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|Metal Church Albums: Worst to First|
In memory of Mike Howe. RIP
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
The Weight of the World
Okay: The Album
Best Track: Leave Them Behind
This Present Wasteland
On par with WOTW, but with better highlights and performances.
Best Track: Deeds of a Dead Soul
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
An absolutely classic with the greatest album cover of all time.
Best Track: Beyond the Black
The greatest Power-thrash record of all time.
Best Track: Western Alliance
|Only heard 1,2,3 and 6 but I believe I agree with you ranking on those. Although 2 might be 1. Gotta jam again to be sure|
|I'd say most people would put the debut at #1, but The Dark has always been my favorite.|
|1 and 2 are the only ones I have heard, any reason to keep going?|
|Definitely give the first 5 albums a spin. If you really enjoy those, then give XI and DIYD a listen. The rest are rather middling, and pretty much for the hardcore fans only.|
|The Dark and Blessing are my favs |
|Awesome. I used your list for the Disciples of the Watch podcast where we go 'Worst-to-Best' on Metal Church. https://www.dotwpod.com/2022/12/16/233-worst-to-best-metal-church/|