MELDRUM: Two Full Songs From 'Lifer' Posted Online

The surviving members of MELDRUM — the band formed by ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum — have posted two full new songs on their MySpace page. Check out the tracks "A Toast To Romance" and "Blackened Blue" at this location. Both songs will appear on MELDRUM's forthcoming third album (for which Michelle recorded her tracks prior to her passing), "Lifer", which will be available for purchase through iTunes starting in October.

MELDRUM has scheduled the following dates:

Sep. 02 - The Jumping Turtle, San Diego, CA
Sep. 03 - [to be announced]
Sep. 04 - Brookside Inn, Brookside Monterey, CA
Sep. 05 - Lost on Main, Chico, CA
Sep. 06 - Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Sep. 08 - Dante’s, Portland, OR
Sep. 10 - Last Day Saloon, Santa Rosa, CA
Sep. 11 - Burnin Burro, Livermore, CA (Oakland Metro)
Sep. 12 - UB's, Mesa, AZ
Sep. 15 - Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood, CA

Michelle Meldrum died in May 2008 as a result of a cystic growth that had restricted oxygen and blood flow to her brain, rendering her braindead.

Commented MELDRUM drummer Gene Hoglan (also of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, FEAR FACTORY, DEATH, TESTAMENT, DARK ANGEL): "We're all super-excited to announce this upcoming MELDRUM tour! It's gonna be a few selected West Coast dates, where we unveil the new lineup of rip-snortin' bitches, and I'd love for everybody to come out and get your heads handed to ya! We're gonna be focusing on the upcoming 'Lifer' material which is a big step forward for the band, and we can't wait to pummel all of ya with some heavy. We'll see you on the road, people!"

"Lifer" stands as a proud tribute to Michelle, who wrote the material for the CD with Hoglan, along with new members Laura Christine (bass) and Michele Madden (vocals).

"Lifer" is sonically different in direction than anything previously released by the band. With new life, and new talent, this album has carried the talents these four have to a higher level.

Hoglan previously stated about the CD: "Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I've been involved in as I have with MELDRUM's latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a laser-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could. Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Chicken, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member's full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honor Michelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for… what MELDRUM stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed."

Michelle Meldrum was born on September 28, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan to a family of musicians and actors, and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 13. She started her career in music by forming the thrash metal band WARGOD with drummer Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD), then moved on to become both co-founder and lead guitarist in PHANTOM BLUE. PHANTOM BLUE released its self-titled debut album on Shrapnel Records in the U.S. (Roadrunner in Europe and Japan) and eventually landed a major label deal with Geffen.

While her career flourished, Michelle married EUROPE guitarist John Norum and moved to Sweden to form MELDRUM. After many successful tours with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, she reunited with Gene in 2006 when he appeared as a guest on MELDRUM album and events. Inspired to once again collaborate, Michelle moved back to America where she and Gene began writing the third MELDRUM album together.

Video footage of Gene Hoglan laying down tracks for the new MELDRUM album can be viewed below.

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