Meliah Rage

Meliah Rage
Darren Lourie (Vocals, Bass [since 2005]), Anthony Nichols (Guitar [since 1987], founder member), Stuart Dowie (Drums [since 2005], ex-Bad Karma (USA)), Jim Koury (Guitar), Marc Lopes (Vocals [since 2013], Dark Day Sunday), Dave Barcos (Drums [1995-2002]), Paul Souza (Vocals [2003-2007]), Bob Mayo (Bass [1995-2002]), Jesse Johnson (Bass [1987-1992] [2003-2005]), Barry Spillberg (Drums [2003-2005]), Paul Souza (Vocals [1987-1992] [1995-2003] [2008-2012]), Keith Vogele (Bass [1992-1995]), Sully Erna (Drums [1992-1995])

Boston based Metal machine MELIAH RAGE was founded in 1987 under the leadership of guitarist/songwriter Anthony Nichols.

The band, consisting of Mike Munro on vocals, Anthony Nichols on guitar, Jim Koury on guitar, Stuart Dowie on drums and Jesse Johnson on bass, developed a unique sound, fusing aggressive riffing, searing melodies and catchy arrangements. A three-song demo was recorded in 1987. Nichols had toured briefly with the seminal Boston hardcore band GANG GREEN.

The association with this band would eventually pay off, as GANG GREEN's manager took them on, and within the month, two major labels were warring over Meliah Rage. The band signed to Epic Records after playing only 8 shows.

Meliah Rage recorded their first album, “Kill To Survive” in 1988. The debut set them apart from the Metal pack immediately, uilizing a more melodic, mid-tempo approach, while packing a heavyweight punch.

A video for “Beginning Of The End” aired on MTV worldwide. In 1989 the band toured the US with heavyweights METAL CHURCH.

The Detroit date was recorded and the live EP “Live Kill” was released later that year. The band also hit the stage with the likes of SLAYER, TESTAMENT, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, MANOWAR, OVERKILL, MEGADETH, MORBID ANGEL and others over the next 18 months. In 1990 the band returned to the studio and recorded their second album “Solitary Solitude”, a record that many feel is an underrated classic.

A video for “The Witching” was shot and aired on MTV’s Headbangers Ball. A five week European tour soon followed and MELIAH RAGE looked set to conquer the world. The early ’90s were a low point for Metal's popularity, and MELIAH RAGE, like so many other Metal bands of the time, found themselves without label support.

After a brief haitus the band re-grouped with new drummer Sully Erna (future GODSMACK vocalist) and bassist Keith Vogele. The new lineup recorded demos, played live and searched for a record deal, but overcoming the Grunge phenomenon proved daunting.

Meanwhile, Nichols also worked on a side project called CACTUS LAND, with Koury and vocalist Paul Souza. Nichols’ collaboration with Souza would prove to be key in MELIAH RAGE's future. In 1995 Nichols, Koury and Munro, along with drummer Dave Barcos and former WARGASM bassist Bob Mayo convened to record “Death Valley Dream”.

Released on indie Backstreet Records in 1996. The album was well received and laid the groundwork for a full re-emergence for MELIAH RAGE.

Screaming Ferret Wreckords signed the band and released “Unfinished Business”, a collection of the 1992 demos that included Sully Erna on drums. Screaming Ferret then asked for new material, so Nichols regrouped, securing original bassist Jesse Johnson, while Barry Spillberg of WARGASM took over on drums.

Munro declined to rejoin, and Nichols welcomed Paul Souza, his partner from CACTUS LAND, into the MELIAH RAGE fold. In 2003 this line-up recorded “Barely Human”, an album that combining classic MELIAH RAGE with a lean, modern sound.

Released in 2004, “Barely Human” was a critical success, landing on many Top Ten lists, and yielded a video for the title track which also featured on the TV show “The Shield”. In 2005 Stuart Dowie was brought back into the fold to record “The Deep And Dreamless Sleep”, the band’s 5th studio album, released in 2006 by Screaming Ferret.

The album was a bit of a departure from previous material, with a stronger emphasis on melody. Later that year a video for the song “Undefeated” was released.

In 2007 the band added new bassist Darren Lourie, and MELIAH RAGE hit the road with old friends METAL CHURCH for a three week US tour. In 2009 “Masquerade” was released through Screaming Ferret/Metro City Records.

Original vocalist Mike Munro was back. Produced by Rich Spillberg, Meliah's 6th record has the classic combination of heaviness and hooks that MELIAH RAGE is renowned for, and also features a guest appearance by METAL CHURCH’s Ronny Munroe on the song “Last Rites”.

Sporadic live shows followed, but Munro bowed out due to outside obligations. In late 2010 MELIAH RAGE reunited with Paul Souza for the recording of their next full-length CD "Dead to the World", which included the band's first cover song, "Halo of Flies" (originally on ALICE COOPER's 1971 classic "Killer" LP), for which a video was filmed.

In December, MELIAH RAGE was approached by Metal On Metal Records and the band's next album, "Dead to the World" was released. The album brings a hefty dose of classic US power metal as well as thrash, with great melodies and crunchy riffs. In March 2013 MELIAH RAGE announced the addition of singer Marc Lopes to the group's ranks, and work began on a new album, "Warrior".

Lopes, who hails from New Bedford, Massachusetts, worked with guitarist Frank Aresti (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos...), drummer Jason Bittner (Toxik, Shadows Fall...) and HELLSPEAK (also with Bittner). The band's 8th studio full-length "Warrior" was finished in early spring of 2014 and released on April 25th by Metal On Metal Records.

A more aggressive record than the one previous, but the band's trademark intricate dual guitar harmonies and melodic interludes remained intact. In the spring of 2014 Anthony Nichols found a rehearsal tape from 1986, which included 4 never recorded songs, and put a plan in place to release some archival MELIAH RAGE material. Featuring vocalist Mark Mastroianni, the live rehearsal tape is a raw, high energy look into the early days of the band.

Nichols included the very first MELIAH RAGE demo tape, consisting of 4 songs from 1987. Three live tracks, were added, as well as a version of "Kill to Survive" from the band's 2nd demo.

"Before the Kill" was released in August of 2015. In 2017, Lopes departs and Souza re-enters the Meliah orbit to record a new record, to be produced and mixed by Pete Rutcho, with Rich Spillberg handling Souza's vocals. Completed in early 2018, IDOL HANDS is a real contender for MELIAH RAGE's best record ever, as these veteran Metal stalwarts have thrown everything they have into this volatile mix of melody and menace, and the result is what could truly be called MELIAH RAGE's defining moment.

IDOL HANDS is scheduled for release in April 2018. IDOL HANDS: The Kill-All Rule Crushed Beneath My Heel Infernal Bleeding Idol Hands Dark As Your Thoughts Absolute Power Where Darkness Lies Sentenced To Life.