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

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