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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. ~ Steve Huey
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Metal Church

    Classic Metal

    Classic Metal
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Albums by
Metal Church

Top Songs by
Metal Church

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

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