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A promotional shot of the four 'team captains'. From left to right: Robb Flynn, Matt Heafy, Joey Jordison (wearing his Slipknot mask), and Dino Cazares.
A promotional shot of the four 'team captains'. From left to right: Robb Flynn, Matt Heafy, Joey Jordison (wearing his Slipknot mask), and Dino Cazares.

Roadrunner United was a project organized by American heavy metal record label Roadrunner Records to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It culminated in an album released worldwide on October 11, 2005, entitled The All-Star Sessions. Four "team captains" were chosen to lead 57 artists from 45 past and present Roadrunner bands, and produce and oversee the album's 18 tracks: then-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, Trivium frontman and guitarist Matt Heafy, Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares, and Machine Head frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn. The project was the brainchild of Roadrunner UK general manager Mark Palmer and Roadrunner USA VP of A&R Monte Conner. The album project was coordinated by Lora Richardson and was mixed by Colin Richardson and Andy Sneap. The All-Star Sessions spawned one single and music video ("The End"). The DVD included with the CD purchase is a documentary of the "Making Of" the songs. It features the sessions of the four team captains making their songs.[1]

On October 13, 2008, Roadrunner Records announced that a two-disc DVD of a release party-concert, featuring songs from the album performed live, would be released on December 9, 2008. The DVD features the full concert and a documentary.

The All-Star Sessions[edit]

The All-Star Sessions
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Studio album by
Roadrunner United
ReleasedOctober 11, 2005
RecordedFebruary 16 – June 1, 2005
GenreHeavy metal
Length76:55
LabelRoadrunner
Producer
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Stylus MagazineB+[2]
Pyro Music[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicPerformed byLength
1."The Dagger"Robb Flynn, Howard JonesFlynn
Performed by
5:31
2."The Enemy"Mark HunterDino Cazares, Roy Mayorga4:44
3."Annihilation by the Hands of God"Glen BentonJoey Jordison, Rob Barrett5:33
4."In the Fire"King DiamondMatt Heafy
Performed by
4:07
5."The End"Matt HeafyCazares
Performed by
3:35
6."Tired 'n Lonely"Mina Caputo[a]Jordison
Performed by
3:37
7."Independent (Voice of the Voiceless)"Max CavaleraFlynn, Phil Demmel
Performed by
4:51
8."Dawn of a Golden Age"Dani FilthHeafy
Performed by
4:09
9."The Rich Man"Corey TaylorFlynn
Performed by
6:49
10."No Way Out"Daryl PalumboJordison, Matt Sepanic
Performed by
3:27
11."Baptized in the Redemption"Dez FafaraCazares, Mayorga3:19
12."Roads"Mikael ÅkerfeldtJosh Silver
Performed by
2:24
13."Blood & Flames"Jesse LeachHeafy
Performed by
5:38
14."Constitution Down"Kyle ThomasJordison
Performed by
5:04
15."I Don't Wanna Be (A Superhero)"Michale GravesHeafy
Performed by
2:02
16."Army of the Sun"Tim WilliamsFlynn, Dave McClain
Performed by
3:48
17."No Más Control"Cristian MachadoCazares, John Sankey
Performed by
3:01
18."Enemy of the State"Peter SteeleJordison, Sepanic
Performed by
5:08
Total length:76:55

(C) - Denotes the captain for the song.

Personnel[edit]

Team Captains[edit]

Robb Flynn, guitarist and vocalist for Machine Head
Dino Cazares, guitarist for Fear Factory
Joey Jordison, former drummer for Slipknot
Joey Jordison, former drummer for Slipknot
Matt Heafy, vocalist and guitarist for Trivium

The following were the primary songwriters/producers for the album and were referred to as the 'Team Captains', each getting to select the musicians they wanted for each song.

  • Robb Flynn - co-lead vocals (track 1), keyboards (tracks 7, 9), rhythm guitar, production (1, 7, 9, 16)
  • Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar, production (tracks 2, 5, 11, 17)
  • Joey Jordison - bass (tracks 6, 10), drums, production (tracks 3, 6, 10, 14, 18)
  • Matt Heafy - lead vocals (track 5), backing vocals (tracks 8, 13), acoustic guitar (tracks 4, 13), lead and rhythm guitar, production (tracks 4, 8, 13, 15)

Vocalists[edit]

Guitarists[edit]

Bassists[edit]

Drummers[edit]

Keyboards/Programming[edit]

Engineers[edit]

  • Matt Sepanic (tracks 3, 6, 10, 14, 18)
  • Jason Suecof (tracks (4, 8, 13, 15)
  • Roy Mayorga (tracks 2, 5, 11, 17)
  • Mark Keaton (tracks 1, 7, 9, 16)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 45
UK Albums Chart[4] 45
U.S. Billboard 200 77

Roadrunner United: The Concert[edit]

The Concert
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Live album by
Roadrunner United
Released2008
RecordedDecember 15, 2005
GenreHeavy metal
Length1:57:39
LabelRoadrunner
ProducerHarlan Frey

A concert celebrating the project, album and anniversary took place on Thursday December 15, 2005, at the Nokia Theater in New York City. The concert featured multiple musicians both past and present from Roadrunner bands, as well as musicians that did not originally perform on the All-Star Sessions album. The set list consisted of some of the most popular and famous songs released by Roadrunner records as well as some of the original songs from the project's album. The 'core band', who performed on the majority of the songs, was Dino Cazares, Adam Duce, Paul Gray, Joey Jordison, Andreas Kisser, and Roy Mayorga.

