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Metal Church Albums: Worst to First

In memory of Mike Howe. RIP
12Metal Church
Generation Nothing

The closest thing to a dud that the band ever released. The first half is atrocious, but the second half of the record manages to keep it from being a total dumpster fire.

Best Track: Scream
Grade: D
11Metal Church
The Weight of the World

Okay: The Album

Best Track: Leave Them Behind
Grade: D
10Metal Church
This Present Wasteland

On par with WOTW, but with better highlights and performances.

Best Track: Deeds of a Dead Soul
Grade: D+
9Metal Church

Not the triumphant return that we were expecting, but it’s still a serviceable chunk of 90’s thrash. Between The Dark and this record, Wayne really lost his mojo and hands in a pretty weak vocal performance. Not bad, just disappointing.

Best Track: Faster Than Life
Grade: C-
8Metal Church
A Light in the Dark

Out of the first 5 post-reunion records Metal Church released, this is definitely the strongest of the bunch. The first half slaps hard, but the second half definitely drags on for a bit too long.

Best Track: A Light in the Dark
Grade: C
7Metal Church
Damned If You Do

A bit of a disappointment following up the triumphant comeback album ‘XI’, but still a really solid 2010’s thrash record on it’s own merits. I’d definitely say that Mike Howe is the key ingredient that helps this album stand out amongst its contemporaries.

Best Track: The War Electric
Grade: B-
6Metal Church
Hanging in the Balance

While I don’t think the highlights on here shine as brightly as they do on ‘The Human Factor’ or ‘Blessing’, I can’t deny that it’s an all-killer-no-filler release that gets better with each successive listen. But that artwork is fuckin’ rough on the eyes. JESUS.

Best Track: Conductor
Grade: B+
5Metal Church

For me, this is up there with ‘Ironbound’ and ‘Worship Music’ as one of the best thrash comeback records of the 2010’s. The return of Mike Howe on this album was definitely a welcomed change of pace, and even after 20 years of absence from metal music, he manages to sound just as good as he did back in his heyday. Highly recommended.

Best Track: Needle and Suture
Grade: A-
4Metal Church
Blessing in Disguise

This record sounds like it was recorded in a massive cave, and I fucking love it. Not quite as good as the record that preceded it, but still a classic record full of absolute bangers.

Best Track: The Powers That Be
Grade: A-
3Metal Church
The Human Factor

While BID was written before Howe had even joined the band; Human Factor had the benefit of having songwriting contributions from the new vocalist. This time around the songs were crafted with Howe’s vocals in mind; thus playing to his strengths better, resulting in a slightly stronger end product. Definitely a record that doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

Best Track: In Mourning
Grade: A
2Metal Church
Metal Church

An absolutely classic with the greatest album cover of all time.

Best Track: Beyond the Black
Grade: A
1Metal Church
The Dark

The greatest Power-thrash record of all time.

Best Track: Western Alliance
Grade: A+
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