GATHERED IN THEIR MASSES-A Very Brief And Incomplete History Of American Super Groups

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A Very Brief And Incomplete History Of American Super Groups

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by JP


As we hit the 50th anniversary of Heavy Metal this year (2020), as Managing Editor of, one of my goals is to try to add more editorial content and technical information so people can use MR not only as a source of entertainment but reliable information as well.  In our 30,000+ pages of content, we have written almost 14,000 CD reviews, 500+ book reviews, 400+ DVD reviews. Over 25 years we  have conducted over 2000 interviews, and our international staff have reviewed over 1700 concerts and festivals world-wide.

We are also celebrating our 25th year as a web-site so to add even more value for our readers I would like to add  a series of articles about various facets of Heavy Metal.   Every year, I am increasingly happy to discover more and more authors, books, on-line publications, scholars and academic studies scouring our massive archives, citing and sharing our work.  Therefore, my modest goal is to continue to make Metal-Rules a resource and repository on a variety of (hopefully!) interesting topics and not just a shallow dumping ground of regurgitated press-releases, click-bait, pop-up ads, political posturing, countless lists and rankings of albums, and endless industry gossip.  There are plenty of good sites that already do that well and they are all enjoyable in their own way.

I’m not quite how sure this series  will manifest itself but our first feature was a history of Canadian Metal magazines.  This month I am going to look at the phenomena of  American Super-groups.  If you have any suggestions, comments or ideas for future articles, please let me know. You can reach me at  Thank you.

PS.  If you want to skip the long article, you can just scroll down and look at the list of bands!


April 14th, 2020.  Added Manic Eden.    I don’t know how I missed this supergroup, I even own this CD!

April 23rd, 2020. Added Angels Of Babylon. I don’t know how I missed this supergroup, I even own this CD!

May 6th, 2020.  Added  Mindfunk & Ashes Of Ares.  (Mindfunk courtesy of R. Benoit)

June 9th 2020.  Added Devil City Angels and Saints Of The Underground. (Courtesy of C. Hilton)

June 12, 2020   Added Freakshow and Beautiful Creatures (Courtesy of C. Hilton)

June 23rd, 2020  Added Monster 

Sept 15th, 2020  Added   BPMD, Death Dealer and Holy Force.



A Very Brief And Incomplete History of American Super Groups

Why super-groups?

I’ve always loved super-groups and I know why.  It is simply the quest for more.  For example, if a singer I enjoy joins another band, I automatically want to hear what that sounds like!   If singer from Band ‘A’ and guitarist from band ‘B’ and bassist from band ‘C’ and drummer from Band ‘D’ all join forces to make band ‘E’, my mind is blown!  I’m automatically intrigued and excited.  What will it sound like?  How will they interact musically?  How different sonically and stylistically will it be from bands A, B, C, and D?  So many questions.    These projects can be fun, diverse and interest experiments.

In my mind the super-group, or all-star project has a slightly elevated status than that of a solo album.  A solo album is usually born of an individuals desire to do something creative and different outside of the main band but one where they might have more creative control.  It is less collaborative.  Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith and Steve Harris have all done solo type albums where they are the focus but it allows them to expand beyond Iron Maiden.  A super-group by contrast is a joint-effort, a whole new team starting from scratch.

The idea of mixing elite talent to create something greater than the parts is not new.  Athletes and the sports world have been doing for ages. What if this player from this team and this player and this player made another team? It would be like some sort of…super-team!   Baseball, Hockey, Football and Soccer all have all-star teams, or exhibition games, or tournaments or even leagues. It’s all intended to be fun and there is probably a degree of financial incentive as well.

Sometimes it is natural and organic (ie, player/musician driven) and at times it is a business decision; the sole creation of the front office/Manager/coach/record label/franchise in an attempt to pull a band (or team) together that could be entertaining and profitable.  In the end, I don’t care why they happen. The motives for creating a Metal super-group are unimportant to me. I don’t discriminate; to me the musical end result is the important thing.  It could be the most contrived project ever created, as long as it entertains me I’m happy.

My friends and I would spend time making our own imaginary super-groups, much like the big business of fantasy leagues in sports. We would debate and discuss what it would sound like if David Lee Roth joined Motley Crue or whatever other ludicrous scenario would could imagine for our own amusement. I still do it!  What would have happened if Michael Kiske had joined Iron Maiden?  Who is going to be Ozzy’s new guitarist?  What if it was Joe Satriani or Steve Vai or whoever?   One can only imagine.

I haven’t done any concrete research on this concept but my initial impression is that melodic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal artists from the United States tend to form more all-star projects or super-groups than many nations.  This could be due to the large population the large overall out-put of Metal bands.  Maybe I’ll do another version with European all-star projects including all those monstrous European Power Metal rock operas like Aina, Avantasia, Avalon, Ayreon, Arch Angel, Aldaria etc…(and that is just the first letter of the alphabet…)

What is a super-group?

What is an all-star project or super-group and is there is distinction between the two?  Well, I don’t believe there is any formal definition but I have always felt that super-groups were the truly elite members from the biggest bands and an all-star project is anything below that level.

For our purposes, and through-out this article, I use the two terms relatively interchangeably and the core definition I’ve adopted is a band that has roughly 60% or more members that have been in a previous band from which they initially derived their fame, reputation, credentials recognition or notoriety.   For example, a super-group power trio would have two members (66%) or more of previous fame. A quarter would have a minimum of three members (75%) and a quintet may have three or four members. (60%-80%).    I don’t want to get too caught up in the numbers, the bottom line is that the majority of the members must have all had some pedigree. A bunch of musicians got together and formed a brand new entity and released an album, or more.

The life-cycle of a super-group.

Historically, most super-groups do not last very long, not necessarily in terms of time but in terms of total productive output. In fact, of the 75 or so bands listed here only 22 have more than two albums, most of them only one.   Of the 75+ bands, only about 20 of them are active and most of them are the bands that have formed in the last decade. This short-life is generally because one or more the members can return to their other bands that brought them their initial recognition or fame or wealth, once the super-group has run it’s course or natural life-span. More often than not the band just doesn’t work.

