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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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Albums by
Metal Church

Top Songs by
Metal Church

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

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