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

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