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Throwback Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Artist: Metal Church
Track: “Gods of Wrath”

As you’ve likely noticed, we’re trying to spice things up a bit in the staff blog lately with a handful of our writers submitting track-of-the-day blurbs detailing a song of their choosing. It’s been entertaining to see the various tastes and styles in these write-ups thus far, but these things can only gain so much traction without you: the reader. In an attempt to keep things from growing stale around these parts, we’re going to be giving our readers a blast-from-the-past each week highlighting an older, nostalgic track we feel deserves more recognition. Without further ado, here is our first entry of “THROWBACK Thursday!”

With a new album on the horizon for Metal Church, it’s not a bad time to take a trip down memory lane to see where they were over 30 years ago. Back in 1984, they released their highly influential debut, fusing the slickly produced thrash sound of Metallica with piercing screams reminiscent of Mercyful Fate’s very own King Diamond. The blending of these key factors allowed Metal Church to stand out as different in the thrash scene of the ‘80s, carving their own special niche as well as gaining a massive cult following. Just about any track from their debut could make a convincing case for Metal Church’s stature in metal circles, but few paint a picture of the band’s trademark sound quite like ‘Gods of Wrath’ does. It’s the longest song on the album, but that doesn’t thwart it from pummeling you in the face as vocalist David Wayne leads the band through massive riffs and rapid-fire guitar solos. Even with its slower sections, it’s anything but your typical metal ballad; it gradually morphs into an audacious concoction of everything metal music stands for and more. Due to such diversity, the song still holds up firmly by today’s standards. Furthermore, it’s a bold reminder that older doesn’t always equate to being out-of-date; sometimes older means more enduring. — Atari

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Atari
03.10.16
looking good, thanks so much for posting this for me Atomic! Cheers bud

hope you guys enjoy this brief, nostalgic write-up for Metal Church. We're going to try this new throwback Thursday thing and see how it goes

SowingSeason
03.12.16
Awesome work man. Loving the throwback idea

Atari
03.12.16
Cheers Sowing! Looking forward to seeing what others come up with for throwback Thursday too. Nostalgia is a powerful thing

Willie
03.14.16
I like the old school thrash stuff, but I've never actually listened to these guys. Whatever that video is linked to is blocked at work, but the write-up has made me interested to check it out.

Atari
03.14.16
I can see u digging these guys Willie. You'll definitely have to check out the track when you're not at work!

Willie
03.15.16
It's got a nice intro and the singing at the beginning is way better than I was expecting from an 80s metal band. Of course, the production was the typical hollow sound of the era. I was expecting something way heavier than this. This is more old school Fates Warning than Metallica. That actually makes it better than I expected.

TheCrocodile
03.15.16
fucking love this song m/

Atari
03.15.16
Cool. That's a good reminder that I need to revisit Fates Warning. I know I listened to them a few years ago and liked them but never spent enough time with their music

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