outside of the things we're most known for,” says Skolnick, himself a graduate of The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music. “But when we come together, the core music that we all love is the same. We all flipped over the first few Van Halen records. We loved original Kiss. When we decided to do Judas Priest's 'Victim of Changes,' we all said, 'Of course we're going to do the Unleashed in the East version!'”

“The feel of the music would really give us a good idea of who would be great to sing it,” Portnoy explains. “'Pledge of Allegiance' is an old-school thrash song, like something off of Bonded by Blood, Kill 'Em All or the first Death Angel album.” Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL) was drafted to sing, with guest guitar parts from Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA), Gary Holt (SLAYER, EXODUS) and Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), one of metal's most famous drummers but a great guitar player in his own right, too.

Often, the vibe of a song would change yet again once the singer laid down tracks. “Let Darkness Fall” had an IRON MAIDEN feel before Sanders contribution made it doomier. “Dying Song” is another great example. “We definitely wear a few influences on our sleeves, and that song was BLACK SABBATH all the way,” says Skolnick. “But then we put Philip Anselmo on that and he doesn't sound like Ozzy Osbourne. He sounds like Philip Anselmo! And the riffs may have a Sabbath feel, but for the solos, I was able to tap into Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, stuff I've done at live jams, but never before on a record. Then Phil takes it to a whole other place. I'm amazed with what he did with it.”

The album was produced by Alex Skolnick, Mark Menghi, David Ellefson and Mike Portnoy, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira). The first record of all-original material released under the METAL ALLEGIANCE banner found a perfect home at Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the label venture founded by Markus Staiger (Nuclear Blast) and Monte Conner (ex-Roadrunner Records). The NBE roster includes Nightwish, Machine Head, Suicide Silence, Fear Factory, andKiller Be Killed.

“We really surrounded ourselves with good people and good musicians,” says Menghi. “That's the whole point of it. It's not about egos, it's not about who is a better player. It's more about, 'Who is a good person?' That's the foundation of METAL ALLEGIANCE.”

Ellefson concurs. “The four of us on that ship deciding to go into the studio and make a record was no different than me meeting my buddy Greg in the hallway of Jackson Elementary School and saying, 'Hey dude, you like KISS, I like KISS, let's form a band,'” he says. “It was the exact same spirit. That's what METAL ALLEGIANCE is, that's who we are. Forget that we're famous. We all live right around the corner from each other, figuratively or literally. We all share the exact same record collection. That's the spirit.”
Next To None
NEXT TO NONE, a musically diverse rock band grown in the musically rich Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, features Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. At the ages of only 12 and 13, the boys began writing their own music. They have worked hard building a following in the area by playing many shows at some of the best venues in Pennsylvania. They have been the support band for acts like Adrenalin Mob and The Winery Dogs. They have also competed in several Battle of the Bands, one of which landed the a spot preforming on Ernie Balls Vans Warped Tour and also won the People's Choice Award at the UBace Battle of the Bands. Next To None has also recorded and released a 3 song EP that can be purchased on iTunes and are working on writing songs for a full length album.
Gun Metal Gray
Gun Metal Gray
Gun Metal Gray is a five piece hard rock/metal band hailing from Harrisburg, Pa. They have been playing at local venues and gaining notoriety since October 2011. Their show maintains a level of intensity that is unequaled locally.

Until recently, the GMG show was comprised completely of popular rock and metal covers from the 1970s to present day. However, the members have collectively agreed that their potential will be best realized through writing and performing original material. Their efforts are shaping up to be just as dynamic and unique as the stage show that has brought them so much acclaim.

The band recently released their first all-original EP, Salvation, available at their shows or on iTunes.

A GMG show is like no other. Few bands can deliver the "big-concert feel" to a stage of any size, and the intensity of a Gun Metal Gray show will leave your heart racing and your face melted!!!

