Multi-national hard rock/metal band MELDRUM have announced Tuesday, November 20th as the release date for their third album Lifer. Founder and late ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist MICHELLE MELDRUM passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. Lifer stands as a proud tribute to Michelle and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music.
In honor of their fallen bandmate, remaining members drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK), guitarist/bassist Laura Christine (WARFACE) and vocalist Michele Madden (TOURETTES) entered the studio with producer/engineer/manager Rob Shallcross (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, GWAR, ZIMMERS HOLE, WEST OF HELL) to lay tracks for what would become Lifer.
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. The album will come as a digipak that includes an 8-page insert and CD. Fans who place their order between now and the November 20th release date will receive a free download of the band's latest single, 'Paid'. Partial proceeds from the album will go to Michelle's son Jake Thomas, who she left behind when she passed.
Gene Hoglan comments on Lifer: "Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I've been involved in as I have with Meldrum's latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a raser-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could. Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Rob Shallcross, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member's full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honor Michelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for what Meldrum stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed".
Listen to the tracks 'Blackened Blue', 'A Toast To Romance' and 'Paid' below:
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