“It has its challenges, I’ll tell you that!” laughed Mark Menghi, one of four core members of all-star heavy band Metal Allegiance, when pressed on the difficulties of writing music for a band with no set frontman. “Again, it comes down to – at least for me anyway – one of the hardest parts and probably the most satisfying part at the same time, is having that ability to write lyrics for completely different singers. Say, someone like Bobby Blitz versus Troy Sanders, you couldn’t get any more different vocally than those two guys and it’s trying to get the correct words and phrasing that’s gonna fit their vocal capabilities. It’s definitely tricky, and when you perform live it’s awesome because you have a whole all-star cast of characters up there but yet the music is the same and the message is different yet vastly similar so it is tricky but also pretty awesome when we complete it and we get to line up all these different singers on stage. We’re a band that has a million different singers so instead of one lead singer syndrome we have about thirty (laughs).”
In the full interview Mark outlines how the creative process differs writing for different vocalists, the different things he gets musically out of working with some of the best in the business, the process of selecting vocalists, which artist he fanboyed over, how they kept so many egos’s in check, who he wants to work with on future albums, the possibility of an Australian tour and an in-depth analysis on each member of Metal Allegiance and what they bring to the table.
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