Some bands only gather very infrequently to create music, like Demons & Wizards for example, who have only put out three albums in twenty years.  Others gather and do a have a few albums in a short intense period of time such as Chickenfoot who did two albums and a live album in three years and then went on hiatus. There are even tragic stories like that of Adrenaline Mob, a super-group whose momentum was cut short by a tragic car accident. Generally for whatever reason, super-groups are usually short and sweet.

Other possible reasons for the short life-span of super-groups is the volatile nature of bands that are comprised of many ego-driven, alpha artists. It has been said that too many cooks can spoil the broth!   Another reason is that on occasion a record label will put a band together that looks good ‘on paper’ but the execution can be botched or the fans do not take to the project.  5000 fans of  Rocker ‘A’ and 5000 fans of Rocker ‘B’ do not always translate into 10,000 fans buying a new album when Rocker ‘A’ and Rocker ‘B’ make a new band!

A final reason why most super-groups can have a limited shelf-life, is that sometimes members who enjoy playing together or jamming find it hard to create that spontaneous magic in the studio consistently enough that is worthy of continuing on.  It was fun to try once or twice, now we have done it, let’s move on, it was fun while it lasted… or other similar sentiments.  Once the goal is accomplished, glasses were raised and people move on.

Some exceptions.

I avoided choosing people who are generally regarded as solo artists, for example guitar heroes like Yngwie J. Malmsteen or Chris Impelliterri.   They may hire any number of exceptional people to work with them for an album and again, ‘on-paper’ it might meet the loose criteria of a super-group but it is not really a ‘band’, a gathering of musicians who want to have fun and make music.  We can get into some grey areas for example with older bands like Rainbow and Black Sabbath , even Megadeth and W.A.S.P. with a revolving door of talented members with one key leader figure but generally I have picked bands that are comprised of multiple members all working together as equals.  All for one, one for all. Mostly.

I’ve also chosen to exclude Prog-Metal.  That is a whole other universe, those few dozen guys that all play in Dream Theater/Enchant/Spock’s Beard/Trans-Atlantic/Flower Kings/Marillion/Neal Morse/Planet X/Liquid Tension Experiment  etc, etc, etc,  and that whole incestuous scene. I don’t like the term incestuous…let’s call it insular!   To me these seem like guys who just want to play with each other, learn, practice and experiment, rather than form a full band and tour. Maybe I’ll do an examination of that scene as a separate piece and recruit experts like Roie Avin and Jeff Wagner to help me navigate the deep, myriad and exciting world of prog-side projects.

Also, no grunge, so Audiosoave and Temple Of The Dog and all those guys are out. We are called METAL rules after all.

To summarize all that, my rough, loose and sloppy definition of a super-group for this feature is…

-Several members of other previously known bands form a new band.

-The majority of the members in the super-group band have some degree of fame from other bigger bands.

-The new band generally doesn’t eclipse the fame of the bands that the members were originally.

-The new band has relatively short life-span/low productivity. Burn out vs. fade away?

-Just Americans (mostly…for now)  Don’t worry if one guy in the band is not from the United States or maybe used to live in the US but has been working in Europe for decades. There are a few exceptions to the all-American rule here. Some Brits live in America like David Coverdale for example.

-No guitar heroes or predominantly solo artists and albums.

-No Prog, no grunge.

-At least one studio album was recorded and released.  That makes it more official and not just some late-night, all-star jam on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise or something.

-I’ve also avoided projects like Metal Allegiance, Hail! or even TSO and where dozens of musicians all mail in their parts.  When you have 20 contributors it is not really a ‘band’ anymore.  See Appendix Three for a list of honourable mentions of these types of bands.

Layout, design, notes etc

A couple of comments on the layout and design of this feature and some notes.

-90% of the time I’ve just included a super-groups debut album. That was the band in it’s purest form during it’s creation phase.

-Bands are listed roughly chronologically by date of release of the debut album.  Speaking of chronological, it is interesting to note that in the US in the mid-90’s we saw a big spike in the number of all-star projects.  As formerly successful bands like Ratt disintegrated, members scattered and joined up with other people in order to stay relevant.  There were some labels like Brunette in Japan that during the grunge era created these supergroups out of ex-Glam / Hair Metal dudes who still had some credibility cache in Japan. Some neat rare projects were created in this era.

-As technology made it easier to create music across distances and as physical media became more obsolete, around 2010 there was a big rise in ‘studio-only’ supergroups, especially spearheaded Frontiers Records who were  introducing one or two a year.

-I’ve made a note if they are still active or not as indicated  in brackets after the bands name. Don’t sweat this too much by the time you read this article,  the bands status may have changed, they could have broken up or reformed.  Let’s just call it, ‘as of Spring 2020 status’.

I’ve included a list of the members on the debut album and what bands they were or are in.  This is very fluid and changes constantly, so much so that it is virtually impossible to track.   So for our purposes I’ve included some past and present membership ‘at the time the debut album by the super-group was released.’  So this is not retroactive.  If a member, a singer for example, was in an all-star project in 2000 I do not include all the bands he or she joined after the year 2000.

This list is certainly not comprehensive. I’ve included 70+ bands so it is a pretty good chunk of the supergroups.   If I have forgotten any bands and I’m sure I have, please let me know who you think meets the criteria and should be included.


Blizzard of Oz (1980, Jet)

Vocals: Ozzy (Black Sabbath)
Guitar: Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot)
Bass: Bob Daisley (Rainbow)
Keyboars: Don Airey (Deep Purple)
Drums: Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep)

Notes/comments:  A lot of history here and as good a place as any to start.   Sort of a US/UK hybrid started in spirit as a supergroup but money and personalities (Sharon?) got involved before long it evolved into an Ozzy solo venture.

STEELER (Inactive)
Steeler  (1983, Shrapnel)

Vocals: Ron Keel
Guitar: Yngwie Malmsteen
Bass: Rik Fox (W.A.S.P, Warlord)
Drums: Mark Edwards
Notes/comments:   Technically not a ‘true’ supergroup at this point (too early) but notable for all the bands the members went onto.

