Meliah Rage’s Kill To Survive came to my attention through Columbia House. The record and tape club gave this album special attention in one of its catalogs and, intrigued by the cool cover artwork, I sent in my order card. From the first track “Beginning of the End” it was a very catchy thrash album. The band was founded by guitarist Anthony Nichols in the mid-1980s. Nichols also worked with GangGreen. The name of the band, as the cover indicates, comes from the Meliah Indians’ ritual of taking opium before battle. At the time, I was into bands like Metal Church and Iron Maiden. The music of Meliah Rage is nowhere near as sophisticated. It is almost a fun type of thrash but not as blatantly fun as Anthrax. The music, though, is actually danceable (in a headbanging way). It would make a nice party album. The lyrics are often gory to the point of being silly, i.e. the chant in the Psycho-inspired “Bates Motel”: “Stabbed, sliced, flesh torn; Bit** fell to knees; blood flowed out of veins; in Bates Motel.” Another thing funny about this album is that singer Mike Munro seems to be trying a bit too hard to sound like James Hetfield. Members of Wargasm, Bad Karma, Formicide, and Temporary Insanity make appearances on backing vocals here. The extra tracks are from their second album Solitary Solitude, which is also pretty good. The title track to “Kill to Survive” did not make it on the studio album, but can be found on Live Kill. Meliah Rage is certainly not essential metal or thrash. I only recommend Kill to Survive to metal/thrash fans who are searching for lesser known albums.