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Metal Church

Metal Church

Metal Church Biography

Biography

Metal Church was an American heavy metal band from Aberdeen, Washington, USA. They were formed as Shrapnel in 1980 at the San Fransisco Bay Area by band leader guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof. Initially playing an abrasive and fast rendition of the NWOBHM sound, they released a few demos which sounded not too dissimilar to what Metallica will later popularize as thrash metal (Lars Ulrich even played several rehearsals with Metal Church before he formed Metallica, but was never a real member of the band). However, nothing came out except for a few demos (which in hindsight were groundbreaking material at the time). Kurdt dissolved the band and moved to Washington, where he found a lineup that would record the first few Metal Church albums. Along with the move from the Bay Area, the band's sound also changed to a more melodic, power metal sound, although retaining many thrash elements. Their first album was released in 1984 and the band's most recent work, 'This Present Wasteland,' was released in 2008. Metal Church was formed when the Thrash/Speed Metal Genre was still evolving. Most of their early work had a special trademark that resembled many of the European Black and Death Metal bands of the 1980's. The songs in their most successful albums, Metal Church and The Dark, proved to be thoroughly worked albums. David Wayne's vocals resembled those of the growls used by the European black metal bands but in a very high pitched tone. The lyrics from the album The Dark talk about death, assassination, and fears. Metal Church disbanded in 2009.

Metal Church Metal Albums

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No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: METAL CHURCHTitle: METAL CHURCHStreet Release Date: 07/07/1987<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METAL

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No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: METAL CHURCHTitle: DARKStreet Release Date: 07/07/1987<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METAL

Blessing in Disguise Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: METAL CHURCHTitle: BLESSING IN DISGUISEStreet Release Date: 02/22/1989<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METAL

Live Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

11 concert recordings from 1986 by the Seattle-based heavy metal group, Includes ’Ton Of Bricks’, ’Gods Of Wrath’, ’Beyond The Black’ and a cover of Deep [...]

This Present Wasteland Thumbnail Image
★★★½☆

Founded in the early eighties in Seattle, Metal Church are one of the best known Metal bands of all time. Their self titled 1985 debut and [...]

Masterpeace Thumbnail Image
★★★★☆

Originally Release ’99. Return of the Originallyginal line-up of this ’80s speed metal band, their first with vocalist David Wayne in 12 years! 11 tracks. [...]

Hanging in the Balance/Live Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

Import two-fer includes their albums from 1985 and 2000. Standard jewel cases housed in a slipcase.

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