H.S.A.S. (Inactive)
Through The Fire (1984, Geffen)

Vocals: Sammy Hagar (Montrose)
Guitar: Neal Schon (Journey)
Bass: Kenny Aaronson (Derringer, Silver Condor)
Drums: Michael Shrieve (Santana)

Notes/comments:  One of the earliest true, all-American supergroups.

M.A.R.S. (Inactive)
Project Driver (1986, Shrapnel)

Vocals: Rob Rock (Joshua)
Guitar: Tony MacAlpine (solo)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot)
Drums: Tomy Aldrdige (Ozzy)

Notes/comments:   One of several cool mix ‘n’ match bands created by Shrapnel label chief Mike Varney

House Of Lords (1988, RCA)

Vocals: James Christian
Guitar: Lanny Cordolla (Guiffria, solo)
Bass: Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot)
Keyboards: Greg Guiffria (Guiffria)
Drums: Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, Chastain)

Notes/comments:  One of Gene Simmons little experiments, largely Guiffria re-invented, that proved to be very successful.  After a hiatus in the 90’s they retooled and are now 11+ albums deep with Christian owning the name.

BADLANDS (Inactive)
Badlands (1989, Atlantic)

Vocals: Ray Gillen (Black Sabbath)
Guitar: Jake E. Lee (Ozzy)
Bass: Gregg Chaisson (Legs Diamond, Hellion)
Drums: Eric Singer (Lita Ford, Black Sabbath)

Notes/comments:  This early supergroup was short lived, three albums and out,  but still admired to this day.

BLUE MURDER (Inactive)
Blue Murder (1989, Geffen)

Vocals/Gutiar: John Sykes (Tygers Of Pan-Tang, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake)
Bass: Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page)
Drums: Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, King Kobra)

Notes/comments:  A mix of US and UK heroes, I felt it kind fit in with the American scene.

MR. BIG (Inactive)
Mr. Big (1989, Atlantic)

Vocals: Eric Martin (415, solo)
Guitar: Paul Gilbert (Racer X)
Bass: Billy Sheehan (Talas, David Lee Roth)
Drums: Pat Torpey (The Knack)

Notes/comments:  One of the biggest, most successful super-groups of all time aided by raw talent.

Damn Yankees (1990, Warner)

Vocals: Tommy Shaw (Night Ranger). Ted Nugent
Guitar: Tommy Shaw (Night Ranger). Ted Nugent
Bass: Jack Blades (Night Ranger)
Drums: Michael Cartellone

Notes/comments:  Two albums of chest thumping (and a few surprisingly good ballads) good ol’ US of A Hard Rock and done. Actually went platinum.

DRIVER (Inactive)
Driver (1990, Indie)

Vocals: Rob Rock (Joshua, Vice)
Guitar: Roy Z
Bass: Emil Brando aka Joshua (Joshua, Sound Barrier)
Keyboards: Greg Schultz (Joshua)
Drums: B.J. Zampa (Tony MacAlpine)

Notes/comments:   Rising from the ashes of Joshua, they did one EP and out but actually reformed in 2008 for a couple more.  Not technically a ‘supergroup’ at this point but, like Steeler, very notable for all the bands the members went on to in the future.

Full Moon Fever (1991, Pony Canyon)

Vocals: Kal Swan (Lion)
Guitar: Doug Aldrich (Fifth Angel, House Of Lords)
Bass: Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot)
Drums: Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, House Of Lords)

Notes/comments:   Had quite a bit of play in Japan and churned out five albums, more than most supergroups.

Contraband (1991, EMI)

Vocals: Richard Black (Shark Island)
Guitar: Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, MSG)
Guitar: Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns)
Bass: Share Pederson (Vixen)
Drums:  Bobby Blotzer (Ratt)

Notes/comments:  Looked good on paper, fun album with a southern vibe but it tanked.

MINDFUNK (Inactive)

(Mindfunk, 1991, Sony)

Vocals: Patrick DuBar
Guitar: Jason Coppola
Guitar: Louis Svitek (M.O.D.)
Bass: (M.O.D.)
Drums:  Reed ST. Mark (Celtic Frost)

Notes/comments:  Thrashers going funky/alt and it didn’t work.

C.P.R.  (Inactive)
Coven, Pitrelli, Reilly (1992, Guitar Recordings)

Guitar: Al Pitrelli (Alice Cooper, Dee Snider)
Bass: Randy Coven (Randy Coven Band)
Drums: John O’Reilly
Notes/comments:   Pretty obscure project not surprisingly released by a guitar magazine.

HARDLINE  (Active)
Double Eclipse (1992,MCA)

Vocals: Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell)
Guitar: Joey Gioeli
Guitar: Neal Schon (Journey, Bad English)
Bass: Todd Jensen, (Sequel, Harrow, David Lee Roth)
Drums: Deen Castronovo (Wild Dogs)

Notes/comments:  Suprising staying power. Reunited ten years after the debut, still going.

Jerusalem Slim (1992, Mercury)

Vocals: Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks)
Guitar: Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)
Bass: Sam Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks)
Drums: Greg Ellis (Shark Island)

Notes/ comments:  A bit of a Hanoi Rocks reunion/spin-off on a major label no less.  No one noticed. Evolved into Demolition 23 a few years later.

MAGDALLAN (Inactive)
Big Bang (1992, Intense)

Vocals: Ken Tamplin (Shout)
Guitar: Lanny Cordolla (House Of Lords)
Bass: Brian Bromberg (solo)
Drums: Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, House Of Lords)

Notes/comments:  LA based Christian supergroup, solid reputation and a punchy album.

Blood and Bullets (1992, CMC)

Vocals: Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
Guitar: Al Pitrelli (Alice Cooper)
Bass: Marc Russell
Drums:  Joey Franco (Twisted Sister)

Notes/comments:  Not uninspired, Dee Snider getting back into form, two solid albums in the dark times.

