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Formed: 1981
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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Below is our complete Metal Church news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Internal Bleeding Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

New York death metal veterans Internal Bleeding, who are credited for bringing a "slam metal" style to the extreme genre, has been confirmed as the latest band to perform at next year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, with fifteen more groups still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Exhumed Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

American death metal favourites Exhumed has been announced as the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 44, with 16 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Sirenia Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Norwegian gothic metal act Sirenia are the latest band to be confirmed for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 43, with 17 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Threshold Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

British progressive metal veterans Threshold are the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 41, with 19 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Voivod Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod are the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 40, with 20 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows: More...

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Arch Enemy, Triptykon,.. Feat. On 2016 "W:O:A" DVD

The official live Blu-ray/DVD Set release for last year's edition of the annual "Wacken Open Air" titled "27 Years Faster : Harder : Louder", has been scheduled for August 11th in North America via Silver Lining Music. Double disc CD and double disc DVD/Blu-ray sets are planned with footage/audio of 43 artists and 54 songs set for inclusion. You’ll hear music from Arch Enemy, Bullet for My Valentine, Borknagar, Barb Wire Dolls, Triptykon, Saxon, Metal Church, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons and Steel Panther, Axel Rudi Pell, Entombed A.D., Red Fang and Tarja Turunen, plus experience the emotional tribute to legendary Motörhead founder Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, “Born To Lose, Live To Win”.

A trailer for the Blu-ray/DVD Set can be seen below:

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Metal Church Recruits New Drummer

Fans that have seen Metal Church live at recent shows in the United States and Europe may have noticed a new face on stage. The guy behind the kit has been none other than Stet Howland, and now that transitional process is complete, Metal Church is happy to announce the addition of Stet Howland as the band’s permanent new drummer.

Vocalist Mike Howe commented: "I am overwhelmed and grateful that Stet has found his way into the fold and I look forward to many successful and joyful performances together."

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof added: "We are extremely happy to have Stet as our new engine. He is a fantastic drummer and a great guy to work with. But the hazing shall continue relentlessly!"

Stet Howland shares his excitement about joining Metal Church: "After being home for only a few days from possibly the best tour of my life, I received a conference call from Kurdt and Mike, for a split second I thought to myself 'Oh shit, what did I do?' But my concern quickly turned to an un-removable smile when they asked if I would be interested in being a permanent member of Metal Church.

"It's no secret that Metal Church have always been one of my favourite metal bands and that, in my opinion, they are on the strongest ascent of any band in their genre! And given that the band kicks ass live, has an incredible record label, a rabid fan base, relevant new music, recent Billboard chart positions and first week CD sales that rival multi-platinum acts, my answer was an unwavering 'YES!' More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2017: Day One

The Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium has become one of the biggest and most popular events on the European summer circuit. Seemingly every year they put together a fantastic line up, mixing the classics, the young blood and cult favourites to really give something for all head bangers. This year was no different, with such legends as Scorpions, Deep Purple and Blue Oyster Cult all booked, as well as plenty for the kids like Chelsea Smile and Architects. It all promised to be a hell of a weekend and indeed it was.

Though the festival doesn't begin it's "official" schedule until Friday, weekend campers arrive the day before and are met with plenty on offer, including a number of live bands and the Metal Cafe. Being too tired after travelling from England to Belgium, we were only able to catch one full performance, though we also caught the last ten minutes of Belgian stoner metal act, King Hiss, who would probably please fans of Mastodon but left little impact. This was followed by the very short journey to the Jupiler Stage, which housed most of the weekend's hardcore and deathcore groups to watch Dutch hardcore veterans, Born From Pain. The quintet are regarded as one of Europe's best hardcore groups and it's easy to see why, particularly in the live setting where their brand of positive energy spreads to the audience very quickly, making for a very enjoyable live set. More...

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Weekend Of Metal Festival Live Streams On Tap

Two of the most popular European festivals kick off this weekend - Graspop Metal Meetings in Belgium and Hellfest in France. Both will live stream selected acts starting today and through the weekend.

Among the confirmed acts set for the live stream (subject to change daily) at Graspop Metal Meetings: Melechesh, Rotting Christ, Axel Rudi Pell, Devildriver and Alestorm.

For Hellfest, you can witness (subject to change daily): Devin Townsend Project, Powerwolf, Behemoth, Obituary, In Flames, Saxon, Opeth, Metal Church and Coroner.

To check the schedule and two channels of live streaming (all times CET) from Graspop Metal Meetings, head on over to this location.

To check out live streaming from Hellfest (all times CET), head on over to this location. More...

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Metal Church Premieres New Music Video For "Reset"

Metal titans Metal Church premiere a new video for "Reset", taken from the their latest album "XI", which was released on March 25, 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier, the band's eleventh studio release marked the return of singer Mike Howe.

Check out now "Reset" below.

