No true metal aficionado’s collection is complete without “Metal Church” in their library. Originally formed in 1980 by Kurdt Vanderhoof the line up has seen a variety of talented musicians, conflict and tragedy over the years. Nearly a quarter of century later Metal Church perseveres, stronger, harder, and more powerful than ever before, featuring Mike Howe on vocals; original founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof on guitar; Rick Van Zandt on guitar; Jeff Plate on the drums; and bassist Steve Unger.
The band has been in studio for the better part 2015 mastering some astonishing new metal tracks for the group’s 11th studio release METAL CHURCH “XI” via Rat Pak Records. Even more exciting, this release sets the stage for the return of the truly legendary vocalist Mike Howe, after more than two decades of separation. During our first sneak peak at a couple of the new tracks it immediately became evident that Mike’s vocals are as strong now as they were 20 years ago. The music is hard, fast and solid, the band is tight and on target to take Metal Church to a new level with today’s modern hard rock and heavy metal fans. The band has managed to capture a new aggressive sound all while maintaining the hard musical beats. methodical melodies and high speed rhythms that propelled the band to the top of the metal charts throughout the 80’s and 90’s.
Metal Church as released the first official music video of their debut single from the “XI” album, called “No Tomorrow”
METAL CHURCH “XI” is set for an official release date of March 25th, 2016 and we believe this promises to be strongest and most powerful Metal Church release since MTV stopped playing music videos!! But why wait, the experience starts now!! Metal Church kicked off the 2016 US tour on Feb. 19th in their hometown of Aberdeen, WA and will run through April at which time the band heads to Germany to kick off the European leg of the tour which takes them through the end of the summer.
TRACK LISTING [STANDARD VERSION] 01. Reset 02. Killing Your Time 03. No Tomorrow 04. Signal Path 05. Sky Falls In 06. Needle and Suture 07. Shadow 08. Blow Your Mind 09. Soul Eating Machine 10. It Waits 11. Suffer Fools DELUXE INTERNATIONAL VERSION / BONUS DISC [RAT PAK RECORDS WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE!] 12. The Coward 13. Blister Fist 14. God Hit 15. The Enemy Mind 16. Signal Path (Radio edit) 17. Badlands (2015 version) 18. Shadow (Demo version) 19. No Tomorrow (Alt mix)
As an additional little treat for the fans of days gone by, the guys in Metal Church via Rat Pak Records have provided us with a re-release of the metal classic and first track recorded after Mike originally join the group, “Badlands” recorded in the studio with Mike Howe on vocals during the summer of 2015.
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