ARCADE (Inactive)
Arcade (1993, Epic)

Vocals: Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
Guitar: Franky Wilsex (Sea Hags)
Guitar: Donny Syracuse (Gypsy Rose)
Bass: Michael Andrews (9.0)
Drums: Fred Coury (Cinderella)

Notes/comments:  This last gasp of glam on major labels in ’93 did OK but the band had some staying power with five albums over the years.

Afterlife (1993, CMC)

Vocals: Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Impelliterri)
Guitar: Bob Kulick (Kiss, W.A.S.P.)
Bass: Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot)
Keyboards: Jimmy Waldo (Alcatrazz, Quiet Riot)
Drums: Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)

Notes/comments:  A lot of fire power here but perhaps too little too late.  Evolved into Murderer’s Row in ’96

Freak Of Nature (1993, Music For Nations)

Vocals: Mike Tramp (White Lion)
Guitar: Dennis Chick (House Of Lords, VVSI)
Guitar: Kenny Korade
Bass: Jerry Best (Lion)
Drums: Johnny Haro (Stabbing Westward)

Notes/comments:  A pair of decent albums but not well received as it pandered to the modern grunge sound.

MOTHER’S ARMY (Inactive)
Mother’s Army  (1993, Far East Syndicate)

Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow)
Guitar: Jeff Watson (Night Ranger)
Bass: Bob Daisley (Ozzy)
Drums: Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, King Kobra)

Notes/comments:   Another ‘really good-on-paper’ group, but poor distribution and little advertising in the US meant their three albums went largely unnoticed.

RUMBLEDOG (Inactive)
Rumbledog  (1993, Mirror Records)

Vocals: Henrik Ostergaard (Dirty Looks)
Guitar: Robbin Crosby (Ratt)
Bass: Paul Lidel (Dangerous Toys)
Drums: Paul Monroe  (XYZ)

Notes/comments:  A short-lived spin-off of the prolific Henrik Ostergaasrd and  Dirty Looks.

WAR & PEACE (Inactive)
Time Capsule (1993, Shrapnel)

Vocals: Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
Guitar: Randy Hansen (solo)
Bass: Michael Diamond (Legs Diamond)
Drums: Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio)

Notes/comments:  Had early roots in 1988. As Dokken fell apart Pilson put together this project.

BADD BOYZ (Inactive)
Badd Boyz (1994, Brunette)

Vocals: Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot)
Guitar: Michael Guy (House Of Lords)
Mitch Perry (Steeler, MSG)
Bass: Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Great White)
Drums: Matt Abts

Notes/comments:   Pretty obscure , rare and quite valuable for collectors.

DEMOLITION 23 (Inactive)
Demolition 23 (1994, Music For Nations)

Vocals:  Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks)
Guitar: Jay Hening (Star Star)
Bass: Sam Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks)
Drums: Jimmy Clarke (The Godz)

Notes/comments:   A  second strike for Michael Monroe.  Rose from the ashes of Jerusalem Slim, again no one cared.

MANIC EDEN-Manic Eden (Inactive)

(SPV, 1994)

Vocals:Ron Young (Little Caeser)

Guitar: Adrain Vandenberg (Whitesnake)

Bass: Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake)

Drums: Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake)

Notes/comments: After Whitesnake took a hiatus after Slip Of The Tongue, the whole band carried on without Coverdale and got Ron Young (Little Casear) to sing.

First Things First (1994, Brunette)

Vocals: Michael Mulholland
Guitar: Marc Ferrari (Keel)
Guitar Danny Gill (Hericane Alice)
Bass: Barry Caldwell
Drums: Ray Luzier (9.0,  Shrapnel Records session drummer)

Notes/comments:  Maybe not quite so super but lots of guests, mostly ex-Keel and Hericane Alice guys.

Suicide Candyman (1994, Koch)

Vocals: David Reece (Accept, Bangaloir Choir)
Guitar: Larry Farkas  (Vengeance Rising)
Bass: Chris Colovas
Drums: Jay Schellen (Hurricane)

Notes/comments : After leaving Accept Reece has been pretty productive, one of his many projects that didn’t take off, although had enough of a buzz to get reissued in 2020.

DOWN  (Active)
NOLA (1995, Elektra)

Vocals: Phil Anselmo (Pantera)
Guitar: Pepper Keenan (COC)
Guitar: Kirk Windstein (Crowbar)
Bass: Todd Strange (Crowbar)
Drums:  Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod)

Notes/comments:  Capitalizing on the popularity of Pantera, this major label signing has considerable staying power and cred.  One of the more successful super-groups of all time.

Haunted (1995, Metal Blade)

Vocals: Chris Barnes (Cannibal Corpse)
Guitar: Allen West (Massacre, Obituary)
Bass: Terry Butler (Death, Massacre,)
Drums: Greg Gall

Notes/Comments: Sort of pushed as a Death Metal supergroup back in ’96. Now it is the prolific Chris Barnes project with a revolving line-up.

STREAM (Inactive)
Take It Or Leave It  (1995, No Bull)

Vocals: David Reece (Accept)
Guitar: Peter Schiethauer
Bass: Dave Spitz (Black Sabbath, Great White)
Drums: Jay Schellen (Hurricane) / Drums: Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.)

Notes/comments:  Second album after an all French, 1988, debut album with Schiethauer as the only original member left.

SUN RED SUN (Inactive)
Sun Red Sun (1995, indie)

Vocals: Ray Gillen (Black Sabbath)
Guitar: Al Romano (Belladonna)
Bass: Mike Starr (Alice In Chains)
Drums: Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath, Doro, Rainbow)

Notes/comments:  So much potential, so much buzz but they never truly gained traction. The terrible album cover didn’t help either.

Sarrph Cogh (1996, InsideOut)

Vocals: Kelly Hansen (Hurricane)
Guitar: Tak Yonemochi
Guitar: Robbin Crosby (Ratt)
Bass: Juan Croucier (Ratt)
Drums: Jay Schellen (Hurricane)

Notes/comments:   Bit of an outlier here, a Japanese guy works with half of Hurricane and a good chunk of Ratt.  This is actually the 2nd album. Poor album cover and weird album title didn’t help the bands chances.