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Metal Church Announces New Support For EU Tour

Heavy metal titans Metal Church will be touring Europe extensively next month in celebration of latest studio album "XI" (see review here), which was released last year via Nuclear Blast in Europe and Rat Pak Records in North America. After previous support Meshiaak was forced to cancel the tour due to parting ways with drummer Jon Dette, Metal Church has revealed Swiss thrashers Comaniac as the replacement.

Comaniac stated: "Wow, we are truly overwhelmed to join the amazing Metal Church on the European run in June. Besides being on tour with one of our favorite bands it's also a huge honor to play in some legendary venues where we have attended the concerts of our favorite bands as fans. Those are exactly the moments you're dreaming about when you start a band. We're looking forward to seeing many new faces and we promise to kick your ass!"

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Sunburst Out Of ProgPower USA XVIII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Greek power/progressive act Sunburst was dropped from the XVIII roster, due to a VISA issues, in which a particular USCIS agent made an unusual and specific "all-encompassing" request for evidence that was impossible to satisfy in the time left. Harveston also announced that Brazil's Daydream XI will replace Sunburst.

Harveston posted the following announcement: "It is with extreme frustration and disappointment I must announce that Sunburst (Greece) will not be performing at ProgPower USA XVIII. Despite having provided the same type and kind of evidence that has obtained approvals for not only ProgPower USA bands over the last decade, but for well over one hundred other bands submitted by Marc/Play America, one agent at the USCIS (United States Customs & Immigration Services) has deemed our evidence insufficient. Given the all-encompassing breadth of that specific agent's demands (more than ever have been seen by either Marc or myself) in an RFE (Request for Evidence) in our careers, there is literally no hope of satisfying those demands. Sunburst, Marc, & I have all agreed it would be pointless to continue to fight this hopeless battle.

"Rest assured I have every intention of having Sunburst back as soon as possible. They are an amazing band and deserve to be on the ProgPower USA stage. The band is understandably disappointed, but also understand the circumstances cannot be helped.

"I want to calm the fears of those concerned about other bands performing this year. I have already obtained visa approvals for all bands I am specifically responsible for performing on Friday and Saturday. Sunburst was the last band we were waiting on for visa approval. All bands that have been submitted for Wednesday and Thursday so far have also been approved. More...

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Meshiaak To Support Metal Church

Heavy metal titans Metal Church recently announced a string of European tour dates for this summer in celebration of latest studio album "XI," which was released last year via Nuclear Blast. Australian group Meshiaak has been announced as direct support act on this trek.

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof from Metal Church comments: "The Metal Church fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for heavy metal music is second to none!"

Meshiaal added: "We are extremely excited to be making our debut tour through Europe with the mighty Metal Church. We couldn't be happier about starting our journey in Europe and we can't wait to finally play our new songs live." More...

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Jeff Plate Splits With Metal Church

Jeff Plate, longtime drummer for Metal Church, announced his departure from the band citing time and time management issues. The band announced that it is withdrawing from the AlterBridge/In Flames tour scheduled for this May.

In a post on Facebook, Plate stated: "Hello everyone. It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my departure from Metal Church. I came to this conclusion 2 weeks ago, and agreed to hold off on the announcement until Metal Church had made some decisions on what they were going to do.

"This is obviously not an easy decision. After many conversations with myself, my wife, my family, my management and Kurdt Vanderoof and Mike Howe, I know I am doing the right thing for my future.

"I know there will be questions and speculation. The bottom line is time, my time, and how best I manage it. I had to come to terms with the fact that time is just blowing by at the speed of light and there is no time for me to second guess or regret anything I'm doing. At this point in my life I need to be in more control of my time and career. I have a number of things I’d like to do and try, and to do these I have to give up something I truly love and am very proud of.

"I cannot thank Kurdt Vanderhoof enough for inviting me into Metal Church. For the past 12 years I have had the honor and privilege of playing some of the best, truly iconic Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal songs ever written. I have recorded 4 records with the band. The latest, 'XI', is not only one of my favorite Metal Church records, but I feel it is the one of the best, if not the best records I have recorded throughout my career.

"Also, I cannot thank the Metal Church fan base enough for the tremendous support. I have met thousands of you over the years and you, fans old and new, are simply the best. You have kept this band alive for the past 33 years, and I am sure there is more great music to come.

"Metal Church is in a good place, and there are a number of shows and good things coming up this year. This decision is made now to not only let me prepare for the year to come, but also to let Metal Church do the same. Kurdt Vanderhoof(g), Mike Howe(v), Steve Unger(b), Rick VanZandt(g), Tim Harding(sound and production), and Joe Obrien(President @ Rat Pak Records) have been a tremendous team, and they are also very good friends of mine. I wish them nothing but the best.

"I hope to see you all again somewhere down the road. I will keep you posted on my activities. Trust me, I will not sit still for very long. Thank you, take care." More...

