Screaming Ferret Wreckords has set an August 24 release date for the new MELIAH RAGE album, "Barely Human". A major North American tour will follow.
Guitarists Anthony Nichols and Jim Koury, and bass guitarist Jesse Johnson, all original members, are joined by new vocalist Paul Souza and drummer Barry Spillberg (formerly of WARGASM) on "Barely Human". Original vocalist Mike Munro decided not to take part in the MELIAH RAGE reunion in order to focus on family.
"Barely Human" was produced by Joe Moody and Nichols. Moody also recorded and mixed the album at Danger Multitrack in Providence, RI. All songs were written by Nichols and Souza except "The Wrong Place", which was written by Nichols, Souza and Clark Lush, and "Ungodly", which was written by Nichols, Souza and Spillberg. Nichols completed all musical arrangements and Souza wrote all lyrics for the album. Bob Mayo, formerly of WARGASM and a one-time MELIAH RAGE member, contributes special bass tracks on "Invincible". A single for the title track "Barely Human", was recently filmed as a video on the set of the upcoming horror film "God of Vampires", and is currently available for download on the Screaming Ferret Wreckords web site. An MP3 of the track "Hate Machine" is available here.
As an added bonus, the initial pressing of "Barely Human" will include a bonus disc, the previously unreleased album "Unfinished Business", which features performances by GODSMACK's Sully Erna on drums. Originally recorded in 1992, the tracks on "Unfinished Business" were intended as demos in order to secure a new record deal upon the band's departure from Epic Records.