ARTENSION (Inactive)
Into The Eye Of The Storm (1996, Frontiers)

Vocals: John West (Sun Red Sun)
Guitar: Roger Staffelbach (Atlantis Rising)
Bass: Kevin Chown (Tony MacAlpine, Edwin Dare)
Keyboards: Vitalij Kuprij (Atlantis Rising)
Drums: Mike Terrana (Beau Nasty, Yngwie J. Malmsteen)

Notes/comments: An early supergroup from Italian label Frontiers who became synonymous with all-star projects around 2010.  Artension banged out seven albums in nine years.

DESPERADO (Inactive)
Bloodied But Unbowed (1996, Destroyer Records)

Vocals: Dee Snider (Twisted Sister, Widowmaker)
Guitar: Bernie Torme (Gillan, Ozzy)
Bass: Marc Russell (Widowmaker)
Drums: Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)

Notes/comments:   Kind of a twin (twisted) sister of Widowmaker but with less traction. Solid but zero market for this in ’96.

Murderer’s Row  (1996, A2Z)

Vocals: David Glen Eisley (Guiffria)
Guitar: Bob Kulick (Kiss, W.A.S.P.)
Bass: Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot)
Keyboards: Jimmy Waldo (Alcatrazz, Quiet Riot)
Drums: Jay Schellen (Hurricane)

Notes/comments:  An evolution from Blackthorne.  They only ever recorded one album.

VERTEX (Inactive)
Vertex (1996, Blue Dolphin)

Vocals: Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
Guitar: Al Pitrelli (Alice Cooper, Dee Snider)
Drums: Hiro Kuretani (Transcentral Station)

Notes/comments:  Little known industrial influenced Metal one-off.

FLESH & BLOOD (Inactive)
Blues For Daze (1997, Now & Then)

Vocals: Danny Vaughn (Tyketto)
Guitar: Al Pitrelli (Alice Cooper, Dee Snider)
Bass: Mitch DeStephano
Drums: Chuck Bonfante (Drive She Said, Saraya)

Notes/comments:  Pretty obscure and went nowhere fast.

MONSTER (Inactive)

Through The Eyes Of The World (1997, Pulse)

Vocals: Mark Isom
Guitar: Mick Zane (Malice)
Bass: Mark Behn (Malice)
Drums: Pete Holmes (Black ‘n Blue)

Notes/comments:  I really liked this record but no one else seemed to!

UNION (Inactive)
Union (1998, Mayhem)

Vocals: John Corabi (Motley Crue)
Guitar: Bruce Kulick (Kiss)
Bass: Jamie Hunting (Straw Dogs)
Drums: Brent Fitz  (Sammy Hagar)

Notes/comments:  A lot of buzz about this band that never quite materialized, again, not much market for this style at the time.  A boring band name and album cover didn’t help.

Burning Rain (1999, Z Records)

Vocals: Keith St. John (Marc Ferrari, Medicine Wheel)
Guitar:  Doug Aldrich (Hurricane)
Bass: Ian Mayo (Hericane Alice, Bad Moon Rising)
Drums: Alex Makarovich (Steelheart)

Notes/comments:  Surprisingly still going today now four albums deep.

The Fragile Art Of Existience  (1999, Nuclear Blast)

Vocals: Tim Aymar (Psycho Scream)
Guitar: Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
Guitar: Shannon Hamm (Death,
Bass: Steve DiGirogio (Death, Sadus)
Drums: Richard Christy (Death, Burning Inside)

Notes/comments:  Sort of a supergroup, but not really.  Just Death with a different singer and style.

FANTOMAS (Inactive)
Fantomas (1999, Ipecac)

Vocals: Mike Patton (Faith No More)
Guitar: Buzz Osbourne (Melvins)
Bass: Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungel)
Drums: Dave Lombardo (Slayer)

Notes/comments:  Weird but respected.

Demons & Wizards (2000, SPV)



Vocals: Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian)
Guitar/Bass: Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth)
Guitar: Jim Morris (Iced Earth)
Drums: Mark Prator (Iced Earth)

Notes/comments:  Basically Iced Earth with Hansi singing.  Very cool.

Killing Machine (2000, Candlelight)

Vocals: Mike Vescara (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Guitar: Peter Schiethauer (Stream)
Bass: Mike Duda (W.A.S.P.)
Drums: Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.)

Notes/comments:  Surprisingly heavy.  Beefier twin sister to Scheithauer’s other band, Stream.


Beautiful Creatures (2001, Warner Brothers)


Vocals: Joe LeSte (Bang Tango)
Guitar: DJ AShba (Guns N’ Roses)
Bass: Kenny Kweens (Shake The Faith)
Drums: Glen Sobel (Tony McAlpine, Shout)

Notes/comments:  Quite a bit of buzz around this at the time and on a major label no less.

The Oracle (2001, Frontiers)

Vocals: Mark Boals (Yngwie J. Malmsteen)
Guitar: George Bellas (Solo, Mogg/Way)
Bass: Philip Bynoe
Keyboards: Vitalij Kuprij (Artension, solo)
Drums: Virgil Donati (Taste, Dungeon)

Notes/comments: Power Metal extraordinaire,  evolved from Mark Boals solo albums.  Still going today.

Here Come The Brides (2004, Mayan)

Vocals: London LeGrand
Guitar: Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns)
Guitar: John Corabi (Motley Crue, Union)
Bass: Nikki Sixx (Motely Crue)
Drums:  Scott Coogan (L.A. Guns)

Notes/comments:  Sort of emotionally paired with Velvet Revolver, just by default that they came out at the same time.

New Found Power (2004, Elektra)

Vocals: Patrick Lachman (Halford)
Guitar: Darrell Abbot (Pantera)
Bass: Bob Zilla
Drums:  Vinne Paul (Pantera)

Notes/comments:  The evolution of Pantera, short-lived, ended in tragedy.

