Veteran Massachusetts metallers MELIAH RAGE have parted ways with vocalist Paul Souza. The band will immediately begin the search for a replacement while continuing to work on its next release.

"Back in 2003 when we decided to start making new music again after six years off, Paul was the first person we called when original vocalist Mike Munro decided that he could not commit to touring," explained MELIAH RAGE founder Anthony Nichols.

He added, "Paul has recorded two records with us and played over 100 live shows (including a recent tour with METAL CHURCH) since joining the band. We will always consider Souza a friend and an important part of MELIAH RAGE history."

Like Munro, Souza was unable to meet the new touring schedule that looms in the near future for band.

MELIAH RAGE had its latest CD, "The Deep and Dreamless Sleep" (2006), released in Europe on July 27 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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