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Metal Church Issues "Fake Healer" Re-Make Video

Metal Church issued a video clip for the newly re-made classic "Fake Healer" (originally released in 1988 on "Blessing in Disguise"). The song features a duet with Mike Howe and Queensryche's Todd LaTorre. It will be featured as a studio track on the band's upcoming new live album "Classic Live," coming April 28th via Rat Pak Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Beyond the Black
2. Date with Poverty
3. Gods of a Second Chance
4. In Mourning
5. Watch the Children Pray
6. Start the Fire
7. No Friend of Mine
8. Badlands
9. The Human Factor
10. Fake Healer (Feat. Todd LaTorre) (Bonus Studio Track) More...

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Metal Church Announces New Tour Dates

Metal Church is very pleased to announce the band is returning to U.K. shores in June for a five date long run, touring in celebration of latest studio album "XI," which was released last year via Nuclear Blast.

The tour kicks off at legendary London venue the Camden Underworld on 20th June, taking the five piece to Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, before finishing at Thekla, Bristol on 24th June. Supports are to be announced in due course.

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said of the announcement: "The Metal Church fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for Heavy Metal music is second to none!"

20th June – London, Underworld
21st June – Glasgow, Audio
22nd June – Belfast, Limelight 2
23rd June – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
24th June – Bristol, Thekla More...

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Metal Church Issues "Needle & Suture" Video

Metal Church issued a new video clip for the song "Needle And Suture." The song appears on the latest album "XI," which marked the triumphant return of Mike Howe to vocals. Check out our review of the album at this location.

Metal Church will be headlining ProgPower USA XVIII Day 2 on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Check out the video here:

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ProgPower USA Finalizes Days 1 & 2 Lineups

Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) and Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) - co-promoters for Days 1 & 2 of ProgPower USA - finalized the lineups for the 2017 installment of the annual U.S. Festival. Tickets for Days 1 & 2 will be available on November 1, 2016. For information and ticket links, head on over to this location. Days 3 & 4 have already sold out.

The running order and day placement for Days 1 & 2 is coming soon, but the bands are as follows:

Haken (UK) (Performing "Visions" in full) (Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Headliner)
Metal Church (USA) (Thursday, September 7, 2017 Headliner)
Between The Buried And Me (USA)
Orphaned Land (Israel)
Vanden Plas (Germany)
Serenity (Austria)
Twilight Force (Sweden)
Power Quest (UK)

The eight acts join previously announced acts for (and subsequently sold out) Days 3 & 4 of the festival (brought to you by festival founder Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), which are as follows: More...

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Butcher Babies Hitting The Road With Megadeth

Butcher Babies will be hitting the road with Megadeth this fall as part of the "Dystopia" tour in North America. Also joining will be Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, and Metal Church.

The month long tour starts in Casper, WY on September 20 and concludes on October 16 in Camden, NJ. In addition to the tour, both Butcher Babies and Megadeth will be performing at this year's "Ozzfest Meets Knotfest" event, which takes place on September 24 & 25 in San Bernardino, CA

Speak about her enthusiasm for the upcoming tour, Butcher Babies vocalist Heidi Shepherd states, "We're incredibly honored to join forces with some of our idols, legendary musicians and bands! Megadeth is a staple in metal music and we can't think of a better way to round out our 2016 touring schedule than with these metal gods. Who didn't grow up with a Megadeth poster glued to your wall with dreams of dreams of sharing the stage with them. Bucket list... Check!" More...

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Wacken Open Air Live Stream Available

This weekend, you can stream portions of the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air live via Arte.tv. Some of the top bands offered for streaming: Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Saxon, Testament, Eluveitie and Ministry (among others).

The live stream can be accessed at this location.

The schedule for streaming can be found below (note: all times are CET):

Thursday, August 4th:

16h50-17h35 Henry Rollins
17h40-18h05 Hämatom
18h10-19h25 Saxon
19h30-20h30 Panzerballett
20h35-21h25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21h30-23h30 Iron Maiden
23h35-00h15 Therapy?
00h15-00h45 (tba)
00h45-01h00 Born to Lose, Lived To Win (A Farewell to Lemmy Kilmister)

Friday, August 5:

16h20 17h20 Entombed A.D.
17h25-18h25 Axel Rudi Pell
18h30-19h45 Eluveitie
19h50-21h05 Bullet For My Valentine
21h10-22h25 Tarja
22h30-00h00 Blind Guardian
00h15-01h30 Ministry
01h45-03h00 Testament

Saturday, August 6th:

15h40-16h55 Borknagar
17h00-18h10 Metal Church
18h15-19h30 Therion
19h35-20h50 Steel Panther
20h55-22h10 Clutch
22h15-23h30 Triptykon
23h35-00h35 (tba)
00h40-01h55 Parkway Drive
01h55-03h10 Arch Enemy More...

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