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

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