Metalian were originally formed in Montréal, Canada in 2003 by vocalist/guitarist Ian Wilson “after learning how to harmonize guitar solos and realizing that I could hit high notes like Rob Halford.” After playing for a few years, touring locally around eastern Canada and the US and releasing a couple of demos, EPs and albums one by one the other members had to quit due to having children and getting married. The current line-up has been together for about seven years, having toured Europe and Mexico twice respectively.
There are people who have described Metalian as sounding like classic Priest meeting Jaguar meeting Raven. “Definitely, I agree that we sound like Priest because of the falsetto vocals,” confirms Ian Wilson. “As far as our riffs go, I wouldn’t know who exactly we sound like but it’s absolutely an honor to be compared to Jaguar and Raven! We’re influenced by the NWOBHM movement for sure. I wouldn’t say we are Canadian-sounding as there are bands similar to us all over the world, for instance our friends in Voltax from Mexico.”
»Wasteland«, the band’s first full-length studio album, was originally released in 2009. According to the singer/guitarist “the first album« was recorded over two or three night sessions by Mikey Seamans of Deer Skull Records. That was a fun album to record. It was recorded in Pittsburgh in the basement of a theater. We had to do the sessions from Midnight to 5 am because there were shows in the theater during the day. Mikey and many other folks in Pittsburgh were really generous to us opening their homes and beer taps to us welcomingly. Our first show there everyone knew the words to our songs and that blew me away.”