Metal Church
Blessing in Disguise


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheNotrap USER (10 Reviews)
October 30th, 2011 | 60 replies | 6,954 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although it failed to put Metal Church in the first league, Blessing in Disguise is one of the most impressive power/thrash records ever conceived in the 80's.

11 of 11 thought this review was well written

Originally formed in Seattle in the early 80's, Metal Church soon became a highly respectable metal act due to their first two classic releases. Their self-titled debut and especially The Dark (the latter was dedicated to Cliff Burton who died nine days before its release), were both critically acclaimed and commercially successful releases within the ranks of the underground. Most unfortunately though, Metal Church's success begun to wear off soon afterwards, due to substantial internal conflicts, which resulted in constant line-up changes over the following years. The charismatic David Wayne was replaced by the former Heretic singer Mike Howe, while founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof, gave his place to John Marshall, who was previously working for Metallica as a guitar technician. However, Vanderhoof continued to contribute to the band, in terms of song writing, as seven out of the nine tracks in the band's long awaited new effort, Blessing in Disguise, carry his musical wit as well.

With Blessing in Disguise, Metal Church continue to follow the 80's metal formula of their previous releases, while they include some speed metal elements in their trademark songwriting. However, the overall impact of each genre is not stressed at the expense of its counterpart. This hybrid style is immediately recognizable upon the temporal evolution of the epic opening track "Fake Healer", a song with a powerful mid-tempo time signature based on an intense and original riff. The epic guitar lines and Mike Howe's top level performance help to make "Fake Healer" a memorable track, one of the best songs this band has ever released.

The well sensed balance between mid-tempo/melodic ("The Spell Can't Be Broken") and up-tempo/heavier ("It's a Secret") songs, build a solid musical identity throughout the album. The presence of smart arrangements, characterized by the swinging between soft melodic themes and heavier thrash structures, creates the perfect background for Mike Howe's remarkably versatile high range vocals to blossom. The beautiful power ballad "Anthem to the Estranged" and the catchy "Badlands" also manage to upgrade Blessing in Disguise into a new level, making this album a truly enjoyable listening experience.

Although it failed to put Metal Church in the first league, Blessing in Disguise is one of the most impressive power/thrash records ever conceived in the 80's.


Pros:
Fake Healer, Anthem to the Estranged and Badlands
Solid musical performance
Terry Date’s sound engineering

Cons:
Lack of one more epic song on the second half of the album



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TheNotrap
October 30th 2011



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Guys I hope you like this Metal Church review.

If you don’t know this band or this particular album, if you wish take a look:

Badlands
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLpLYxUM2Gc

Fake Healer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3jWgAPPiH0

I also want to thank Voivod for his help on the grammar and text structures.
English is not my first language so his help was precious.

thanks friend
m/

KILL
October 30th 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuckin m//////////

badlands is a classic

nice to know there are people who review good albums still fuck yea m/

jayfatha
October 30th 2011



2882 Comments


Pos'd hard

TheNotrap
October 30th 2011



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@Kill
Thanks bro
m/

I'm trying to review some unreviewed classics.

@Riff
Indeed. Blessing in Disguise is a power/thrash gem.

@jayfatha
Thanks a lot
m/

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2011



17343 Comments


rules

Digging: Monolake - Interstate

Relinquished
October 30th 2011



22378 Comments


m/ good review. much needed I think.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2011



18200 Comments


Good job Notrap m/

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes

Haz
October 30th 2011



268 Comments


The vocalist reminds me a lot of Bruce Dickinson, and the sheer amount of riffage is just what the doctor ordered.

All up, I would say this is excellent. Great review.

TheNotrap
October 30th 2011



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks guys
m/

"The vocalist reminds me a lot of Bruce Dickinson"
Mike Howe's performance on Blessing in Disguise is top level.
Honorable mentions: Fake Healer, Anthem to the Estranged and Badlands.

lostforwords
October 30th 2011



439 Comments


Great Review, great record!Pos
Add "The Powers that Be" to your pros, impossible riff

TheNotrap
October 30th 2011



7818 Comments

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Thanks lostforwords

Yeahh "The Powers That Be" main riff is memorable, no doubt.
m/


Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2011



5612 Comments


I have this in physical copy somewhere and haven't listened to it thoroughly.

Shame on me!

Digging: Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

TheNotrap
October 30th 2011



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Indeed Contributing Reviewer ;-)
Blessing in Disguise is a memorable power/thrash effort.

If you wish listen to Badlands or Fake Healer (links above), both amazing songs IMO

Wizard
October 30th 2011



18778 Comments


Very nice review, good to see some old-school stuff get reviewed. Might give this a go when I'm in the mood for cheese.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

KILL
October 30th 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

TheNotrap
October 31st 2011



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Wizard.

"Might give this a go when I'm in the mood for cheese"
Well don't expect too much cheese...Blessing in Disguise is a good old school metal album.

Jethro42
October 31st 2011



12036 Comments


Great review Notrap, dude. Keep it up m/

TheNotrap
October 31st 2011



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Jethro!
m/

I know this isn't your favourite genre but if you wish listen to Badlands:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLpLYxUM2Gc

awesome song


TheNotrap
November 1st 2011



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hahah
I'm trying to push Jethro into metal waters.
He already started with Dio. The next step will be Priest m/

TheNotrap
November 3rd 2011



7818 Comments

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AS THE WORLD AWAKENS ME SO HARDDDD
MY VALUES HAVE BEEN CHANGEEED
I MAKE A PROMISE TO MYSELF NEVER AGAINNNNNNN

A DUSTY GODFORSAKEN PATHHH ENDLESS TO MY DISMAYY
I KNOW THERE ARE THE BADLANDSSSS












SOMEHOW I’LL FIND MY WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY




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