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

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