Malice (US band)

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Origin Minneapolis MN, United States
Genres Heavy metal, Power metal
Years active 2000–present
Labels [Iron Valkyrie Records]
Members David Reece
Rayman James
Sheridan Dolan
Jacob Scully
Past members Rob Jalonen
Sean Doan
David Koepplin

Malice is an American heavy metal band formed in the 2000's best known for their heavily European influenced style elicited instant comparisons to Manowar, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest due to their powerful sound and lyrics of sword and sorcery. Malice tells inspiring stories of brotherhood and war set to a viking and barbarian type theme. Malice picks up where bands like Manowar and Hammerfall left off, as leather clad warriors of the modern day.


Malice started as a project of Bassist "The Metal Warrior" Rayman James. Originally it was started by Rayman and his brother Jay Mez's band. But Jay Mez quickly left the group before it officially got its start. After years of frustration of not being able to find the right musicians to work with, Rayman put the Malice band aside and began working on a solo album. It was in 2009 that Rayman met Sheridan Dolan at The House Of Rock (THOR) Sheridan was performing with some friends in another band. And Troy Niebergall introduced the two. Who became fast friends, the friendship is what influenced Rayman to turn his attention towards MALICE once again. So Rayman began writing songs and dusted of some old songs he wrote for Malice, and went to the Studio and recorded some Demo tracks.

With the Demos written and a new young Talented guitar player in the band, Malice needed a singer. After Months of searching and placing ads across the entire USA in search of the perfect singer, Rayman ran across Rob Jolonen at a Hammerfall concert in St. Paul. They had very similar interests in music so after the show Rob auditioned for Malice out on the street in front of Station 4. A Few weeks later Rob came into the studio to cut some demo vocals for Malice, at that point Rayman was sure Malice had found their lead singer.

Finding a drummer was a bit more of a task, Troy Niebergall sat in to play all the drums on the demo tracks but Malice needed a full time drummer. In the summer of 2010 Malice went through a total of 18 drummers, who were all either kicked out of the band or left do to artist difference with Rayman or personality clashes. Rayman was getting on a plane to head to Romania when he received a phone call from Sean Doan. When Rayman got back from Romania he met up with Sean and Finally Malice had found their drummer.

In 2012 Malice released their debut album "Triumph and Glory" shortly after the albums release Drummer Sean Doan left the band, due to conflicts with his other bands "Stir it Red" and "Do as The Romans Do". Sean was replaced with North Dakota native David Koepplin Jr. And Malice was ready to go out on tour to support the release of "Triumph and Glory" Shortly before the tour would begin Rob Jalonen parted ways with Malice, and was replaced with former ACCEPT front man David Reece. [1] [2]


  • David Reece- Vocals (2012–Present)
  • Sheridan Dolan - Lead Guitar (2008–Present)
  • Rayman James - Bass (2000–Present)
  • Jacob Scully - Drums (2013–Present)
Former members
  • Rob Jalonen - Vocals (2009-2012)
  • Sean Doan - Drums (2010-2012)



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