The Skinny: “A Toast To Romance”, the first new single from the multinational hard rock/metal band Meldrum, is available now as a digital download at this location. The long awaited third album Lifer is due out this Fall and was produced by producer and engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok). “A Toast To Romance” is streaming below.
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. Michelle wrote the material for the album with drummer Gene Hoglan, along with new members bassist and guitarist Laura Christine (Warface) and vocalist Michelle Madden (Tourette’s). Michelle’s untimely demise before any of her guitar tracks for Lifer were able to be laid down led the three remaining members to come together in tribute to her, to honour Michelle’s vision of the album, with Laura Christine playing the majority of the rhythm and bass guitars, as well as all the leads. Partial proceeds from the album will go to Michelle’s son Jake Thomas who she left behind when she passed.