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Metal Church

Born out of the West Coast Metal scene of the 80's, Metal Church quickly became one of the standout talents of the genre. After signing a dealwith Elektra records, they released two critically acclaimed albums. Their self-titled release "Metal Church" postured the band as one of thepioneers of the thrash/metal scene. The All Music Guide had this to say about the debut: "The band's incredibly tight musicianship is a highlightall on it's own. This album remains an overlooked classic of straight-ahead American-bred heavy metal." With the heavy metal scene starting torise in the U.S., Metal Ch ...read more

Born out of the West Coast Metal scene of the 80's, Metal Church quickly became one of the standout talents of the genre. After signing a dealwith Elektra records, they released two critically acclaimed albums. Their self-titled release "Metal Church" postured the band as one of thepioneers of the thrash/metal scene. The All Music Guide had this to say about the debut: "The band's incredibly tight musicianship is a highlightall on it's own. This album remains an overlooked classic of straight-ahead American-bred heavy metal." With the heavy metal scene starting torise in the U.S., Metal Church set out on a very successful tour with label mates Metallica.

Next came "The Dark," the fury of its opening track, "Ton of Bricks" was championed as one of the premier metal releases of the 80's. The Darkalso led to one of a few lineup changes with the departure of vocalist David Wayne. However, more success was yet to come. With the additionof former Heretic vocalist Mike Howe, and Metallica guitar tech extraordinaire John Marshall, the riffing became heavier and the subject matterdeeper. They tackled political and social issues of the day with the releases of "Blessing In Disguise" and "The Human Factor." At a time whenheavy metal bands moved from the underground and became part of the hair band/pop fad, Metal Church stayed true to their roots.

During the mid 90's, the members of Metal Church headed in their own directions. Kurdt Vanderhoof worked on his namesake project,Vanderhoof, while Kirk Arrington was playing on various sessions including a recording with Sir Mix-A-Lot. 1999 led to a well-received reunion ofthe original Metal Church lineup with the release of "Masterpeace". The band went back to their classic sound and played several festivalsoverseas.

2004 saw them back with new vocalist, Ronny Munroe, whose style has been described as "Rob Halford meets Dio", as well as Jay Reynolds(Malice) on guitar and Steve Unger on bass. With a new record "The Weight of the World" and some new blood, heavy metal legends MetalChurch picked up where their aptly titled last release "Masterpeace" left off.

In 2006, twenty years after their cult album "The Dark", Metal Church presented their brand new release, "A Light In The Dark", forging acreative arch that skillfully links the band's past with the present. Ten new tracks, (plus a new version of the classic "Watch The Children Pray", atribute to original frontman David Wayne), document the development of a band that, despite all innovation, has never denied it's typicaltrademarks. The current lineup consists of Kurdt Vanderhoof, Ronny Munroe, Jay Reynolds, Steve Unger and new addition Jeff Plate on drums."Jeff is an incredibly dynamic and professional drummer," Vanderhoof points out. "He has propelled us to a musical level that surprised evenourselves." Plate has replaced Kirk Arrington, who left the group for health reasons, and proves a real stroke of luck on "A Light In The Dark".

In 2008, guitarist Jay Reynolds was replaced by Rottweiler guitar player Rick Van Zandt. This Present Wasteland, Metal Church's ninth release, isa return to their roots and contains some of their strongest material to date. « hide

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LPs
XI
2016

3.7
40 Votes
Generation Nothing
10/22/2013

2.5
28 Votes
This Present Wasteland
2008

3.3
47 Votes
A Light in the Dark
2006

3.6
59 Votes
The Weight of the World
2004

3
47 Votes
Masterpeace
1999

3.1
55 Votes
Hanging in the Balance
1993

3.9
68 Votes
The Human Factor
1991

3.9
87 Votes
Blessing in Disguise
1989

4.1
143 Votes
The Dark
1986

4
182 Votes
Metal Church
1984

4.2
258 Votes
Live Albums
Live
1998

3.6
8 Votes
Live in Japan
1998

3
2 Votes

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