An adrenaline-soaked, thrash-worshipping, groove-driven, diverse, yet more sharply focused effort than its no-less-impressive predecessor, the mere existence and urgent brilliance of Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty silences any doubt as to Metal Allegiance's earnest intention, purposeful resolve, and resilient dedication to all things heavy metal. Emerging from prolific writing/jamming sessions with two different configurations of the group's four co-founders (Alex Skolnick (guitars, producer), Mark Menghi (bassist, producer), Mike Portnoy (drums) and David Ellefson (bass)), with 9 guest vocalists across 10 tracks, Volume II boasts new Metal Allegiance anthems like "Bound By Silence," "Liars & Thieves," "Mother Of Sin," and "The Accuser," alongside the esoteric mood of "Voodoo Of The Godsend" and expansive closer "Power Drunk Majesty (Part II)." Lyrical missives abound, many of them reflecting the frustrating state of the world, through an aggressive perspective that transcends partisanship in favor of unbridled rage.
Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty presents a cohesive vision, a straight-ahead almost throwback thrash attack that's still grooving and modern. "With both albums we got together to see what would happen and in both situations, we surprised ourselves," says Skolnick. "On the first album, we were like kids in a candy store. It's a diverse record, which is great. On this one, we went for a more unified sound, and with fewer guests." On Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty, the core membership is once again strengthened by a small army of friends, an eclectic mix of metal legends, visionaries, and firebrands. Vocalists include: Trevor Strnad (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), John Bush (ARMORED SAINT), Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Mark Tornillo (ACCEPT), Johan Hegg (AMON AMARTH), Max Cavalera (SOULFLY), and Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH). Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty also marks the return of unofficial "fifth Beatle" Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL) and Troy Sanders (MASTODON).