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Blessing In Disguise

Metal Church

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Album Review

Perhaps the finest Metal Church release, Blessing in Disguise offers some of the best material in the group's long career. New vocalist Mike Howe joined up with the band for the recording of this 1989 Elektra release, replacing the departed David Wayne and bringing a burst of energy that the group used to create some of the best American underground metal of the decade. Metal producer extraordinaire Terry Date (White Zombie, Def Tones) dials up some fiery guitar and drum sounds adding an awesome sonic element to the group's fine arrangements and ultra-heavy riffing. Standout cuts include the massive and cathartic "Anthem to the Estranged" and "The Spell that Can't be Broken." Both cuts (as well as the rest of this release) feature excellent guitar work and an uncompromising allegiance to all things heavy that Metal Church continually gained respect for throughout the Seattle band's career.

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Quite simply one of the best metal albums ever made

Biography

Formed: 1984 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed 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...
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  • £7.11
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 07 February 1989

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