Year : 1984 (Japan Remastered Edition 2013)
Style : Heavy Metal , Power Metal , Thrash Metal
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 133 mb
Born out of the West Coast Metal scene of the 80's, Metal Church quickly became one of the standout talents of the genre. After signing a deal with Elektra records, they released two critically acclaimed albums. Their self-titled release "Metal Church" postured the band as one of the pioneers of the thrash/metal scene. The All Music Guide had this to say about the debut: "The band's incredibly tight musicianship is a highlight all on it's own. This album remains an overlooked classic of straight-ahead American-bred heavy metal." With the heavy metal scene starting to rise in the U.S., Metal Church set out on a very successful tour with label mates Metallica.Next came "The Dark," the fury of its opening track, "Ton of Bricks" was championed as one of the premier metal releases of the 80's. The Dark also led to one of a few lineup changes with the departure of vocalist David Wayne. However, more success was yet to come. With the addition of former Heretic vocalist Mike Howe, and Metallica guitar tech extraordinaire John Marshall, the riffing became heavier and the subject matter deeper. They tackled political and social issues of the day with the releases of "Blessing In Disguise" and "The Human Factor." At a time when heavy metal bands moved from the underground and became part of the hair band/pop fad, Metal Church stayed true to their roots.During the mid 90's, the members of Metal Church headed in their own directions. Kurdt Vanderhoof worked on his namesake project, Vanderhoof, while Kirk Arrington was playing on various sessions including a recording with Sir Mix-A-Lot. 1999 led to a well-received reunion of the original Metal Church lineup with the release of "Masterpeace". The band went back to their classic sound and played several festivals overseas.2004 saw them back with new vocalist, Ronny Munroe, whose style has been described as "Rob Halford meets Dio", as well as Jay Reynolds (Malice) on guitar and Steve Unger on bass. With a new record "The Weight of the World" and some new blood, heavy metal legends Metal Church picked up where their aptly titled last release "Masterpeace" left off.In 2006, twenty years after their cult album "The Dark", Metal Church presented their brand new release, "A Light In The Dark", forging a creative arch that skillfully links the band's past with the present. Ten new tracks, (plus a new version of the classic "Watch The Children Pray", a tribute to original frontman David Wayne), document the development of a band that, despite all innovation, has never denied it's typical trademarks. The current lineup consists of Kurdt Vanderhoof, Ronny Munroe, Jay Reynolds, Steve Unger and new addition Jeff Plate on drums. "Jeff is an incredibly dynamic and professional drummer," Vanderhoof points out. "He has propelled us to a musical level that surprised even ourselves." Plate has replaced Kirk Arrington, who left the group for health reasons, and proves a real stroke of luck on "A Light In The Dark".In 2008, guitarist Jay Reynolds was replaced by Rottweiler guitar player Rick Van Zandt. This Present Wasteland, Metal Church's ninth release, is a return to their roots and contains some of their strongest material to date.In October 2012, the band announced resumption of activity around a lineup featuring Vanderhoof, Munroe, Unger, Reynolds (soon replaced by Van Zandt), and Plate. Their first performances came the following January during the 70,000 Tons of Metal event, a heavy metal cruise. During one of these two shows, the band played their debut album, Metal Church, in its entirety.Shortly thereafter, Vanderhoof told Music Life Radio that Metal Church has been working on a new album. In order to promote their new album, the band will be playing festivals in the summer of 2013.
Remastered Japan version.This is Metal Church's debut, and it's a damn nice one! It features several brilliant thrash moments accompanied by a quite fine production. David Wayne's vocals are also very cool on here, just like they are on The Dark. This is just another reason why Metal Church is right up there with Slayer, Vio-lence, Kreator, you name it. They should easily be in the top 10 thrash bands ever.Whatever traditional/power metal influences were still retained in the band's sound in 1985 are absent from the album's beginning, as this is pure, untainted thrash metal at it's finest. A brief, creepy spoken-word clean intro leads into the crushing riffage of "Beyond the Black," an unrelenting, undeniably heavy track that's as bleak as it is catchy. David Wayne's vocals are considerably better than on the band's demos: here his shrill, wicked falsetto soars over the guitars like a carpet bombing. This approach continues into the eponymous "Metal Church," a thrasher with a tempo so deliciously sinister that it'd have no trouble dropping the jaws of the uninitiated. Again, Wayne's vocals are over the top and unbelievable, carrying the pace set by the riff-wielding tag team of Kurdt Vanderhoof and Craig Wells and high-speed percussion wunderkind Kirk Arrington. Kirk really gets to strut his stuff on the next track, instrumental pounder "Merciless Onslaught." What about Duke Erickson on bass you might ask? Well if he hasn't had the opportunity to impress thus far (he has, as his bass has a significant presence even among the dueling guitars), he'll do it in the classic power ballad "Gods of Wrath." His fills are almighty, as is David Wayne's ability to alternate between his raspier vocals with a surprisingly clean melodic tone for the verses. Note that at this point in the album, there's already been a ton of sweet guitar solo moments, most notoriously the back-and-forth section in the title track.Side two begins with the very Iron Maiden-ish "Hitman," with some great harmonies and an unexpectedly brutal riff in the bridge. "In the Blood" keeps this spirit alive, but takes the speed down to a mid-paced stomp, similar to the relationship between the first two tracks. "(My Favorite) Nightmare" is another quick one, with some particularly unique drumming by Mr. Arrington. "Battalions" closes things off in triumphant fashion, with classic power metal riffage, an amazingly catchy chorus, and some of the best lyrics on the album. "We form tonight! We kill tonight!" Headbanging is obligatory here. But the madness doesn't end there. The final track on the album is a cover of the Deep Purple classic "Highway Star," sped up and thrashed out with an insane vocal interpretation by Wayne. Unfortunately, the boys make up their own solos, rather than utilizing the Jon Lord/Ritchie Blackmore ones. Originally, this disappointed me enough to lower the album's score a bit, but I brought it back up after acquiring a version with the rare bonus track "Big Guns." This song fucking rules: too goddamn heavy to be power metal but with vocal melodies too melodic and skyscraping to be typical of thrash. I highly recommend hunting this song down, it's worth it completely.There's not even the semblance of a weak moment on this masterpiece. This is one of the truly indispensible heavy metal albums, at least needing to be heard if not owned. If one were to truly find fault in it, one would be required to seriously reconsider their entire stance on heavy music. Don't write this off as absent fanboyism: this is legitimately great and I'm trying my best to express it. So check this bad boy out, and save your disappointment for the new Metallica album.
David Wayne (R.I.P. 2005) vocals - See also: ex-Heathen, ex-Intrinsic, ex-Metal Church, ex-Reverend, ex-Bastardsun
Kurdt Vanderhoof Guitars (1980-1987, 1998-2009, 2012-present) - See also: Presto Ballet, ex-Vanderhoof, ex-Hall Aflame, ex-The Lewd
Duke Erickson Bass
Kirk Arrington Percussion, Drums - See also: ex-Garden Of Eden, ex-Vanderhoof
Craig Wells Guitars - See also: ex-Wayne
1. Beyond the Black 06:20
2. Metal Church 05:03
3. Merciless Onslaught 02:56 instrumental
4. Gods of Wrath 06:41
5. Hitman 04:36
6. In the Blood 03:31
7. (My Favorite) Nightmare 03:11
8. Battalions 04:55
9. Highway Star (Deep Purple cover) 04:37
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