Recently METAL CHURCH released their eleventh studio album DAMNED IF YOU DO & Casper sat down to have a chat with Mike Howe about this amazing album and the possibility of an Australian Tour. You can listen to the full interview below.
Born out of the West Coast metal scene of the
Next came The Dark, the fury of its opening track, ‘Ton Of Bricks’ was championed as one of the
During the mid-90’s, the members of METAL CHURCH headed in their own directions. Kurdt Vanderhoof worked on his namesake project, VANDERHOOF, while Kirk Arrington was playing on various sessions including a recording with Sir Mix-a-Lot. 1999 led to a well-received reunion of the original METAL CHURCH line-up with the release of Masterpeace. The band went back to their classic sound and played several festivals overseas.
2004 saw them back with a new vocalist, whose style has been described as “Rob Halford meets Dio,” as well as Jay Reynolds (MALICE) on guitar and Steve Unger on bass. With a new record The Weight Of The World and some new blood, heavy metal legends METAL CHURCH picked up where their aptly titled last release Masterpeace left off.
In 2006, twenty years after their cult album The Dark, METAL CHURCH presented their brand new release, A Light In The Dark, forging a creative arch that skillfully links the band’s past with the present. Ten new tracks (plus a new version of the classic ‘Watch The Children Pray’, a tribute to original frontman David Wayne), document the development of a band that, despite all innovation, has never denied its typical trademarks. That line-up consisted of Kurdt Vanderhoof, Ronnie Monroe, Jay Reynolds, Steve Unger and new addition Jeff Plate on drums. “Jeff is an incredibly dynamic and professional drummer,” Vanderhoof points out. “He has propelled us to a musical level that surprised even ourselves.”
In 2008, guitarist Jay Reynolds was replaced by ROTTWEILER guitar player Rick Van Zandt. This Present Wasteland, METAL CHURCH’s ninth release, is a return to their roots and contains some of their strongest material to date. In 2013 the band released the highly successful Generation Nothing!
In 2014 founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof convinced Mike Howe to rejoin METAL CHURCH. Mike Howe originally joined METAL CHURCH in the late
In March of 2016, METAL CHURCH released their eleventh studio album »XI« that featured the return of legendary front-man Mike Howe. XI reached #34 on the German album charts, #57 on the Billboard Top 200 and also landed on several other charts around the globe.
The coinciding XI tour took them to audiences around the world, during which they performed at several European festivals
Damned If You Do Track-listing:
Damned If You Do
The Black Things
By The Numbers
Into The Fold
Out Of Balance
The War Electric
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