LEASH LAW (Inactive)
Dogface (2004, Black Lotus)

Vocals: Wade Black (Crimson Glory)
Guitar: Rick Renstrom (Rob Rock)
Guitar: Emo Mowery (Nocturnus)
Bass: Stephen Elder (Rob Rock)
Drums: Richard Christy (Death)

Notes/comments: Heavy and decent but short-lived. Being on a small Greek label known for Death and Black Metal didn’t help the bands opportunities.

PAIN MUSEUM (Inactive)
Metal for Life (2004, Demolition)

Vocals: Tim Clayborne (Hatred)
Guitar: Mike Chlasciak (Halford, solo)
Bass: Steve Digiorgio (Death, Sadus, Testament)
Drums: Bobby Jarzombek (Juggernaut, Riot, Halford)

Notes/comments: Killer and heavy.  Kind of a spin off of Metal Mike’s solo career.

SOUL SIRKUS (Inactive)
World Play (2004, Indie)

Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie J. Malmsteen)
Guitar: Neal Schon (Journey, Hardline)
Bass: Marco Mendoza (Blue Murder, Thin Lizzy)
Drums: Deen Castronova (Wild Dogs, Bad English)

Notes/comments:  Not much interest in this decent one-off project.

The Hideous Sun Demons (2004, Magna Carta)

Guitar: Toshi Hiketa (David Lee Roth)
Bass: James Lomenzo (White Lion, Zakk Wylde)
Drums: Ray Luzier (David Lee Roth)

Notes/comments:  Basically David Lee Roth’s backing band goes solo.  A neat little collectible.

Contraband (2004, RCA)

Vocals: Scott Weiland (some grunge band)
Guitar: Slash (G’n’R)
Guitar: Dave Kushner (Danzig)
Bass: Duff McKagan  (G’n’R)
Drums: Matt Sorum (Hawk, G’n’R)

Notes/comments:  Huge buzz, major label, this mini G’N’R reignited some interest in US supergroups.

THE MOB (inactive)
The Mob (2005, Frontiers)

Vocals: Dug Pinnick (King’s X)
Guitar: Reb Beach (Winger)
Guitar: Kip Winger (Winger)
Bass: Timothy Drury (Eagles, Whitesnake)
Drums: Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger)

Notes/comments:  Another band, good on paper but didn’t stick

DDP 4 Life  (2007, Godfodder)

Vocals: Chuck Billy (Testament)
Guitar: Andy Billy
Guitar: Steve Robello (Heist)
Guitar Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
Bass: Willy Lange (Laaz Rockit)
Drums: Danny Cunningham / Troy Luceketta (Tesla)

Notes/comments:  A bunch of buddies from Dublin HighSchool got together and blasted out this fun one-off project.  Lots of members/guests.

HELL YEAH (Active)
Hellyeah  (2007, Epic)

Vocals: Chad Grey (Mudvayne)
Guitar: Gregg Tribbet (Mudvayne)
Guitar: Tom Maxxwell (Nothingface)
Bass: Jerry Montano (Nothingface)
Drums:  Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damage Plan)

Notes/comments:  Spiritual brother of DamagePlan.  Prolific with six albums now.

Inflikted (2008, Roadrunner)

Vocals: Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly)
Guitar: Marc Rizzo (Il Nino)
Bass: Joe Duplantier (Gojira)
Drums: Igor Cavalera (Sepultura)

Notes/comments:  The reunion of the Cavalera brothers has staying power four albums deep.

Chickenfoot (2008, Indie)

Vocals: Samy Hagar (Montrose, Van Halen)
Guitar: Joe Satriani
Bass: Michael Anthony (Van Halen)
Drums: Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Notes/comments: Only two albums to date but one of the more successful supergroups ever assembled.

FREAKSHOW (Inactive)

Freakshow (2008, Retrospective)

Vocals: Markus allen Christopher
Guitar: Jeff LaBar (Cinderella)
Bass:  Tony Franklin (The Firm)
Drums: Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.)

Notes/comments:  Pretty obscure and on a small label. It didn’t make much of a splash.

SOULS OF WE (Inactive)
Let The Truth Be Known (2008, Shrapnel)

Vocals: London LeGrand (Brides Of Destruction)
Guitar: George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)
Bass: Johnny Chow
Drums: Ya’el

Notes/comments: This came and went with little to no fanfare. Tons and tons of guest stars however including guys from Dragonforce, Riot and Dokken.

Fires Of Babylon (2008, Frontiers)

Vocals: Rob Rock (Impelliterri, solo)
Guitar: Lou St. Paul (Winter’s Bane)
Bass: Kelly Conlon (Death, Monstrosity)
Drums: Robert Falzone (Shatter Messiah, Annihilator)

Notes/comments:  Short-lived, little known  (probably studio only) Christian power metal band.


Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner  (2008, Warrior)

Vocals: Jani Lane (Warrant)
Guitar: Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper)
Bass: Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House Of Lords)
Drums: Bobby Blotter (Ratt)

Barely anyone noticed this almost indie level release.

Black Country Communion (2010, Mascot)

Vocals:/Bass:  Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)
Guitar: Joe Bonomassa
Keyboards: Derek Sherinian (Alice Cooper, Dream Theater)
Drums: Jason Bonham (Bonham)

Notes/comments:  A decent run of four rock solid albums. one of the more successful supergroups in recent memory.

Charred Walls Of The Damned (2010, Metal Blade)

Vocals: Tim Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)
Guitar: Jason Suecof (Capharnaum)
Bass: Steve Digorgio (Sadus, Testament)
Drums:  Richard Christy (Death)

Notes/comments: Richard Christy’s own vehicle. Top notch Death/Thrash Metal.


(2011, Music By Mail)

Vocals: Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie, Ring Of Fire)

Guitar: Angelo Chen

Bass: Mike Lemond (Symphony X)

Drums:  Rhino (Manowar)

Notes/comments: Tons of firepower here!


