Metal Church
Metal Church


4.0
excellent

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (69 Reviews)
July 12th, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: High energy and intense performances coupled with good musicianship and many different musical styles keep things interesting.

Metal church was an American heavy metal band hailing from San Francisco California. The band was formed in 1980 and their brand of music was typically of the thrash metal genre; however they did occasionally draw from the wells of more traditional styles, even incorporating power metal into some of their performances. The band is often credited as an influential early pioneer of thrash, due mainly to their self-titled debut which is considered a classic among fans of the genre.

There are a few different styles of metal to be found here, so the music varies and does not become stagnant. This is mainly due to the very catchy guitar riffs of the thrash, power, and traditional metal genres. The songs flow well together and despite the different genres and styles present, each track adheres to the bands own signature style of metal. There are also a few carefully placed melodic guitar parts spread throughout the album that add some needed variation to the guitar. The band is very talented, and the guitar, drums and vocals all seem to cleverly and coolly show this off in a compelling fashion. High energy and intense performances coupled with musical bravado and many different musical styles keep things interesting. The vocals even show some variation in pitch and style; offering metal shrieks and clean vocals simultaneously, however they may not be everyone’s cup of tea due to the high pitched style of David Wayne. As always and not surprisingly, the bass takes a back seat on the album, with little emphasis given to it, however it is still audible and can be heard playing along with the rest of the band, and the tight drumming and clever guitar work more than make up for this. The album also boasts surprisingly good production for a record of the early 80’s courtesy of famed producer Terry Date, with clean and clear audio presenting the band in a very listenable fashion.

Despite all the positive aspects going for it, the album did wilt in a couple places. A few tracks can fall flat and become boring after a couple listens, with the second half of the record showcasing a couple negative aspects to the album. Songs such as the very Judas Priest influenced “In the blood” stops some of the momentum that had been building and things can become yawn inducing after a minute or so into the song, and the cover song “Highway Star” is in my humble opinion very rushed and not very interesting. The band seems to be at their best when playing their thrash and power metal driven material, and seem at their worst when going for more traditional styles. I any case, the tracks do at least show variation, unlike so many other metal bands from that time.

The dramatic and intense feel of the record is not so surprising when considering some of the subject matter, with bleak topics such as war, nuclear holocaust, and religion being at the forefront of the material. Musically and lyrically the album feels tense and anxious, with the often confrontational lyrics and aggressive playing resulting in a volatile mix of emotions that can take a hold you and encourage you to listen to this truly compelling and rousing material over and over.

Every once in a while there comes an album that I struggle to rate, and when I heard this album it was no exception. There are SO many things I liked about this record, but the few negative aspects made the rating fairly hard to gage. After thinking about it for a while I finally came to the conclusion that most bands only dream of making a debut of this caliber, and this most likely still stands as Metal Church’s finest hour for obvious reasons. This isn’t merely a great thrash record, no; this is a classic metal record that stands the testament of time, a record that should be heard by all fortunate enough to know of its existence.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
- Beyond the Black
- Metal Church
- Hitman
- Battalions



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Nash J. CONTRIBUTOR (4.5)
"Metal Church" is a classic thrash album and a must-listen for anyone who enjoys metal....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ovrot
July 12th 2012


10554 Comments


Hitman is the greatest song of all time

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2012


4458 Comments


Great review! Love this band, and i agree about the Deep Purple cover- not as good as the original, in my opinion as well.
Anyway, POS'd.

TheNotrap
July 12th 2012


8132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album rules hard, auto pos.

Digging: Funebrarum - The Sleep of Morbid Dreams

ThrashTillDeath94
July 12th 2012


617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Hitman is the greatest song of all time"

Probably my favorite track from the record at the moment.

Digging: Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel

Ovrot
July 12th 2012


10554 Comments


IT WAS YOU
WHOOOOOOOOOAOOOOOOOOAOAAAAAAAAAAAOAOAOOOOOOOOOOO

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 12th 2012


21600 Comments


m/

Digging: Foxes in Fiction - Ontario Gothic

ZedO
July 12th 2012


1096 Comments


(My Favorite) Nightmare m/

rockandmetaljunkie
July 12th 2012


3868 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such a fucking great record. Pos'd my friend.
Metal church has many "empty" albums. Time for you to get down to work....

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2012


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hitman m/

Agent Green is probably my all-time favorite Church song, though.

Digging: Damascus - When Last We Met

HenchmanOfSanta
July 12th 2012


1925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, but the Dark is better.

KILL
July 12th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol no

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

TheFonz123
July 12th 2012


2793 Comments


rule sauce

rockandmetaljunkie
July 13th 2012


3868 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album so fucking much !!!
Second track rules really hard !!!

facupm
February 20th 2014


8598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

liked the review im digging this hard

miketunneyiscool123
June 17th 2014


668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, even better album.



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