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Metal Church

Formed Seattle in 1982, Metal Church consisted of vocalist David Wayne, guitarists Kurdt Vanderhoof and Craig Wells, bassist Duke Erickson, and drummer Kirk Arrington. Their 1985 self-titled debut album, recorded when the thrash/speed metal genre was still evolving, made a huge splash on the scene, as did its similar follow-up, The Dark. However, the band really hit its stride when Wayne left and was replaced by Mike Howe on 1989's Blessing In Disguise; Vanderhoof left after the album due to his dislike of touring and was replaced by Metallica guitar tech John Marshall. Vanderhoof remained the group's designated composer on 1991's The Human Factor, possibly the band's most socially conscious album. However, the advent of alternative rock and problems with their record label contributed to a loss of direction on 1993's Hanging in the Balance, and Metal Church ended up disbanding. In 1999, the group's original lineup -- Wayne, Vanderhoof, Wells, Erickson, and Arrington -- reunited and released the album Masterpeace. Live appeared early the following year. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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nicko252008
THis band gets sooo much a**, the album blessing in disguise is epic.
This is a blast from the past!!!! I still dig this old s**t!!!! Metal church really ripped when Mike whow joined the band . That dude was almost as good as Bruce Dickinson!!!
I was digging the Church back in the 80's. Good times for sure. I saw King Diamond too . So many good metal bands back then. Saw Slayer on their Reigni n Blood tour with Overkill and changed my direction I guess. I still enjoy listening to this old stuff though. At 47 years old I am still loving metal. Just saw Manson a few months ago. Rob Zombie in coming to Richmond next month. Saw White Zombie a couple times. Glad to see people are still listening to this tried and true metal.
One of the best debut records ever! I seen king diamond, metal church,and trouble at the Aragon ball room in da eighties! Great show!
Loved their song Watch The Children Pray from The Dark album. Haunting!
Opend with this song ..1992 day on the green..Oakla n d
Metal Church still kicks a**. Coming to San Antonio Tx February can't wait
No Human Factor?
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Love the third álbum
I can air jam to all of METAL CHURCH with AUTHORITA!
METAL CHURCH WOULD BE,"THE FUCKEN S**T!" TO SEE LIVE!
metal rules
joeeagle13
However. You are right 80's, rule. Slayer was pretty good. But far from who they "should" have been.
joeeagle13
Tut. Sorry Craig. Slayer doesn't still rule. Catch someone still kicking a** like Megadeth. Now they still rule. Slayer is a fraction of what the were. Sounds like you smoked your good taste awyay in the 80's. Along with the slayer guys... who still live.
Riverman hey what's up man? I was born in 70 too.I know what you mean. I'm still a proud metal head!!!r.I.p . Hanneman
riverman172
I hear ya Craig. I was born in 70. I miss those days. The 80s were fun as hell. Kids will never have that kind of freedom again.
I wish I could live in the late 80s early 90s forever I was 17 when I heard the dark.man I love those days. Slayer still rules of course!!
damn buys rock on..Love this album...reme m b e r it like it was yesterday... D u k e baby....
love this band........ .
I have to disagree, real metalheads know the first two albums were classics when mike took over vocals metal church were only a shadow of the David Wayne years, I mean David really was underrated
The Mike Howe linked in the bio is a completely different Mike Howe. The musical difference between the two makes the errant linking kind of comical.
Loved their first album
Badass my band opened up for them in 89 they kicked a**
ravinderjay
Awesome band I just hated when they went thrash. The singer has a beautiful voice . I wish he sung as gracefully in,all there songs as they did there first album.
They still rock. I heard they were going to release another album
After Wayne left they became a tavern band and they never rose back above that position. They were awsome once... sooo long ago :(
jeffmeyer412
SOOOOOOO underrated
an unknown gem is the HANGING IN THE BALANCE cd!!!
david wayne AND mike howe!!! legends, most underrated metal act ever
kruegerfalls
Totally agree with tosting23. David Wayne's voice is a metal classic and Reverend really kicked a**! I was extremely disappointed when Reverend canceled a show they were scheduled for in Fort Lauderdale in approx. 1991. I had tix and showed up but they didn't...maj o r bummer...any w a y , long live Metal Church in the Wayne era!
tosting23
The band really hit it's stride when Wayne left....I stopped reading right there. It should read the band became a different band with a new singer after Wayne left and while still very good, Metal Church was never the same without Wayne. The two Reverend albums with David Wayne blow away the 3 Metal Church albums with Howe. Still good, but not nearly as good. Sorry.
Had my ticket to see them with Motorhead and Judas Priest, but the tour cancelled before reaching Minneapolis. . . s u c k e d !
i seen these guys w/ metallica in ohio in 1992! @ the legend valley, buckeye lake! out doors, fukn AWSOME!!!, memories!!aw w w
The Dark was my first album from these guys and probibly like my 5th album in general(Piec e of Mind was my 1st). Ton of Bricks was my anthem, that song kicked a** for you, you didn't even need to throw a punch. Just play that song on a "boom box" at a brawl and you're the last man standing without even sweating. I miss the late 80's just for the Metal.
One of my first metal records. "Metal Church" the album blew my friggin mind. Still a fan of this band.
Great Group, one of the best!!!
Metal Church is AWESOME....I ' v e seen them live years ago and have everything, they truly ROCK..!!!!!! ! ! ! Highly overlooked
Metal Church is cool! Very underrated but great metal anyway!
Yes!!! Metal Church rocks my manhood. The "artists" were actually present when creating.
magrubby
arrington the reason i picked up a pair of drumsticks.. . lars should bow to him.....
ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED METAL MONSTERS EVER.I'M GLAD TO HAVE MEET THEM!
hokutobill
This Biography needs to be updated.Afte r another long period of inactivity (during which time both Vanderhoof and Wayne worked on solo projects), a largely new lineup got together and recorded 2003's The Weight Of The World with Ronny Munroe and since then recorded two more albums. After a lengthy run, they finally decided to break up in June 2009. David Wayne passed away in a Car Accident May 2005 .
Agreed, Metal Church was one of those groups that had thier act together.
It's still better than any NU METAL band out there. Including slipnot, mudvayne, bla bla, bla etc....
This is one of the only decent bands they played on Head Bangers Ball back in the day.
great band
ferny_orozco 1
R I P THE GREAT VOCALIST OF METAL....... . . . . .
Holy crap they have an album past the 80s. That's crazy. I saw them when they were in their prime when I was ten and I was unimpressed with them. I listened to them now, and they really pale to such bands as Slayer, Immortal, Gogoroth, and Behemoth.
nationstates u s e r
I love post-NWOBHM pre-thrash metal like this. Excellent!
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