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Meliah Rage Guitarist Tony Nichols

November 19th, 2004


Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

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Exodus, < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Metal Church, Megadeth, Metallica?Meliah Rage?  Yep, the Boston-based power thrash band deserves to be part of this list not only for having toured with them but also for unleashing two of the most underrated albums of the ?80s?1988?s KILL TO SURVIVE and 1990?s SOLITARY SOLITUDE.  The band was swallowed up by the grunge movement and dropped off the scene for a few years but their comeback album, BARELY HUMAN, finds three-fifths of the classic line-up in place and they are back with a vengeance. 

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Being a long-time fan of Meliah Rage, it excited me to hear that the band was getting back together for a new album.  I hoped that, as is too often the case, the new CD would not tarnish the band?s legacy and find them clutching desperately at past glories.  Fortunately, BARELY HUMAN sees the band keeping every bit of the aggressive riffing and mixing it with melodies and a modern take on their classic sound. 


Guitarist and founding member, Tony Nichols, called me up one cool, October Sunday afternoon and for forty minutes, we discussed the new CD, the changes in metal over the last fifteen years and talked shop about Annihilator, Manowar and Godsmack, among other things. If you?re a fan of Bay Area thrash and aggressive metal, check out Meliah Rage, but first, read what Tony has to say?



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