Boston power/thrash veterans MELIAH RAGE have recently announced Marc Lopes joining their ranks as the new vocalist. This marks the end of the nearly 2 years of downtime for the band: they are currently working on a new album, “Warrior”, to be released this July through Metal on Metal Records, and getting ready to play some shows, including Warriors of Metal VI festival in June in Ohio (with ATTACKER, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, STEEL ASSASSIN, TWISTED TOWER DIRE and many others). The previous vocalist, Paul Souza, sang on “Dead to the World” (released in July 2011), but he was not a real band member, therefore the group hasn’t played a single show in support of their last album.
Commented the band’s founder and guitarist Anthony Nichols: “We knew a lot of the same people and decided to have Marc come in and work with producer Rich Spillberg. We are all very excited to work with Marc. He is a talented vocalist and highly motivated to write, tour and record with MELIAH RAGE.”
A fragment of a one MELIAH RAGE song with Marc Lopes on vocals, entitled “These Scars”, can be heard at this location. It’s released on Metal on Metal Records‘ annual compilation CD, “Compendium of Metal Vol. 6″, which contains mostly previously unreleased and rare tracks. Marc recorded his vocals for “These Scars” during his second meeting with the band, and after having heard the song (recorded during the 2011 sessions) for the first time only the previous night, so it was quite spontaneous, especially considering that he also had to write the lyrics within this short time.
Marc Lopes, who hails from New Bedford, Massachusetts, is currently involved with a few other projects including DARK DAY SUNDAY, featuring guitarist Frank Aresti (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos…) and drummer Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Toxik…), HELLSPEAK (also with Bittner), and the ’80s metal tribute act METAL:101 (New England), covering songs of Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica, Accept, Anthrax, Metal Church, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Megadeth, Lizzy Borden, Loudness, Helloween, W.A.S.P., and others.