Set list[edit]

No.TitleMusicPerformed byLength
1."Punishment"Biohazard
Performed by
4:51
2."Set It Off"Madball
Performed by
  • Jamey Jasta - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - rhythm guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Adam Duce - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
2:55
3."March of the S.O.D"Stormtroopers of Death
Performed by
  • Andreas Kisser - lead guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Scott Ian - rhythm guitar
  • Paul Gray - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
1:34
4."River Runs Red"Life of Agony
Performed by
  • Mina Caputo[a] - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - lead guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Scott Ian - rhythm guitar
  • Paul Gray - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
2:09
5."The End Complete"Obituary
Performed by
  • Glen Benton - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - lead guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Paul Gray - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
5:02
6."Curse of the Pharaohs"Mercyful Fate
Performed by
3:48
7."Abigail"King Diamond
Performed by
5:16
8."Allison Hell"Annihilator
Performed by
  • Tim "Ripper" Owens - vocals
  • Jeff Waters - lead guitar, vocals
  • James Murphy - rhythm guitar
  • Adam Duce - bass
  • Roy Mayorga - drums
6:35
9."Dead by Dawn"Deicide
Performed by
  • Glen Benton - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - lead guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Paul Gray - bass
  • Steve Asheim - drums
4:35
10."Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" (With outro of Pantera's "Domination")Trivium
Performed by
  • (C) Matt Heafy - rhythm and lead guitar, vocals
  • Corey Beaulieu - lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Paolo Gregoletto - bass
  • Travis Smith - drums
  • (C) Robb Flynn - additional vocals
6:09
11."My Last Serenade"Killswitch Engage
Performed by
3:58
12."Pure Hatred"Chimaira
Performed by
  • Jamey Jasta - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - rhythm guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Adam Duce - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
4:32
13."Replica"Fear Factory
Performed by
  • (C) Matt Heafy - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - rhythm guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Adam Duce - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
4:06
14."Black No. 1"Type O Negative
Performed by
  • Ville Valo - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - lead guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Nadja Peulen - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
  • Rob Caggiano - keyboards
6:00
15."Tired 'n Lonely"Roadrunner United
Performed by
  • Mina Caputo[a] - vocals
  • Matt Baumbach - lead guitar
  • Acey Slade - rhythm guitar
  • Nadja Peulen - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
  • Rob Caggiano - keyboards
3:55
16."Bother"Stone Sour
Performed by
6:15
17."The Rich Man"Roadrunner United
Performed by
6:30
18."The Dagger"Roadrunner United
Performed by
  • (C) Robb Flynn - vocals
  • Howard Jones - vocals
  • Jeff Waters - lead guitar
  • Andreas Kisser - rhythm guitar
  • Jordan Whelan - rhythm guitar
  • Adam Duce - bass
  • Paul Gray - bass
  • Andols Herrick - drums
5:59
19."The End"Roadrunner United
Performed by
  • (C) Matt Heafy - vocals
  • Logan Mader - rhythm guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Nadja Peulen - bass
  • Roy Mayorga - drums
3:31
20."Eye for an Eye"Soulfly
Performed by
  • Brian Fair - vocals
  • Logan Mader - lead guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Adam Duce - bass
  • Roy Mayorga - drums
4:35
21."Refuse/Resist"Sepultura
Performed by
  • (C) Robb Flynn - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - lead guitar
  • Scott Ian - rhythm guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Phil Demmel - rhythm guitar
  • Adam Duce - bass
  • Roy Mayorga - drums
4:09
22."Surfacing"Slipknot
Performed by
  • (C) Robb Flynn - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - rhythm guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Adam Duce - bass
  • Roy Mayorga - drums
4:10
23."Davidian"Machine Head
Performed by
  • (C) Robb Flynn - vocals
  • (C) Matt Heafy - vocals
  • Tim Williams - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - lead & rhythm guitars
  • Logan Mader - rhythm & lead guitars
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Paul Gray - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
6:05
24."(sic)"Slipknot
Performed by
  • Corey Taylor - vocals
  • Tommy Vext - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - rhythm guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Scott Ian - rhythm guitar
  • Paul Gray - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
4:38
25."Roots Bloody Roots"Sepultura
Performed by
  • (C) Robb Flynn - vocals
  • Corey Taylor - vocals
  • Howard Jones - vocals
  • Jesse Leach - vocals
  • Tommy Vext - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - lead guitar
  • Scott Ian - rhythm guitar
  • (C) Dino Cazares - rhythm guitar
  • Paul Gray - bass
  • Adam Duce - bass
  • (C) Joey Jordison - drums
  • Roy Mayorga - percussion
6:22
Total length:1:57:39
  1. ^ a b c d e f Credited as Keith Caputo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burning your ears since 1980". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "Roadrunner United - The All-Star Sessions - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Roadrunner United - The All-Star Sessions (album review 4)". Sputnikmusic. October 31, 2005. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 465. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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