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

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