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Still dishing out the reliable anthems they’ve specialized in since the early ’80s, San Francisco’s Metal Church embrace their age on XI—on opener “Reset” they wail about turning the page on their final stage. Yet they’re as dynamic as ever, shaping songs into smart, idiosyncratic structures. The downcast “Soul Eating Machine” and totally rockin’ “Suffer Fools” kick back at foes, but “Shadow,” sung from the viewpoint of its titular gray cloud “sneaking up behind you,” might swing hardest.

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Power metal?!

Sounds good..
Reminds me of HELLOWEEN.
Metal Church!?

Metal Church

Finally Mike is back home where he belongs. It's only March and this is the best metal album of the year Nuff said.

Mike Howe is back

Saw them live in Michigan 3/30. Great show.

Biography

Formed: 1984 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Metal

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

Formed in 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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XI, Metal Church
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Mar 25, 2016

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