Just three months after announcing that they had reunited with vocalist Paul Souza for the recording of their new album, veteran Massachusetts metallers MELIAH RAGE have once again split with the singer. According to the band, Souza and MELIAH RAGE "decided to part ways while Paul spends more time on the VELVETEEN PLAYBOYS project which he and Tony [guitarist/songwriter Anthony Nichols] started a few years ago. The project is not a metal band and also features Mike [Malinin] from the GOO GOO DOLLS on drums."
The band adds, "So you ask who's singing on the new MELIAH RAGE record? Let's just say it will be a VERY cool surprise and we will let everyone know next week."
MELIAH RAGE's new album is being produced by Rich Spillberg (WARGASM), who has previously worked with STEEL ASSASSIN and JOSH GROBIN, among many others. According to the group, "The music on the record is much faster and heavier than the past few records and will feature a guest appearance by METAL CHURCH frontman Ronny Munroe." A late 2008 or early 2009 release is expected.
MELIAH RAGE had its latest CD, "The Deep and Dreamless Sleep" (2006), released in Europe on July 2007 via Locomotive Music. The band's seventh release overall, and third for Screaming Ferret Wreckords, the CD was recorded at Danger Multitrack Studios in Providence, RI, and Sherwood Forest Studios in Bedford, MA.
Originally formed in 1985, MELIAH RAGE was often associated with the then-burgeoning thrash metal scene, which resulted in a major label contract and their 1988 metal classic, "Kill to Survive". In the ensuing years, the group played with some of metal's most renowned names — SLAYER, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, MANOWAR, MORBID ANGEL, METAL CHURCH, and NUCLEAR ASSAULT. The group also included GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna in their ranks (as a drummer) during the early '90s.
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