Metal Church
The Dark


4.5
superb

Review

by met65 USER (7 Reviews)
June 20th, 2008 | 64 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metal Church's best album. I would suggest it to any metal fan even if they aren't big thrashers.

Metal Church have always been an underrated American thrash band, this being their best album. MC have been through many lineups, Kurdt Vanderhoof being the only one still in the band to this day (even though there was a period of time where he split from the band). This was also the last album David Wayne performed on before rejoining the band in the late 90's. The lineup for this album:

David Wayne *R.I.P.- Vocals
Kurdt Vanderhoof-Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Craig Wells-Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Duke Erickson-Bass
Kirk Arrington-Drums and Percussion

The album starts off with a midpaced, upbeat thrasher that seemed to occur a lot in their 80's and 90's setlists. Ton of Bricks is one of those songs that is just great in every aspect, except for the solos which I'm not too impressed with. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate slow and simple solos, but usually when Kurdt and Craig do their leads, I'm not majorly impressed. Start the Fire is an exception; I love the solos in that song (blends real well with the vocal rhythms). I personally think that they are better riff writers, kind of like Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Kurdt and Craig show that they can write incredible riffs and licks in songs like Watch the Children Pray and Over My Dead Body, WTCP probably being their biggest song to date. Like I said, Kurdt and Craig are very accomplished players, but are much better rhythm players than lead.

David Wayne had a one of a kind voice that no could emulate. Mike Howe and Ronny Munroe did great jobs, but I think David Wayne fit MC the best. I actually think the vocals are probably one the best parts of the album. David can do just about everything from singing clean in Watch the Children Pray, to doing amazing high pitched screams throughout the album. Another thing I like about his vocals is that he makes it sound he’s actually talking to you in the song (The Dark, Psycho, etc). Unfortunately, David Wayne is no longer with us. David died May 9th, 2005 from the results of a car crash.

Ah, the one and only rhythm section. Duke and Kirk are a perfect team, like Ed Jackson and Scott Rockenfield from Queensryche. I love the simplicity; neither Duke nor Kirk are very technical. I’m a fan of Dave Lombardo, Paul Bostaph style of drumming and the Frank Bello, Steve Harris style of bass playing, but for Metal Church, simplicity fits them well. Songs like Method to Madness and The Line of Death show off their strong, tight playing.

Overall, The Dark is one of the best thrash albums to date. I’d recommend it to any metal fan, even if they aren’t big thrash fans. This album captures creepy and dark themes like in The Dark and Burial At Sea, as well as true thrashers like Ton of Bricks, Over My Dead Body, Western Alliance, Psycho, and Line of Death. It also has a great “ballad,” Watch the Children Pray, which became their first single and music video.

+PROS: Rhythm guitar playing
David Wayne’s vocals
Entire Rhythm section (Duke and Kirk)
Every song is absolutely incredible except for Western Alliance

-CONS: David Wayne’s high pitched screams may get annoying to some people
Some guitar solos aren’t real great
Even though it’s a solid song, Western Alliance seems to be the album’s definite filler



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Erratic
June 21st 2008


1120 Comments


You probably shouldn't say this is their best album until the conclusion of the review. I wouldn't put it in the first sentence.This Message Edited On 06.20.08

jrowa001
June 21st 2008


8750 Comments


cool review. i have their self-titled album and i really like it. ill look into this one soon

username345
June 21st 2008


594 Comments


I've always prefered 'Blessing In Disguise' & 'The Human Factor'. This one never interested me as much.

TheFlightOfTheNazgul
August 16th 2008


55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this Album.
Every song is a 5...
MASTERPIECE


magneticlamp
March 11th 2009


16 Comments


saw this at frys a couple days ago, shouldve picked it up

KILL
August 7th 2010


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wtf sonic wtf

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

kount
August 7th 2010


1279 Comments


this is pretty bad compared to s/t

KILL
August 7th 2010


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i agree its not quite as good but come on its still thrash

Terrifyer
August 7th 2010


3403 Comments


thrash = instant 4/5

unless its revival thrash that stuff can foad

except toxic holocaust theyre pretty good

KILL
August 7th 2010


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea, i love the album cover i got high res version spooky shit

Dryden
August 7th 2010


12928 Comments


gonna have nightmares now

KILL
August 7th 2010


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hope not that would ruin my recurring dream of listening to atheists new album

mark7477
January 4th 2011


393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The only metal church album i have ever owned i must say it's pretty good with songs like ton of bricks,watch the children pray and burial at sea it draws a fine line between classic metal and thrash.I will admit the high pitch screams are a little annoying but still kick ass compared to glam metal.

KILL
January 4th 2011


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol but yea s/t is better

Pyosisified
January 4th 2011


2450 Comments


blessing in disguise as well

alachlahol
January 4th 2011


7489 Comments


looks like the whole thrash crew is here bros lets thrash

KILL
January 4th 2011


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

arent you the thrash hater

Pyosisified
January 4th 2011


2450 Comments


i remember him

KILL
January 4th 2011


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he said megadeth suck and i had to go all out

Pyosisified
January 4th 2011


2450 Comments


the little fucker



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