|Review: Meliah Rage - Unfinished Business|
Label: Screaming Ferret Wreckords
Year released: 2002
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: August 13, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
I first thought this was a brand new Meliah Rage album, but it turns out it is a compilation of unreleased material written between 1992 and 1996 - but fear not, it was not affected by the crappy influences that plagued the 90s. I'll go right ahead and take care of the bitching from the start: The album ends with a near-19 minutes track that's in fact an interview with Tony Nichols. While I won't deny that it is interesting once or twice, it's annoying as fuck to have an interview on an album (and it's not the first time I see this.) Needless to say, it's a pain in the ass if you put the CD on repeat in your CD player. Good thing that with CD burners we can extract just the songs and burn them to a CD-R, but we shouldn't have to do this: Interviews belong on a bonus CD or on a DVD. Note that I've heard there is a version of this album without the interview - possibly on another label. Alright, bitching's over.
To the uninitiated, I'd say Meliah Rage plays speed/thrash in the vein of early Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth, with the singer's style being a cross between Hetfield and Araya, with occasionally some intonations that remind me of Peace Sells-era Mustaine, so essentially he uses clean but aggressive vocals that are common in classic Thrash metal acts (and I'd say that, overall, he's a better vocalist than the three aforementioned legends.) While the band's influences are clearly visible, Meliah Rage are far from a copycat - the riffs' style might share some commonalities, but other than that they're pretty much doing their own thing. The sound here is quite refined and the playing could hardly be any tighter - everything just sounds like it's in the right place, there isn't a moment where you'll think "what the hell was that". The material might have taken some time to be released, but it was worth the wait. Yet another album, along with Sinner's "Danger Zone", that has been stuck in my CD player for several weeks. For fans of "clean" Thrash, or fans of heavy metal who don't mind the aggression. Excellent stuff.
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