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Created in January 1984
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Genre
Metal
Band Members
Mike Soliz, Vocals
Tony Smith, Guitar
Art VIllarreal, Guitar...
Robert Willingham, Bass
Chip Alexander, Drums

Previous Members:
Phil Achee, Drums
Philip Patterson, Guitar
Jesse Villegas, Guitar
Mike Botello, Drums
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Hometown
Austin, TX
Biography
Formed in 1984, Militia was a part of the infamous Texas Metal scene of the 1980's. The band played with local legends, including Watch Tower, SA Slayer, Kario...n, Rotting Corpse, Syrus and Wyzard. Militia also played local shows with Slayer, Megadeth, Exciter, King Diamond and Metal Church.

Militia was active from January, 1984 to August 1986. During that time, they released 2 demos and a 12" vinyl EP called "The Sybling". Financial limitations allowed for a release of only 100 copies of this EP to be made. A few months after "The Sybling" was released, Militia disbanded.

During the 1990's the band developed a sort of cult following in Europe, mostly a result of interest in the EP. A bootleg version was produced in Germany. Eventually, "The Sybling" became a highly sought after by record collectors. In 2003, an original copy of the EP sold for $1136 on eBay.

The band did a few interviews for metal magazines in Europe, and each interviewer asked about the EP and if there were plans to re-release it. In 2004 Rockadrome records offered to release a CD version of both demos and "The Sybling" EP. Unfortunately, nobody was sure as to the whereabouts of the master tapes, so the project was stalled right out of the gate.

In 2007, drummer Phil Achee put his own personal original "The Sybling" on eBay. In the final minute of the auction, the price sat at $2900, with the reserve still not met. With less than 5 seconds left, a $3000 bid was tendered, which met the reserve and won a fan in Germany a very special EP.

This infamous transaction proved the be the catalyst for an unlikely re-formation. The Militia Myspace page was created and within the first week of being online, the band was offered a spot in Germany's Keep It True festival. The band was not able to immediately accept the offer, as the members had not been in contact in nearly 5 years. Eventually, all 5 original members agreed to re-form and play Keep It True in April, 2009.

After returning from a successful trip to Germany, the band began work on their first full-length album. The nearly 3-year process was finally completed when "Strength and Honor" was released on March 15, 2012. The CD can be purchased directly from the band at this location: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Militia/207886886157?sk=app_139229522811253
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Current Location
Austin, TX
Press contact
rawill@bctrophies.com
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