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Metal Church is an American heavy metal band,they originally formed in Seattle, Washington as Shrapnel in 1980. 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 metal genre was still evolving. Lyrically, the band's themes are usually dark, with early topics such as conflict and fear expanding to philosophical and social commentary later on. After releasing five full-length albums and touring extensively throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Metal Church disbanded in 1994, but decided to re-form four years later. Having endured numerous lineup changes since, they worked with their third vocalist, and have released four more studio albums and one live album. On July 7, 2009 it was announced on the band's official website that they have again disbanded. Metal Church was formed in 1981 under the name Shrapnel with Mike Murphy on vocals, Kirk Arrington on drums, Craig Wells and Kurdt Vanderhoof on guitars, and Duke Erickson on bass. Mike Murphy quit, however, citing personal and creative differences. He was replaced by David Wayne. In 1982, the band released a demo tape, titled Four Hymns. It contained the songs "Battalions", "Deathwish", "Gods of Wrath", and "The Brave". Though the demo has been long out-of-print, the songs are freely available from the band's web site. In 1984, Metal Church released their self-titled debut album, which included three songs from the Four Hymns demo and a cover of Deep Purple's "Highway Star". The band had to sell 70,000 copies of the album on their own before being signed to Elektra. According to David Wayne, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica urged Elektra to sign the band before some other label did. By the time Metal Church released their second studio album, The Dark, in 1986, they were touring with high-profile acts like Metallica. The Dark was a commercial success, helped by the fact that the band's first music video, featuring the song "Watch the Children Pray", received frequent airplay on MTV. Unfortunately, these positive developments were followed by serious problems within the band, which resulted in a change in lineup. In 1988, the band replaced Wayne with former Heretic singer Mike Howe and released their studio album, Blessing In Disguise, a year later. John Marshall took over Vanderhoof's position on guitar, who now contributed mainly as a songwriter. Ironically, after being replaced by Heretic's former singer, David Wayne recruited the remaining members of Heretic to form Reverend. It would be a decade before David Wayne worked with Metal Church again.