GMG Members:

Dave Damone - Lead Vocals
Nick Wright - Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Christian Koch - Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Myles - Bass Guitar
John O'Connor - Drums
Bullet Method
Bullet Method
HYT combines the unique writing / recording skills of Garry Hallman, Rick Yohe and James Thomas, and Lenny Casper. All have all been in the local music scene for many years with bands such as The Hallman Brothers, Grind, The Dirty White Band Egdon Heath and many others.

This page has been created to share the original music that has been written and recorded by the band. Please share this page with your friends, the larger our fan base the more people we can share our music with.

Member Bio
James Thomas

Fronting for various Rock, Country, and Blues bands thru out his career he has finally found the right home at the right time. Former front man for the high powered rock bands Leadfoot, Bloodshot, and Grind he is ready to kick ass again. “I’ve had a great ride and needed to take some time off for personal and health reasons. The support from my family, friends, band mates, and fans has been incredible”. Now back in the saddle he finds himself working with old friends who like him, want to rock for all its worth. “this is really an exciting project”
Born and raised in Allentown Pa. (south side) for the first 12 years before his family moved to Lancaster Pa. “When I was young I use to stand on my parents pool table (sorry dad) as a stage and sing the old Dave Clark 5 stuff, I thought I was Mike Smith”. Entertainment is not a stranger to his family, they have all worked in the business at one point or another.
Quick witted and a lover of life he is a gentle person and loves to talk, (sometimes you can’t shut him up), but at the same time he will listen to you and is interested in what you got going on. “I love everybody, no exceptions, you learn so much by listening”
Although never reaching superstar status his stage presence and showmanship are something you have to see, the way he jumps all over the place, running from one end of the stage to the other, he’ll even jump into the crowd and let you sing with him, and lets not forget the outrageous clothes he wears. “I’ll change 2 or 3 times a show, it so hot up there and I use up a lot of energy”.
These days he sits quietly, writing tunes that the current band he is in, Riot Axe, and his side project HYT will be doing. “I’ve written a ton of stuff during my break and ready to unleash it”. “I’m at the top of my game right now especially since I cleaned up and I’m busting at the seams to get out there, as Paul Stanley once said, “You’re gonna have to drag me kicking and screaming off the stage”. His bands mates are no stranger to the stage neither and he’s quick to tell you all about them.
As much of an entertainer, he is also a fan and loves to go out once in a while and catch up on the local scene, say hi when you see him and wish his band luck, not that they’ll need it. I for one will not miss the opportunity to see him rock again…
James was interviewed by - Double D Productions…

Rick Yohe
Bass & Vocals

Over the past 25 years has been a familiar face to the Central Pa club circuit. Prior to Riot axe he could be found with the Phila based "Wicked Bone". He has been credited with numerous bands such as " "The Dirty White Band", "Debbie Brown Band" (Alter-Ego), "Cindy Taylor and "The Targets" .Andre and The Giants.

Garry Hallman
Guitar & Vocals

Music has always been a way of life. Both parents were professionals for a while in the industry and were rated 4 stars on the WWVA jamboree. (Nashville of the day)

Began playing at around the age of 5. First public appearance was with his two older brothers in the school talent show. They played guitars and Garry play a snare drum (One handed, the other arm was in a sling). Used to bug the drummer in his brothers band to play his kit during their breaks at practice.

Soon after he found interest in the guitar and being a lefty he just turned his brothers guitars over and taught himself how to play.

Biggest influence at the time was Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)

In high school he joined the hottest band in the Coatseville district (Sphynx) which really let him develop his lead guitar skills.

Began playing in the bars at age 15 with his brothers country band (Branded Country.) At 18 he joined his other brothers rock band (Excalibur) which played throughout central/southeastern PA.

Formed the Hallman Brothers Band in the early 80’s and they have been together since and are still active.

Other projects

Short runs with JT in Bloodshot and Silent Thunder, and most recently Riot Axe
Venue Information:
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603