(2012, Metal Heaven)

Vocals: David Fefolt (Hawk, Masi, Firewolfe)

Guitar: Ethan Brosh (solo)

Bass: David Ellefson (Megadeth)

Drums: Rhino (Manowar)

Animetal USA  (2011, Sony)

Vocals: Mike Vescara (Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Loudness)
Guitar: Chris Impelliterri (solo)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake)
Drums: John Dette (Testamant) / Scott Travis (Judas Priest)

Notes/comments:  A weird, all-American, spin-off/franchise from the popular Japanese band doing Metalized anime covers.  Signed to a major in Japan!

Omerta (2012, Elm City)

Vocals: Sir Russell Allen (Symphony X)
Guitar/Bass: Mike Orlando
Drums:  Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

Notes/comments:  Strpped down power-trio, biker style rock very different from the members usual styles. Rotating membership over three albums, but a tragic car accident ended the band prematurely.

Kill Devil Hill  (2012, SPV)

Vocals: Dewey Bragg (Pissing Razors)
Guitar: Mark Zavon (40 Cycle Hum)
Bass: Rex Brown (Pantera, Down)
Drums: Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio)

Notes/comments:   A strange but brave mix of veterans of multiple styles.


Ashes Of Ares, (2013, Nuclear Blast)

Vocals: Matt Barlow (Iced Earth)

Guitar / Bass: Freddy Vidales (Iced Earth)

Drums: Van Williams (Nevermore)


Black Star Riders (2013, Nuclear Blast)

Vocals: Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, solo)
Guitar: Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
Guitar: Damon Johnson (Brother Cane, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy)
Bass: Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent, Whitesnake)
Drums: Jimmy Degrasso (Y&T, Megadeth)

Notes/comments:  Quite productive with four albums, high profile tours, and a revolving door of veterans. Sort of the new Thin Lizzy.


Warmaster (2013, Steel Cartel)

Vocals: Sean Peck (Cage)
Guitar: Stu Marshall (Lord)
Guitar: Ross The Boss (Manowar)
Bass: Mike Davis (Lizzy Borden, Halford)
Drums: Rhino (Manowar)

Notes/comments:  Heavy as hell, Priest worship circa Painkiller.

The Winery Dogs (2013, Loud And Proud)

Vocals/Guitar/Keys:  Ritchie Kotzen (Poison, solo)
Bass: Billy Sheehan (Talas, David Lee Roth)
Drums:  Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

Notes/comments:  Hard hitting power-trio and sold surprisingly well.

California Breed (2014, Frontiers)

Vocals/Bass: Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion)
Guitar: Andrew Watt
Drums: Jason Bonham (Bonham, Black Country Communion)

Notes/comments:  After the initial split of Black Country Communion this oddity and twin-sister of BCC appeared and lasted one album before BCC reformed.  The lost BBC album?

Big Trouble (2014, Mausoleum)

Vocals/Guitar: Stephane Honde (Café Betrand, Paul Di’Anno)
Bass: Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge)
Keyboards: Don Airey (Deep Purple)
Drums: Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio)

Notes/comments:  Tons of guests stars tagging along with these veterans rockers. Fun but maybe a bit dated.

KXM (Active)
KXM  (2014, Rat Pack)

Vocals/Bass: Dug Pinnick
Guitar: George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)
Drums: Ray Luzier (David Lee Roth, Steel Panther)

Notes/comments:  Cool sounding power trio didn’t capture the imagination of too many people yet but they continue on.


Devil City Angels (2015, Century Media)

Vocals: Bradon Gibbs (Cheap Thrills)
Guitar: Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns)
Bass: Eric Birmingham (Cinderella)
Drums: Rikki Rocket (Poison)

Signed to Century Media oddly enough, a label not down for signed older Hair metal guys.

Hollywood Vampires (2015, Universal)

Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitar: Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
Guitar: Tommy Henrikson (Warlock)
Guitar: Johnny Depp (some movie guy)
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Drums:  Glen Sobel (Saga, Impelliterri, Tony MacAlpine)

Notes/comments:  A lot of firepower, big names, big label, big money, big hype, big fun, …but surprisingly mellow.

Revolution Saints (2015, Frontiers)

Vocals/Drums:  Deen Castronovo (Wild Dogs, Ozzy, Journey)
Guitar: Doug Aldrich (Hurricane, Whitesnake)
Bass: Jack Blades (Night Ranger)

Notes/comments:  On a bit of a roll, they have already churned out three albums in five years.

At Your Service (2015, Mailboat)

Vocals: Sammy Hagar (Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot)
Guitar: Vic Johnson (Sammy Hagar)
Bass: Michael Anthny (Van Halen, Chickenfoot)
Drums: Jason Bonham (Bonham, Black Country Communion)

Notes/comments:   Glorified (but fun) cover tunes band, debuted with a double live album of all things.  The sort of natural successor to or evolution of Chickenfoot or the Waboritas?

Psychotic Symphony (2017, InsideOut)

Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie J. Malmsteen)
Guitar: Bumblefoot
Bass:  Billy Sheehan (Talas, David Lee Roth)

Keyboards: Derek Sheridan (Alice Cooper Dream Theater, Yngwie J. Malmsteen)
Drums: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

Notes/comments:  One of the more exciting new supergroups in recent memory.

Burn It Down  (4th album) (2018, Spitfire)

Vocals: John Corabi (Motley Crue, Union)
Guitar: Doug Aldrich (Hurricane, Whitesnake)
Bass: Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent, Whitesnake)
Drums: Deen Castonova  (Wild Dogs, Ozzy, Journey)

Notes/comments:  Technically this is the fourth album, started as a regular band but has evolved into a supergroup with a dozen higher profile people passing through the band in the course of four albums.  Glenn Hughes just joined in late 2019.

Spirits Of Fire (2019, Frontiers)

Vocals: Tim Owens (Judas Priest)
Guitar: Chris Caffery (Savatage)
Bass: Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death)
Drums: Mark Zonder (Warlord, Fates Warning)

Notes/comments:  Killer firepower and lots of potential.

