MELIDIAN

Country USA

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Chris Cade and Dave Clark Howell were active in the heavy metal band Hellion from New York City. Here they were involved in the album Dangerous Maneuvers (1984). In 1989, Cade and Howell founded after gaining a record deal the hard rock band Melidian. Melidian originally went to Toronto in Canada to record the debut album with Tom Trumbo. After a few recordings, however, the band went back to New York to complete the album, led by Chris Cade and Ron Bard. Keyboarder Eddie Wohl and guitarist Jayson Lane joined the band after half of the tracks have already been recorded for the debut album.

The lone Melidian album “Lost In The Wild”, originally released on CBS in 1989, was truly a peach of an album, yet it was one of those sadly lost amidst the throng of half baked records desperately vying for a slice of a market that was about to be engulfed by back-to-basics grunge and irritating college rock. Perhaps Melidian’s educated musical roots were to blame – their sound was a triumphant mix of pompish keyboard driven AOR and muscular riffs, laced with razor sharp guitar riffs. Imagine a satisfying combination of Survivor, Bad English and Giant for an accurate approximation of their sound and you’ll be half way to paradise.

“Lost In The Wild” produced by Tim Trumbo, Chis Cade, Ron Bard and Thom Trumbo. The band went on tour with Tora Tora and Mitch Malloy, but without drummer Pete Greene, who was replaced by Kirk Henry. Among other things, due to label problems Melidian dissolved and all members moved to other projects.

In 2010, it was re-released by Rock Candy Records. It has been remastered with sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology by Jon Astley (the Who, Judas Priest, Eric Clapton etc). 

– Lost in the Wild [1989]

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