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
Associated acts The Metal Warrior, Accept (band)
Members Rayman James
Sheridan Dolan
David Koepplin
Dave Whitmer
Past members David Reece
Sean Doan
Rob Jalonen

Malice is an American heavy metal band formed band formed in the 2000's best known for their heavily European influenced style elicited instant comparisons Manowar, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden 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. Though primarily popular in European countries Malice has been gaining ground with the American fans, possibly due to recent popularity of TV shows like Game of Thrones, Spartacus and Vikings


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. after several years together Jay Mez left the group before they could record their first album, to pursue a different career. 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, in 2008, and 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.[1][2]

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.[3]

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 artistic 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 and they liked what the other had to say. As soon as Rayman got back from Romania he met up with Sean and Finally Malice had found their drummer. They then headed to the studio to begin recording their debut album.[4][5][6]

In 2012 Malice released their debut album "Triumph and Glory" shortly after the album and Sons of Rock music video [7] were released 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.[8][9][10]


  • Dave Whitmer - Vocals (2014–Present)
  • Sheridan Dolan - Lead Guitar (2008–Present)
  • Rayman James - Bass (2000–Present) Vocals (2000–2008)
  • David Koeplinn - Drums (2012–Present)
Former members
  • Jay Mez - Guitars,Vocals (2000-2008)
  • Brian Moore - Drums (2000-2008)
  • David Reece - Vocals (2012-2014)
  • Sean Doan - Drums (2010–2012)
  • Rob Jalonen - Vocals (2010-2012)



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