B.P.M.D.-American Made

(2020, Napalm)

Vocals: Bobby Blitz (Overkill)
Guitar:  Phil Demmel (Ex-Violence)
Bass: Mark Menghi
Drums: Mike Portnoy (Ex-Dream Theater)

Notes/Comments:  Kind of a one-off from four dudes who wanted to bust out some cover tunes of 70’s bands that influenced them.  Word on the mean streets is that they ‘might’ do a Part II of European stuff.

Shake The World (2020, Frontiers)

Vocals: Robin McAuley (MSG)
Guitar: Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake)
Bass: Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
Drums: Matt Star (Mr. Big, Burning Rain)

Notes/comments:  Hot new supergroup, loaded with talent. A tour de force for MacAuley.

APPENDIX ONE:  The Dokken Continuum

(These next four bands are all Dokken spin-off’s with essentially the same members trading back and forth)

LYNCH MOB (Active)
Wicked Sensation (1990, Elektra)

Vocals: Oni Logan
Guitar: George Lynch (Dokken)
Bass: Anthony Esposito
Drums: Mick Brown (Dokken)

Notes/comments:  George Lynch’s first band after Dokken. Robert Mason joins later. Lynch’s main vehicle, and quite prolific over the years.

Wicked Underground (2003, Spitfire)

Guitar: George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)
Vocals/Bass: Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Lynch Mob)
Drums: Michael Frowein (Lynch Mob)

Notes/comments:  I’m not sure why this even exists. Why not call it Lynch Mob? Wicked Sensation vs. Wicked Underground?  Maybe the record company legally owns the Lynch Mob band name. Only one album to date.

T&N (Inactive)
Slave To The Empire (2012, Rat Pack)

Vocals: Multiple vocalists including Robert Mason of Lynch Mob
Guitar: George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)
Bass: Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Lynch Mob)
Drums: Mick Brown (Dokken, Lynch Mob)

Notes/comments:   Oh look!  It’s Lynch Mob!  T&N possibly stands for Tooth and Nail after the old Dokken song.

The End Machine (2019, Frontiers)

Vocals: Robert Mason (Lynch Mob)
Guitar: George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, Lynch/Pilson, T&N)
Bass: Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Lynch Mob, Lynch/Pilson, T&N)
Drums: Mick Brown (Dokken, Lynch Mob, T&N)

Notes/comments:  Something seems familiar here….the exact game line-up as T&N!

APPENDIX TWO : The Dio Continuum

(These next four bands are all Dio spin-off’s with essentially the same members trading back and forth)

DIO DISCIPLES (2011) (Active)

Vocals: Oni Logan / Tim Owens, various others
Guitar: Craig Goldy (Dio)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (Dio)
Keyboards: Scott Warren (Dio)
Drums: Simon Wright / Vinny Appice  (Dio)

Notes/comments:  No albums to date, just touring activity.

Resurrection Kings (2016, Frontiers)

Vocals: Chas West
Guitar: Craig Goldy (Dio)
Bass: Sean McNabb
Drums: Vinny Appice (Dio)

HEAVY CROWN (2016, Frontiers)

Vocals: Andrew Freeman
Guitar: Vivian Campbell (Dio)
Bass: Jimmy Bain (Dio)
Drums: Vinny Appice (Dio)

Til Death Do We Meet Again (2018, Frontiers)

Vocals: Diego Valdez
Guitar: Craig Goldy (Dio)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (Dio)
Keyboards: Wayne Findlay
Drums: Simon Wright (Dio)

Notes/comments:  Not the long running French Power Metal band of the same name.

APPENDIX THREE:  Honourable Mentions:

Roadrunner United (Inactive)

The Roadrunner All-Stars (2005, Roadrunner)

Notes/comments:   Designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Roadrunner Records.  Over 57 musicians participated under the auspices of team captains Robb Fynn, Matt Heaffy, Joey Jordinson and Dino Cazares.


Vocals: Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)

Guitar: Ted Nugent (Dan Yankees)

Guitar: Scott Ian (Anthrax)

Bass: Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard)

Drums: Jason Bonham (Bonham)

Notes/comments: This band was the result of a VH1 reality TV show called Supergroup.  It ran for seven episodes in 2006 and although they never released an album, they did play live.


Into The Light (2007, Nuclear Blast)

Vocals:  Various… 10 guest vocalists from Nightwish, Edguy, Sonata Arctica, Rage, Blind Guardian, Helloween, Destruction, etc

Guitar/Bass: Victor Smolski (Rage)

Andre Hilgers (Rage)

Notes/comments:  Similar to the Roadrunner Allstars project, designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nuclear Blast.  A bit of a Rage spin-off with two-thirds of Rage (Smolski and Hilgers) playing most of the music.

HAIL! (2011)

Touring all-star project with rotating members from such bands as….

Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth) – vocals
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) – vocals
Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) – vocals
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) – guitars
Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) – guitars
Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth) – guitars
David Ellefson (Megadeth) – bass
James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth) – bass
Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Megadeth) – drums
Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) – drums
Paul Bostaph (Slayer) – drums
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) – drums
Chris Adler (ex-Lamb of God) – drums

Notes/comments:  Yes, I cut and paste the above list from Wikipedia because I was too lazy to type it all out. David Ellefson is one of the driving forces behind this project.


Metal Allegiance (2015, Nuclear Blast)

Vocals:  Dozens

Guitar: Alex Skolnick (Testament)

Bass: David Ellefson (Megadeth)

Bass: Mark Menghi

Drums: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

Notes/comments:  Primarily designed to do festivals, cruises and one-off shows, this massive project has a couple of albums already.


The Three Tremors (2019, Steel Cartel)

Vocals: Tim Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)

Vocals: Sean Peck (Cage)

Vocals: Harry Conklin (Jag Panzer)

Guitar: Dave Garcia (Cage)

Guitar: Tracey Trask (Cage)

Bass: Alex Pickard (Cage)

Drums: Sean Elg (Cage)

Notes/comments: A neat continuation of the proposed, all-star project featuring Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate and  Rob Halford.  Basically the same concept and name with Cage/Death Dealer as the band.