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Metal Church

Formed in 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. The ensuing years saw the group undergoing numerous lineup changes and assorted members tending to other projects. In 2004, the band issued their seventh full-length LP, the critically acclaimed Weight of the World, which marked the debut of new vocalist Ronny Munroe. Tragically, former vocalist David Wayne died the following year from complications resulting from a car accident. 2006's A Light in the Dark included a re-recording of 1986's "Watch the Children Pray" as a tribute to their fallen comrade. Shortly after the release of 2009's This Present Wasteland, the band announced that they would be going their separate ways again. A reunion show in 2012 eventually led them back to the studio. The resulting Generation Nothing, their tenth studio long-player, arrived the following year, and the aptly named XI dropped in early 2016, marking the return of vocalist Mike Howe. A concert album culled from the XI tour featuring Howe appeared the following year under the title Classic Live. ~ Steve Huey
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Metal Church

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Metal Church

  1.   Song
  2.   Method to Your Madness
  3.   Of Unsound Mind
  4.   Ton of Bricks
  5.   Beyond the Black
  6.   The Dark
  7.   (My Favorite) Nightmare
  8.   Watch the Children Pray
  9.   Gods of Wrath
  10.   Fake Healer
  11.   Needle and Suture
  12.   Crawling To Extinction
  13.   A Light in the Dark
  14.   The Powers That Be
  15.   Badlands
  16.   Suffer Fools
  17.   Reset
  18.   Son of the Son
  19.   Sunless Sky
  20.   Flee From Reality
  21.   The Human Factor
  22.   Highway Star
  23.   Anthem to the Estranged
  24.   Mass Hysteria
  25.   Metal Church
  26.   Signal Path
  27.   Killing Your Time
  28.   Congregation
  29.   A War Never Won
  30.   Meet Your Maker
  31.   The Perfect Crime
  32.   The Company Of Sorrow
  33.   More Than Your Master
  34.   Mirror of Lies
  35.   Time Will Tell
  36.   Wings of Tomorrow
  37.   Leave Them Behind
  38.   No Friend of Mine
  39.   Gods of a Second Chance
  40.   Start the Fire
  41.   Burial at Sea
  42.   Line of Death
  43.   Psycho
  44.   Agent Green
  45.   In Harm's Way
  46.   In Mourning
  47.   The Final Word
  48.   Date With Poverty
  49.   Battalions
  50.   Hitman
  51.   Merciless Onslaught
  52.   Western Alliance
  53.   Rest in Pieces (April 15, 1912)
  54.   It Waits
  55.   Soul Eating Machine
  56.   Blow Your Mind
  57.   Sky Falls In
  58.   No Tomorrow
  59.   Badlands (2015)
  60.   Breathe Again
  61.   Monster
  62.   Deeds Of A Dead Soul
  63.   Watch the Children Pray 2006 (For David Wayne)
  64.   Blinded by Life
  65.   Pill for the Kill
  66.   Temples of the Sea
  67.   The Believer
  68.   Beyond All Reason
  69.   Bomb to Drop
  70.   Cradle to Grave
  71.   Madman's Overture
  72.   Over My Dead Body
  73.   Betrayed
  74.   In Due Time
  75.   The Brave
  76.   It's a Secret
  77.   Cannot Tell a Lie
  78.   Shadow
  79.   Disappear
  80.   Weight of the World
  81.   The Fight Song
  82.   In the Blood
  83.   The Spell Can't Be Broken
  84.   Hero's Soul
  85.   Blood Money

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