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Album Review

There's often a fine line between hard rock and heavy metal, but with Metal Church, there was never any doubt — they were always very much a metal band. When major record companies were quick to sign faceless Warrant clones and Poison imitators, Metal Church stuck to its guns and never lost its integrity. After five or six years with Elektra, the headbangers moved to Epic with The Human Factor. Much of the writing is quite substantial, and Metal Church tackles social and political subjects with inspired results on songs ranging from "Date with Poverty" and "Flee From Reality" to "The Final Word" (which addresses the flag-burning controversy of 1991 and asserts that the U.S., whatever its faults, is still the best place to live). The Human Factor shows that Metal Church was an exciting band, and certainly one of substance.

Customer Reviews

I got this on tape in May 1991.......

right when it came out. I remember hearing one of the songs on Z-Rock a couple of days before I got it. It's amazing how long it took for Sony to post this to iTunes because I'm sure it's been out of print for years. I have a friend who picked this up used on CD at a record store in 1994. I made sure to borrow it from him when I got my iPod.

Every song on this album is good, but there are some that are great. My favorites are The Human Factor, The Final Word, In Harm's Way, In Due Time and Flee From Reality. I like this album more than I did Hanging In the Balance and even more than their reunion album, Masterpeace.

10 years!!

I purchased this on cassette over 10 years ago, and this album still hits as hard as it did back then.. If you never listened to Metal Church, this is one of the albums to start with!!!

in harms way

finally itunes puts this album on itunes all they need now is the album a light in the dark


Formed: 1984 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Metal

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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The Human Factor, Metal Church
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: 1991

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