MELIAH RAGE Putting Finishing Touches On New Studio Album

The pioneering thrash metal band MELIAH RAGE are finishing the recording of their upcoming studio album, "The Deep And Dreamless Sleep", scheduled for release by mid-year on Screaming Ferret Wreckords.

Band leader/guitarist/songwriter Anthony Nichols, vocalist Paul Souza, guitarist Jim Koury, bass guitarist Jesse Johnson and returning original drummer Stuart Dowie are working on "The Deep And Dreamless Sleep" at Danger Multitrack Studios in Providence, RI, and Sherwood Forest Studios in Bedford, MA.

"The record seems to have a darker tone to it than previous efforts," says Nichols.

Some of the new songs include "Permanently Damaged", "Twisted Wreck" and "Undefeated".

"It's been a long time. It's great to be back with the band. We've been working on our new CD, which is very heavy so far!" says Dowie. "We have two local gigs scheduled so far — March 26 at Jarrod's in Attleboro, MA, and April 16 in Providence, RI. After that, I'm looking forward to hitting the road with the band this summer. It's the return of the RAGE. Heavy metal is alive and well. MELIAH RAGE 2005!"

2005 marks the 20th anniversary of the Boston-based band's formation. The band was named for the Meliah Indians' practice of taking opium to prepare for battle.

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