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Review: Meliah Rage - Before the Kill
Meliah Rage
Before the Kill

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 70:39
Tracks: 16
Genre: Power/Thrash

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: December 4, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Before the Kill


Boston based Metallers, Meliah Rage, have more or less been an underrated Metal act, although they do have a handful of killer albums in their back catalog (specifically Kill to Survive, released in 1988 and its follow-up, Solitary Solitude, released in 1990) that had the potential to make Meliah Rage's name somewhat big in the past. That never happened though, which is a pity.

Now going straight to the roots of the band, Italian Metal On Metal Records have been digging the ground together with the Meliah Rage camp to bring some of their earliest recordings back into the daylight again, all digitally remastered. This compilation, titled Before the Kill, featuring 16 numbers all in all, also features the band's never officially released eight-song pre-Meliah Rage recording from 1986, in which they sound surprisingly good, already having some sense for decent-sounding song arrangements, and who were about to find their own style. Also, as far as some of their other unreleased stuff is concerned, there's also a four-song demo from 1987 and the songs that were later featured on the band's classic debut, Kill to Survive. Even if they do sound kind of amateurish here and there, it's still easy to enjoy them. What is noticeable, from the 1987 demo on, is that the band adopted more of Speed/Thrash Metal type of sound which is also why I many people seem to dig their debut album Kill to Survive most out of their entire catalog. Three live songs from 1988 don't bring any extra value to this compilation. The last song, "Kill to Survive", the title track of the band's debut album with the same name, was taken from the band's second 1987 demo, and it was also on the Japanese edition of Kill to Survive as a bonus track. It sounds great as always, despite the fact that it's originally a demo recording. It's undoubtedly one of the catchiest songs Meliah Rage has ever penned down.

All in all, Before the Kill is a nicely done package with some unseen pics taken from the band's own past archives, and it also comes with an in-depth interview with the band's founding member, Anthony Nichols, which focuses exclusively on the earliest period of the band.

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