MELIAH RAGE Early Years Compilation, Before The Kill, To Be Released

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 @ 4:14 PM

Out August 31st

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The MELIAH RAGE CD, Before The Kill, will be released on August 31st by Metal on Metal Records. The CD is a compilation of the earliest and previously unpublished material of these US power/thrash veterans, including songs from 1986, before the band even got its name.

The label had this to say: "One day in the spring last year, MELIAH RAGE founder/guitarist, Anthony Nichols, found in his attic a rehearsal tape from 1986, when they still played without a band name and with another vocalist. He didn't have to ask twice if we wanted to hear it! The energy emanating from this recording, the sheer enthusiasm pouring out with every note, and this special, exciting vibe of a young band playing their first songs (and being very tight at that!), all led to the decision it should not stay on that tape and our hard drives only. It deserved to be heard, even just for the four never re-recorded songs. It showed a bit more US power and classic metal face of the band, and it's also interesting to hear the other four songs, which later became Meliah RAGE classics, sung by a different vocalist, a very talented Mark Mastroianni. Anthony kept digging in his boxes and found also the very first MELIAH RAGE demo tape with 4 songs from 1987. The quality was decent enough, so we decided to add it to the rehearsal, and the compilation was completed with three live tracks from 1988 and the "Kill To Survive" song from the band's second demo. It clocks in at over 70 minutes, all audio has been digitally remastered, and in the booklet you will find many archival photos and an in-depth interview focused exclusively on the earliest period of the band's existence. Needless to say, this compilation should be avoided by those who value good recording and production above everything else, but all collectors who are enthusiasts of US metal from the '80s should definitely check it out."

A promo clip for Before The Kill album, featuring fragments of two tracks, a pre-MELIAH RAGE song "The Eagle" and MELIAH RAGE "The Pack" from their first 1987 demo, can be watched below.

Before The Kill tracklisting:

Pre-MELIAH RAGE rehearsal 1986:

  • “Misunderstood”
  • “Beginning Of The End”
  • “The Eagle”
  • “Stand Up”
  • "Warrior Lord”
  • “Enter The Darkness”
  • “Fight”
  • “The Pack”
  • “Beginning Of The End” (1st demo '87)
  • “The Pack” (1st demo '87)
  • “Enter The Darkness” (1st demo '87)
  • “Kill To Survive’ (1st demo '87)
  • “Bates Motel” (live '88)
  • “Meliah Rage” (live '88)
  • “Deadly Existence” (live '88)
  • “Kill To Survive” (from the 2nd demo '87)
The cover art was painted by the label's owner, Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi (Exodus, Manilla Road, Attacker, Witchburner, Forsaken, Deceased, Meliah Rage, Nomad Son, Arkham Witch, Metal Law...). More details about the album and high-res cover can be found HERE.

MELIAH RAGE "Before The Kill" CD can be pre-ordered with a discount from Metal on Metal Records' website, while the digital download is available from Bandcamp.

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